Celebrating Mother’s Day is a heartfelt tradition. All generations included brings up the following points about diet myths that are a collective group of family experiences, which turn into beliefs and are then handed down for generations, in a metaphorically similar way that genetic traits are handed down. Through family connections, everyone has generally accepted myths. They are often built upon a consensus of group responses to life experiences and group wishes, rather than true wisdom. In accepting and embodying diet myths, false knowledge is distorted as truth and passed on for generations.
One example of this is reported in Ellen Ruppel Shell’s book The Hungry
Gene. The chapter called “Spammed” highlights the disastrous effects of group
consensus on diet after World War Two. Natives on a tiny South Pacific island of Korsrae were influenced by the perceived status of eating imported American fast foods. In time, their diets evolved from ones based on island-grown whole foods (fresh fish, breadfruit, mangoes and papayas which had kept their ancestors healthy for millenium) to ones based predominately upon canned Spam®, turkey tails, sodas, and beer. Most of the children now have abscessed teeth and the adults expect to die in their fifties from diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease as a direct result of eating the imported foods. The nutritious breadfruit, mangoes and papayas that once ensured native good health now rot on the ground.
The best education combines knowledge and experience, and bears fruit in
hard-won personal wisdom. We understand experience. But knowledge and wisdom are often confused in relation to diet myths. Knowledge can lead to wisdom when it is combined with awareness-—when an individual is open to change with additional information and experience. Wisdom is the culmination of vast stores of knowledge based on experience (yours and others). It grows out of logical thinking, helping you understand how to make the best use of your knowledge and experience for the highest good of yourself and the world around you.
How do you take experience and knowledge to the level of personal wisdom?
One way is by combining them with the practice. let go of laziness of just reading a book of the techniques, exercises, and activities. Love and respect yourself enough to practice. By digging at the logic and psychology upon which most of the diet myths are based, you’ll discover true human needs are buried there. With awareness, you’ll understand better the true source from which diet myths spring and the real reasons why they seem so irrefutable. Using that understanding with the right books you can expand your viewpoint to allow for the whole truth.
As adult children you can pay tribute to your mothers by helping them with their health. As moms of children who are too young to understand good health, women can help their families by taking good care of themselves not from diet myths and traditional habits but from a position of wisdom.
By increasing your awareness of mom’s health and focusing on the importance of primary prevention and diagnostic screenings, everyone is uplifted. Initiating conversations about family health history will enable you to reach a better understanding of the risks of certain diseases and how they might affect your next generation. Taking a family health history to see any adverse genetic health issues and working backward for prevention steps can be effective.
Being involved in your health as a mom or an aware family member is important. Being proactive by creating an active lifestyle is an excellent way to avoid disease. Your children will learn not by what you say but by what you do.
5 Easy Steps to Take to Heart:
• exercise daily thirty minutes at least;
• maintain a healthy weight;
• change your environment to best reach your health goals;
• avoid habits like smoking and consuming too much alcohol, caffeine, and soda;
• add plenty of fruits and vegetables plus pure water.
Protecting your body is one of the best ways to stay healthy. Many illnesses can be avoided by understanding disease processes so that the triggering events and environments that cause disease can be avoided.
Numerous chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure), can also be avoided or improved by controlling one’s weight and diet. Many Americans consume excessive amounts of salt in their diet. Encouraging mom—and everyone else—by sharing in this non-controlling way, “I’m worried about your health when you use so much salt.” So by avoiding processed foods you can lower salt intake for a wonderful Mother’s Day resolution that keeps on giving.
On Mother’s Day, sharing multigenerational health experiences could help everyone live a happier and healthier life.