My story begins with my kids, because that's where all good stories begin, right? But in hindsight, it really began about 10 years prior to my little treasures ever entering the scene...with my dad.
He was diagnosed with adult onset diabetes (back when mostly just adults "got it") and was told he would be taking medications for the rest of his life (which, by the way have side effects of death) unless he changed his diet. He did some of his own research, and ended up tweaking a few things, giving a few things up and adding in a few things (all natural) and voila, his diabetes went away. His doctor, by the way, asked him how he did it as he himself was struggling with it as well. That made an impression on me.
So now, we fast forward to my lovelies. My husband and I are blessed with two healthy babies, two years apart, and we are going through the parenting and family motions of raising them. Both of us working full time, eating out for convenience a few times per week, buying fast and easy meals to throw together at home. We both pack on some extra weight from stress, lack of exercise, lack of energy, lack of nutrition, the list could go on and on...but I know you get the point.
I come down with a rare form of psoriasis, which was irritating at best, but I dealt with for several years. My husband was up about 40 lbs from his "normal" healthy weight and receives the pink slip from his doctor that he is now entering the bad cholesterol zone. My daughter has this lingering stomach ache that the doctors can't diagnose. My younger son has such severe fall allergies he ends up on steroids, antibiotics and breathing treatments at least once a year, along with nasal congestion that rivals the noise of a barn animal some nights. His eczema on his legs cracks and bleeds, which we were stuck putting steroid cream on because nothing else seems to even come close to healing it or keeping it at bay.
What's a mom to do? Where are we, how did we get here and why are we here at our ages? It dawned on me one day, while doing some research, that it started with our food. And from there, a passion was born.
I decided we would no longer rely on others for our own health, but seek my own answers and treat ourselves through nutrition. That's when I went back to school and it changed our lives. Within only a few weeks my psoriasis was gone. My husbands weight and cholesterol, back in normal range! My children's health issues resolved - NO ALLERGIES, NO ECZEMA, no steroids or breathing treatments and belly aches we can predict before they even hit (but how can you say no to the occasional ice cream or cupcake?).
You won't catch me buying fast or cheap any longer - because my health and family is worth a lot more than that! Education is power and the truth will always prevail - you alone hold the key to your health.