This first quote should have gone with my post for yesterday about books and life, sorry I just found it!
" If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author and every day you have the opportunity to write a new page." ~ Mark Houlahan
I am not sure what it is about quotes that inspire me... but they do. Maybe it is because they are short and to the point! I have been studying about eating better foods. I went to a friend's house last month and she has mostly gone to a RAW diet. Now most of you probably wonder why anyone would do that but...man, did I ever feel better when I was there.
Ever since I was a little kid, I was always sick. I never had any thing normal like a cold, instead I had bronchitis, never just a cold sore but instead over 20 fever blisters at a time. Yes, health was never my blessing in life. I have strived hard to do all that I can to make my body healthier, I am sure some of you are laughing ...because all you have ever known is a sickly Lynn. But I actually do try, think what I might be like if I hadn't tried? When we were first married and Amy was little girl, I was sick a lot and then I realized Amy had a ton of allergies too, just like me. Then Brad came along and he seemed to have lots of fevers and bronchitis too. Next came Lauren and she had one ear infection after another. There came a time that I couldn't tell which PINK MEDICINE (antibiotics) was whose in the fridge. I remember well the day that I realized something had to change, Brad was laying on the floor and wiped out from all the medicine he was on. Now as a mom I constantly worried how to help my kids be healthier, but I hadn't even figured that out myself yet.
So I finally called my cousin who was a known GRANOLA WOMAN and I asked her where we should begin? She gave me tons of books and ideas of ways to start. So Jeff and I studied and prayed about it and decided to throw all the medicine away and change our diet radically ( I am in no way suggesting that anyone else should do this). I still remember how worried my mom was that we were doing this, I tried to convince her that we had done our homework, but I don't think she really believed it. It did take a while for everyone's body to sorta de-tox and for us to get things out of our cupboards that shouldn't be there. We went off of Dairy, Red meat and Sugar. Within months, the kids were better and I was better. We know longer even needed our weekly allergy shots.
Long story short, we still got sick but found a much better way to live. I did it all, made the homemade granola, fruit wraps, juiced every day and found all kinds of new recipes. Lee and Lauren used to think that fruit leather was the best treat. But life got busier and busier. Peer pressure got worse and worse on the kids, because they ate so differently. I even had one of the kid's teachers tell me that if I didn't start letting the kids eat sugar that one day they would probably be closet eaters and weigh over 200 pounds. (that is the truth) So I felt like maybe I had gone over board and felt like I should back off. ( But I have to admit now that I do NOT believe what she said was true at all!)
I have to admit, I never should have done that but....I did. After my first battle with Cancer then I sorta got back into the healthier eating habits and realized that I felt better again. Still time and being busy didn't help me take the time to prepare my meals like I should have. Time, everything seems so rushed now days, I guess that is why FAST FOOD places are booming. So a couple of weeks ago I pulled back out the OLD JUICER, I ordered a NEW DEHYDRATOR and I borrowed some more books from my friend. As I was reading in one of them this week, I found these neat quotes, they do apply to me and my life. I do believe that our food has a lot to do with the health of our bodies. So with that in mind, I went to Yakima Fruit Market today and purchased my 25lb bag of carrots and lots of other vegetables. I think I could actually see my kid's eyes roll when they helped me carry everything in.
Yes, I am going to try again to eat better and cook better for the family. I am not sure that is exactly what they want... but as a mom, I have to admit I feel much better about giving them good food verses junk food. I think this is exactly what I need to help me remember to take time out to prepare our meals, slow down and really enjoy life. I have had people in the past make fun of me and how I fed my family. But up until last year, it it had been over 13 years since any one in our family had gotten a prescription. So that can't be that bad? Have any of them turned out to be closet eaters? I don't think so, but I am sure they will go on Oprah and blame me if they do! :)
I just want to do all that I can to try and beat cancer and any other disease that is out there. I know that isn't strictly done by eating right, but it does help strengthen my body. I am trying to change in all the areas of my life not just my eating habits. What is wrong with a girl who always goes to the self help section in the book store? At least she is keeps trying. Wish me luck, or I should say...wish Jeff and the kids luck!
"Look and you will find it: what is unsought will go undetected." ~ Sophocies
"To remain young, one must change." ~ Alexander Chasea
" Health is not simply the absence of sickness." ~ Hannah Green
" As I see it every day you do one of two things: build health or produce disease in yourself." ~ Adelle Davis
" It is not the length of life, but depth of life." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
" I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning." ~ J.B. Priestly