When I was very young, I was the victim of “healthy food abuse.” For real.
I had to sit at the table until dinner was finished. Even when my mother made Brussel sprouts on the SAME NIGHT as she prepared liver and onions. Who does that?!?!?
We literally had to eat every bite. We had no dog to sneak our scraps to, and I was terrified of my mother. There was only one thing to do: pretend to chew it up and then spit out bites into napkins.
Alas, my mother is not stupid. When she caught on, I just sat at the table until bedtime.
Naturally I have not been as strict with my own children. But we insist on promoting healthy eating in our home.
That means we only offer one meal; I refuse to be a short-order cook. And each item we serve — whether we’ve eaten it a dozen times or once before — must at least be sampled with a couple bites. It seems only fair, considering foods I once hated, Brussel sprouts included, are now some of my favorites. Our palates change, and we need to give healthy foods especially a chance.
Outside the home, we are a bit more lax. And now that my children are older, they’ve outsmarted me. Just this week, a mom who was supervising a class trip to a competition shared a photo on Facebook of my son enjoying a lunch he bought with his own money —which consisted of soda and two bags of Skittles.
Oy-vey! Where have I gone wrong?
I can only hope that eventually my children learn to love healthy food as much as I do. I love all food, if I’m honest, but because I have an expansive palate, I often enjoy most healthy foods.
Because I’m strong-willed (I thank my mom for that, obviously!), I will try almost anything that’s “good for me.” I will even choke down unsavory things when I am CERTAIN they are wholesome and healthy. It seems only fair given that we have no problem overeating unhealthy foods that we fuel our bodies with ingredients and items that we KNOW help create an alkaline gut, prevent cancer or help our bodies detoxify from an onslaught of chemicals.
I was thinking about this as I grabbed some celery and put a few dollops of almond butter on it. My kids HATE celery. I’ve always thought it was OK. It’s got a nice crunch. Pretty much no flavor. As a child, I would dip it in some kind of creamy concoction. I enjoyed it. But it’s hardly as tasty as a donut. The honest-to-God truth is that I eat it for its health benefits.
It helps lower inflammation and cholesterol. It protects liver health and aids in digestion. It has anti-bacterial properties and can be used in conjunction with other things to prevent cancer. That’s just a few benefits, so what’s not to like about celery?
My food sensitivities and pesticide sensitivity also make me more apt to balance what I know I’m being exposed to by eating foods that can help my body.
One of my favorites is my company’s Greens! supplement, filled with spiralina algae, dandelion root extract, ginkgo leaf powder, Brussel sprout powder, shiitake aerial extract, chlorella algae powder, bilberry fruit powder and so much more goodness. It’s a green powder. It looks gross. It doesn’t particularly smell pleasant. The taste can take some getting used to.
But I wouldn’t care. The benefits of all these plants far outweigh taste.
Just Google one or two of these superfoods and see what consumption of these can do for your body — inside and out! And if you’re stubborn and daring, I invite you to try the Greens! that I use. Your body will thank you!