With my return to blogland (which, by the way, is a WONDERFUL, informative, and visually pleasing place) I am faced with a challenge that I feel I need to communicate to you all. I'm sure this challenge is not unique to me, but I'm a stronger believer in transparency and candid communication, so I feel I need to put it out there.
I parent from my gut. I make food and nutrition choices based on what feels right and natural. I don't buy into the status quo when it comes to the medical industry, and this is because the status quo doesn't feel right.
You get what I'm saying? I don't base my choices on scientific literature and studies. As much as my brother would suggest otherwise, I really don't feel that science is the be-all and end-all. Scientists are, after all, only human, and as much as our technology has evolved, it's still severely limited. And it does not take into account the energetic aspect of life, which currently cannot be quantified. I'm not discrediting medical discoveries and their enormous value to society, and believe me, if my kids NEED treatment for an illness, they will get it, but I have issues with the fear and propaganda-spreading that causes parents to question their inate wisdom. And that's putting it mildly.
So that being said, moving forward I may make statements and present ideas, and I may not be able to back up these statements and ideas with scientific literature. This is how I roll. This may or may not sit well with you, but this is my blog and my forum for self-expression (within limits! This is a public profile, after all, and I have the well-being of my family to consider above all else). I'm happy to share in open and useful discourse, but if you don't agree with what I have to say, well, that's your right and I won't fault you for it. In return, however, I will expect the same consideration of my opinion.
So to sum it all up:
• I believe there is a time and place for medical interference, but I also strongly believe in allowing parents to learn to parent from their gut. I take MAJOR issue with the way that scare tactics are used as tools to force parents to comply with policy that may or may not actually be in the best interests of their children.
• The scientific and medical communities are invaluable in the sense that they do hugely contribute to the greater good, but scientists and doctors, there is more to life than what you can see through your microscopes and tests.
• Real Food means whole, unprocessed, non-genetically modified, nutritious, life-nourishing, local, full of natural occuring proportions of fat, non-chemical. I do not consider myself hard core about my beliefs. They simply make sense. The Canada Food Guide does not and never has, and is not based on any realistic, proven outcomes.
I do allow my kids the occasional treat. But I will freak out on you if you push certain products on them because I strongly feel that these products are, in fact, anti-life and will suck nutrients from my kids' delicate and beautifully balanced systems. They don't need these "treats" and I thank you for not putting me in an awkward position where I become the bad guy. Please make responsible choices on behalf of my children, for their sakes.
Now to set my ideas in order...