In Ayurveda, they say that your mental state affects how your body digests food. So, if a child doesn’t like veggies, forcing them to eat it will cause them to improperly break down their food and therefore cause toxins in the body.
But, my son has gladly eaten 2 big bags of Valentine’s candy and was ill for a month. My son has also fought many times against our ‘veggies first’ rule, begrudgingly ate his very green salad and has become much healthier for it. Looking at the bigger picture, the chemicals contained in junk or fast foods cause consumers to have a high, cause them to crave these same foods and within weeks can wreak havoc on their healthy systems. Cancer patients, though willing but who may not love the drastic change in diet, have cured themselves off cancer on Raw Vegan Foods.
Do we really have to love the food we eat? Compared to the quality of the food we eat, it can’t be as important, can it?
Should We Have Fun Now and Pay For It Later?
Some people may call me fanatical and extreme for being a Raw Vegan Mama. For the past 2 1/2 years, I have been transitioning my hubby and son’s diet from a Cooked Meat-based one to a largely Plant-based diet that is high in Raw Vegan foods. We hardly eat out. I make most of our meals from scratch and have all the appliances I need to make it easy for me. When my family does eat out, I secretly cringe when my hubby and son order Sweet Tea (corn syrup! yikes!), Shrimp Tempura (mercury! hydrogenated oil!), a Hamburger (not-organic meat! hormones! dioxins! cow poop!) or celebrate a friend’s birthday with a store-bought cupcake (GMOs, preservatives, artificial dyes, I give up!).
But here’s the thing: when my husband and I married, we vowed to work at being PHYSICALLY HEALTHY so that we could live a long life together. I take this vow very seriously and now that we have a family, I dream of a healthy and disease-free family too. I honestly can’t sleep at night knowing I served my family foods that could potentially harm their future health.
Why Do I Believe In A Plant-Based Diet?
There are so many reasons (look under Research)! Here are more reasons why:
- Did you know that we can decrease our chances of cancer by 40%, heart disease by 50% and diabetes by 60% through a whole foods Vegetarian Diet? (from Kathy Freston’s Veganist)
- A plant-based diet also reduces BMI, cholesterol, blood pressure and hypertension.
- Did you know that Diabetes is on an upswing worldwide? 1/3 of the kids born after 2000 will get type 2 diabetes and it has been proven that it is preventable through diet and lifestyle. Dr. Barnard has shown that beef and cheese are bigger insulin spikers than pasta and fish more than popcorn! The Vegetarian Diet helps prevent diabetes!
- Modest Diet Changes Yield Modest Results – ‘in moderation’ doesn’t work anymore!
- Organic Meats are NOT Health Foods – let’s hear that again: organic meats are NOT health foods!
- Vegetarian Diets for Children: Right from the Start – by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (if you haven’t read about them or their work, this is the best time to start!)
- The American Dietetic Association approves of total vegetarian or total vegan diets.
As a Mama in my kitchen, I have the power to influence what my family eats. I am lucky that I am able to spend a big part of my day in the kitchen to create healthy, as un-processed as possible, tasty Plant-Based meals for my family. Admittedly, I work hard at it because I want my family to enjoy and crave healthy food.
So, do we really have to love the food we eat?
Yes. I want my family to love what I serve. Isn’t it the only way to get them to come back for seconds? And not only today, but tomorrow and the day after.