Monday, April 29, 2013
Please check it out.
I realize ignorance is bliss but when it comes to your health and your families health purposfully staying ignorant so that you can enjoy your diet soda or favorite potato chip is just silly.
Atleast know what is out there so that when you eat a beaver's anal gland you know that's what you are eating.
I swear this blog isn't turing into a crazy hippy blog but the word needs to be spread so educate yourself. Please!
Thursday, April 25, 2013
|Just to pull at your heartstrings a little.|
Sorry I couln't find photo credit.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
I am becoming vegan. It is something I decided to do a couple months ago but now that I look back I have probably been becoming vegan for a while I just finally realized it. I used to be very ignorant on the topic and was very critical of people who were vegan. After watching a few documentaries, reading some books and doing research online I have decided it is the best decision for me and my family. (Clint was apart of the decision as well so when I say "I" I mean "We".) It will be a slow transition and as long as we have chickens we will always eat our eggs. We don't eat a lot of eggs anyways and since I know our chickens are treated really well and that they are fed really well I feel fine about it.
Some of my misconceptions about vegans:
If you are Vegan you have to be like "Straight Edgers". This is what the kids in high school were called who were vegans, didn't wear leather or use any animal products, and broke into mink farms over the weekend to set the mink free. They also did a lot of skate boarding.
That Vegan's stink or have an odd odor because they are so unhealthy because people need meat and dairy to be healthy. (This is very untrue and a very ignorant thing to believe. I apologize to all the people I judged in my thoughts.)
That Vegan's were only vegans because they supported animal rights and that was the only reason.
All of my misconceptions were based on random comments I would hear from other people and close mindedness on my part. I have learned a lot in the past few years about food and health and how you actually are what you eat. I never thought that spirituality and food were connected but since I read the book Women, Food and God I was introduced to the idea that what we eat and the way we treat our bodies is directly related to our relationship with God and spirituality. Immediately that idea felt right to me and I have found it to be true and read other books on the topic. Since making changes to the way I eat and showing respect to my body by nourishing it with good, whole, healthy foods I feel happier, more peaceful, balanced and overall just better which translates into me having more patience, being kinder to myself and others, being more open and being more aware and sensitive to people and feelings.
Did you know there are three good reasons to becoming a vegan? They are:
You will be really, really healthy if you eat a balanced, diverse, whole food, plant based diet.
You will help the environment. I have read that you will do more for the environment by becoming a vegan than owning a hybrid car.
You will help stop animal cruelty and horrible mass animal farms.
You just need to pick one of these reasons to become a vegan but will have a bigger effect then you think.
The main thing I hear people ask me is where will you get your protein. When I hear this it is obvious that people just don't know a lot about food. Have you ever heard of nuts, legumes, quinoa? They are packed with lots of protein and that is just naming a few.. Plus there are vegan protein bars, powders, etc just to be safe if you really are worried the protein thing. BTW vegan protein bars and powders are just full of nuts, legumes, quinoa, etc.
Another thing I hear is,"What about the vitamin B12?" I just take a supplement to be safe. No biggie.
And the most frustrating thing I hear is,"Where will you get your calcium?" This is so frustrating because this all stems from the amazing advertising campaign by the Dairy Association. You get so much calcium from vegetables and it is much more absorbable than cow's milk calcium. So you can rest easy on that idea.
If a person is vegan and they are unhealthy it is because they are not eating healthy not because they are vegan. There are lots of processed, sugary snacks that are vegan.
I will stop for now and write more on the topic later but this is what I am doing now. I am definitely not perfect and if I go to someones home who has made me and my family a meal I don't refuse meat. I am also a sucker for sushi and chocolate but this is a transition and I can't completely change over night. If you know about the cows we raised you know I have a lot of organic beef I need to do something with. We will most likely slowly eat it.
Becoming a vegan has been pretty great. I feel amazing and before you judge it as a crazy, extreme thing you should try it and see. Just give it a couple weeks and you may not want to go back because you will feel so good! Plus, don't worry, I used to be one of the judgers so I know how people are viewing me.
Here are some links if you want more information about veganism and if you have Netflix there are lots of documentaries available to you on the subject. I recommend Forks Over Knives and Food Inc. to get you started. I have heard that Vegucated is very good but very hard to watch because of the graphic images of animal cruelty. I haven't gotten up the courage to watch it yet.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Sometimes I am an idiot mother and I don't listen to my inner mother instincts. It is 1 a.m. and I am watching Cupcake Wars. It would probably make more sense to just go to bed but I have more patience if I am not woken up over and over but just stay up. I will probably go to bed soon but I have some sleepless hours ahead of me. Merrill's two ear infections are ever present and were not phased by the amoxicillin that he had been taking for 8 days. I had a feeling it wasn't working on Tuesday but didn't listen to myself and talked myself out of going until Saturday when his fever started. As soon as we stepped into the doctor's office he started projectile vomiting. Poor bug. Apparently his ears looked horrible with puss and he was so exhausted he could hardly hold his head up. We opted for a shot of antibiotics this time and I was told that amoxicillin isn't working as well since it is prescribed so much and the viruses are getting stronger. I have no idea if that is true but it sounds about right. Laying flat on his back causes too much pressure on his ears so he is laying propped on a pillow and waking up every hour or two very unhappy.
The other way I was an idiot is that I let Scarlett eat ice cream tonight. What???? I am the biggest idiot. She also had cheese and butter but i think it was the ice cream that did her in. She keeps waking up and crying and we are just waiting for her to puke it all up. Poor sweet Scarlett it is all my fault. Sometimes I just think that since it has been so long since she has had any problems that she can handle it but she never can. It is also so hard to go to other people's homes to eat because they have prepared a meal and slathered everything in cheese in butter so then what?
So I have two sick kids who I could have helped but I am an idiot.
|Another occasion when we fed Scarlett ice cream. She is so cute.|
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
We are sitting on the couch watching Hotel Transylvania. It is noon and I just get to do whatever. It is so great! Sometimes people think I choose to work over staying home with my kids. I would so much rather be home with my kids and I am working on making that happen. I have been working on it for a while and trying new things to make it happen but I think it is finally in my near future.
I am so lucky to have a great job that is flexible with my schedule and that has made it harder to leave because I do like my job but I feel like it consumes my life and I would rather have other things consuming my life.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
|Serious this is the best!|
Thursday, April 11, 2013
I love Chrome, Gmail, Blogger, etc.
So I used Google Reader to keep track of all the blogs and websites I read.
Sadly Google is cancelling Reader and at first I was mad but now I'm not because I found Feedly and it is way better than Reader (sorry Google).
Check it out if you need a way to keep track of all the sites you love to read and Feedly can be used on your droid or apple phone. I love both the website and the phone interface. Plus, it communicates with Reader so you can just transfer everything over. Thank you!
The only thing I can't get into with Google is Google+ but then I don't really participate on Facebook either. I also think Facebook has gone downhill since all of the ads. It is so messy now.
And no this post is not sponsered by Feedly but thanks for thinking that my blog is big enough for Feedly to care what I thought.
P.S. I need a pedicure pretty bad.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Saturday, April 6, 2013
I am sick. I haven't been this sick in a while. Sore throat, body aches, really cold and then really hot. It sucks. I have literally been laying on my couch for the last two days watching TV. I am getting really bored which I am taking as a sign I am getting better.
I have watched A LOT of TV:
Cup Cake Wars
Lots of Dora
Just to name a few.
Thank goodness for on demand and netflix.
My hair is also pretty sick since the last thing I want to do is have cold wet hair touching my body.
Because you care. Love.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
P.S. How does one make one's blog cute? I have forgotten or did I ever know.