Do you have one of those naysayer friends or family members who just doesn't ever get it? You tell them how something is in your life and they never quite get it and actually don't BELIEVE it? UGH! It is soooo hard to be patient with those sorts, ya know???
In October of 2013, I wrote a post titled Our Food Story. It was a little glimpse into what got my family started on the food journey we have been on and WILL CONTINUE to be on for the rest of our lives. It's just that important. And yes, naysayers- IT'S TRUE and certainly not 'optional'.
Sometimes, though- it's like banging your head against a brick wall.
I totally understand why strangers or people we've just met wouldn't understand the background and the hows and whys that led us to this decision- to follow a whole foods diet and never again consume artificial chemicals, additives and harmful ingredients that is added to the standard American diet on a daily basis by the 'food' companies. But when it's family or 'friends' that have known us for sometime and they still make comments about whether our kids have to continue this style of life after leaving home....well- it's gosh darn FRUSTRATING!!!
The thing is, these people just don't understand. They don't know what we went through. Oh, sure they've heard mentions of the words "ADHD", "Mental Illness", "Bipolar Depression" and such, but they weren't there- so they don't believe it (I shake my head even as I write this).
Well, my readers. I lived it. I know what we went through. I can remember events vividly that I wouldn't wish upon an enemy. Someday I may write about those events that can still make me shake and bring me to tears as I recall them. It was real. It happened. But we found an answer. The answer is in God and His Food.
The answer is to avoid artificial ingredients that we were ingesting on a daily basis throughout the day. The answer is to avoid MSG, artificial colors and flavors, artificial sweeteners, and - though I didn't know this then, but am learning now- possibly the processed grains that we were eating from fast-food establishments, other restaurants, and yes- even my own kitchen when using processed or pre-packaged 'foods' or ingredients.
My family avoids these now. And we are well. We are healthy. We no longer carry labels that hindered our lives. It's REAL. And no, we can't afford to make it an 'option'.
And why would anyone- ANYONE- try to tell my kids that they can eat any way they want to now or in the future? WHY would they say (essentially) "Hey, you don't have to eat that weird way your parents make you eat now- feel free to have a mental illness again" ? Because yes, essentially- when you (naysayer) are telling my child to go ahead and eat 'like everybody else', you know- the 'normal way'- you are telling my child to face the possibility of being committed to a psychiatric ward one day- something we avoided when we took the road to better health. You are attempting to negate all of our hard work and efforts.
So please- whether you understand it or not, whether you believe it or not - keep your opinions (and yes, it's just an opinion since you are making it without knowledge or understanding of the truth) to yourself. Let my child make his or her own decisions WITHOUT the influence of someone that HAS NOT A CLUE as to what we went through and what it is we are avoiding. Better yet- if you have such doubt, why not come to me and ASK QUESTIONS instead of assuming it isn't true??
At some point in time, dear readers, I plan to share more personal accounts of our story- but in the meantime- if you are interested in just what it is we do pertaining to food, you can read these past posts:
Who are the naysayers in YOUR life? What area of your life do you seem to have the most struggle with these naysayers?