My family and I were fortunate to be able to spend a whole day recently with Karen Ranzi author of Creating Healthy Children Through Attachment Parenting and Raw Foods. Her book is full of researched evidence for topics that include breastfeeding, natural birth, circumcision, vaccinations, non-violent communication, raw foods for pregnancy, lactating mothers, children and the family, non-toxic households and other important issues that any parent (raw or otherwise) would love to read about. In the time we shared with Karen, we discovered an easy going, funny, kind and a loving person. There are three things about Karen that really impressed me however:
1. SHE SUPPORTS THE MARRIAGE: Karen Ranzi says “Prior to conception, the mother and the father need to be on the same page on how they want to bring up their children. If there is conflict between mother and father, there will be conflict with the child.”
Karen encourages couples to work together as a team in creating a family. Only then can there be a happy household and thus the creation of a healthy happy child.
2. SHE IS VERY FLEXIBLE and OPEN: When I said my boys wouldn’t want to go 100% raw, Karen said “That’s ok. Don’t force it. Work with what they want and change one thing at a time. Controlling what they eat won’t work. JUST DO YOUR BEST. They are already eating so much better.”
Karen is a mother’s cheerleader. She’s been there and done that. She admits easily to her own mistakes and encourages mothers to learn from her. She says that the only thing she regrets were times when she wanted to control her own children: in their food or education. She encourages flexibility instead. Her advice to mothers is to: “Do your best,” “Change one thing at a time,” “Work with your family,” and “Controlling only severs relationships.” Most of all, LOVE your children and your family.
3. KAREN LOVES CHILDREN AND CHILDREN LOVE KAREN: My son exclaimed, “I want Karen Ranzi to stay at our house for 100 days!”
Karen says, “If I can change just one thing for one person in their road to health, then it was worth it!” Not only is she passionate about her message and generous with her knowledge , but she knows just how to instill a love for health in the young ones. I saw this as she interacted playfully with my son. After presenting him with and reading The Children’s Health Food Book together, my son and Karen were transformed into Superheroes with capes saving stuffed animals from the effects of bad food. Needless to say, my 4 year old happily drank all his green smoothies and ate all his greens while she was here. He was in Raw Food Heaven!
And finally, before we said goodbye, Karen looked into my eyes and said “You are doing a great job!” I smiled a really big smile because that was the highest compliment I could have received from her.