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Before we started this real food journey, we ordered pizza every Friday night.  Once I started weight watchers and realized how many points were in a single piece of pizza (7 points in one piece) I began to look for other options for our traditional pizza night.  Continue Reading…

Change and Quiche

April 21, 2013

Hi Friends, I mentioned before that this time of transitioning to real food, including my weight loss, has been such a spiritual journey for me.  God has used all of this to reveal to me that I do not have to stay the same in any area of my life and he never meant for me to live defeated.  I used to think things about myself like “you will never change, you know nothing about nutrition, why even try because you will surely fail, etc…” Every time I would hear of someone fairly young dying of disease it would send me into a tailspin of fear.  I felt helpless and scared to trust God…until now.
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Real Food Books

April 14, 2013

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I’m 30!  I had a wonderful birthday weekend and feel refreshed and renewed.  I had time to rest, read, run, shop, and rejuvenate.  I checked out the book “Crazy, Sexy Kitchen” by Kris Carr and Chad Sarno from the library before I left for my little getaway.  The title makes me blush a little, but the content of the book is fantastic if you are a novice at eating a plant based diet.  In the forward, the author describes how in 2003 at age 31 she was diagnosed with stage IV sarcoma cancer.  This age struck a chord with me since I turned 30 over the weekend.  Continue Reading…

Simple Dinner

April 12, 2013

Time got away from me this week so my hummus post will be coming next week!  I blame it on the fact that I am turning 30 on Saturday and slowly losing my mind!  But really, I’m turning 30!  How weird is that?  I remember when my dad turned 30…I remember what his 30th birthday cake looked like.  It’s kind of freaking me out that I knew my dad when he was 30.  Anyways, moving right along, I wanted to share a meal we have every week.
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Real Food Snacks

April 6, 2013

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I’m a snacker.  I can’t help it.  And it turns out it’s good to snack, as long as you are snacking on things that nourish and energize your body.  Eating fruits and vegetables is completely guilt free in my book, and I try to eat a ton of them every day!  When I first started eating more vegetables, I literally bought veggie trays at Wal-mart and set them out on my kitchen island to snack on in the afternoon, much my like my bowls of frozen fruit!  I swapped the ranch dip for hummus.  I don’t know why, but for some reason a veggie tray was more appetizing to me at the time than buying individual vegetables…I’m so weird!  My strategy worked though and now I literally love raw vegetables.  Noah and I are both obsessed with hummus.  I’m thinking about doing a video tutorial making homemade hummus…would you like that?  Continue Reading…

Family and Quinoa

April 3, 2013

In one of my weight watchers meetings, they told us to think about things to do on holidays and family gatherings that don’t involve food (in this particularly meeting we discussed Thanksgiving). The room fell silent. It was a little comical because there were about 30 of us, racking our brains, trying to think of things we do with our family (specifically on Thanksgiving) that don’t involve food!  After the awkward silence, several great ideas popped up, however isn’t it interesting that our society is so focused on food that it is hard to think of anything else when it comes to family gatherings?

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What if we spent as much time planning activities like flying kites, family walks, art projects, etc… as we spend on our family meals on holidays?  Just a thought. Continue Reading…

Real Kid Real Food- Lunch

March 22, 2013

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I plan to frequently write a Real Kid Real Food post because let’s be honest, it is a little daunting to go from feeding our children mostly processed food to unprocessed, real food.  I love Lisa Leake’s definition of real food found here.  Today I’m going to talk about a few meals we feed our three year old son, Noah, for lunch.  Keep in mind that I stay home with the kids and we are on a budget.  Therefore we end up eating most of the same foods every week right now since I am fairly new to this journey and it is easier for me to be familiar with what I’m going to make each week since I’m usually running on little sleep and have tons of other things to tend to!  I pack his lunch two days a week for school so I try to be as easy as possible! Continue Reading…