If you would have told me three years ago that I would be praying my son would NOT move home for his Thanksgiving break and stay home until after the New Year, I would not have believed it. But, it's true. For his sake and mine, I want his college to remain open for the students to live and attend classes in person. 

Three years ago, I grieved the loss of what was. Of my kid's childhood. Of our home schooling years. Although, in reality, the letting go process began years ago, sending him away to college was by far the hardest part of this journey. I daresay it was similar to the recent experience of breaking my leg. One moment I was walking happily down a path, enjoying the fresh air and sunshine, the next moment, I felt a sharp pain and was on the ground. Reluctantly, with no other choice, I got up slowly to hobble home, all the while whimpering.

I've also done a lot of "whimpering" over the past few years adjusting to this new phase of life, but the initial shock of pain has now subsided and I've done a lot of healing. Thankfully, when people told me it got easier, they were right. Life goes on. I now have a new perspective on this phase of my life. All is not gloom and doom. 

As I find myself watching the the world around me shut down yet again, I am pondering this change. My son is now a junior and we have both grown and changed in healthy ways. We each have our own routines and habits. Living under the same roof is not as it use to be. And that's okay. He needs his friends, his own life apart from his family to thrive. Although I cherish every moment we get to spend together, knowing I will likely see him less and less as the years pass, I honestly don't want him to miss out on more college days than necessary. That's why, just as I've gained a new perspective on the empty-nesting years ahead of me, I am hoping this world in which I live will gain a new perspective, a new strategy, on how to stay healthy during a pandemic, so that my son doesn't have to miss out. So you and I don't have to miss out on the very things that enrich our lives.

You see, to me, there's no better strategy than to attack health from within. I am responsible for my own health. It's my job to eat well, sleep more, stress less, exercise daily and eliminate what is toxic in my life. This includes emotions, people and the products in my home. We might not be in the predicament we are in today if this was our prescription each and every day. When I neglect my body and get lazy with my habits, I pay the price. That is when I get sick. This is the perspective I wish more people shared.

Friends, good food is medicine. It just is. Bad food causes inflammation. When I have chronic inflammation, two things can happen. One, I  am more susceptible to disease. Two, my body is too busy and worn out fighting this inflammation that it can't properly fight off the acute virus' and colds that cross my path. I don't want this and I'm guessing neither do you. 

The good news is, it's never too late to change your habits. You don't have to do everything all at once, but you do need to start somewhere and I'm here to help#contactme Let's be friends. I don't have all the answers, but I do know some things that can make a big difference in your health. How about it? Ready for a new perspective? 

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