In the spirit of unschooling, I’d like to share with you the journey I’ve begun on the road to a healthier me. It began here, with a rant about finding healthy food. With some encouraging posts from you all, my attention turned to learning what I could about organic food and mindful living and let me tell you, friends. What I have been reading has really been eye-opening. For a long time, I have held an extremely jaded view of government. In my opinion, the less government the better because it seems that once they get their hands on something it goes south. Now I’m beginning to appreciate that others hold that view about big business and I can totally understand why. It stops being about offering the best product and becomes about making the most money. Government and Big Business corrupt the most wholesome ideals, I get that now. I also understand that as a country based on capitalism, our voices are heard when we open our wallets, and in order to make a difference, I have to vote for green with green. It’s the only way to do it. I cannot complain about what I spend on food that is healthier for my family, not anymore.
When I began the journey I said I wasn’t going to buy organic chicken. Well, after some reading, I’ve changed my mind and any meat that comes in the house will be organic as long as I can find it. The things I’ve read about commercially raised chickens and beef have really made my hair stand on end and I won’t be supporting those industries with our hard-earned money anymore! The only exceptions to that will be when we eat out or at someone else’s home because my control is limited in those situations.
Another thing that has happened since we started down this path is an improvement in Ryan’s behavior. About a week ago, I was flirting with the idea of sending Ryan to a behavioral specialist. I was having some panic attacks about unschooling in general and I think that’s why I started thinking about sending him to a specialist. However, once Sean and I began talking about it, I realized that, although Ryan still has his emotionally charged moments (who doesn’t?) since we eliminated junky foods, his outbursts and moments of extreme sensitivity have rapidly declined. When Ryan stays up late he also tends to be extra-sensitive so we’re trying to help him get enough sleep. But it is amazing really how different he is and how the change was so gradual that I didn’t even notice until I began to take what I consider to be the most radical step. I don’t begrudge anyone who feels this step is necessary for their child, because certainly, dietary adjustments may not be the answer for everyone but for us, it seems to be working for now.
Thank you, friends for your encouragement and patience as I take these baby steps on the road to a more healthful, responsible existence.