Happy Friday everyone! Today I bring you another post from my intern Chantelle. She is going to share with you a little about her family history and life events that have pushed her to pursuing health and nutrition.
Perhaps some of you can relate to this same family story. We have all been influenced, particularly in eating, by our family of origin -- sometimes for good and sometimes for not so good. Thinking through those influences, coming to grips with them, and deciding what needs to change is a very important step in moving forward toward better health. I commend Chantelle for sharing her story with us. Give her some love in comments if you appreciated reading it. Or, share something you learned about yourself after evaluating your family story.
It is very hard for a child to eat healthy, when they dont have an environment to support it. Growing up, I was part of a family that never believed in being "skinny" (healthy). If you were a healthy weight, they would tell you to eat more and say you that you looked sickly. I can remember as a little girl, my grandma asking me how many cheeseburgers I wanted from McDonalds. I was only 5 and my grandma asked if I wanted two or more hamburgers. What child should have to anwser a question like that? I think this was my defining moment; I realized I did not want to follow my families way of living.
I struggled with my weight as a child since I had no control of what I could eat. When I turned 16, an age that I could make my own food choices, I finally reached a healthy weight. My family told me that I was too skinny and criticized my progress. I was 16, 120 lbs, and 5'4. I knew at this point that I wanted to study nutrition, and not follow in my families footsteps of heart disease, diabetes, cancer etc. I think it is extremely important to foster a healthy environment for our children, it isnt fair that they have to suffer from obesity from our poor decisions.
The person I am most proud of, is my Poppie. The fact that he is 75 and made the decision to change his life, shows that it is never to late to turn your life around. It is hard to influence someone that has lived a life of not being healthy. Most people find it hard to break habits, and are influenced by the society they grew up in.
I encouraged my Poppie to start living healthier and to turn his life around. My family criticizes him like they did to me. I find it shocking that my family doesn't support him for loosing over 80 lbs. My grandpa suffers from collitis and weighed over 230 lbs. He used to sit in his recliner everyday because he was so sick. Now he walks 5 miles everyday and doesn't indulge in as much fatty foods as he used to. He also asked my grandma to join him and she refused, saying she just couldn't.
He has completely changed his life.
My grandpa loves to go on walks with me now, and used to not be able to. He says that he feels the best he has ever felt in his life! He is my hero. If he can do it, I can do it, and so can everyone else. It just takes determination and a steady change. We may all face discouragement from family, friends or colleagues, but we must stand up for ourselves.