Why can’t it be easier!?

Last week I wrote about the importance of choosing the way to utilize resources in terms of either money or time. You may read more about that here. Then, I got an email from another blogger I follow and I was reminded of an ingredient that is found almost every packaged food or condiment. It’s basically a chemical concoction made in a lab that hijacks our taste buds tricking our brains to come back for more and more even when we aren’t hungry. Scientists make said ingredient and aren’t required to put any of the items they use to make the few words to describe it. Can you guess the ingredient?

Flavor or natural or artificial flavor, even if it says it’s organic when it says flavor stay away because we don’t really know what exactly is in this ingredient.
The fact that our government doesn’t protect us from this type of food additive and then jacks up our health care costs because our food is making us sick is absolutely infuriating and frustrating.

Needless to say, I went through our refrigerator and pantry to see what products contained these “natural flavors” (I got rid of the artificial flavors and colors a long time ago only to realize that they were pretty much the same thing as natural flavors). Luckily, I only found a few things: organic Worcestershire sauce, liquid stevia, some salad dressing my mom bought a while ago for herself, and the one that was the biggest bummer for us… Daiya cheese.

Not only does my body negatively react to dairy, it actually grosses me out too but that’s another topic all on its own. So in my frustration, I found a recipe to make dairy free cheese and went to work. I wrote last week about going for conveniences to save time and now I have to spend time making cheese if we decide we don’t want to put god knows what in our bodies.

Why can’t we just have clean foods!? Why does it have to be so much work to eat healthy!? Is anyone else frustrated, mad, sad, etc.?!

Resources:
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bonappetit.com/story/truth-about-natural-artificial-flavors/amp

https://foodbabe.com/the-differences-between-artificial-flavors-natural-flavors-organic-flavors-and-other-added-flavors/

Time is money…

I’d say that I’m a pretty frugal and thrifty type of person. I prefer to buy things second hand at yard sales and second hand stores or better yet, clothing exchanges so I can get rid of my clothes I don’t wear anymore too. I wouldn’t say I’m stingy with my money, however, I make a point to know where it’s going every month and I don’t buy something on a whim.
I take out my iPhone when I spend money and click on my notes app and plug in our monthly expenses by date and when they’re paid I cut and paste them under the word “Paid.” This is one way I keep on track with our financial goals.
That being said, it’s been a struggle letting go of saving money on foods that I could make at home until more recently. As much as I like to bake and cook, it’s something that tends to stress me out as it adds more to my “list” of things to do and then I get cranky and my family gets the brunt of it. So yes, gluten free bread and dairy free cheese may be cost more when purchasing it but when it comes down to it, it’s worth the money to save the time and stress that it causes me and my family. I’d rather spend my time doing something that will energize me than spend time away from my needy kiddos and self-care activities.
That’s why it’s so important for me to pick four or five meals for the week so we know exactly what we need for our dinners to have enough food to last us for leftover lunches and dinners. Sometimes I will splurge and buy a ready made gluten free, dairy free pizza and other times I will make the crust homemade. I do bake and cook a little but mainly my husband is whipping up our dinners or treats to take some of the load off of my plate which I’m so grateful for! Some of us don’t have this kind of help in the home though so it really comes down to whether you’re happier making from scratch foods or if it is better doing something easier or pre-made. My almost 5 year old daughter loves to help make food but only sometimes. I think this will be a great activity when she gets older and I will gladly make more foods and save some money knowing that this activity is teaching her and allowing us to bond, if that’s the case. If she isn’t into it that’s okay too. I just know right now in this season in my life, it’s worth paying a little more for things like bread or the like.

Do you find yourself spending more time and stress into something that you could pay to ease some stress in your life? If so, what does that look like for your family? I’d love to hear from you!

Get it together for your family…

Today I am going to talk about the importance of getting your ducks in a row for an, god-forbid, unseen circumstance so your family is taken care of. Yes, this may not have anything to do with health, or does it… Knowing that your family is going to be okay financially is huge peace of mind, so I feel like that IS part of a healthy beings lifestyle.
This all started a few years ago. We nailed down who would take our only child at the time if something were to happen to my husband and I. However, things have changed and we need to make sure this arrangement is still okay with the other couple. We have a will made out but we need to have it notorized to make it legally binding. First, we need to speak with our friends who will take on this responsibility if need be (man it’s one of the hardest things trying to pick a couple for this worst case scenario) and then we just need to get the paperwork signed.
A few months ago, I was invited to a class put on by my chiropractor refarding financial planning, specifically for women. I’ve always been a budgeter, especially since having kids and not working full-time anymore, it’s even more important to know exactly where my money is going and if we are over spending. My husband and I went in and talked with the lady who did the talk a few days after I heard her speak and I knew that I needed to get this lined up as well. I’m so glad that I did, because I felt very overwhelmed prior to, thinking that getting out of my debt I’ve racked up with my business and then not having consistent clients and then cutting my hours even more after our second child. After we talked with her though, I know that our financial goals are attainable as long as we keep on track. We have big goals in life and I want to see them through with no regrets. Life is here to be fun, not to worry or work all the time (unless work is your thing… then have at it!). With that being said, here are my goals for our future to remind me why I need to stay on track.

