Do We Have To Love What We Eat?

12 Jul
My son actually enjoying this salad!

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!

My Solution

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.

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7 Responses to “Do We Have To Love What We Eat?”

  1. Toni July 12, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    A lovely, inspiring post! We continue to incorporate more and more plant-based foods in our diet. In fact, we’ve had vegan meals for almost two days now! And you know what? It’s EASIER than trying to plan, buy and cook meat-based meals (at least in my opinion). Thank you for the great info!

  2. Joy July 18, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    I am very interested in this. My brother and his family recently went Vegan. My sister in law suffers from gastrointestinal diseases. Since they’ve been on this new diet/menu, my sister in law has lost a ton of weight and seems to be feeling much better. Her kids miss a lot of the typical American kid snacks full of sugar (this Mom’s Guide – http://www.1dental.com/moms-guide/ – says that tooth decay is the most common illness among children because of all the sugar they consume). I’ve been paying more attention to what we eat, and because of our limited budget, it is a lot of processed and sugary foods. I am glad I found your blog and look forward to looking through your recipes.

    • Mama In The Kitchen July 18, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

      Joy – thank you for reading my posts! It is a struggle to feed a family on a budget when the organic foods are so expensive! I do know that when we eat unprocessed Vegan foods, my grocery bill is much less than when it is not. But that also means more time in the kitchen for me. Preparing raw foods is much easier and quicker (not counting wait time for dehydrating and sprouting) than cooking (except for juicing – which takes forever for me to prep and clean afterwards). My family is 50% raw – so for the rest of the 50%, I either do quick slight sauteing or steaming or baking… or I rely on my slow cooker (the opposite of raw… but it’s how I can homeschool, cook and spend quality time with my family). I do agree on the tooth decay and the refined sugars!!! And I am so happy to hear your sister-in-law has improved just by changing her diet! That is wonderful!

  3. Katie @ Healthnut Foodie July 20, 2011 at 11:30 pm #

    Having a great time playing around, I mean “studying” your site. You do a great job, Carissa, and I am so excited to follow along!!! (My girls’ both are still 99.5% anti-raw greens, unjuiced.)

    • Mama In The Kitchen July 21, 2011 at 5:08 pm #

      Hi Katie! I am in awe at all you do!!! Book esp! How did you do that!!! 😉 I’d love to do that too.

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