Friday, October 5, 2012
With 4 young children, I can't afford to be exhausted and unable to concentrate. However, I consistently deal with the afternoon slump. My mind turns to a haze of jumbled thoughts and I can't seem to focus on any one in particular; and I feel like I could sleep for hours at a rip.
My best guess, according to the reading I've done for myself is that I have a blood sugar dip and possible adrenal issues, so I've begun a list of ways to combat the afternoon slump.
Exercise, especially in the morning. It boosts blood flow and gets your system in gear for the rest of the day. Also, exercising when you feel that slump starting can help push you past that slump.
Morning vitamins and protein help fuel the body for the day. The healthier the fuel, the better your body functions.
Iron! I'm almost always borderline anemic. I have to remember to eat iron-rich foods, or drink nettle tea to keep me from being tired.
Small meals! Eating a heavy, hard-to-digest lunch can slow the rest of your body down as it works to digest that rock in your stomach. Eat small meals and supplement with:
Protein-rich snacks. Forget the sugar-rush snacks of empty calories. Grab a handful of almonds, or an apple with peanut butter or cheese instead. It'll give your body something to use and fuel you up right.
And I reinterate, little to no sugar! It makes your blood sugar rise, yes, but then it crashes even harder, plus it gives no nutrition for your body to use and fuel itself.
Stay hydrated. A body fighting for water is going to wear you down...and probably bring on a headache, too.
Power nap. If I need to, I take a quick power nap. It does more for me an an hour or so snooze that I usually wake up just as groggy from. Sometimes, just laying still for 5-10 minutes helps greatly, or even taking a moment to stretch my body and breathe deeply.
10 minutes of fresh air and daylight every day. Being outside can help keep our internal clocks working properly. Our bodies aren't designed to hide under artificial light day after day.
How do you avoid the afternoon slump?
Monday, September 24, 2012
Gluten-Free Almond Butter Coconut Cookies
Approx. 1/2 cup organic brown sugar
1/2 cup organic almond butter
1 stick butter, melted
1 cup organic buckwheat flour
1/3 tsp aluminum free baking powder
1/3 tsp baking soda
1/3 tsp salt
1/4 - 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
Enough coconut flour to make a good cookie dough...I think approx. 1/4 - 1/3 cup
Cream almond butter, butter and sugars together. Blend in egg well. Mix together with buckwheat flour, powder, soda and salt. Stir in shredded coconut, then blend in coconut flour until you have a good cookie dough. You should be able to form balls without the dough being too sticky or too dry. Form into balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for approx. 5-10 minutes.
Keep in mind that I'm guessing a little on the measurements because I don't always measure. I kind of just eyeball it a lot. I'm also guessing on baking time because I go by smell (my oven doesn't have a timer, or even an oven light or door window!) and my oven is small, so it tends to bake things a little more quickly than average sized ovens.
I'll try to post a picture in the near future.
I'm fairly ignorant on what is truly, I mean TRULY gluten-free, so if any of the ingredients aren't truly gluten-free, then please let me know. If you need it casein or dairy-free, you could try substituting the butter for coconut oil, but I haven't tried it, so I don't know how they'd turn out.
PS....this recipe is copyrighted by me. Do not copy without permission. Feel free to pin it or link to it on facebook, but please don't steal it and submit it as your own recipe. Thanks!
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Ya gotta love it these days. You wheel your shopping cart into the checkout lane, unload your carefully selected items, the bagger plops a few bags into your cart and you hand the cashier your child's college fund.
Perhaps it is your grocery budget. Perhaps it is time constraints. Perhaps you just don't like spending a good portion of your day in the kitchen. How can you get your nutrients inexpensively and easily?
Soups and stews! (Preferably homemade with bone broth...the store bought stuff is garbage)
Fruits and veggies in season
You could do quite well for a season on these simple, nutrient dense foods.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Depending on where you live, the children are starting to return to school. With that great exodus of summer comes the cold and flu season. While the weather is nice, there are ways to prepare for the cold and flu season to help prevent you from catching those nasty bugs, or at least weaken the germs and strengthen your immune system:
1. Clean up your diet! Stop eating junk foods, processed foods, and "diet" foods! All they do is make your body work harder against the onslaught of chemicals and empty calories leaving less energy to work on your immune system!
