Hi there! I’m Missy. I’m 17 years old and crazy about life. Today I want to tell you a little bit about my life growing up in the Simple, Healthy Home.
As a little girl I really didn’t think much about it. It was just life. I had really never known anything else and what I had was good. Why change? I knew I was a little different, but I didn’t care. I just wanted food to fill my stomach, books to read, something to write in where no one would be able to see my handwriting and spelling. But mostly I needed time to pretend I was Laura Ingalls and my little brother to play with me.
I knew my family and I could eat some things and didn’t eat others. I didn’t know why, other than the fact that my mom said so. When I started getting older I began to wonder more. Why was I so different? Why did we homeschool? Why did we believe what we did? Why did we eat weirder than anyone else I knew? I caught on to the homeschooling thing pretty fast, and all my best friends have very similar beliefs so that’s never been an issue either. But being a teenager and the food thing…. :P
As I got older I went more places on my own. And food is everywhere! You can’t go to a social gathering anyplace without at least some cookies, or pizza, or soda, and chocolate, and…. You know what I mean. Lets just say that I get hungry like everybody else and give in to the call for food, healthy or not.
I realized pretty fast that some things don’t have a very pleasant effect on me. And other things I just don’t have a taste for, at all. (Bacon and Soda. *gag*) The thing is I didn’t know why some food wasn’t good for me, and I probably never will understand it all like my mom. But I do know that the world has some really bad habits when it comes to food. Especially at social gatherings.
People ask me what it’s like being a teenager with the Simple, Healthy Lifestyle, because we all know teens aren’t exactly what you call healthy. Late nights, early mornings, and lots of Junk Food. Let me just say that it isn’t easy, and I don’t always make the best choices. But it really isn’t that complicated either. What is it exactly that I do? Here are 8 things I do in teenage social food situations.
1. If you can, bring something to share.
2. Don’t go completely starving or it will be harder to resist the temptations.
3. Eat what you know you can have.
4. Have like-minded friends that are a little weird themselves. That way you can probably eat more of what is there. ;)
5. Invite everyone to your house! (Homemade Waffles, Kettle popcorn, Quesadillas and Limeade, Mmmmm. Everybody loves it!)
6. If you know you aren’t going to gorge yourself you can eat a little of whatever you want.
7. Homemade stuff is better than processed nastiness. (It taste better too.)
8. Just listen to your body!
I’ve changed a lot since I was a little girl. I know there is a very clear reason why I do what I do and what my family does. Even if I don’t quite understand all of it yet. All I really need is good food to eat, books about everything to read, a huge variety of music to listen to, weird family and friends to spend my time with, something to write with so one day people can read it. And most importantly, time to learn, study, and dream.
If you’re scared of being “weird,” don’t be. It really isn’t that hard, and it’s actually a lot of fun! You just have to know the reason why you’re doing it all. :D
Missy, The Happy Friend