Wednesday, March 26, 2008

You must really love to cook?

I get the question a lot: "You must really love to cook?" It isn't that I love to cook really. I don't mind cooking. I certainly do a lot of it. More accurately, I feel like it's my duty as a mother to feed my son proper food.

It comes naturally to mothers to catch their children when they fall. That's how I feel about healthy food. I watch Mikey like a hawk at the playground so he doesn't fall and hurt himself and I cook him good food at home so his body is healthy on the inside.

The immune system is what battles cancers that come a' knocking. Cancer is abnormal cells that divide and multiple. The body's immune system tries to fight and kill off these cells but sometimes it can't. And, cancer isn't just for adults so it is never too early to build up a young child's immune system. Cancer affects about 14 of every 100,000 children in the United States each year.

According to the National Cancer Institute diet is one of the four behavioral factors that we can control to help prevent cancer in our bodies. If I were to feed Mikey boxed cereals, processed snack foods, and dinners with no vegetables, he would have a weakened immune system and be vulnerable to diseases like cancer.

The best way to cut back on junk food is not to stock it in the house. Yep, I had a withdrawal period but I never looked back. Et Voila! My motivation to cook healthy foods is to give my child a fighting chance.

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