Decide What’s Important To You

…and your family.

We met up with some friends last week (who happen to be workout freaks) and I could tell the wife was itching to pick my brain.  She knows I’m Paleo and that I cook all.the.time.  So while I was sitting on the couch, she came to sit by me and asked, “Jess, do you really cook three meals a day from scratch?”  I answered, “Yes.”  She then replied, “I don’t know how you do it.”

someday is important now

This got me to thinking.

I reflected later to Josh, that food/nutrition is important to me.  Some people like to workout, some like to travel, while others like to have hobbies.  Not to say I don’t like any of those things, but food seems to be at the forefront for me.  Ever since reading Primal Body, Primal Mind, my life hasn’t been the same.  I am 100% conscious of what goes into our bodies at every waking moment (especially snacks).  I am even menu planning when we go camping or go to friend’s houses or wherever.

Am I obsessed?  Maybe.  Do I eat strict Paleo 100% of the time?  No, but I wish I did.  I think this all stems from being diagnosed with Celiac Disease over 30 years ago.  How can I not think about food when I constantly have to make sure I don’t get contaminated?  I don’t cheat, ever.   It’s not an option for me and never will be.  So, since I think about food and want to control monitor what my family eats, food is my numero uno!

the food you eat

Do I wish I cared about exercising more or just doing chores/activities that happen to be exercise, but of course.  I try to be conscious of that every day especially playing with Emma.  It’s easy to incorporate exercise while chasing a toddler, so no excuses there.  I don’t even allow myself to pull the ‘I’m pregnant’ card, unless my tailbone is killing me and I can’t walk.  I’ve been blessed to have great pregnancies, not perfect, but pretty high up there, so no feeling sorry for myself.  Sidenote: being pregnant means eating for 1.2 NOT 2 whole people. 

camping in OK

Food is something that I can control most of the time.  Eating out gets hard and I could do better at making better choices, but sometimes I cave.  I forgive myself since 95% of the time I know what I’m eating.  Healthy eating rolls into trying to be green/getting chemicals out of our home and bodies, etc.  That’s why I strive to use organic products or Make It Myself-to save money and know that I can pronounce everything we use/consume.

If you remember my Superwoman post, you know I can’t do it all, nor do I pretend that I can.  I just want to do the best for our family.  It may not be what your family needs or wants, but it may get you to thinking.  Sometimes I’ll watch movies and wonder what’s it all for?  Why eat healthy?  Why try to be green?  My sister recently asked me, “How do you do it, Jess, with all the information you have in your head?”  I told her, I don’t know, sometimes I want to give up, but I can’t.  You can’t unlearn things; you can’t digress, especially when I have a child that I’m responsible for.  If someone paid me a million dollars to change my lifestyle, I’d have to pass.

heart feels right

Am I crazy?  Maybe.  Do I spend too much time cooking/thinking about and spending money on food while wondering what the next meal is?  Probably so.  Would I change it for the world?  Definitely not.  If I can get even one person to think differently about the way they eat or the products they use, my mission is complete.  I can’t keep this knowledge bottled up…my head would explode and I think Josh would go crazy.  Therefore, I will keep pushing ahead, keep reading, keep searching, and keep cooking. ‘ You gotta keep on, keep on, keep on, keep on moooving!’

That’s why it’s important to decide what’s important to you.  Pick one thing (so you don’t get overwhelmed) and start there.  Focus on that and move forward.  If you want to get GMOs out of your diet, start there.  The funny thing is that it has a trickle affect.  It started out with food, then moved to what goes on our bodies, in our home, what we are exposed to, etc.  You kind of embody it all once you see it’s all interconnected.  I know I can’t do it all, but that doesn’t stop me from trying.  I may throw in the towel on the house being spick ‘n span, but I refuse to give up on food.  I owe it to myself and my family to do the best I can in this crazy, chemical-laden world.

If you can't pronounce it don't eat it

This world is getting crazier and crazier with all the new studies coming out with the effects on what we eat, what we breathe, and how we live, that I sometimes just want to head for the hills.  I know that’s not realistic, right?  Right?  So, I just look for better alternatives and seek wisdom at doing things they did back in the good ‘ole days.

the difference

I could go on and on, since I’m a smidge passionate about this topic, but I don’t want to come across as preachy (maybe a lil hormone-y though).  Just do me a favor and think about it.  Think about what you want for your family and the steps it will take to get there.  Don’t beat yourself up about the past…you gotta put your behind in the past past behind you.  Make the choice to do something and JUST DO IT!  You won’t regret it and your family will thank you.

Note: Photos from here, here, here, and here.

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