2. Exercise, especially in the fresh air! Exercise is a great immune booster. Fresh air is cleansing.
3. Vitamin C! Yes, it works! Eat Vitamin C-rich foods. If you choose to take a supplement, choose wisely and seek organic if you can.
4. Another great supplement is Nature's Plus Animal Parade Children's Immune Booster. I use this for my children and I and it works!
5. Ederberry Syrup! The immune booster of the Native Americas works for everyone!
6. Echinacea is another immune boosting herb.
7. Turmeric Milk! I came across this article on Turmeric Milk! I'm definitely adding it to my immune boosting list!
8. Bulk Herb Store has an herbal mix that helps boost your immune system. You can find it HERE.
9. Get your sleep! With the earlier setting of the sun, take a cue and go to bed!
10. Chicken soup. Good ol' chicken soup made with homemade stock is a great immune booster and system supporter.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
1. Devote my planned workout time to the DVD workout of choice.
2. Do 1 minute intervals throughout the day...how many push-ups can I do in a minute? How many burpees? Hold plank. Squat thrust. Plyos. Lunges. Crunches. Roll-ups. Sit ups. How long can I hang from the chin-up bar, etc.
3. Go for evening walks with the kiddos. If it isn't storming or sweltering out, I can strap the baby to my body, and load the other three into the stroller and go for a walk with them. It's a mile round trip from my house to the top of the hill and back again. 1 mile with nearly 100 lbs of kiddos is a good workout, especially since it is a slight grade uphill on the return with a fairly steep hill finish. Plus, it relaxes and soothes kiddos who are getting fussy and tired from their day.
Any other ideas?
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
It started this Monday and for the next 60 days, I record my workouts, my 5 servings of fruits and veggies, my water intake, my lack of junk food and alcohol, and my Shakeology intake. I can't do Shakeology because I'm one of the rare few who have problems with it. Go figure. So far, I've been doing great! Earning all my points every day. I really REALLY want to. I want to stay dedicated.
It helps that I started my workouts before the challenge began, so I already had strength and stamina built up. I've really been listening to my body this time and understanding more of what I need to do to really build lean muscle, burn fat, and stand tall. Today, I discovered that 6 lbs isn't enough for bicept curls. I had 6 lbs of weights in my hand and I kept curling and curling, but felt no burn. I also realized recently that my spine is bent and compressed and my hip flexors out of alignment from the pregnancy. This causes my belly to look poochy and gives me those "back boob" folds just above my waistline. Since I started working on my core strength and correcting my posture, my belly isn't as poochy and the "back boobs" have pretty much disappeared. They usually return late in the day when I'm tired and forget my posture. I need to straighten my spine more to help get rid of the pooch just under my bust line. Weird place for pooch, but it's like my abs got all mushed up funny. I don't know. But it is a post partum trouble spot. I never did get rid of it after my 3rd baby's pregnancy.
I wasn't going to order anything from BeachBody since it wasn't necessary, though recommended, but I saw Yoga Booty Ballet and the complimentary price, so I ordered it. It hasn't arrived yet, but I'm eager to see what it involves. I haven't pushed myself to the max yet, so it is probably high time that I did.
A mistake I made was joining MyFitnessPal and logging in my calories. It is only so individualized and only allowed me just over 1300 calories a day. Well, I'm breast feeding, so I'd make the calorie goal and then allow myself a healthy snack to help cover breast feeding. Well, even with the extra snack it wasn't enough. Sure, I'd drop the weight quickly, but I also nearly passed out! I had to take a nap and when I woke up, still exhausted and not feeling right, I ate a slice of sprouted grain bread with peanut butter and decided that so long as I eat healthfully and not pig out, I'm not going to try to count calories. I've always been able to handle 2000 calories a day well and lose weight.
Results are showing and that makes me excited. I'm eager to get rid of this post partum weight and flabby skin, so sometimes it gets frustrating when I sit down and still have that muffin top, or the size 4 jeans still can't quite get over my backside, or my kids giggle while they jiggle my belly or thighs, but it isn't necessarily about how much farther I have to go. It's about seeing how far I've come already! I'm healthy, I'm stronger, and it is only going to improve from here.
Monday, July 9, 2012
It makes sense to me that raw milk would be wonderfully nutritious given that it is supposed to sustain and grow a 100 lb newborn calf, but I never knew what was in raw milk. So, a little research and I was pleasantly surprised! Raw milk is worlds better than pasteurized milk, which has most of its delicate nurtrients removed during pasteurization.
