Jan 24, 2011

New Year's Real Food Resolutions

Rachael's daughter is now 4yrs and the twin boys are 3 yrs.
This post is written by my (Julie) best friend from Phoenix.  Rachael is to be blamed one of the reasons I'm on a real food journey; she's an excellent mother of three preschoolers and is a preacher's wife.

Get the Junk (Back!) Out

We had been successful in ridding the pantry of all taboo (according to Nourishing Traditions) ingredients, but as time slips past, some of those no-no’s surreptitiously crept in again.  They all began as “just this once” or “I need to have something easy for Sunday while we wait for Daddy.”  Slowly but surely, they have become regulars.

The following items need to be eliminated again:

Packaged Snacks (with all sorts of heinous ingredients, I’m sure)
Too frequent desserts

To be successful I will need to get in the kitchen to prepare the alternatives.  This is where the real work begins, right?  To help me with my plight, my daughter needs to do a candida cleanse which will necessitate getting my tail in gear.  I MUST have something prepared to satisfy the 4-year-old, “But, Mommy, I NEED a snack!”

Removing the poor food choices is never enough though, is it?  I also need to:

Add the Good Stuff--CONSISTENTLY!

I have really good intentions, honestly I do.  But as they are wont to do, busy days come and we skip the cod liver oil “just this once--we’ll do it at dinner.”   Most of the following items have been a part of our healthy lifestyle in the past, but this Mama needs to get back on the wagon!  Here are some of the things I would like to add (and keep!) this year:

Fermented Cod Liver Oil
Vitamins and other supplements
Homemade, Soaked Bread
Kombucha for the children (Mama and Daddy have been hoarding it!)
At least one organ meat recipe that everyone loves (okay, tolerates would be sufficient)

Thankfully, my children help me remember their vitamins and cod liver oil, if I’ve been half-way regular in giving it to them.  I am blessed that all three of my preschoolers take their CLO right off the spoon!

The big theme that I’m seeing in these goals (and others for the new year) is that I need more routines and structure.  From cod liver oil to a regular baking day to having the children help tidy the house,
Mama needs a routine.  And I need to stick with it!  I’ve never been much good at sticking to a system and maybe I should start out by figuring out why.  It may be that I try to overhaul my life in a single day or it could be that I don’t like being told what I have to do, even if I’m the one telling me!

If anyone out there has suggestions or what has worked for them, please leave a comment.


Click here to read previous posts from others about their 2011 Real Food Resolutions.

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  1. I am so in the camp of not being told what to do even by myself! HA! What is involved in a candida cleanse? Is that simply fasting from all things yeast related? Just curious. Thanks for the honesty. Great post! Melissa.

  2. I was organizing our supplements, and thought of this post and thought I'd share our tip.

    I went to Walgreens and picked up a medication organizer, and use it for the kids. It has one week of days, but four spaces per day (morning, noon, evening, bedtime). Each time slot is a different color, so each child has a color. We are working hard on our diet being enough, but still use our supplements for now. (multi, calcium, probiotics, fish oil)

    We don't remember to give them daily, but this way I can see what we are short on, and track whether we're getting better at giving the supplements we intend to. :) I keep the med organizer in our pantry so I see it often and it's easy to pull out and use.



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