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Proper Nutrition – Key to the Twinkle in Our Eyes
Children are multi and extra sensory beings. They see more than us, particularly the little things, like the worm struggling to get home after the rainstorm or the coin lost in the dirt on which you stepped. They hear the sound of a train horn bellowing miles away. They feel more than us; they yelp at the temperature of the water, telling you it’s too hot, when you thought the bath water was just right. They taste the cilantro in the guacamole and ask you why it tastes funny. They are wise and intuitive beyond belief. You think they are this way, noticing these subtleties, with a twinkle in their eyes because the world is new to them. Maybe that’s part of it. But do you notice the adults with a twinkle in their eyes or those that laugh more than others? They are small in number, but they do exist. Those are the adults that have not lost their connection to the way life is supposed to be.
What fogs our vision, blocks our taste buds, ruins our sight, dulls our minds and breaks our connection to the way it’s supposed to be? Food and emotions. Food that is not natural, alive or good quality, blocks our channels. You don’t believe me? Look at the child that cannot close his mouth because it’s too hard to breathe. Try eliminating the mucus-forming foods, particularly dairy and wheat, and watch your child transform. Look at the girl who has attention deficit disorder and such bad nightmares that she goes into school each day exhausted. How much better able to concentrate and understand life would she be, if you eliminated chemicals from her diet? Look at the 6-year-old child under such stress that they experience irritable bowel syndrome. I could share countless examples with you but I know you understand.
Once you realize that the wonder and fascination in life does not need to end in early childhood, maybe you’ll want to give your children the opportunity to experience this joy for the rest of their lives.
It is no longer possible for our children to have the quality of life they deserve unless we start going about things differently when it comes to feeding them. Over the decade that I’ve been raising children differently, I’ve been faced with many disbelievers but continued to do my own thing. My children’s health is by no means perfect but it is different. They catch fewer colds, recover from them faster, have never been diagnosed with an infection or needed antibiotics, only have the occasional nightmare, are slim and muscular and have incredible academic prowess…..Oh now, here she goes, you’re thinking. All right, I won’t carry on any longer other than saying that because of the way my children eat, my life as a parent is easier, the lives of my children are easier and everyone that comes into contact with them is happier for it. Am I getting carried away? Don’t take my word for it. Try the ideas I recommend in this blog and my book. You’ll see the difference. Raising children should not make you want to run for the hills every single day – the odd day, sure!
It is my most fervent wish that you embark on the journey of feeding your child healthier, dare to be different and then look at me with that zest for life. I’ll see the twinkle in your eye and know what you’ve been doing. I’ll ask that you save the actual lives of other children by spreading the word, or simply setting an example of health. One day you might be asked, “Your son seems so much happier; what did you do differently?” You might say, “I just learned how to feed him to help him reach his full potential.” If you can answer in that way, it is obvious that you are doing the very best you possibly can for your child.
I know children who eat candy every day, never touch a fruit or vegetable and whose beverage of choice is diet coke, consumed multiple times a day. These children are not being given the basics of life. When your child regularly wants to forgo eating vegetables and you let them because it’s another battle you do not have the strength to fight, you are telling your child, whether you realize it or not, that his health doesn’t matter.
The choices you make concerning what you feed your children will affect every single area of their lives. It will affect how they feel, how much energy, strength and brain power they have, how they look and whether they will age with vitality or not.
It is our responsibility as parents not only to provide the basics of life to our children but also to help these souls develop into the happiest, healthiest and finest human beings possible. How can we do this without accepting responsibility and giving our children the proper foundation?
No other relationship sets the tone for the life experience of each individual more powerfully than the relationship between parent and child. Therefore, the real healing of children begins with their parents. I believe in you. I encourage you to believe in yourself and your child. I’ve seen the incredible healing power of the human body. I’ve seen the amazing changes families have made to create a healthy, balanced life. It’s yours for the taking. Have courage, have patience, and have faith. There is no greater accomplishment than raising a happy and healthy human being.
These paragraphs are taken from the Introduction of my book, The Resourceful Mother’s Secrets to Healthy Kids. I felt the need, at this time, to provide encouragement to all of my blog readers, the parents of the world, to remember the importance of food and proper nutrition in your child’s life.
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