Creating Healthy Children

30 Aug
I have loved carrying our son on my back everywhere we go.  Not only do we love the closeness of being together, but he can see what I’m seeing and we can talk about it.  It is much the same in our everyday life.  My husband and I love showing the beauty of our world to our son.  When he was born, we wanted a non-violent birth to welcome him home.  We chose to follow the principles of attachment parenting (Hold On To Your Kids and Why Attachment Parenting is Increasingly Important Today).  We make sure to limit the chemicals in our home (Building a Safe Home, I love Baking Soda, More Cleaning Tips) and we use natural products on our skin (Jojoba Oil).  We have made the decision to homeschool with a lot of time dedicated to nature study.  And because my passion is health and nutrition, we have been trying to transition our family into more raw vegan foods.  We want to create a HEALTHY CHILD: not only physically, but mentally and spiritually as well.
Admittedly, we have chosen to create a HEALTHY CHILD through alternative choices, unlike our own upbringing, unlike most friends’ and family’s choices for their children. This is why I love Karen Ranzi‘s book Creating Healthy Children: Through Attachment Parenting and Raw Foods.  It discusses everything I have tried to research on my own: home birth, circumcision, pregnancy, breastfeeding, attachment parenting, teaching your child how to eat, personal care products for children, exercise and outdoor time, nutrition, homeschooling, nonviolent communication, vaccination and, of course, the raw foods diet.  T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study, praises her book.  As do Victoria Boutenko (author of Green Smoothie Revolution), David Klein (Vibrance Magazine), Susan Smith Jones (The Healing Power of Naturefoods), Matthew Grace (A Way Out), Paul Nison (The Raw Life), Rhio (Hooked on Raw), Tonya Zavasta (Your Right to Be Beautiful) and Elson M. Haas (Staying Healthy with Nutrition), among others.  In reading her book, I feel supported in what we have been practicing at home and I feel encouraged to know that it can all be done.
Karen Ranzi’s book can help many families create HEALTHY CHILDREN: not only physically, but mentally and spiritually as well.  Here are a few excerpts from the book, which is full of supporting research and recommendations:
“What a pregnant woman consumes while growing a baby can lay down the health and genetic code for that new human being, predisposing that person to ailments such as heart disease in later life.  The health of our children is of great concern today as we are exposed to an ever more toxic environment.
We don’t always have control over much that goes on in our physical world.  Water and air pollution affect us every day, and the daily stresses of life are detriments to our health.  The only things we have complete control over are what food we choose to put into our bodies, what we use on our skin, the amounts of sleep and exercise we get, and the love and emotional support we give ourselves and our children…  Over the years, I’ve learned focusing on food alone is not sufficient.  Time outdoors each day, a relaxed positive attitude, plenty of exercise and enough sleep should also be top priorities in a healthy lifestyle.
The real cause of infections is not germs.  Instead, it is because of an internally unclean body.
… to avoid health problems, the vegan diet should be low in fat… applied to fresh raw vegan foods, focusing on lower consumption of nuts, seeds and avocados.
Not only do meat-eaters fall ill, vegetarians, vegans and raw foodists can also get sick.  Many vegetarians and vegans consume too much starchy food; processed starches are particularly problematic.  The problems a raw foodist can develop are often due to poor food combining, improper acid/alkaline balance, lack of variety of foods and too much fat.”
P.S.  The other night, before bedtime, our son said with a big smile and a twinkle in his eye: “Mama, let’s look outside the window at how beautiful the world is!”  Be still my heart!  The world is beautiful and my son knows it.  I may not be able to carry my son on my back for longer, but I know there is a way to create a healthy child.  I already have one.

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