Let's talk healthy eating for a bit. I know, it sounds kind of boring but truthfully it's been one amazing leap for us. Back at the end of December, our family decided to take some drastic measures and revamp the way we eat and what we are putting into our bodies. I had had enough of others (companies, corporations, etc.) not caring about our health and our future so we decided to take it into our own hands. I mean come on, these companies KNOW that certain ingredients CAUSE CANCER and yet they continue to feed them to us and our children. Did you also know that these same companies create the same foods and take out those same ingredients when selling them in other countries because they are illegal over there? Just some things that make you go hmmm. Well, that was enough for us. I'm not going to continue to feed my children processed food filled with dyes and other harmful ingredients. Nope, not us.
So about 7 months ago, I went cold turkey and quit buying all the colorful, frozen and processed foods. I wasn't quite sure how the kids were going to do. They were used to their capri suns, doritos, lucky charms and frozen pizzas. But to be honest, I was shocked. They did great and are continuing to do great. Of course, I had lots of explaining to do though. They wanted to know why they couldn't have the dora gummies and then eventually, they started asking the good questions. They wanted to know why people would put bad things in food, Why are these foods not good for you, what is healthy to eat and the list goes on. I'm happy to know that they are aware that not everything we consume is healthy. It takes work and a conscience effort to eat well but at least we know we are starting them out young.
It was also at this same time roughly that I began to look more into being a part of the Juice Plus team. Our family has been taking Juice Plus for several years. We LOVE the product and I know what is going in their bodies is good whole food. Myla, our youngest, is the pickiest of the three eaters. She eats NO veggies or fruits... NONE! Trust me, we've tried and it always results in tears. However, she loves her Juice Plus gummies and I feel super confident in giving them to her. I know that she is getting nutrients that she needs each day from a product that we support. These gummies are NOT vitamins. They are whole food nutrition coming from 17 different fruits, vegetables and grains in a chewable form. There are NO high fructose corn syrups and it contains NO artificial flavors or colors. It is 100% vegetarian! While it doesn't take the place of actual fruits and veggies, it truly is the next best thing.
We are also proud supporters of Juice Plus in knowing that they are supported by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. A product that supports St. Jude's and in return supports the product, is great with us. Juice Plus is also proud to be the presenter of the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend, which is one of their biggest events. Have I mentioned that we love these two organizations? :)
Our son has already battled cancer once and after sitting back and realizing that companies could care less about the health of our children, Chris and I decided to change that. Of course, we all still consume the occasional Pepsi or candy bar, but overall, we no longer buy processed food in general. I can't help support companies that knowingly and willingly put products on a shelf that are geared only towards the financial gain of themselves. I just can't anymore. My kids are my future and I want to make sure they start to make healthy decisions in what they put into their bodies. It's been a real eye opener for us all but we feel great knowing we are stepping in the right direction.
If you have any question about Juice Plus or would like start your family or child on this amazing product, feel free to email or message me. The link to JUICE PLUS can be found HERE.