One year ago (almost to the day), we started a journey in our home to truly be intentional with our health. If you know me, you know how much I love using essential oils and oil-infused products. I have been systematically swapping out everything in my home that has harsh chemicals and choosing a plant-based, healthy option. Young Living makes this very easy to do, and I think that’s one of the reasons I’ve been able to do it so quickly and successfully! One year later, our home is almost completely toxic-chemical-product free.
While we have all benefited greatly, my older son, Archer, who is almost 3, has benefited most obviously. This time last year, when he was almost 2, he had been sick for almost his entire life. Without going into all the details (another post for another time!), I was absolutely desperate to find a way to help him and to figure it what was going on.
We are still working closely with our doctors to explore, but he is truly so much healthier today than ever before! This past summer, he would go weeks at a time without being sick, and it was truly miraculous.
Here are the things this mama bear did to improve his health:
-got rid of toxic products in our home (cleaners, detergents, soaps, lotions, etc.)
-opted for natural, plant-based options before medicines as often as possible
-prioritized sleep and time outdoors!
-created a routine for meal times and snack times and play times and rest times
-provided a safe place for emotional, physical, and mental development (another post on this in the future!)
I am amazed every day at how much we’ve grown as a family and how much better equipped I am to take care of my family than I was before! If you want more details on any of the list above, from oils to lifestyle, please comment or message or text or call! I would love to share more personally with you.
Now, we have another big lifestyle change I would like to make. Because despite all the changes and improvements, I know I need to make some more changes for our family, and Archer specifically, to truly be in optimal health.
Something I have flirted with before but have yet to fully to commit to – is changing our diet. If you have ever made a diet change, you know this is one of the hardest things to really do.
Several years ago, my parents did extensive research before making a diet change. They slowly transitioned from a typical American diet to a mostly whole-foods, plant-based diet. This is sometimes called a “vegan” diet, but their chosen lifestyle focuses more on whole foods as opposed to just avoiding animal byproducts.
I seriously thought they were crazy. Because I love cheese. And tacos. And cheeseburgers. And chicken Parmesan. And the occasional steak. But slowly, I watched their health change drastically. I saw their numbers – from blood pressure to cholesterol to weight to more – clearly illustrate their improving health. My parents are both in their 60s, and they take zero medication. My dad water skis. They both walk 5 miles 4 to 5 times a week. When they don’t feel well, they adjust their diet (and use oils now too!).
They made me a believer. And a researcher! I started to do my own research… and the research was compelling – compelling enough that we’ve decided to make this change in our own home.
I am both excited and nervous simultaneously to begin this plant-based journey. Like I said, I’ve considered this change before, and we have components of our diet that are mostly plant-based. But now, we are going to commit for real!
As with most diet and lifestyle changes, this will be a slow, steady change. And if you invite us over, we will still eat your carnivorous food! But our primary diet choices will be plant-based.
I’m very excited to blog about this journey as we start it and continue it! There is a lot of research I would like to share. And since Jake and I both love to cook, I’m looking forward to learning a new way to cook and enjoy food. And I’m looking forward to sharing it with others.
If you are plant-based or have ever thought about being plant-based, I would love to hear from you!