Why I Won't Be Feeding My Daughter "The Standard American Diet"

I was raised on processed food. I don’t blame my parents because they didn’t know better. No one taught them to read food labels, what processed food does to you and how overtime, it can mess up your whole body. See, we’re not taught this stuff in school. Instead, subjects like calculus is stuffed down our throats when in reality, we’ll never use that shit - unless we plan to be a mathematician, engineer or professor. But, for the normal person like me, I didn’t need it in order to succeed in life.

Now that I’m having a child of my own and I understand the potential harm processed foods can play in our daily lives, I will NOT be feeding my daughter the standard american diet. It sounds harsh, but she won’t get to taste candy - unless it’s organic, I make it or someone gives it to her behind my back, TV dinners, conventional meat, and other things that will make her sick.

And, maybe you don’t agree with me and will argue that I’m doing a disservice for my daughter, but she’s my child and she will not be raised on the same foods as myself and my husband. I’ve watched plenty of documentaries and learned plenty of things that would make you cringe regarding the food industry. It’s absolutely disgusting to know that the food we put in our bodies every single day is slowly killing us. All the ingredients you cannot pronounce are chemicals and toxins that could potentially give you a disease. Now, some people get lucky and don’t get sick, but then, there are others who are constantly sick and aren’t as lucky.

Will she be looked at like she’s odd? Probably, but it’s for the best.

I’ll sit down and explain to her WHY I’m feeding her these foods instead of what her other classmates are eating. I’ll also teach her how to be strong and not listen to people or care what people think because more and more kids these days are developing diabetes, ADD, ADHD, cancer and parents wonder why. It’s unfortunate, but in part it’s the food industry and then the other part is environmental, which is something we cannot help. But, what we can do IS educate our child about the potential danger these foods possess.

My plan is to breastfeed and then when she’s 6 months ago, I’ll start by giving her veggies such as sweet potatoes, avocado, beans and see how she reacts. Now, I know many parents will NOT agree with that, but I’m going to do everything in my power to prevent her from getting sick later on in life.

I know my own mom told me I NEED to give her “some processed food.” But, why? How will that help her digestion system? How will that help her later on in life?

I think I had several digestion issues because I was fed processed food and I refuse to watch my own child go through that stuff. All the doctors needed to suggest was changing my diet and I would have been fine, but instead, I was put on medication.

I will do my best to provide her with natural remedies instead of relying on medicine. I’ve thought about this for a while and my husband is on the same page. We both agree that she will be taught about health + wellness at an early age.

If you have any questions or would like to do something similar with your child, let’s chat! Send me an email: adashofhopee@gmail.com

Listening to Your Body & Deconstructing Your Cravings

When I was in college, I started restricting myself from eating certain foods such as donuts, bagels, pastries and anything else I considered “bad food.” At work when someone brought in donuts, I would take a cold, hard look at them and want one so badly, but deny myself the pleasure.

I would say I’m pretty good at controlling myself when it comes to food.

But, some people are not. For instance, if you restrict yourself from eating specific foods, more than likely, you’ll end up binge eating, which is worse than just eating the darn donut in the first place.

It wasn’t until I started attending IIN that I found denying myself was actually hurting more than helping, so I started LISTENING to my body. Was I in the mood for a sweet treat? If so, I would have something small. I never felt like I needed to eat a whole carton of say ice cream because I began tuning into my cravings.

Is it easy to listen to your body?

Hell no.

But, once you train yourself to tune into what your body WANTS, you’ll more than likely not feel the desire to eat an entire chocolate cake.

Do you know why you crave certain foods? This is why:

  1. Lack of Primary Food. Being dissatisfied with a relationship, having an inappropriate exercise routine (too much, too little, or the wrong kind), being bored, stressed, or uninspired by a job, or lacking a spiritual practice can all cause emotional eating. Many people try to cope with uncomfortable emotions or difficult situations by seeking balance through food. Food can provide a form of relief, or even an escape, when you’re under stress. In this way, food is being used as a strategy to fulfill areas of primary food that aren’t being satisfied.

