NaBloPoMo 2011: Why We Write When We Have No Time….
Even though I have very little time these days, I love to write to express my thoughts and convey my love of healthy eating and healthy families. As a mom and a registered dietitian, I have found my voice in showing others that you don’t have to do everything “perfectly” to nurture and nourish your family. I love sharing the quick and easy meals that I make for my family just as much as the more challenging ones. There are few days that I get to spend all of the time that I want in the kitchen….but preparing a meal for my family is important to me….even if I only have 15 minutes to get the job done.
During my time as an out patient dietitian, I met a dozen people a day who thought that they did not have time to take care of their bodies. What they didn’t realize is that they spent an equal amount of time in drive throughs and restaurants waiting on food as they might have preparing their own. It was my job to teach nutrition knowledge, time management, and decision making skills all rolled in to one. My goal was to educate people to make the best choices for their own health and to see themselves as being worth the effort.
I’ve talked about these ideas during my ten week Lose The Baby Weight Challenge–seeing yourself and your health as important. With modern medicine and drug therapy…most of us are going to be around for a long time. The question is–how do you want to live? Do you want a healthy life full of activity and fun? Or, do you want a sedentary life full of exhaustion, chronic illness, multiple doctor’s visits, and a laundry list of expensive prescription drugs?
I get my blogging energy from the hopes of inspiring others to choose health and joy over grease and despair. If you fuel your body and move it daily…it will serve you well. If you mistreat it, it will let you down. Period.
You can make healthy food that tastes great. You can enjoy being physically active. You can order the best choice on the menu while eating out. You just have to think it through and make yourself a priority.
If my blog reaches one person that didn’t think that they could achieve their wellness goals…then it is all worthwhile. If one person feels better about themselves, I am gratified.
It is in our culture to take the short cut route to everything. Boxed meals, boxed entertainment, boxed lives. I find simple joy in sauteeing fresh garlic and smelling dinner in our family kitchen. I love watching my son perched on a ladder next to me sprinkling seasoning or stirring a dish. When my baby turns her nose up at packaged foods in favor of my black beans and rice it gives me pride. I’m teaching my kids something real. If they choose ten minutes at the park with their family versus ten minutes worth of surfing the web…it’s a victory. If I learn something new from my family while we are sharing a meal…my day has been made.
That is why I write when my time is limited. I want you to know that no matter how busy we are…we can all do this!