Archives For Uncategorized

Real Food: Vacation

June 21, 2013

 photo 0f2f249e-ceec-46a4-b55d-915457060bc9.jpg
We went to New Mexico a few weeks ago and it was WONDERFUL to get away.  It was the first real trip I’ve taken since I started eating real food so I was a little curious about how it would go.  The weekend before we left we had a family wedding that my entire family was in so I was not able to plan ahead like I will next time.  Continue Reading…

 photo c7c3a9e1-c9ab-4c9b-9ef8-13fc0ef96954.jpg

I’ve been on vacation for the past week in New Mexico with my family, parents and grandparents.  What a special time we had together!  I always considered myself a beach person but now my heart is in the mountains as well!  At least the summertime mountains ;o)…It was a little tricky eating real food on vacation.  I’ll post later this week some tips and what helped me along the way!  But now let’s talk about hummus. 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.
 photo 9e974496-57de-4abd-99f4-d85fea90962f.jpg Continue Reading…

 photo f12adc3d-c943-4f3a-8ed5-db0b17937ad2.jpg

Somewhere along the way (ahem, when I was pregnant with Ruthie) I started giving Noah frozen Eggo waffles for breakfast.  When I started reading labels about six months ago I noticed that the waffles I was giving to my son almost every morning contain almost 40 ingredients, including artificial food dyes (blue #2 which is a known carcinogen derived from coal tar) and genetically modified ingredients (soybean oil and soy lecithin).  I would have NEVER given this to my two year old if I knew it had ingredients that were proven by scientific studies to be carcinogenic and cause hyperactivity in otherwise normal children.  I am infuriated just thinking about it.

In Europe every food with an artificial food dye is required by law to have a warning label stating the following: “May have adverse affect on activity and attention in children” Continue Reading…

 photo e2aa19c1-8e3b-483d-a3aa-184b1b32bd9f.jpg

A few of you have asked me what changes I made early on in my journey to quitting processed food.  In September 2012 I joined Weight Watchers (they have a nursing mom’s track).  I hit a plateau in losing my baby weight and didn’t know where to turn.  I was tired, a hungry nursing mom, and had no clue about proper portion sizes.  Some days I would eat a ton and others I would barely eat anything.  My metabolism was all over the place and I was completely addicted to sugar and processed food and realized that I had this addiction for the past seven years.

Just to delve into my addiction if anyone can relate, I would literally wake up in the morning thinking about food.  I would crave *Chick-fil-a sandwiches (they have almost 100 ingredients) and their lemonade that has loads of refined sugar.  I developed terrible habits during both of my pregnancies and craved either super salty or super sweet food.  I would indulge in the majority of my cravings, not really thinking about the effect these choices would have on my own body and my two year old son (at the time) who was with me every step of the way, watching me, and developing the same addiction as his mommy. Continue Reading…

If you live in North Fort Worth, it’s worth the drive down to Trader Joe’s every few weeks if you are looking for low price organic produce, dairy, dried fruit, frozen fruit and vegetables, nuts, etc…The woman who checked us out told me that people drive there from Oklahoma City once a month to stock up!  I used Lisa Leake’s blog post on what she buys at Trader Joe’s to help me make my shopping list.  Here is what I bought this weekend:
 photo 42db5019-872d-4097-854e-8bbe18b1b733.jpg

Continue Reading…