Friday, April 13, 2012

Bobby's Eating WHAT?

Tonight I am stumped. I haven't had "material" to write about for a while now. Not just because I'm a busy teacher & mom, but because Bobby's engine fires my writing and he's been doing just fine. Just fine. I have to say those words again. They haven't been written in a story about my boy thus far. Bear with me through a few lines of back ground and we'll get to Bobby's status today!

So let's go back 7 weeks. I received some news about my heart health. Cholesterol & blood pressure too high. While only about 30 pounds overweight, I have a system filled with stroke & heart-attack potential. My husband and I had a serious heart-to-heart talk the night we read over the medical results together & decided a big change was needed. We would seek to reverse my health problems so I could move forward healthfully for many years. We watched two recommended health documentaries, "Forks Over Knives" and "Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead." We read all about the nutritional value of such a turn-around & knew it could not hurt us.  Immediately we implemented a lot of what we learned. We turned our kitchen upside down, getting rid of meat, caffeine, & ALL processed & packaged foods. We wanted to avoid all fast-food & most restaurants for a while. We bought whole grains & lots of fruits and vegetables. We chose a "plant-based diet." (Let me note right now that Bobby's weight has been closely monitored. He is growing! He eats like a horse now & loves the healthy frozen fruit smoothies we tuck kale & spinach into!)

Roll forward to this week. A short 7 weeks (but almost 2 months) of highly nutritious eating. Bobby takes healthy sack lunches to school that he helps put together (so he'll actually eat them). This week we have seen a complete turn-around in Bobby's behavior. Just about everything about him has changed. He is enjoyable to be with and hasn't gotten into trouble. And the interesting thing is HE SEES IT!  

We still see a kid who is ALL BOY. He argues a bit and makes big messes of everything.  But he is happier, calmer & tonight he sat down and did a Science assignment that hasn't even been assigned, "just because I want to get ahead."  This has NEVER happened before.  I can't predict how this will play out over the coming months and years. I am not a physician so I will NOT suggest a specific diet for any child. But I can say, this is beautiful for Bobby & for all around him. It is our "today" and today is looking very nice! Here's to getting our kids just a big healthier!

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