I'm not saying that I eat perfectly. Who does? But I love learning about nutrition and spreading the word.
I grew up eating pretty well. I always had a healthy, light breakfast, a packed lunch and a homecooked dinner. My mom never let us eat the lunchables or premade foods. At the time, I hated that! (Thanks Mom) I loved desert (still do) but it was a treat! However, I did eat the hotdogs and vienna sausages and thanks to Grandma, FAT BACK (southerners will know what that is).
As I got a little older and could make my own food choices, fast food became appealing. I would get a greasy breakfast sandwich in the morning and a burger and fries after school. I loved eating Krispy Kreme doughnuts...you know where this is going! I played sports and was in shape, so it was ok right?
It wasn't until much later that I began to focus on what was actually going into my body. We switched to eating all organic foods (ie: natural and not processed) years ago. That made a huge difference. Just READING the products before eating them. Then I became a vegetarian.
About six months into eating veg, I had a physcical. And to my surprise, I was told that I have HIGH CHOLESTEROL! On a vegetarian/vegan diet, you ingest very little cholesterol! It's great! I do know that a lot of cholesterol is hereditary. (and it is for me), but it also definately has to do with what I ate growing up.
My point is, you begin with a clean slate, then you have the choice to fill your body with healthy or unhealthy food items. When you have a child, why wouldn't you want to give them the advantage of having the best health going into their adult lives. I can not do anything about my cholesterol that is already there. I am a vegan now and will always be, therefore I am doing my best to avoid prescriptions and higher cholesterol.
Our world is a Prescription drug society and I believe we can change that. We have a pill to fix everything. Instead of a pill, lets get to the root!