Mindful Parenting

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About July 27, 2010

     ♥ This is me and my darling family.  It’s amazing how much I love them.  I’ve been imaging the day I was “the Mama” since I was…well…a child myself!! I played house and tended to my dolls with fierce devotion.

Well the game is over, and real life is here.  And never would I have imagined– in a million years– how challenging being a parent is. Hands down, no questions asked…just plain hard.

In the almost 5 short years that my husband and I have been on this parenting journey we have been revisited pretty much everything we thought was true about being parents and being healthy.  Some things we have clung to desperately, knowing them to follow in wisdoms path, and other ideologies have gone out with the trash- gladly.

I started this site last year, keeping it very generic and informational only.  I recently realized that when I am trying to learn from where some else has already been, I want to know THEIR STORY.  So I decided it is time to unveil more of our journey with you…why would I ever want to hide the path we have traveled… a journey so exciting and full of growth!

This site is intended to encourage parent’s to realize their ability and duty to study and understand the decisions they have before them surrounding the health of their children.  While it is a constant search to have a good understanding of so many ever-developing issues, the confidence that one gets when seeking to be informed is invaluable to parenting.

 

My formal education calls me a registered nurse, while my personal learning would call me more of a ‘natural health advocate’.  I want to be sure that viewers realize the purpose of this site. I am not a medical authority on any of these topics. My goal is to  remind parents of the often scary reality—-it is their role to learn and understand well the health issues that profoundly affect their family.  THEN- from that place of better understanding, make MINDFUL decisions.  We have advice from a myriad of sources….grandparents, medical advice, media, friends, culture, government, religion, school, doctors…and yet not one of those sources has the responsibility to make these choices for your family, nor do they have to live with the consequences of these choices.


I am pro-choice.  Pro-parents making decisions once they have invested time to become genuinely well-informed.


While I truly feel that main-stream medicine has its place, I have become aware of countless number of times when it has abused its power.  It’s promises and assurances have been fed to trusting parent’s over and over again- resulting far too often in risky/unnecessary interventions, chronically sick kids and sub-par health-care.


Ideally, parents should be encouraged to study all sides of issues from their health-care providers- but that is definitely not happening.  At some point along the way, the field of ‘medical doctors’ adopted a “priest-like” position. They look to the science/medical information to interpret its conclusions for the ‘lay’ person. ‘Surely no average person can weigh issues like a trained professional can’. This pervasive mentality in our culture calls me to believe that it is NOW up to us as parent’s to re-establish what a parent’s role was intended to be.

 We have been on this pursuit of real-food for around 4 years now, with exciting progress at every season. It truly is a journey… getting closer to the goal with each change you are able to make. Be encouraged! 

 

Our latest and greatest change has been switching to a completely grain-free, sugar-free, lactose-free…totally unprocessed, whole-foods diet. Sound overwhelming? Yeah- pretty much was when I started.  We were on our way, but since we began the GAPS diet October 2012, we have fast-forwarded to a pretty nutrient-dense, close-to-perfect diet.  My husband and I decided on following the GAPS diet after being so sick of being sick! We have a lot of digestive system problems (among other things), which I detail in other posts, and we are very hopeful that GAPS diet will bring the healing our bodies are desperately craving.  So far, there has been LOTS of progress, and we are very encouraged! We will continue on eating this way, as A.) it is working and B.) we are totally satisfied with DELICIOUS food!

 

There is A LOT going on in our busy lives, but I remain committed to helping other families pursue health for their nearest and dearest. I love learning about REAL HEALTH, and I am hoping to expand my learning base through a nutritional therapy consultant program.  I am eager to start this distance program, and am praying that everything works out for me to do so!  Thanks for visiting my site, please leave some love!

 

Be Mindful.

❤ Lauren

 

 

 DISCLAIMER:

Information provided is meant to complement and not replace advice or information from health professionals.

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