A Piece of Humble Pie

Humble Pie

As a kid, my dad pushed vitamins, eating right, and avoiding toxins. He was very clear how he felt about antibiotics any time I was sick and went to the doctor. Dad would rather use home remedies.

I hated it as a kid! I whined. I cried. I threw a fit when it came to taking vitamins and eating vegetables. Throwing up hominy is a sure way to make you never want to eat it again. I still won’t touch the stuff. However, other things have grown on me as I have grown up. And I have come to the realization that dad was…GULP…right about a thing or two.

I have become much more aware of the foods I’m eating, the products I’m using, and what is in my household. Do I still eat some junk? Yes! However, I eat a lot less junk, use less chemicals, and take fewer trips to the doctor.

When I first told Dad that I started using essential oils, his face lit up. That’s something he and I can talk about and agree on. I’m sure he wishes I had listened to him years ago, but I know it makes his heart glad that I’m making these changes now.

Honestly, I fully deserve a big fat “I TOLD YOU SO!!!” If you know my father, you would expect one. He speaks his mind. However, in this case, he’s refrained from reminding me of my years of rolling my eyes and scoffing at him over the subject of natural ways to maintain one’s wellness.

Friends, I flat out refused to listen to it at times. I, and many others, chalked it up to him just being ridiculous. I fully thought that the things he spouted were just silly. If things are so bad for us, then why are we all eating these things and using these products? It must not be that bad, or we wouldn’t be doing it. That’s how I felt.

I feel differently now. I realize we don’t have to keep eating these things and using these products. It may not be feasible to give up everything all at once, but I am seeing the benefits of changing a few things at a time. I have removed several chemical-laden products from our home now, and I buy less processed foods from the store.

I also used to think that if I couldn’t get rid of all the bad stuff, then why bother at all…

Every little change matters though. One less chemical is one less chemical. Little changes can add up to a big difference in your health.

Here’s where I take a different approach than Dad did. When he gets passionate, he tends to be “in your face” about something. (Sorry, Dad, but this is where you get to be humble for a moment.)

Friends, I don’t want to be “in your face.” I just want to help you see that what you bring into your home matters. The food you and your kids eat matters. Again, I will remind you that I still eat things I shouldn’t eat. I just grab less of something bad and more of something good now. It’s a work in progress. It’s a journey.

I encourage you to start your journey for overall wellness. If you need ideas on where to start, let me know. I want to help.

Be blessed!

Be brave!

Be oily!



Author: Ashley

Midwest girl. Enjoying life with my husband.