I get email from
people sharing with me that they are trying to cut back and save money
while they adopt. While this is good, there are some areas that are just
too valuable to skimp on. Your nutrition is one of those areas.
food and a healthy diet can keep you going during the ups and downs of
adopting. The process of adoption can be stressful and you need to be in
top shape to perform and respond well. Often women who have experienced
infertility have hormonal problems--I speak from experience here-- and if
we donít eat properly we can get, well cranky to say the least.
mothers call in a panic and state that their lives feel out of control. I
often ask them if they have eaten and 99% of the time they have not eaten
or they have only eaten junk food. Healthy food is good fuel and is a
must have when you are stressed. I am not speaking of chocolate- though
quality chocolate can help after having a healthy meal. (Smile)
share that they can only "afford" cheap foods like boxed macaroni and
cheese and on sale hot dogs. They feel that buying fresh produce and
healthier foods are too expensive. Yet healthy food IS affordable when you
cut out or cut down the junk food in your life and then add or replace it
with healthy food.
Next time you are
at the grocery store, just add up what it costs for chips, cookies and
sodas. Now compare that to fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats and
grains. You will see just how much farther your dollars go when you
invest in real and nutritious food. And you will feel better and live
longer. What's really unaffordable is a rotten diet. Garbage in, garbage
out and youíll reap what you sow. Consider your health as an asset in your
adoption that deserves care and attention.
In my adoption, I
was very healthy and active, but my husband and I were over-weight. I had
one young prospective birth mother tell me that she wanted to place her
unborn baby with a healthy and thin couple only. While not all birth
mothers share this view, they do want someone who will be around long
enough to parent their child and be a good role model in a healthy
You'd never put
low-grade fuel in your car, so how can you justify low-grade fuel for your
family? Healthy is wealthy. Start now by making these changes, so your
child will have a healthy parent and you will have healthy children with a
long life to live it together.
Mardie Caldwell COAP, is an
adoptive mother who is married with four children. She founded Lifetime
), is a Radio Talk Show Host, author, and has written numerous articles on
adoption, parenting and financing. Contact her at
Mardie@LifetimeAdoption.com Copyright © 2003 Mardie Caldwell COAP All
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