Car seats and hot dogs

Recently I was part of a discussion regarding car seats, obviously I am all for car seats, it was more regarding the rules, regulations and safety ratings. Saying I was part of the discussion is overstating my role and involvement, I simply asked a question. But by engaging I was able to read the passion and knowledge that many women had regarding this subject. And why wouldn’t they?! If there was ever something to become passionate about it is the safety of our children. There is nothing that we as parents hold more dear to us than our kids and we want to protect them as best we can.

Something else that stood out for me was the education regarding car seats that these women had sought out. When we become parents we have so much to learn and this particular group of women had not only done some of their own research they had reached out to a professional in the field of car seats for consultations and advice. Brilliant! (I didn’t even know this was a profession)

We buckle our kids in religiously without fail and without exception, we buy the appropriate buckle system for their height and weight because the consequences of not doing it every single time we get in the car is just too great to live with. These consequences are easy to fear because they will happen immediately, our child could become injured, disabled or worse (I can’t even think of it). But would we have the same diligence and zero tolerance for exceptions if the consequences were 20 or 30 years down the road?

If this isn’t the first time you’ve read a blog post from me you might be drawing the connection I am about to make…

We are in charge of that seat belt getting buckled just like we are in charge of breakfast, lunch and supper. We can’t be expected to know everything about everything and this is exactly why those parents in the car seat discussion had done some research and consulted a professional.

Food has changed since we were kids and continues to change, the marketing industry has made sure of that. They have created confusion between cute food, beautiful food, healthy food, convenient food, quick food, etc. The lines are blurry and it can feel overwhelming and frustrating to know which exceptions are ok to make and which foods require a zero tolerance attitude.

I want to be really clear here that I am in no way parent shaming, I am simply pointing out that when we know how to protect our kids from danger we do it fiercely and unquestioningly. When it comes to food, so many parents just don’t have the information. There are a number of TOXIC cancer causing, diabetes creating, heart disease promoting foods out there that are being marketed to children. The consequences of feeding our kids these foods are 100% going to happen…we just wont see those consequences for 20-30 years.

Accidents are the 4th leading cause of death in Canada and when you break it down further vehicular accidents are actually the 9th leading cause of death in Canada. I’ll give you 3 guesses as the the top 3 causes….

  1. Cancer – related to the food we eat
  2. Heart Disease – related to the food we eat
  3. Stroke – related to the food we eat

Again I am an advocate for seatbelts and appropriately sized car seats. I am also an advocate for protecting the long term health of our children.

We need to learn how to protect the inside of their little bodies as fiercely as we protect the outside!

Health Is Our Top Priority

“Our health is our top priority” sounds like a no-brainer statement. But I’m sure many of us would agree that it’s become far too easy for that statement not to be true. We have commitments, goals, jobs, sports, careers, loved ones…all of these have been made a priority and with good reason. The commitments we make fill us up somehow, otherwise we wouldn’t commit to them; the goals we set make us feel like we are successfully progressing through this one life that we get; our job provides stability and means; sports bring us joy and keep us young at heart; careers provide self esteem and financial gain; our loved ones provide support, love and spiritual fulfilment.

Now make a list of of what we have if we don’t have our health…

I can’t think of anything, can you?

This isn’t meant to be a guilt trip, I simply want to point out that typically as a society we take our health for granted. Often prioritizing things that without our health we would not have or be able to enjoy.

The good news is it’s only partially our fault!

Mass media and marketing has given us all permission to:

  1. eat on the go
  2. eat anywhere
  3. eat anything if we are “busy” and “on the go”
  4. grab a quick snack
  5. grab a quick coffee

snack, grab, grab, snack, take-out, take-out, frozen dinner!

If you are a busy professional, if you are a parent with multiple children, if you are a single parent, if you are a student, if you work on the road, if you are breathing in and out you have been given permission by popular culture to only consider your health once it is failing you.

We all have a minimum of 3 chances each day to determine whether we are feeding or fighting disease. We silently depend on our health to be there for us and our busy schedules. COVID-19 has brought us time. Time to re-prioritize and to drown out the marketing and the loud noise of popular culture. We have slowed down. We can see more clearly than ever that we need to make our health a priority so that we can enjoy the things that fill our bucket.

Stay home, choose your noise, and eat real food that take a bit of time to prepare. Food that goes bad in a week, food that will be the ounce of prevention that we all need right now because currently we don’t have the pound of cure.

$4.2 trillion industry

The health craze is happening!  …in fact it has been happening for a while now. As a kid, I remember my mom trying different diets to lose weight and and gain more energy. Sadly I remember these diets going just as fast as they came.

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Reality is that in order to have a “health craze” you need to be living in state of “unhealthy”.  If everyone was running around with boundless energy, strong muscles and appropriate fat-to-muscle ratios we wouldn’t give a lick about the next fad diet!

So what do we need to do?

We need to take a step back and look at what we our filling our cupboards with and in turn our bodies with.  We need to look at the fuel that we are providing our bodies with and the results we are getting from that fuel.

FOOD IS FUEL… every time we eat or drink it is an opportunity to either feed or fight disease.

The health and wellness industry is currently a $4.2 trillion industry because it is our human instinct to want to not only live but to thrive. We have built a society that counts the hours in each day, and for most people, fills every waking moment.  Feeding ourselves is just getting in the way and we have created an unlimited resource of shortcuts to keep on keeping on!  Our health has been taken for granted and put on the back burner… and now we spend more time and money than every before in history trying to gain it back.  We have forgotten…

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Our food and soil climate cannot sustain the kinds of meals tradition dictates and does not contain the kinds of nutrition that our grandmothers enjoyed.  As the decades pass, life evolves and changes and our food choices need to as well.

How can you start?

  • throw out your conventional ideas about what a meal should look like (MEAT, starch, vegetables)
  • shop on the exterior of the grocery store
  • eat WHOLE foods
  • give your self an 80/20 goal (80% of what you eat and drink will fight disease, 20% will feed it)  *because we are human, not perfection
  • integrate more plant-based foods into your diet
  • STOP obsessing about protein – you will get enough! SERIOUSLY!
  • if you buy packaged food READ THE LABEL first, don’t eat what you can’t pronounce
  • kids need a healthy diet MORE than adults do… don’t give your kids crap food because they will “run around and burn it off”, you are just feeding disease in their tiny growing bodies
  • eat thoughtfully and feed your kids thoughtfully, not out of habit

 

Our current habits have created our current health climate.

Your habits create your health.

Fuel your body for how you want to feel each day… and if you don’t know how reach out for help 🙂