Sunday, March 18, 2012

Joyfully health-filled

"It's often more helpful to kids when parents step back from focusing on the kids' health and focus on their own. Focus on being joyfully health-filled rather than grimly health conscious."

—Meredith Novak *
photo by Sandra Dodd


  1. When my naturopath urged me to go on a very limited paleo-like diet to help with some long-term metabolic disfunction I've been experiencing, I hated it. I spent about three weeks grimly following it, feeling deprived and crabby. Finally, I realized that it was more important that I be happy than eat perfectly. I began to eat small amounts of a grain or dairy or other "prohibited food" if I really wanted it.
    Then I ran across a blogger's challenge to eat the full 8 food-pyramid-recommended servings of fruit and vegetables each day. It was so much lighter and more fun to think about creative and tasty ways to eat more fruit and veggies. I ended up on almost the same diet but with a much happier experience of my day.
    As a side note, my 13-year-old daughter and I discovered that we loved sharing a giant artichoke every evening. How fun is it to eat a flower?!

  2. Nice post. For a bit of light relief you might enjoy this cartoon about the food pyramid.


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