Goals for my families future:
-Buy land and own a small farm with livestock and a garden
-Travel to Europe with my husband someday, and maybe the kids
-Live in an RV for 6-12 months traveling the USA with my family in about 5 years
-Go on a tropical vacation with my husband for our 10 year anniversary (this is just a little over a year away!)
-Be able to retire in my mid 50s

These are some of my big goals. What are yours? Do you think they are doable? Do you feel like anything is stopping you?

What I learned about myself on the Keto Diet

For two weeks, I embarked on the Keto journey (well okay… I mostly did except that popcorn night…)

Here are some things I learned:

  1. Recipes were pretty easy when I wanted to make substitutions
  2. I ate a lot more veggies
  3. I felt full faster
  4. I snacked less
  5. I definitely craved less sugar and processed foods during the diet

I am not the type of person that likes to completely cut all food groups out of my diet (unless I know that I have a significant reaction like I get with dairy and gluten). I think this makes me feel more anxious with feelings of depravity, however, when I started reintroducing gluten-free grains and sugars, I was craving foods I wouldn’t typically eat like sugar-laden gross dairy products and fast foods. Not sure why. It could be completely coincidental.

I do notice that I’ve cut back on grains more recently after I went a little crazy shortly after reintroducing them. I think there are great benefits of eating grains on occasion but I think these nutrients are attained at a greater amount when eating fresh produce with a healthy fat (increases absorption). I do think eating a very low sugar diet is beneficial for everyone and I will be following that as well. Yes, this includes eating less fruit! Fruit is awesome but as a society I feel like we do go a bit overboard on them. I do incorporate animal proteins again and I do like eating small amounts of these and lots of healthy fats.

So to recap, my diet will again look something like this:

  • Lots of vegetables
  • Lots of healthy fats (avocado, coconut, olive oil, lard on occasion)
  • Small amounts of meats from very clean, sustainable, humane farms
  • Small amount of fruit
  • Small amounts of gluten-free grains (I’m not ready to give up popcorn and sushi yet)
  • Sugar on occasion

What does your diet look like? How do you feel on it? Is there anything you would like to try or change about it?

Keto: Week 2

Last week, I decided to keep going with the keto diet and here is what it looked like…

Saturday, Day 8: Breakfast: Pancakes with almond butter, berries, and coconut yogurt on top with bacon, Lunch: popcorn (I cheated when we watched a movie), Dinner: zoodle pasta (I sautéed these in bacon grease and my daughter loved it! She hates zucchini) with avocado dressing and veggies.

My skin got a little itchy so I’m thinking it was from the popcorn.

Sunday, Day 9: Breakfast: Overnight “Oats” with coconut yogurt, sunflower seed butter, berries, and walnuts, Lunch: Stir-fry for lunch, Snack: almonds, Dinner: Pizza and salad.

I feel like I’m constantly hungry. Increased fatigue.

Monday, Day 10: Breakfast: Pancakes with coconut yogurt, sunflower seed butter, and walnuts. Lunch: Salad with mashed avocado, fermented veggies, and Dinner:  left over taco with slice of coconut bread and sun butter.

I feel really out of it and usually ready to sleep around 8pm at the latest.

Tuesday, Day 11: Overnight “Oats” with walnut, pumpkin seeds, and almonds. Lunch: Left over salmon with roasted veggies and a few almonds. Dinner: Turkey sandwich with sprouts, avocado, mustard, and greens.

When I’m in the dark I notice little twinkles in my vision! Low blood pressure? Getting adjusted tomorrow!

Wednesday, Day 12: Cinnamon roll in a mug and prosciutto, Lunch: salad with avocado and half a quesadilla, Snack: berry shake (recipe here, I didn’t put the cacao in it. Instead I threw some berries and greens and cinnamon in it), Dinner: roasted cauliflower, mushrooms, asparagus, and kale. (chopped these up and drizzled with melted coconut oil and some Himalayan salt and pepper to taste. Baked at 350 degrees until crispy. When they were almost done, I dusted them with nutritional yeast. YUM!!)

Finally got adjusted today and I definitely needed it! I had methylation testing done and I had a lot of pathways out which attributed me to feeling so weak and tired and increased hunger. As soon as my chiropractor started working on my cervicals, the twinkling in my vision went away! We took a nice family walk after dinner and it felt amazing!

Thursday, day 13: Breakfast: pancakes with coconut yogurt, walnuts, and berries and bacon. Lunch: leftover stir-fry, Dinner: Shrimp Fajitas.

I’m still feeling a bit weak.

Friday, Day 14: Breakfast: Cinnamon Roll in a mug, lunch: shrimp fajitas, Dinner: No-Bean Chili with beef stew meat. I am so used to eating chips and dairy free cheese with my chili so to sub these, I loaded up with nutritional yeast and used pork rinds to achieve that crunchy texture I get with tortilla chips.

By the end of week two I started feeling a little bit more energy. I think this had to do with my chiropractor getting me on the right supplement regimen and being adjusted. Take a look at what I learned about my Keto diet in my next post!