  2. Water. Staying hydrated is a great way to help reduce extreme cravings and may ultimately help regulate the amount eaten to match needs more closely. A glass of water before eating has actually been shown to reduce the amount of food consumed during a meal. Another factor to consider is that your hydration status affects your body’s electrolyte balance. When you sweat and lose water, you also lose electrolytes, like sodium. This may lead you to seek out sodium-rich foods following an intense workout.

  3. Lack of Nutrients. If the body has inadequate nutrients, it might produce odd cravings. An extreme example of this is a disorder called pica, which leads to extreme cravings of nonfood items, like clay. This condition may arise due to a chronic iron deficiency.

  4. Seasonal. The body often craves foods in accordance with the season. In the spring, people crave lighter foods, like leafy greens or citrus fruits. In the summer, people crave cooling foods, like raw foods and ice cream. In the fall, people tend to crave grounding foods, like squash, onions, and nuts, and many crave heat-producing foods, like meat, oil, and fat, in the winter. Cravings can also be associated with seasonal holidays. For example, turkey, eggnog, or Christmas cookies.

  5. Inside Coming Out. Cravings often come from foods you’ve recently eaten or foods from your childhood. Recently eaten foods tend to be fresh in your mind, so you’re more likely to crave that food in an attempt to re-create a positive eating experience. Similarly, when you crave foods from your childhood, you may really be seeking the feeling of comfort those foods may have provided when you were younger.

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It's Been Two Years Since We Moved To Greenville And My Experience Has Been...

In 2015, we visited Greenville for an engagement shoot.

At the time, we were living in Tennessee and my now-husband had just lost his job, so we made the decision to move back to Pennsylvania.

It was a difficult time for both of us because we had been living on our own for about a year and I loved the freedom of having my own place. Did I miss my family? Hell yeah, but it was a choice we made.

So, two weeks after doing the shoot, we moved back to PA.

A few months later, we decided to move to Greenville permanently. Was I afraid the same thing would happen as Tennessee? Yes, but it was a risk I knew I had to take.

Around the time we moved here, my grandma passed away, so that made it 10 times harder because I knew it was a horrible time to leave my family. But, I had to go.

Gosh, these two years had been emotionally draining.

My husband started his own business, which took a while to gain traction. It only took me about a month to obtain a job, but still, we were not used to our surroundings and we only had 2 friends here. It was hard starting over again and not to mention, the people in the south are so much different than the north, so we had to get used to the personalities.

But, we made it.

Together, we worked as a team and adopted a dog, moved to a nicer apartment, then bought a house, found out I was pregnant and I started attended IIN to become a holistic health coach. No, these events didn’t happen all in the same year.

So, it’s safe to say that these past few years have had its ups and downs.

In terms of the emotional aspect, there are days I miss my family so much it hurts, but then I remind myself that we would NOT be living comfortably in the north. It’s too damn expensive to live here and I wasn’t getting ANY job opportunities.

In order to learn, you must go through rough patches! It will only make you a stronger person. And, people ask me all the time how I cope with not seeing my family. What do I say? I don’t think about it. If I do, I’ll become a blabbering mess and you won’t want to pick up the pieces, trust me.

I’ve learned so much about myself, my husband and our abilities to take situations in stride. I mean, this year has started off really rough with having to fork out SO MUCH money for our taxes, then having the washer break, the heater, and my dog eating my prescription glasses. So, it’s safe to say we’ve put out way more money than we anticipated, BUT…. I remind myself to focus on the positive aspects of my life. It could be so much worse.

I mean, compared to other women (knock on wood), my pregnancy has been a breeze. I often feel nauseous, exhausted, heartburn, but nothing too extreme, so I’m lucky.

What have I learned living here?

I’ve learned that there’s a little creative community that is willing to help. All you have to do is reach out!

My husband and I can get through anything.

Stay positive even when negative things are heading my way.

It gets better.

Believe in myself and my abilities.

Believe that I WILL obtain clients for my business.

Thanks GVL for the memories so far! I can’t wait to create more. ✌️


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