Who am I? I am a mom to two little boys, ages 15 month and 3 years. My weekdays are split between taking care of them and going to work/school. I am currently in the dissertation phase of my schooling and I anticipate graduating with my PhD in Nursing next spring. You may be asking yourself “what does one do with a PhD in Nursing ?” It is a good good question and one I get a lot. I wish I had an answer, at least for what I will do with a PhD in Nursing, but that is a whole different topic. While I am nurse, I have always tried to find a balance between traditional medicine and complementary/natural options but really never focused on a more natural, green way of life until my sons were born.
When my first son was born, I made the venture into cloth diapering, making my own baby food, co-sleeping, breastfeeding, etc. I am sure you are starting to get the picture. The majority of my focus was on them and I really wasn’t focused on me. I ate processed food and fast food like so many moms out there. I was active and exercised so I maintained a fairly “healthy” weight. I was tired but everyone kept telling me that is normal because I am a mom with young kids. As my older son started getting older, I realized he watched me, he wants to do what I do, he says what I say, and guess what? If I am eating a big thing of French fries, you got it, he want them too. I started to phase out fast food and tried to pick better options including organic food. I shop less in the middle of the grocery store. I started to read labels but things really changed when I took the Real Food Pledge/Challenge. It was eye-opening. I won’t lie, I am not always perfect but overall I have made a huge change in what I buy and feed my kids AND myself (oh and hubby too!).
Evaluating and changing what we eat on a daily basis has also shifted my attention to other areas of our life. I have started to focus more on what products we use around the house and on our bodies. It is a slow process for me. I think everyone needs to find a balance. Hmm is a balance even possible? I think so. You need to look at your options and figure out what you think is best. Does it feel like a sacrifice or burden? I don’t know. I think once you start it is pretty easy and you just need to remember it really isn’t a competition. I am not out to win “Crunchiest Mom of the Year”. You probably won’t catch me chugging raw milk or using elimination communication with my youngest. I still drink 2-3 cups of coffee a day and chances are, you will probably catch me chowing down on Chipotle once or twice a month. In the end, I am just out to figure out what is best for my family and myself.