So how many of you remember the relentless quotes your mother use to spew at you and your siblings while you would roll your eyes and barely listen? Then one day you wake up, 20 or 30 years later, and find yourself saying the exact same quotes you heard over and over as a kid and swore you would never repeat to your children.
With all of the illness and disease in our society that is preventable (mostly due to environmental toxins and the Standard American Diet) shouldn’t we come up with new quotes for our kids? Here is a list of some of the quotes I remember my mother saying and a list of what I would like to change them to.
OLD: Don’t run with scissors
NEW: Run and exercise daily for good health
OLD: Look both ways before crossing the street
NEW: Look at the labels before buying any food
OLD: Don’t talk to strangers
NEW: Actually talk to people instead of texting all the time
OLD: Don’t go out in the cold with wet hair
NEW: Don’t go out without taking your vitamins and eating your veggies so you boost your immune system
OLD: If everyone else jumped off a bridge would you?
NEW: If everyone else drank energy drinks and soda would you?
OLD: Elbows off the table
NEW: Cell phones off the table
OLD: Money doesn’t grow on trees
NEW: Good food grows on trees
OLD: Don’t talk with your mouth full
NEW: Can we finally sit at the table and talk at dinner tonight?
OLD: It’s all fun and games until someone pokes an eye out
NEW: It’s all fun and games until you are the one diagnosed with cancer
OLD: Stop fighting or I will turn this car around
NEW: Stop fighting, you may need your sister (brother) to care for you some day
OLD: Close that door, were you raised in a barn?
NEW: Open the windows and breathe in the fresh air
OLD: Don’t eat yellow snow
NEW: Eat more yellow, green and red vegetables
OLD: Shape up or ship out
NEW: Shape up or be obese like 50% of Americans
OLD: Finish your dinner, there are kids starving in Africa
NEW: Yes, you can eat as much fruits and veggies as you like
OLD: If it doesn’t kill you, it’ll make you stronger
NEW: If it doesn’t kill you, it may give you horrible side effects
OLD: Life isn’t fair
NEW: Life is wonderful, don’t take it for granted
I’m just saying….there is always some validity to old quotes but maybe they need some updating.
Choosing healthy living over dying 🙂