Your Body is a Temple

So we should care what goes into it.

Yesterday I saw this video on facebook:

I thought it was pretty poignant and powerful. It’s not saying that if you give your kids the occasional “treat” of french fries that they’re going to die in their 30’s from heart failure. The point the video is making is that even the earliest established eating habits (note: HABITS- repeated behaviors) can affect you into adulthood. So it’s important to start healthy eating habits as early as possible.

My husband and I feel pretty strongly about it, which is why we’ve changed our own diets in the past few years, cutting out processed foods as much as possible (though I’ll admit that being pregnant for the past 2 years has made that difficult for me….those pregnancy cravings man…the struggle is real). But it’s especially important to us as parents to make sure we don’t feed our kids crap either.

I say the following not to criticize other parents and how they feed their children (though I would exhort you to re-evaluate what you feed your kids for the sake of their health…cause I think it’s important), but I say it also to be an encouragement to you if you do want to establish healthy eating habits for your kids. It can begin as soon as they start solid foods. I honestly don’t know what all goes into jarred baby food. But Gwen has never had it. We decided to make our own baby food from day 1 of solid foods. Yes, pre-packaged foods are more convenient (and convenience is very appealing when you have kids), but we decided this was important to us and our family, so sacrificing a little time to make fresh baby food was something I was willing to do. We don’t want to sacrifice health just for convenience. Again, maybe there is healthy jarred baby food out there that I’m not aware of. It was just more appealing to me to give her something fresh, where I knew exactly what was in it. This book helped me to get started. We also don’t give her juice, only water and milk for now. So she has very little sugary things, if any- only for special treats. And when she does get a special treat it’s usually frozen yogurt.

Now we’re at the point where she can basically eat everything we eat. She gets a lot of fresh fruit and veggies, plain greek yogurt, whole grains, etc. Like adults, kids like tasty food too…who wants bland food?? So we introduced her to a variety of spices and different flavors early on. Healthy food CAN taste good! I don’t know if it’s because of what we’ve fed her up until now, but she eats EVERYTHING. And I mean everything. At a restaurant a few weeks ago, she ate falafel. FALAFEL. And she loved it. We are very lucky!

In addition to eating healthy, we want to live an active lifestyle. We live in California. The weather here is gorgeous. There are mountains and rivers and lakes and the OCEAN is 35 mins away. It’s pretty darn good motivation to be outdoors. This is another “habit” we’d like to instill in our kids- getting outside and being active. Walking, hiking, running, swimming, whatever. It’s all part of taking care of your body, but I think it’s also important to just experience and enjoy God’s creation. There have been times where we realized…”we live in California….we could just up and go to the beach on any given weekend, yet we’ve done nothing but sit in the house the past few weeks…what is wrong with us??”. Life gets busy sometimes so we really do need to set aside time and make an effort to do these things. And as a stay-at-home-mom, I’m responsible for getting my kids out of the house, taking them to the park, etc. It’s a challenge at times, but it’s worth it.

In honor of this post, I’d like to share a side-by-side comparison photo of my husband (with his permission). The first picture was taken 3 years ago when we first moved to California, and the 2nd photo was just a few weeks ago (50 lbs lighter). I hardly recognize the man on the left! Healthy eating, being active, and getting out of a life-sucking stressful job in Philadelphia, are responsible for his transformation 🙂