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

How To Gain Control Of Your Anxiety

I’ve never battled with anxiety as much as I have the past few months. It’s like I’m suffocating and I’m trying to stay afloat. And, then, someone walks by and pushes me back under water.

People think holistic health coaches are supposed to be perfect and “put together” when it reality, we’re just like you. We battle with our own issues and by understanding what’s wrong and trying to fix it, we can be better equip to assist people who are going through the same problem.

There are ways to cope with anxiety and you need to know them and learn your triggers. Do you know what makes your anxiety start? Are there certain people or objects that make it worse?

The first step is learning what makes you tick. From there, you can prevent the downward spiral from happening.

Mine usually starts in the morning.

It’s not like I don’t feel absolutely thankful and overjoyed that I have a little girl on the way, it’s the anxiety of money, job, etc that comes along with the territory. My husband’s business hasn’t been doing as well as last year, so we’re struggling a bit financially.

It’s like when it rains, it pours. First the HVAC system, then the windows and then from there, it’s like there’s almost no money left. So much to pay for. It’s no wonder so many Americans are struggling financially and can’t afford anything!

I mean, it could be so much worse, which is what I remind myself, but that doesn’t always make my anxiety go away. So, after crying when I get home after a long day, I’ve started trying to focus on other things.

Here are a few ways I deal with anxiety:

1) Baking. Recently, I’ve gotten more into baking and I’m finding it relaxes me. I’ve found some great recipes that taste delicious and consist of healthy ingredients. Besides, why buy dessert when you can make it?!

2) Bike riding. I came home today and said to my husband, “I’d like to go on a bike ride.” I figured it was exactly what I needed after a long day and it did the trick!

3) Yoga. Why pay for a class when you can just search on youtube for yoga classes? It’s free and more relaxing because you’re by yourself.

4) Go for a walk. Clear your mind with a walk. Added bonus: listen to your favorite tunes!

5) Journal. Writing down my thoughts and feelings always makes me feel less anxiety and stressed. It’s like I’m vomiting on the page, which in turn makes me feel relieved.

Stop letting anxiety take over! You do have control and you need to find ways to gain it back. Of course, if you need someone to talk to, feel free to reach out!

The question I leave you with this: What makes YOU happy?

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