Here's a list of what's in raw milk:
- Water 87.3%
Milk Fats 3.9%
Non-fat Solids (Protein, Milk Sugar, Immune Factors, etc.) 8.8%
- A. Casein Proteins (~80% of Total Milk Protein-TMP)
1. Alpha s1 [30.6%]
2. Alpha s2 [8.0%]
3. Beta [28.4%]
4. Kappa [10.1%]
B. Whey Proteins (~20% of TMP)
1. Alpha lactalbumin [3.7%]
2. Beta lactoglobulin [9.8%]
3. Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA) [1.2%]
4. Immuoglobulins [2.1%]
5. Proteose peptone [2.4%]
Milk Sugar (Lactose) 4.6%
- Mineral Content per quart (Typical range):
- Butyric Acid 4 (# of Carbon atoms)
Caproic Acid 6
Caprylic Acid 8
Capric Acid 10
Lauric Acid 12
Myristic Acid 14
Palmitic Acid 16
Stearic Acid 18
Oleic Acid 18:1 (one double bond)
CLA 18:2 (two double bonds)
Vitamin Content per quart (Approximate):
Lactase-(through bacterial synthesis)
It is said that many people who believe themselves to be lactose intolerant can actually consume raw milk without a problem because the digestive enzymes have not been compromised by pasteurization and thus makes the lactose digestible.
People do well on raw milk fasts, cleanses, and even using raw milk as a meal substitute.
My 3rd child drank a homemade infant formula out of raw milk after my milk supply dwindled and thrived on it!
There is also a healthy amount of cholesterol in raw milk which helps keep the brain healthy.
Friday, June 22, 2012
Next Saturday is my cousin's big picnic. I'm going to wear a swimsuit and go swimming! Usually, I'm too self concious about my figure, worried that someone might not find me attractive. Well, the little negative voices in my head can shut the h-e-double hockey stick up. I just had my 4th baby, I'm doing GREAT at getting my strength back and dropping the post partum pounds. Who CARES if my belly is still loose and poochy. My family doesn't! Although, I think it would be awesome to be 135 lbs at the picnic, but more than just the number, I'd like to be a bit more toned and STRONGER! Which reminds me, I haven't tried my push-up today!
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The top photo is me just before I got pregnant. I was 120 lbs after being sick from well contamination. Hubby thinks me too skinny in that picture. He likes me a little heavier. I was bouncing between 128-130 lbs when I got pregnant.
The bottom picture is me at 1 month post partum, taken yesterday. I'm 141 lbs with a 31" waist and 39" hips. Hubby LOVES this Mae West curvier me. I do, too! If you get the right mindset it can be fun to embrace your changing body and have fun with it throughout your childbearing years. There's something sexy about a slim waistline, but there's something sexy about womanly softness and curves, too.
My short term goal is to get to 140 lbs by the end of this week. That'll put me at the 10 lb face-off where I have to work harder. To get below 130 lbs, I really have to push it and that may not fare well for my milk supply, so I'll be happy to stick with 130 lbs, at least until after I'm done breast feeding.
Speaking of breast feeding, I was afraid that losing this weight so soon after giving birth would have a harmful affect on my supply. So far so good! It helps that I am eating a healthful, high-fat diet and being careful about carbs and sugars. Eggs in cultured butter, raw milk, yogurt, sprouted grain breads, fruits, veggies, meats, coconut oil....it's all good!
Anyhow, today, I started regular workouts. I did the 40 minute The Firm Cardio Party. I realized two things: 1. I'm not as out of shape as I thought I was...I did the whole party and kept up! 2. I need a really good supportive sports bra to keep these lactating puppies still! Owie!! How you big busted girls do it, I don't know. I'm used to my more diminutive size.
Before I publish this post, I wanted to just make one thing clear: I'm certainly not advocating rushing the post partum weight loss and fitness thing like the celebrities do. I was going to wait until 6 weeks post partum to start much of anything, but my recovery after this birth was so fast and I felt so good so soon that I really wanted to start and felt like I needed to start early. Every pregnancy is different. My first two, I needed stitches and that slowed me up. My third, my ab muscles split during the pregnancy and afterwards I had a prolapse AND a hernia. Even at 6 months post partum I couldn't do anything that required jumping or laying down ab workouts. So, as always, consult your physician and listen to your body.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Anyhow, I've been exercising more and feeling great because of it! It not only boosts metabolism and energy, but it boosts my self-confidence~something I've been lacking in for a while. I love feeling and getting stronger! Yesterday, I could only do 3 half-push-ups in plank position. Today, I did 5 in a row and was able to get closer to the ground! Soon, I'll be able to do a REAL push-up and reach my goal!
