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How My Mother Gave Me A Taste For Healthy Living

My mother knew I was different from her and was willing to change my mindset to understand it better. I was taught early on how to be an effective consumer and I was able to take steps to live a healthy lifestyle.

My mother knew I was different from her and was willing to change my mindset to understand it better. I was taught early on how to be an effective consumer and I was able to take steps to live a healthy lifestyle, to avoid unnecessary food that is often over-processed and packed with chemicals.

I was also taught that health was a personal decision rather than something that should be imposed on me. If I wanted to exercise or eat healthy things, I would do so on my own. If I wanted to eat something that wasn’t healthy, I would make an effort to eat a healthier choice, even if I wasn’t particularly hungry. By eating better, making better choices, and taking responsibility for eating healthy, I was able to live a more wholesome life that I enjoy to this very day.

One of the things that I have worked hard to teach my children is a very personal lesson: To be kind and generous is a moral responsibility that is our own to give.

What makes it difficult for me to encourage more kindness?

When I was struggling to give up meat, I had a lot of questions about what it meant to be kind and generous…

“I feel sorry for you. I’m really sorry for you.”

When someone is really giving, there is something about them that I find really endearing. This type of human being just doesn’t care. When you meet this type of person, your heart sinks. They are so nice they don’t care what they do. You want to believe that there is a reason…

“I really appreciate you telling me to cut back on meat and grains. Now there’s a reason why, and I’d just like you to know that it actually hurts. Now I’m not happy either, but I’ll give you time to get over it.”

And if he has a hard time with it, he is never able to take the first step. He can’t even admit that he’s trying to change. He’ll be angry, frustrated, and disappointed to the point of leaving that person entirely.

The key is to allow the change to happen naturally as your life moves forward. If you find that someone can’t make the change or just doesn’t give in to their health, take a second look at the person you’re interacting with. Is it worth it to you to change now that you really want to live a more wholesome, happy lifestyle?

I encourage you to go ahead and make the changes. For me this meant cutting down the meat and grains. If you want to see a list of foods that I no longer eat, please see here. Now in terms of why I have the health issues that I do, I’ll let you all draw your own conclusions.

But the best way that I can encourage more kindness and generosity in your life is to keep up with what I have done. That’s all that I ask… to make it possible that you may also see yourself in my experiences or hear your own story.

We’re more than just bodies… We aren’t there just to serve you… And it’s time to look at what I am saying and keep that in mind when you’re eating out, at the restaurant, anywhere!

When in doubt (not just with how you feel!), look in the mirror and ask “Am I being kind or generous?” If not, keep eating out and going to those businesses that are using their bodies, but are not giving a damn about you.