My family and I went out to eat last night for Mother’s Day. We were halfway through our meal when the manager came by to see how we were doing. Out of the blue he asked if my kids were gluten and dairy free and I asked how he knew. He had seen our order come through in the kitchen and knew right away that my kids were gf and df. We then got talking and he told me about how he switched his kids to a healthy diet and also cut out gluten and dairy for them. He said before they ate healthy his kids were always sick and in and out of the doctor/hospital for various stomach bugs, viruses, etc. I got thinking that my kids, by God’s grace, have never been to the doctor or hospital due to sickness. I have health issues and switched to an organic diet, free from gluten and dairy before having kids, so my kids have always eaten that way.
It was so encouraging to me having that conversation with the manager. In a world filled with food dye filled birthday cakes and endless pizza parties, it’s not easy raising kids on a healthy diet. There’s so much temptation and often times criticism that comes with the choice to stick to natural foods for you family. So, I want to encourage you moms on this Mother’s Day, that your choices to feed your kids healthy foods makes a difference. We’re in a fallen world, so there’s no such thing as perfect health, and no child is exempt from getting sick, but making healthy, natural choices really CAN make a difference. You’re investing in your children’s lifelong health with every healthy choice you make for them, so be encouraged that you’re not alone! Food is such an integral part of culture, so I know how hard it can be to go against the grain, but it is worth it. My kids now don’t even really ask for unhealthy foods. They’ve tried them and they have noticed that they don’t feel good and it affects them when they eat those foods, so already they are making their own choices to stay away from them. And that’s my goal as a mom, not to force them to eat a certain way, but to educate them and let them see the natural consequences themselves, so that they will make healthy choices and raise their kids to make healthy choices.
Motherhood can often times be filled with difficult decisions, isolation when we make unpopular parenting choices and outside criticism. We’ll never be able to please everyone, but we can make choices we feel are best for the families God has given us, and that’s what really matters. Happy Mother’s Day! <3