(And, yes, I do know that's supposed to be "whom I homeschool" . . . but I didn't want to show off how smart I is.)
I figured that for the first posts on this blog, I would share some of the “healthy living” tips that I try to live by. (More to come.) I don’t do everything perfect. And I am not super strict with these. But they are general principles that I try to incorporate as much as I can. Life is about balance, after all. (And I fully expect that many people will disagree with me, but that’s okay. We are all entitled to our own opinions on these things. Except the first one. Everyone should agree with that one.)
1. Laugh a lot. Do not take yourself or life so seriously that you can’t find humor in things. Laugh often. And dance. And sing. If you can do these things, you can know that life hasn’t gotten the best of you yet.
2. The one food that I ban completely from our house is pork (and shellfish). In any form. No bacon, no ham, no lard, no gelatin (except marshmallows for s’mores once a year while on vacation). After reading God’s Key to Health and Happiness by Elmer A. Josephson and The Maker’s Diet by Jordan Rubin (read it!!!), I have come to respect God’s wisdom in calling the scavengers of the earth “unclean.” I believe they are the garbage-eaters, they are full of toxins, and their bodies do not clean their food like the digestive systems of the grass-eaters that chew the cud. This would explain why you are not supposed to give this meat to babies either. I tell my kids that they can have a soda every so often or eat some MSG chips at a friend’s house or have an artificially-colored popsicle if they are serving them at a party . . . but they should never touch pork or shellfish. I am glad I am able to train them early on this. (Oh, I probably just made a lot of enemies with this one. And right off the bat, too. Oh well, that’s life.)
[And research “acid/alkaline diets.” It sounds like acidic bodies grow diseases and eat your teeth away, whereas alkaline bodies are healthier and strengthen your teeth. I believe that your saliva is supposed to re-mineralize your teeth while you sleep, but if your body is acidic then it eats away at the calcium. I learned this firsthand when my baby had Baby Bottle Tooth Decay from breastfeeding. I was not eating healthy at the time. But when I switched to a really vegetable-rich, no-sugar diet, his teeth began hardening up with new calcium. I didn’t even know that was possible at the time. It’s not the sugar on your teeth that is so damaging; it’s the effect of sugar on your cells, blood, and saliva. And you can’t use a toothbrush to brush it away.
Another result of eating much healthier was that we had a lot less colds go through our house the following winter, 2 the following winter compared to about 8-10 from the winter before. And an infection that I had in my gums for seven years from a failed root canal (yes, it was terrible to let it go that long, I know!) began to heal within the first month of eating healthier. It's amazing what healthy food does for your body!]
[In fact, I not only have a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, but I also have a DCS. A Doctorate of Common Sense. I bet you’re impressed now! But truthfully, they’re not hard to get. Just start using your God-given brain to make reasonable, wise decisions that make sense. You don’t always need some academic in a lab coat telling you how to think or some skewed study telling you what to believe. Sometimes all you need is your DCS.]
(For our cereal, we just use organic almond milk. “Organic” because almonds are a highly-sprayed crop, too. I saw a program once where they talked about how they have to detox the bees that are used to pollinate an almond crop because of all the chemicals that are used on them.)
From what I’ve read, pasteurization kills all the good, living things in dairy milk. So it’s essentially dead and unhelpful. And then, homogenization breaks up all the large fat molecules (and all that dead matter) into tiny little ones that can now slip past the lining of your intestines, leading to things like leaky gut syndrome. Those fat molecules were big for a reason, so that they didn’t enter the blood stream. We buy only organic, non-homogenized milk. And only occasionally. (I also read that goat’s milk is better for people and easier to digest. If you can, get that instead.)
9. Cut out a bunch of sugar. Ideally, I’d like to cut out white sugar completely and only use maple syrup, honey, etc. (But not that fakey pancake syrup . . . that stuff’s nasty. And from what I’ve read, agave nectar is basically processed the same way as corn syrup. I don’t use it.) But in addition to maple syrup and honey, I also use organic evaporated cane juice when I bake. (Sugar is another highly sprayed crop, so I always buy organic. And make sure it’s “sugar cane” or you might end up getting genetically modified sugar beet.)And I have found that I can easily cut out about 50% of the sugar called for in a recipe and it still tastes good, better even. Your taste buds will adjust. And eventually excessively sweet things will start to taste yucky to you. For me, a cake with a ratio of 1 cup sugar to 4 cups flour is plenty sweet. I do even less for my breakfast cakes, about ½ cup sugar per 4 cups flour. Just sprinkle a teaspoon of sugar on top before baking and it tastes sweeter than it is because your tongue tastes the sugar first.
One time, I was having a small bowl of ice cream. It was after a long day and I just wanted one moment to myself. But as I was hiding from the kids to eat it, they came in and caught me and began whining for some. They ruined my peaceful moment.
And after I shared a little with them, you know what I did? I got myself another bowl. But as I was eating it, I realized that I didn’t want any more ice cream. It wasn’t tasting good. But I was eating it simply because I wanted the experience of eating it in peace. I wanted to have a treat all to myself and to really feel like I had a treat all to myself, that I got to savor it. It wasn’t about the ice cream; it was about the moment. About treating myself. This is when I learned the effectiveness of savoring a little bit of dessert, instead of gorging on too much. Eat a little something sweet, but make it a moment to remember.
FYI, here are a couple websites that I find interesting: naturalnews.com and thehealthyhomeeconomist.com.
Do you have any good health tips to share? I'd love to hear them.