REAL FOOD for REAL HEALTH

January 28, 2012

Recently I have been prompted by several people to begin selling, a popular cleansing weight loss system that ha been around for several years.  My origional though was NO WAY!  How can I promote something I am ethically against (you’ll get to my reasoning soon).  Then I hummed and hawed, and read the info on it (which is extremely well written and convincing) – I though about it, I debated trying it…and I knew I couldn’t!  ….. So, how come?   I bet you’re wondering (and yes my husband was too…’cause damn you can make a mint off this stuff fast).  But ethically I just couldn’t.  To me no matter  what you call it or dress it up as (diet vs. cleanse) it’s still a “Diet” thing, you do it for a bit, you loose the weight, but you have not made a healthy life style change, you’ve only started drinking a few shakes a day and eating one meal. ..not exactly a healthy lifestyle..  Where’s your REAL FOOD, where are you fruits, vegetable… plant life..that actually looks like plant life…..
(Yup – today I’m ranting)
It’s not just that it’s the hyped-up version of “slim fast” with some actual “good stuff like herbs, minerals and vitamins,”   put into it, it’s that it keep the diet cycle going….you are showing this to your kids, you are teaching this to your daughters, you are their hero’s: their mom’s, and it’s such an sad example.   Do you want your children growing up and dieting / cleansing?  Or do you want them eating real foods, knowing that pure whole foods are nature’s healers, being confident in their bodies and treating themselves with love and respect?
I guess perhaps this cleanse shake thing, shakes-me-up because I’ve been on the other side of an eating disorder, I’ve know people who died because of eating disorders, and I still have to battle my inner demons some days….so I am on super high alert about what nutritional information and habits I pass along to my child, though my own behaviours.  Perhaps, people who haven’t been there, or seen how scary it is, don’t recognize just how much impact their own eating habits can have on a child.  But for me it’s a terrifying reality, I don’t ever want my child to feel the need to starve herself to the point of near-death, or cleanse/diet herself just so she can feel okay about who she is…that’s so very sad.  I want her to be strong and proud of who she is and know that nature heals, food is a medicine when eaten whole and from the Earth.
The simpler we keep it, the healthier we can be….move your body – eat fresh fruits and veg, from as local and organic sources as possible and enjoy being in the moment.     Teach your children by loving yourself and treating your body with respect, compassion and love ♥…we need to be the change, if we are going to change things for the next generation.
real food for real health 11:11 blogWith love, gratitude and respect to all,
Alyssa
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