Last year I took the brave ( is it brave? not sure about that one, just sensible I guess) steps to nudge my family into clean eating. I’ve been leaning towards a healthier way of life for the past 10 years but as my 40th birthday loomed, I decided to embrace the whole ‘body is a temple’ thing and if this body was going to perform at maximum capacity, then I needed to show it some respect.
Not wanting to scare everyone off completely I went in subtle. Out went prepared, processed meals, the lady who once swore by frozen mash potato and 101 things to do with mince, was now bringing fresh, organic vegetarian meals to the table.
Now I should probably stop there and explain to anyone new to Mum in a Nutshell, I’m the proud mum to 2 teenagers and a preschooler. There was no way they were going to take this lying down. So we bargained, 2 vegetarian meals and chips on a Friday, it faltered for a few months but picked up the momentum again recently.
But I needed to give my argument some oomph. It was time to explain the method behind my madness.
I’m lucky that my boys are quite health conscious anyway, but the organic thing puzzled them. My mission was to reduce the amount of chemicals we consumed and organic, along with natural body care , was the way to go. Like I said, subtle was the way forward, starting with milk. We get through a crazy amount, I’m talking 3 pints a day, so by introducing organic milk, from organic cows, we were already making huge improvements to our family health. And knowing that my pure, perfect little toddler wasn’t starting out life laden with chemicals was a huge relief. I’d breast-fed him for 2 years so it only seemed right that he continued to have the healthiest milk I could find.
I explained to them how organic cows eat a natural, grass-based organic diet, while also being free range, spending the majority of their days outside. As there’s no routine use of antibiotics and artificial, chemical fertilisers or herbicides are used on their grazing pastures, it was reassuring knowing that the whole animal welfare thing was a huge consideration. I’m a pescatarian so it makes sense that animal welfare is high on my list.
The boys could see that too, we all take multi vitamins everyday and my research found that organic milk had higher levels of omega 3 fatty acids, more antioxidants and more vitamins than conventional milk. They got that and as this switch was no skin off their backs, they simply revelled in knowing they weren’t missing out on anything, only the good it was doing to their bodies. They’re also big on weight lifting so explain that organic milk is higher is CLA (short for Conjugated Linoleic Acid ) which helps to increases the body’s metabolic rate (they don’t need that but it’s useful to know) immunity and the star pint for them; muscle growth. While also helping reduces abdominal fat (hello 6 pack?) and the best way to increase CLA intake is through milk.
And anyone with a teenager will know that body image is a huge thing, along with bragging rights that they know their stuff.
So the moral of this tale is this mama did good. We made the switch and the kids are still happy. Just wondering what else I can swop now!
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