Being Too Healthy to Visit the Doctor
I haven’t had to take myself or my four kids to the doctor for illness for 21 of the 26 years that I have been raising them. At first, when I had babies and toddlers, I did go to the doctor for ear infections, accidents, or vaccinations. I had one teen daughter, who had fun with the typical American diet and ended up with mono. Click on this link to learn about that story and how she was able to overcome it naturally in one week. But I had learned the secret to having the healthiest kids; don’t feed myself or them dairy products or any kind of animal products.
You don’t have to be extreme about it though, if you go to a social function, those things will be there and you can let them choose. Also, you can’t control what happens when they go to their friends houses. But, if you basically feed them whole grains, beans, vegetables, and fresh fruits at home, they will be a lot healthier.
Many of the colds and flus going around originate from eating bacteria and germ laden animal products in excess. When you eliminate the source, you eliminate any reasons to get sick in the first place. Their bodies will be more alkaline instead of acid thence more healthy to resist the bugs. Then, the wholesome plant foods are also helpful in and of themselves with disease fighting properties and antioxidants known and unknown.
Plant foods are also great for the bones and teeth. I have a friend who is a food scientist. She said that if you give your kids cracked wheat cereal for breakfast every morning, they will develop strong, white, straight teeth. Other experts say a carrot a day for a year will straighten and strengthen the teeth nutritionally and by the jaw exercise, thus eliminating the need for braces.
When I eliminated the acidic animal foods 99%, my kids no longer got sick like all the neighbor kids and kids at school. It was like they were walking around immune while surrounded by sick friends and teachers. Then, if by some rare chance they did get sick, it was super short-lived, no missed school, no laying around, maybe a day of minor discomfort.
You don’t have to be extreme, you can let in a little here and there as you feel like. Just keep it sparingly or your kids will get a little sick here and there like all their friends and neighbors.
Saving Tons of Money
You can save a ton of money by eating healthy potatoes, grains, beans, and seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables. One bag of potatoes can go a long ways for many meals at a total cost of $5-7 at the most. Buying a 25 lb. bag of grain or beans is super economical compared to buying a loaf of bread or a can of beans at the store. You will avoid paying the pumped up prices of convenience foods that are already made for you. Call your local health food store and order some big bags today, call around for the best price. Store the seeds in whatever buckets, gallon containers, or secure containers you like.
Not needing to go to the doctor saves money. You will become “out of the loop” regarding how to use your neighborhood pharmacy. You won’t need drugs anymore and won’t miss work being sick or taking care of sick kids and the ADD/ADHD will start to disappear. Having a meal of rice and beans is better for your health than any drug. However, drugs can have their place in serious health challenges, it’s just that eating healthier allows your body to start healing.
Drinking water will save you from having to buy soda and the deadly poison cow’s milk. Get a reverse osmosis for your tap water, and you will always have fresh, clean water. You will get your minerals from your foods.
Buying fruits in season costs a lot less and you’ll always have a nice, sweet, cheap snack that ends up being a better buy for your money than junk food. Because of all the money you will be saving by eliminating doctor trips and shopping smarter, you can buy vegetables and fruits. People avoid buying vegetables and fruits because they think they are too expensive. If I spend $30 just on produce, I walk out with multiple bags full of fruits and vegetables. That’s super economical and much healthier compared to – if I was buying a bunch of much more expensive boxed or canned goods.
Have an Easy Time Making Meals
Years ago when my kids were little, I used to worry a lot about protein and if my kids were getting enough. I had a book on combining proteins to get a complete protein, but then I learned from John A. McDougall, M.D. that wholesome starches are actually complete enough in and of themselves and all you have to worry about is what starch to have for dinner and to just focus on a variety of meals. It’s virtually impossible to get a protein deficiency if you are getting enough to eat of the wholesome starches.
One word of caution, if you like sugar then you better have some meat and visa versa, because those are two extremes that crave/need each other. The worst thing you can do for growing kids is to give them lots of sugar, it depletes protein a lot, you will need to eat some acidic high-protein meat to counter balance that; better yet just avoid all the sugar and concentrated proteins and be healthier.
Here are some basic ideas to get you started on some really easy-to-make and easy-clean-up meals.
1. Potatoes -What can be easier than washing the dirt off of 20 potatoes, then putting them in the oven at 400 for 40 minutes. Then you have some great, filling, nutritious baked potatoes ready for your favorite toppings (blended or regular soup, vegennaise, salsa, olive oil with salt and chicken seasoning)
2. Stir-Fry - Try making the tasty, easy stir-fry by clicking on this link, you can make it with your favorite whole grain/pasta and some vegetables or beans. This is easy, fast, and delicious.
3. Crock-Pot Soups and Meals – In the morning, you can add some beans/grains/vegetables of choice/water/tomato sauce, paste, diced, etc. Make sure to include onion and garlic for flavor and immune boost. There are many easy soups to make; minestrone, and other soup recipes. Add the seasonings in the last 5 minutes.
4. Peanut-Butter or Vegetable Sandwiches There are many sandwich ideas that you can enjoy veggie sandwiches of all kinds ; try some garbanzo/mock tuna, falafels, tomato, cucumber, or nut-butter sandwich. For mock-tuna, you just open a can of garbanzo beans, they smell like tunafish, mash the beans and add whatever you like to add to tuna – so yummy! (mayo, mustard, pickles, chopped onions, salt and pepper) One thing that Dr. McDougall’s wife tried for her growing boys was blended up thick, tasty soup/stew as a sandwich spread – they loved it.
5. Snacks and Healthy Additions - Other ideas are to add variety like fresh cut vegetables for crunchy snacks, make a bowl of yummy air-popped popcorn, have sprouting projects so they will enjoy adding sprouts to their meals, make occasional carrot juice during flu/cold season, and have an occasional fruit smoothie. When fruit is in season, enjoy all you want. Try bean burritos, pita pockets with hummus and veggies, spaghetti and sauce, and explore the limitless possibilities online.
It’s very doable to raise healthy kids in today’s toxic world. Just give them some simple, back-to-nature, home-prepared meals. Not only will you save money, your families health, and your time, but you will also be able to focus on spending time together enjoying a healthy, economical family meal around the table each night that will help your kids feel loved and cared for and less likely to look for drugs.