Last week, during a routine doctor’s visit, the doctor and I started discussing the rise in allergies among children in recent years. We have come to find out that though my children are NOT allergic to peanut butter; my son does have a minor sensitivity to it. This spurred a conversation about eating, nutrition and how best to circumvent these issues, to the best of our own ability. Our conversation continued….Who doesn’t want to eat healthy and reap the healthy rewards? Why the rise in peanut allergies? Why and how many manufacturers make peanut butter differently now? Why trying to just shop the outer aisles as the grocery store is best? I wanted to just jump in with both feet. I was so excited thinking about my new focus for preparing good eats for my family…when reality set in. It was just too much to think about.
Though there is all the information out there and available….it’s too overwhelming to narrow it down to the exact information I need to start to do anything differently. It’s not that I lack motivation per se, it’s that it is too overwhelming to start. Just like there is too much information out there to determine where best to go back to school. Look for a new career. How to take up bird watching. How to start a weight lifting program. Where to begin to start organizing your home. Learn how to bake. Decide where and when to fit in “Mommy time” and what you would even do with that free time!
We may truly WANT to do these things…but where to begin? Where to look? And how to schedule in the time?
Here was my doctor’s response. Concentrate on just one thing!
His point was, if peanut butter and jelly sandwiches cause a rash, just work on other options for lunch (since it is my kids’ lunch staple!) I did just that. It was much easier to substitute another option during lunch for my son, than it was to think about finding good websites, books, resources and finding the time to read up on all that is nutrition. Instead of filling my head with guilt about wanting to do something and being too overwhelmed to be able to do so…I just worked on that one thing.
This week: What is ONE thing you can integrate into your week that will help you just start something that has taken up space on your to do or wish list for some time?
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