I'm thankful that my appetite isn't as big as it was post partum. I always have a HUGE appetite after having a baby, probably for the milk supply. Now that things are regulating again in my body, I'm not as hungry.
I look forward to thinning down more and toning up. It's rather annoying to not fit into almost all of my clothing, but it is only good to lose healthfully.
Oh, and I'm below 32" in my waistline now, too! Yay! I'd like to be back to my usual 27-28". I'd be jumping for joy if I got back down to 26". I haven't seen 26" since I got pregnant with my 2nd child!
Monday, June 11, 2012
When I get the push-up goal accomplished, I'm changing the name to Post Partum Pull-Up! It is actually on my bucket list to be able to finally do a pull-up. I've never been able to do one!
What's on your fitness bucket list?
Monday, June 4, 2012
I'm not very strong and my abs are shot. If I'm laying on the floor, I cannot sit up. I have to roll to my side and use my arms and legs to get up. But, I started some ab exercises with my kids (tummy rides on my legs and airplane rides on my feet up in the air.) I'm also doing sun salutations. Yesterday, I did 3 in a row. Funny how I can hold plank pretty well, but I can't do a crunch or sit-up! Today, I plan on doing 5 in a row. It doesn't sound like much, but as I said, it is going to be a slow start.
Friday, June 1, 2012
I had to slow down for my 2nd week post partum. My energy dwindled and my baby boy has been up more some nights, but hey, if he needs to eat all night long, so be it! He's gaining well!
The top picture is me 1 week post partum. The bottom is nearly 2 weeks post partum. I've kind of leveled off in the belly shrinkage and my appetite. Breast feeding makes me HUNGRY all the time, so my goal for week 3 is to be more mindful of what I eat and make sure I don't over eat. I need plenty of healthy fats and proteins, plus iron-rich foods.
I haven't been belly binding too much because of the heat and the binder kind of gets in the way sometimes. The weather has fallen cooler, so I should probably strap it back on. Exercise has basically been housework, though I've started posture exercises and managed to do 2 sun salutations today. My abs are SHOT, especially my lower abs. GONE! I knew I'd have to start very slow since I was on modified bed rest for so long on top of being so ill throughout the pregnancy. I've been sedentary for nearly 8 months straight! It's going to take a lot of work with a slow beginning to get me back in shape! One day at a time.
I was going to start my Wii Fit today, but the batteries died in my Wii board and I only had 3 AA's in the battery drawer. I need 4. It's probably a good thing. I don't usually like to weigh myself until 6 weeks post partum. I will measure myself then, too. My simple goal is for my waistline to be at or below 32" by 6 weeks post partum. My overall goal is to get my old waistline back, which usually hovers between 26 and 28".
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Now that I am done having children, it is time to get into the best shape of my life!
Thankfully, I have always done well getting my figure and strength back after pregnancy, so my body isn't too far out of whack, but this time, I really want to go for it! Health, strength, well-being....being able to chase after 4 young children!!!
So, here is my before report. I haven't weighed myself yet or taken any measurements. I don't usually do that until 6 weeks post partum (or when I feel recovered enough to resume a regular exercise routine). The top picture is my final pregnancy picture. My water had broken and I had just rolled out of bed. The bottom picture is 24 hours after delivery.
What I am doing now:
1. Lots of breast feeding.
2. Wearing a belly band to push my guts back into place.
What I plan to do next week:
1. Begin posture exercises to align my spine and hips after being curved and loosened from pregnancy and delivery.
2. Continue breast feeding.
3. Improve diet.
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Tuesday, May 8, 2012
With the Spring and Summer seasons comes the taste for pasta salads. That puts us health nuts in a bit of a position since pasta itself isn't exactly a health food. It is also a barrier for those who are gluten-free. So, I started looking at quinoa pasta as a substitute and was turned off. Here's why:
1. The expense! Quinoa pasta is expensive.
2. Quinoa pasta sometimes contains semolina.
3. Quinoa pasta is a processed food.
4. Quinoa pasta has not been soaked in whey or sprouted before use, which is something that should be done with quinoa.
So, as I stood there staring at the quinoa pasta on the shelf of the store, it dawned on me. Why bother? Why not just use quinoa?
