Noa’s Freestyle Friday-You wanna be healthy?

If we want to be healthy, we need to eat nutritious foods. If we want our kids to be healthy we need to eat nutritious foods. Why? Because we are their role models. It really isn’t difficult. So many times I have mothers come to me for advice and say: “my kid just won’t stop eating sweets. To that my answer is always: “Well, what do YOU eat? If we teach our kids that a 1 lollypop is ok, but more than that will give them ouchy in the tummy then they’ll understand. Unfortunately billions of dollars are spent every day to seduce us. The food industry, drug companies, politicians, civil servants and even the medical profession all have strong vested interests in making money and nit in protecting our health. In one way or another, almost all the sources of information we would expect to support our quest for overall health are contaminated for reasons of financial gain. Face it America, being sick and overweight keeps corporate profits healthy.

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But the world is beginning to wake up to the reality that healthy food created healthy people. We see it in papers, in social network blogs, and on TV commercials. Sales of organic produce in the U.S increased from $1 billion in 1990 to $24.8 billion in 2009. Corporations are responding. The success stores such as Trader Joes and Whole Foods and the incorporation of organic sections at other stores illustrate that consumers are concerned about their health and the quality of their foods.

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When parents and individuals stand up for improving our health and the health of our children, things do change. If we buy our food from health-food stores, farmers’ markets, and don’t spend our money on unhealthful chains, consuming long term damaging foods and instilling bad habits in our kids, corporations get the message. Get involved with the local government, the school system, the office, the church or synagogue and wherever else your family spends their time. If we speak up what we know is true, we will change the current healthcare system in this country. And when families change America changes.

To our health,

Noa

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