Thursday, August 20, 2009

Here's to better health

We are sick a lot

We've had 15+ colds, infections, pneumonias, and/or flus per child and husband in the last year. J has been on flovent (and he still has only had a handful of days with no coughing attacks) for nearly a year. I get sick the least by far, however, my gallbladder is filled up like a bag of marbles with gallstones (probably due to multiple pregnancies and too-low-fat of a diet).

My kids eat mostly junkfood
I promise myself daily to stop feeding my children a steady stream of junkfood. Probably as a result of the diet my kids get, I recently found myself making a new rule
"no climbing bookshelves, windowsills, balconies, stair railings, kitchen counters, tables, couch arm rests and backs, cars, or pianos" (all behavior from one single day!) As I proclaimed this, two of three kids were standing on their heads!

School lunches have a lot of highly processed foods
I once imagined myself making super healthy home lunches for my school kids. After signing AJ up for school lunch, I guiltily got online to see what they would be feeding her, I couldn't believe my eyes
typical day:
"...Vegetable Protein Product (Isolated Soy
Protein, Magnesium Oxide, Zinc Oxide, Niacinamide,
Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin B12, Copper Gluconate,
Vitamin A Palmitate, Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine
Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin),
Seasoning (Salt, Sugar, Hydrolyzed Corn Gluten, Spices,
Sodium Tripolyphosphates, Dried Onion, Dried Garlic,
Partially Hydrogenated Soybeans And/Or Cottonseed Oil..."

This list of processing ingredients went on for pages! Anyway, I make home lunches. I hope I can get my money back for the first month of school lunches.

I make a goal to feed my family better, there are 12 steps
That does it! Time to finally give Robyn's "12 steps to better health" designed for busy mothers of young children a try. I've been aware of her program fo two years, but assumed she couldn't teach me anything I didn't already know, but now I hope she can. I want my family to get well.

Month 1 of 12 (this should be easy for us!)
1. Green Smoothies
How to get tons of leafy greens into your diet, painlessly, spending less
than 10 minutes a day in the kitchen

Wish me luck


Liss said...

hey where's the link for those of us that are interested? is it

Regina said...


Becky and the Boys said...

I find it easiest to just not have the stuff in the house (the junk). Then there's no fighting about it. I don't know that I could get them to drink green smoothies, though. Good luck with that. I noticed in high school that while my friends (who lived on junk) were always sick with bronchitis or something, I was rarely sick; my mom is a health nut and always had carrot juice and such around...

Andrea said...

I'm interested too! I'll have to check out the site. My kids pack a lunch too. Their new school has a better menu than the old one, but still. . . I know too much about the food industry. You pretty much get what you pay for.

My kids don't eat too much junk food, yet they still climb walls and stand on their head, so it could just be genetics. We could probably use a better exercise routine. I was thinking of implementing a weekly family outing that includes physical activity. We'll see how long I can keep it going once the weather goes bad. :)

Anonymous said...

.., me too.. raise hand.. I been wondering how to keep things simple to get my child away from those junks.. lol.. I also have to quit fatty foods because of my gallstones.. lol.. I myself dont have healthy lifestyle..


Regina said...

Doctors say I should have my gallbladder out ASAP, but I've found the 12 steps program has reversed all my gallbladder symptoms. The best advice for getting away from Junk food is to not buy it!