So, that is what I have been doing. I've used quinoa for the times I've craved a good pasta dish. I also made tuna "macaroni" salad using quinoa and it was very good and very satisfying.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Our skin is our biggest organ. It is our protection, even a filter of sorts. We must care for it from head to toe.
Signs your skin is unhealthy and in need of attention include:
sun spots/liver spots
dryness and flaking
carbuncles (usually found on the buttocks ie: butt acne)
loss of elasticity, especially pre-menopausal
Do and Don'ts of body skin care:
1. Don't wash your body when it doesn't need washing.
2. Do wash your body when it does.
3. Don't use harsh commercial soaps.
4. Do use a gentle, homemade soap, commerical additive-free soap, or castile soap.
5. Don't use commerical body lotions.
6. Do use a gentle massage oil, such as sweet almond oil.
7. Do treat touble spots with herbal remedies, apple cider vinegar, or witch hazel.
8. Don't eat processed, sugar-laden foods. Yes, foods can affect the state of your skin!
9. Do stay hydrated.
10. Don't wear binding clothing frequently.
11. Do spend some time each day in the buff, even if it is just sleeping in the buff.
12. Don't wear synthetic clothing, or highly chemically-treated clothing. (If you can. This would be a hard goal to achieve.)
13. Start buying organic clothing when and where you can.
14. Do get sun on your skin (without any sunblock).
15. Don't allow your skin to sunburn!
16. Don't smoke!
17. Do exercise and let yourself sweat it out!
18. Do keep your razor blade clean and disinfected.
19. Do get enough sleep.
20. Do treat yourself to healthful massages to get the blood flowing! Make sure your massage therapist uses natural oils for your skin and not commercial lubricant concoctions.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
I guess I should thank my skin problems of my youth. The severe acne I had helped point me in the direction of a healthier lifestyle and natural healing. Thankfully, the acne has eased greatly, but time and pregnancy have affected things, too.
Part 2: beyond the face
Part 3: Internally, the Liver Connection
Thursday, April 5, 2012
To prevent ticks:
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
It worried me to take them because not only does it mess with my own gut flora, but it can mess with my baby's gut flora. Pregnant women who take antibiotics are more likely to have a colicky or reflux baby. I wanted to do what I could to prevent that, so I ate yogurt nearly every day and took probiotics.
Nettles are strengthening to the system.
Agrimony is a mucus membrane and gut soother
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
But this St. Patty's Day, let me urge you to put down the green-tinted beer and any other food unnaturally dyed green and exchange it for something really "green."
Eat naturally green foods.
You can't get more Irish in America than Guiness, so drink it as is, rather than tinted green.
Make traditional Irish foods rather than American junk food dyed green.
- Blue #1 (Brilliant Blue)
An unpublished study suggested the possibility that Blue 1 caused kidney tumors in mice. What it's in: Baked goods, beverages, desert powders, candies, cereal, drugs, and other products.
- Blue #2 (Indigo Carmine)
Causes a statistically significant incidence of tumors, particularly brain gliomas, in male rats. What it's in: Colored beverages, candies, pet food, & other food and drugs.
- Green #3 (Fast Green)
Caused significant increases in bladder and testes tumors in male rats. What it's in: Drugs, personal care products, cosmetic products except in eye area, candies, beverages, ice cream, sorbet; ingested drugs, lipsticks, and externally applied cosmetics.
- Yellow #5 (Tartrazine)
Yellow 5 causes sometimes-severe hypersensitivity reactions and might trigger hyperactivity and other behavioral effects in children. What it's in: Pet foods, numerous bakery goods, beverages, dessert powders, candies, cereals, gelatin desserts, and many other foods, as well as pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.
- Yellow #6 (Sunset Yellow)
Caused adrenal tumors in animals and occasionally causes severe hypersensitivity reactions. What it's in: Color bakery goods, cereals, beverages, dessert powders, candies, gelatin deserts, sausage, cosmetics and drugs.
For the entire article, and dangers of Red dyes, please click HERE.
