In this blog series, we’re taking the blinders off and taking action for a better future for our families.
The blinders are off, and we’ve decided to empower ourselves, and our families. So, what’s next?
How do we give our kids this best chance for health and happiness given the world that we now live in?
The good news is that there are MANY things that we can do.
- We can ensure that their bodies are being fueled by the best nutrition – clean, whole foods.
- Identify and take away those foods which are doing them more harm than good.
- Recognize the many sources of toxins (in food, clothing, cleansers, personal care products, and the environment), and reduce their exposure.
- Boost their immune systems so they don’t get sick as often, and learn ways to support and heal them when they do get minor illnesses.
- Learn to use food as medicine, and natural remedies, rather than turning to harsh pharmaceuticals.
- Spend time outside, planting gardens, playing in the dirt, soaking up the sunshine, and connecting with nature.
- Give them tools like meditation and mindfulness to help lower their stress levels and help them cope with life’s daily challenges.
But how do we know which “facts” to believe? How do we decipher all of this information?
Where *do* we start to make positive changes? How do we make that crucial first step?
It can be overwhelming and confusing (hence the knee jerk reaction to resort to options 1 or 2!)
The good news is that you don’t have to do it alone.
I *did*. And trust me, you don’t want to! I created my business (Fresh Start Family Wellness), to help other families make their own “fresh start”. Minus the confusion and overwhelm.
How can we work together?
There are a few different ways that I can guide you on your journey.
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If you’re looking for your wellness ‘village’, please join us over at the Empowered Moms, Nourished Families Facebook group.
And when you’re ready to take the leap and want some customized, judgment-free, compassionate guidance to help you on your way, let’s chat.
My coaching packages are designed to give parents the hand-hold that they need to successfully integrate positive changes into their daily lives. I can take away the confusion and the fear, and replace it with power, confidence and satisfaction. I work one-on-one with you to answer all of your questions, and support your family’s unique priorities and needs.
Together, we create new family wellness traditions that will empower you, and your children, for life.
In Part 1 of this blog series, we talked about why it isn’t in our best interest to stick with the status quo, and follow the ‘herd’.
So, now that we’re aware of the (scary) truth, what do we do about it?
As a parent, we have 3 choices. We can…
- Stick our heads in the sand. Ignore the stats, deny the truth. Stick with the status quo.
- Live in fear and a constant state of anxiety. Realize that something is amiss, and then spin in circles, trying to figure out what to do, and not knowing where to start.
Before we move on to option #3, let’s first take a look at the first two options.
Stick our heads in the sand.
Yes, this takes a load off our shoulders. But in our state of denial, we are doing a disservice to our kids. With our without our help, they are still facing the same challenges.
Live in fear.
So, we’ve taken the first step, and recognizing that there is a problem. But now we are adding to it, by feeling fearful and stressed. Fear is a negative emotion…a toxic emotion. And it can make us, and our kids even sicker! Awareness is excellent: indeed, let’s take off the blinders. AND then let’s take some positive action.
Which brings us to option #3.
We empower ourselves.
We open our minds to the truth, and educate ourselves. And then we take action.
We make that first move, and then take it one step at a time. Not only will this put us on the path towards that goal of health and happiness, but it will help to teach and empower our children, so that they can keep the momentum going in their own lives, and the lives of their families.
So we’ve donned our capes and are ready to take action. What do we do now?
Stay tuned for the next blog post!
“You did XYZ as a kid, and you turned out fine”
As a parent attempting to forge a new path for her family, this is a phrase that I hear often. It is repeated by our own parents, our peers, our doctors, and perhaps even our partners.
But once the blinders started to come off, once I decided to listen to my intuition rather than media, once I decided to ask questions and research alternatives rather than following the herd…
Once that awareness begins, blanket statements like these no longer sit well.
And they certainly do not provide a strong enough justification for us to tune out those important instincts and fall back in line with the status quo.
What’s wrong with the status quo?
Why should we take that ‘road less travelled’ for our families?
Because the stark reality is that today’s kids are growing up in a world that is *very* different to the one that we grew up in. And one that is light years away from the world that our grandparents and great grandparents grew up in.
The food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink are all vastly different now.
Instead of playing outside, in the dirt, we’re staying inside, and slathering ourselves in hand sanitizer. And the ‘good bacteria’ in our guts is suffering the consequences.
Kids have less down-time, and more activities and screens.
Harsh chemicals surround us, in our cleansers, personal care products, clothes, and mattresses.
Rather than resting and listening to our bodies, commercials try to convince us to take their medicine so that we can suppress our symptoms and get back to work/school/activities sooner.
And why do these things matter?
Because we’re stressed, we’re sick, and we’re overwhelmed.
Rates of childhood illness are on the rise:
- ADHD: 1 in 10
- Asthma: 1 in 10
- Allergies: 1 in 4
- Autism: 1 in 50
- Obesity: tripled in last 25 years, 31% overweight/obese
- Steady increase in anxiety and depression in children
- Increased incidence of childhood cancer
Eye-opening, isn’t it?
So what do we do about it?
Stay tuned for the next blog post, when we’ll talk about next steps to consider.
(or, if you’re impatient and ready to take action, send me a message and we’ll get started ASAP!)