I'm on a journey to find health and happiness through a more holistic and green lifestyle.

I find the world to be abrasive. =) That is to say, I feel the need to armor myself, physically and emotionally, in order to face life. Don't we all? Maybe. For whatever reason, it has become a priority in my life to rid my immediate environment of irritating things. And I'm sensitive! So there is much work to be done. But. I have thought for a long time that the things I come in contact with every day, and the stuff used to clean and maintain these things, need to be gentle and non-toxic. I have had eczema my entire life. For a long time I just dealt with it, and accepted that sometimes it's bad, and sometimes it's not, and that it will fluctuate a lot. Gradually over time I have come to find that certain things, fabrics, cleansers, materials, are more irritating to my skin than others. Stress can exacerbate it. In more recent times, I have realized that every aspect of my life improves when I improve conditions for my skin. Hah! What a concept! Thus my (long time) interest in going green, and my more recent desire to live a more holistic lifestyle. (I think I've felt a desire for a long time to live in a harmonious way with myself, my surroundings, and nature, but didn't have a name for it.) Anyhow, this blog is a journal of my trials and errors, and basic crooked path to find a balanced and peaceful existence for myself and my family. Thanks for your interest! I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas!

Friday, December 4, 2009

On a better food path.....

...if only in my mind. But I really want to be better. I have been so very lazy when it comes to feeding us. My kids are familiar with fast food, I am loathe to admit. Sometimes it's just so convenient! Is that an ok excuse? No, of course not. But shoot. It's hard! Anyhow...so I am vowing, again, to try. I have read a little about what it means to eat holistically. Wow. No dairy (goat cheese is ok), no beef, no sugar, whole grain everything....my work is cut out for me! My diet, and again I'm embarrassed to share this, includes daily doses of caffeine with sugar and half and half, pasta with store-bought sauce, and other no-nos. So where to begin. Well, I try to make one shopping list each week, along with a plan for all the meals for the week. So that's it, then. I need to make my meal plan healthier. Easy, right? Sighs...... It's a pain in the neck to make a meal list at all. At least for me. I dread the chore, and it takes me forever. However, without a plan, I'm even less happy, as I have two kids here who are hungry all the time, and it's frustrating to try to put something, anything, together on the spur of the moment. (Let alone something healthy and balanced!) So I do it. Every weekend. SO...out come the Moosewood cookbooks and others that have healthier options. It has been proven again and again that if I make something healthy, the kids eat it with gusty. What other motivation do I need? So it's a little more difficult and time consuming in an otherwise busy and hectic evening....it's worth it. So here I go, I'll try again. First meal planned .... tomato curry over (brown!!) rice. Oh, and lentil and bulgur salad (looks better than it sounds...it's like tabouleh salad, which I love) I'll let you know how it goes... Oh, and I vow to have fresh fruit or veggies or both at EVERY meal. I served pasta with sauce and cut apples for lunch. The kids went crazy over the apples, and had a little pasta. Hm!

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