And one more article for you....click HERE.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Ten Reasons to Throw out your Microwave Oven
From the conclusions of the Swiss, Russian and German scientific clinical studies, we can no longer ignore the microwave oven sitting in our kitchens. Based on this research, we will conclude this article with the following:
- Continually eating food processed from a microwave oven causes long term - permanent - brain damage by "shorting out" electrical impulses in the brain [de-polarizing or de-magnetizing the brain tissue].
- The human body cannot metabolize [break down] the unknown by-products created in microwaved food.
- Male and female hormone production is shut down and/or altered by continually eating microwaved foods.
- The effects of microwaved food by-products are residual [long term, permanent] within the human body.
- Minerals, vitamins, and nutrients of all microwaved food is reduced or altered so that the human body gets little or no benefit, or the human body absorbs altered compounds that cannot be broken down.
- The minerals in vegetables are altered into cancerous free radicals when cooked in microwave ovens.
- Microwaved foods cause stomach and intestinal cancerous growths [tumors]. This may explain the rapidly increased rate of colon cancer in America.
- The prolonged eating of microwaved foods causes cancerous cells to increase in human blood.
- Continual ingestion of microwaved food causes immune system deficiencies through lymph gland and blood serum alterations.
- Eating microwaved food causes loss of memory, concentration, emotional instability, and a decrease of intelligence.
Again, microwaves denature food and that denaturing process can cause any number of harmful effects on our bodies. Add that to the processed, chemical garbage present in most microwavable meals and you have double the trouble. And should you choose to use a microwave in a pinch, avoid using any and all plastics within at all costs, even "microwave safe" plastics. (Reference 3)
Monday, March 12, 2012
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Oasis Camel Dairy
Friday, March 9, 2012
I'm also linking up to Campaign for Safe Cosmetics which has a searchable database to find out about your favorite cosmetics and how good or bad they really are.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
During World War Two, so many British men were taken or volunteered into service that there were few men left to run the great agriculture of the Kingdom. Women stepped into many roles during that time, including the service of Land Girls (as seen in the photo above).
Is it time for the Land Girls to put on the muck boots and step forward again?
I think so.
Agriculture doesn't pay. Did it ever? I'm not sure. But in today's day and age, it really doesn't pay. There are far too many subsidies for GMO's and other questionable AG practices and higher costs for organic farmers. However, I'm sure we can all agree that quality, sustainable farming is VERY important and must be preserved. So, where do we ladies come in?
In order to continue farming and make it work, farming seems to have become a second income for families. At least in our future case, hubby will continue with his career while I take on the ownership and management of our small farm. It'll be my career, our second income. Another scenario to help make farms work is the man owns and runs the farm while the wife carries a second income in the outside work force. Still, I can't help but be interested in the rise in female farmers and applaud the men who support her endeavors.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Now, I face "limited mobility" for my pregnancy due to some complications. It isn't strict bedrest, thank God, but I can't do a lot of things I normally used to. One of the first bits of well-meaning advice I got was, "bulk up on pasta and easy to make foods." I very unthankfully did that snotty 1990's teenage gesture of sticking my finger in my mouth and pretending to gag.
That is something I can't do anymore. I simply can't. We were all so sickly after my morning sickness bout from eating that junky food! Besides, it doesn't even TASTE good to me anymore. Sure, we eat a little pasta, but not every day of the week! Microwave it?! No way! Casseroles, canned products, frozen meals....if I have to stay in bed all day and let my toilet grow a new species so I am able to cook decent meals, then I will.
Sunday, March 4, 2012
I'm an advocate of small steps towards the greater good when it comes to healthy eating, but sometimes even those small steps need a crutch, a helping hand, an usher in the right direction. Perhaps you know those who are completely lost in the world of processed foods. Perhaps you know those who WANT to eat better, but their income levels prevent it, even with cutting back every expense possible. Whatever the reason or excuse, advice is good, but action is better.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Friday, March 2, 2012
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Despite all that, I grew up on a traditional American large family diet heavy on processed carbs and koolaid and low on much of anything else, but we (my brothers and sister and I) were all skinny kids, so we didn't think much of it.
As the pressure of high school and later a job at a fashion store grew, I became more aware of my health by way of making sure I fit in a tiny sizes. This expanded my dietary journey into the late 90's world of fat-free. It didn't matter if you ate crap, just so long as it was fat free. To this day, I remember watching Richard Simmons holding the microphone in the face of a morbidly obese woman of color who repeated his mantra of, "Calories don't make you fat. Fat makes you fat." It wasn't until 10 years later that I realized just how wrong that is!