Monday, December 17, 2012

MOPS: Steps OUTSIDE of the Box

One of the reasons I love what I do is that I empower people to make changes. I empower them to step Outside of the Box. Last Thursday, I did it again!

I was invited to be the guest speaker at Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group. There were nearly 60 women. A golden opportunity. Lots of potential to make changes. These women are raising the next generation.

I began the talk as I normally would sharing my story of self-discovery and weight loss. Coincidentally, I use to live in the area of the church I was speaking at. "I use to pass by here all the time on my walks." I said.

Next, I shared simple, recipe ideas. Urging them to go back to the basics. Cut up an apple, orange, and slice a banana -- a fresh fruit cup. Pleading with them to not introduce their kids to jarred baby food. "That's boxing them in at a very early age." I said. "Why not just mash up a banana?" I questioned. I challenged them to feed their children the same real food they eat. 

My message resonated with many of the women. Many of them spoke with me afterwards. Many of them purchased a copy of my cookbook. And, then on Sunday morning this email from Angie, mother of an infant and a toddler: "Hi Chrisetta! It was great to meet you at MOPS on Thursday. I've already been to the bulk section of Winco and made Quinoa for the first time (and baby food). I made fruit snacks from REAL fruit."

YES! She made baby food. And, fruit snacks even. All in a day's work. I'm so very fortunate to do what I do. Thanks MOPS for having me. MOPS is officially OUTSIDE of the Box!

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