High Cholesterol…

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High CholesterolRecently, I took my oldest son to the doctor for his school shots and physical.  The doctor suggested that he have a cholesterol test… just because.  Both of my boys are healthy… rarely sick… don’t miss school… very active… involved in sports… normal weight.

We did not expect the phone call saying that his cholesterol was high… at 12 years old.  The doctor seemed a little dumbfounded as well since his weight was normal and he is considered active.  Normal range is total cholesterol <170 and LDL (bad cholesterol) <110.  He had total of 228 and LDL 149.  High!

Since then, every grocery store trip has me on high alert.  I’ve done a lot of research and changed his diet a little.  What I found shocked me… maybe you are more food conscience and already knew all this… or never would consider feeding your child certain things, but I didn’t know and did feed them those things.

Most of us are aware of the nutrition summary on food packages.  I, however, was unaware that this summary also contained cholesterol information.  When I started checking, I was shocked… and saddened… at the numbers on some of the “convenience foods” that my boys eat.  By “convenience foods,” I mean the things I feed them on nights when I don’t feel like cooking.  For example, spaghetti o’s, bagel bites, Campbell’s chicken noodle soup, and lunchables.  This isn’t an all-inclusive list of the bad foods that I gave my kids when I was lazy… but it gives you an idea.

Since the test, we have cut out all of the above… we added more fresh fruit… went from whole milk to 2% milk… and I’ve started looking before buying everything. Cholesterol even varies among flavors of the same product.  Don’t assume… always check.  While you are at it, check the websites of the restaurants that you go to for their nutrition information.  That will shock you even more!

I share this because I know that I’m not the only mom that feeds her children crap… because it’s easy.  We have to pay more attention.  I know that some of you are unhealthy yourselves.  Maybe you aren’t willing to make a change for yourself… just because you are comfortable… just because… well, frankly, just because you choose not to.  But, these are our kids… we owe it to them.  We have to provide healthy things for them… we have to regulate how much and what they eat… we have to make sure that they exercise… we have to!

Changing diet does work.  He had another test two weeks after the first. He went from 228/149 to 197/125.  This is still considered borderline, but we’ve only just implemented the changes.  I think we are well on the way to having this under control.  I am thankful for finding out now so we could change our habits.  Just thought maybe you’d like to know, too. 🙂

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.” 1 Corinthians 6:19

Teach Them to Serve…

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Photo Aug 11, 7 33 39 PMWhen I was young I spent a lot of time with my granny.  I remember going to visit nursing homes at the age of 5.  I remember going caroling to a retirement community.  She taught me to care for the elderly… not forget them.  She taught me the value of the wisdom of seniors.

Likewise, my mom taught me the value of the hand-written card.  She taught me to always stay and help clean up.  She taught me the importance of finding my self-worth… without finding it through material things.

They both taught me to work for what I need and to always share with those less fortunate.  I was taught…

My husband and I have been given the task of raising boys.  Hopefully, raising them to be kind, generous, thoughtful, servants of God.  But, we have to teach them.

We are born into this world selfish.  We have to learn to be considerate of others… to give… to serve.  As I age (and it’s happening faster than I care to admit), I notice that there is a generation of non-servants in the church.  Maybe I can’t blame it all on a generation, maybe it’s just an age that we all go through.  Either way, there is this group that doesn’t do… they don’t participate, they don’t serve, they don’t take meals, they don’t show up to functions… they just don’t do much of anything.

Who is to blame?  Their parents?  Themselves?  The church?  … YES!  Yes, to all… yes.

Remedy?  Take your kids with you when you serve.  Show your kids that you give and I don’t just mean financially.  Involve your kids in your service.  Let them see that sometimes you do it, just because you are supposed to, not because you want to.  Let them see the smile that someone has when you did something nice.  Let them come up with some ideas of their own… and help them to carry them out.  Let them work, but also show them that rewards may come in hugs instead of dollars.

I may have readers that say…

  • “my kids are too young.” Nope!  Children are never too young… in fact, the earlier you start sowing them service, the more likely they will be to keep it up.
  • Or those of you that say “I’ve raised my children perfectly, I’m good.”  Hogwash!  I assure you that there are people (men & women) younger than you in the church that need someone to show them how to serve.  Be an example… when you are cleaning up after an event, find the one that isn’t doing anything and give them a task.  I promise you that they won’t tell you “no”… not sweet miss so-and-so.  They will just do it.
  • Or “I don’t have kids”… I don’t care!  God doesn’t care!  You can still be a great example to others and help them to grow!

We try to raise our boys with a servant’s heart.  I think we are on a good path with them.  I will admit though that while I may be an ok example at service, I don’t do enough (if anything) to involve those people who don’t do.  Maybe they need encouragement… maybe they just need to know the simple joy that comes from a little service.  Maybe they need a kick in the rear.  Whatever it takes… it’s our job…

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6