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    • Get back on the wagon!! (or join)

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    •  2/23/2010 9:16:00 AM
    •                           We all fall off from time to time. Then we have an excuse to wait until MONDAY or the start of a new month before we get refocused. Hurry and indulge in that "last supper" before we get back. I am here to say, IT'S OK!! Don't beat yourself up over it. Get back on the wagon and we are here to help. We are working on some very exciting things to make it easier. But for now, even if you are a newbie like me, take baby steps. Pick a recipe or two to try new each day. Some of my favorites, because they are quick and easy (AND MY KIDS LIKE THEM!)-

       

      Anytime dip -  I have it available at all times so when I feel like you need to grab something quick, it's there! It goes great with low sodium chips, over brown rice, or on top a bed of lettuce. YUM!

       

      Black Bean lettuce wraps  I normally have stuff on hand to make these. Just throw it together in a few minutes and tadaaa! Dinner! I adapt the recipe a little by sometimes adding flaxseed to the bean mix or mushing the avocado in as well. Black beans are a great place to "hide" things from my kids.

       

      Lettuce veggie rolls-Another one that comes together quick and taste delicious! You can have fun with the veggies that you put in. I have had to teach myself to like new veggies. It takes time, but yum.. well worth it!

       

      Potato Medley- Try this recipe sautéed in a pan( like has browns) I like to steam my dark leafy green a little to get the most nutrients out of them. Its great for breakfast hash browns.

       

      We have a lot of fun recipes on our site, and there are a lot of delicious veggies out there. Try something new today! Have fun with it.

      Get back on the wagon.... at least by MONDAY ...... :)

       

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    • A few Mommy tips

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    •  2/15/2010 6:58:42 PM
    •             Because my family, especially my children are new to this way of eating, it wasn't and isn't always a smooth dinner time. To help ease some of the "mom, why this?" or "I hate this dinner" comments, I try to allow them to be part of the choices. They usually get to pick the GREEN veggie we will be eating. I also let them chose if they want it steamed or crunchy. (asparagus, broccoli, peas, soy beans) One other thing that I have noticed, if I include my kids in the cooking process, they want to try their creation once its done. Even my three year can help by dumping seasonings or turning on the blender. Their are a lot of ways to include the kids. Have fun with it!

       

                If my dinner is something that I know is just too new or strong flavored, I will only make them try a set number of bites (usually their age number) before they can chose to eat something else. It has almost been a year and usually I can get them to finish a small amount with some type of incentive. It isn't easy and not always the perfect dinner. I am comfortable with the idea that I am teaching my kids about nutrition and why we chose to eat the way we do,even if we fall off that perfect path at times. I think it's just important for them to know what is the better choice and why.

       

               Now with my twins... HURRAY that they are just one and will usually try anything I put in front of them. One thing I try to do often is give them something green to chew on while I am cooking dinner or right before I feed them lunch/dinner. They will eat more of it when they are super hungry. It has worked so far. It's always a learning curve and not everything will work for each child, try some of my ideas and add your own. It's a never ending process. I would love to hear any tips or ideas you may have. Please share them in the comments. We are all in this together!

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    • The great soy dilemma continues

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    •  2/9/2010 9:38:03 AM
    •           The more I look, the more I find arguments for both sides of soy. Is it good or is it bad?  There are SO many articles out there, how do we know who to believe? I think the most important thing to do is find the source/writer. Then I always do a quick google search for their credentials. This article was written by, Kaayla T Daniel (PhD, CCN
      THE WHOLE NUTRITIONIST®)
      I believe it is an excerpt from her book, "The Whole Soy Story".

       

      http://www.mothering.com/food/whole-soy-story

       

                      This next article is written by John Robbins, a man I hold in high esteem. He has put his whole life into learning how to best take care of our body and the environment. This article is his response to Kaayla T Daniel.

       

      http://www.foodrevolution.org/mothering.htm

       

      I am going to take the info given here and maybe re-think some things. I want to share it with you, so you can make an educated choice for you and your family. It's worth taking the time to read. The conclusion: Still up in the air...... I am still on my never-ending quest:)

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    • The scary four letter word....

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    •  2/5/2010 2:17:00 PM
    • D-I-E-T

      Diet: (noun) way of living, or thinking, a day's journey

      "This was the definition of "diet" when it entered the English dictionary in the mid-1600's. So Simple! So sane! How did this cute little word become synonymous with deprivation, suffering,and-- let's be honest--- total hell?" - The Kind Diet, Alicia Silverstone

             It's funny, as in frustrating-funny, having the whole diet discussion with people who look at how I eat as a "diet". Something to deprive myself until I am fit or skinny enough to go back to the real world way of eating. I try to explain to people that it is a diet because it's the way I eat, but more important it's a lifestyle change. I love the sly grin I get from people thinking, "cute, or I've heard that before" mostly because that is how I treated people when I heard them talk of things like this before. A year ago, I would have never listened to myself today. I probably would've left the room thinking..... she's crazy!! So I do get it, I totally understand where people are coming from, but I wish there was some catch phrase or button I could push to spark interest. People are so scared of the word DIET.

            I have just been skimming through "The Kind Diet" by Alicia Silverstone and I am loving it. She has so many ideas and such a great way of wording things. She said something on Oprah that caught  my attention, (paraphrased)"You don't need to come home and announce that you are changing everything." Take baby steps with the new ideas, make simple switches like less meat more veggies.

               At first my kids were not too excited about all the new changes, luckily they are still young and didn't have the deprived feeling for too long. To get them to eat more veggies and explore all these new recipes, I let them choose. I would pull out some broccoli and asparagus and have them pick which one they would take at least two  or four bites of. They didn't love it at first but now, its normal. They ask for broccoli over corn and carrots (our old staple veggies). It does take time and work to change the diet in the house but, man it has been so worth it. Don't get  me wrong, there are times when my kids ask for pizza and I give in. I don't want them to hate the way they eat. I want to teach them how it feels when you eat well. My girls are young, but every time they get sick or don't feel well, they trace it back to a poor food choice. (and I LOVE THAT!)

            DIET doesn't have to be scary or hard for anyone. Take baby steps, start throwing in some more green veggies. Everyday is a step forward.... and if you happen to pass a krispy kreme and stop. Just have one.... Then make up for it later with extra broccoli or a green drink., or wait and see how it makes you feel. I love a good pastry, but I know the aftermath is upset stomach, headaches and just BLAH. Overtime, it gets less tempting.

      DIET to me, means taking the best care of my body for optimal health.  (amazing side affects: feeling great, more energy, healthy skin, losing weight and fitting into great jeans, not too shabby)

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