The Power of a Transformed Wife: Lori Alexander, Healthy Living
This is a book review series of The Power of a Transformed Wife by Lori Alexander. If you are just joining us, you may click on previous chapter reviews if you’d like to catch up.
Introduction & Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 – Part 1 Chapter 8 – Part 2 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Chapter 15 Chapter 16
Chapter 17 – Serving Healthy Foods Means Healthy Families
We’re getting to the point in the book where I’m wondering why some of these chapters are even in here. I’m beginning to feel like they’re merely pages to fill up a book. The last chapter was about decluttering your home, and this one is about healthy food and DIY household cleaners. Which leads me to question:
What does this have to do with being a “transformed wife?”
I went back to the first couple of chapters trying to find Lori’s definition of “transformed wife.” Interestingly, that definition is not very clear. All she mentions is that she read Debi Pearl’s book and learned “God’s way of becoming the wife she was designed to be.” In other words, she did not come to this conclusion on her own. She put her own words of “transformed wife” into what Debi Pearl describes as a way a Christian wife should live.
Which leads me back to questioning the relevance of the last chapter, as well as this one. Does cleaning, eating healthy, and making homemade cleanings supplies mean you are being the way God designed you? I guess it does to Lori, so again we move onward.
A Transformed Wife wants to take care of her family to the best of her ability, and a big part of doing this is preparing and serving healthy, nutritious foods.
Lori’s idea of preparing and serving healthy, nutritious foods is making big salads (mentioned three times throughout the chapter) to eat off all week long, only buying organic at places like farmer’s markets, Trader Joe’s and Costco, and growing a garden. This is all fine and well if you have enough money to do this. I live in the Portland, Oregon area, and we have some great farmer’s markets, but they are expensive to shop. If you are able to shop at places like specialty organic shops and Costco, then you are very fortunate. The reality is that many people in the United States live in areas that have poor selections of healthy food options. And, if someone is living on a fixed income, I would guess they would choose to not spend more on organic items in order to make money go further.
Moving along to children and their eating habits:
My children were raised on healthy food, so they love large salads at mealtime. For mid-morning or afternoon snacks, I would prepare various fruits and nuts. Since I didn’t allow them to be picky eaters, they all grew up to enjoy most foods. A mother has a lot of control in how she raises her children and what they like to eat. Take the opportunity to raise them to love healthy food.
I don’t know about your kids, but when mine were young, they would have nothing to do with a large salad at mealtime. I know some kids like salad, but mine would have to drown their lanky leaves in ranch dressing to make it worth eating. As far as not allowing kids to be picky eaters, I honestly don’t understand how one accomplishes this. I suppose it is because of how I was raised in an Italian family and in the restaurant business. My parents asked that I try something new. If I didn’t like it, they didn’t make me finish it. Not everyone has the same likes and tastes, and those preferences tend to change over years. In my opinion, demanding that kids finish what is on their plate minimizes the fact that they are an individual with unique tastes. I think this area is more about control than anything else for Lori, and she shows that whether you make your kids eat everything, or you allow them to try and substitute if they don’t like it, kids are not going to enjoy all food.
Lori, who is not a nurse or doctor, nowmoves on to give medical advice:
Since all drugs have side effects, we rarely gave our children any drugs. Doctors, being human, aren’t infallible so keeping a balanced perspective on their role is important.
While doctors are great for emergency situations, they aren’t as great at healing chronic conditions or diseases.
When we are unable to discover a cause for an illness or a chronic condition, focus on trusting the Lord with the situation. He tells us that all we have to do is ask Him for wisdom, and He will give it.
I understand not wanting to take medication that might have strong side effects, but my mind goes to some of the horrific neglect of children due to parents who believe in faith healing and trusting the Lord with medical issues.
One thing that people forget is that most cancers and common diseases can be prevented.
Lori seems to forget that genetics and environmental influences are high risk factors of cancer. Non-smokers get lung cancer. People who eat raw diets get cancer. And, people like my grandma who ate eggs and bacon and smoked cigarettes her entire life live into their 90s.
Lori ends with an old blog post (someone else’s words, of course) about being healthy while pregnant. It fits nowhere in this chapter. But, this chapter is all over the place, so I guess it fits in after all.
Chapter 18 is titled: “A Way to a Man’s Heart…” Sex and food, anyone?