Sunday, May 30, 2010

Why We Changed the Way We Eat

Tomorrow morning, I will be posting on another blog. Some of my peops put the aforementioned blog together (mainly Julie) and all of us Weston A. Price Foodies are loving it. Since I will be posting a few tips on how to eat more nutritiously on that blog, I thought it'd be great to post the motivation behind our changes in eating here.

A little over a year ago, I began to question the way I was feeding my family. Why would I question what we eat?

1. In a bible study that I attended regularly, at least one person a week was asking for prayer for a relative dying of cancer. There were about 20 women in the study.
2. Due to several ear infections and multiple rounds of strep throat, our son was completely resistant to Amoxicillin by 18 months old. He had to take Augmentin every time he need antibiotics, which was often.
3. My twins were not far behind their brother. They needed tubes in their ears by their first birthday and were in and out of the doctor's office frequently.
4. I kept reading about instances of young girls starting puberty early due to hormones in milk, children acquiring staph infections and food borne illnesses causing hospitalization and even death in some cases.
5. We, as American people, are so focused on taking the fat out of everything we eat and trying so hard to be our "healthiest", yet our nation continues to pack on the pounds.

I was really beginning to question what acceptable nutrition is to the typical American. I stumbled upon the book Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon through a friend's blog. I did not read the book from cover to cover, but I read what I could between feedings, naps, and play dates and it has changed my outlook on nutrition. A basic overview of the Weston A. Price Foundation, which is the basis for the content in Nourishing Traditions, can be read here.

I implemented several changes at once. It was really tough at first, but has been more than worth it. The difference in our food budget was significant at first, but has leveled out as I've become more aware of local farmers who sell nutritious foods and a food-buying club, where I order many items in bulk that you can read about here.

My children have not been to the doctor for illness in six months, at least. My son no longer has constant diarrhea. The girls have had a runny nose here and there, but have not had any illness in months and neither has my husband. When I've been sick, it has almost directly correlated with a time when I was eating food I knew was really bad for me (i.e. fast food, my long lost love).

I am not in any way trying to lengthen our days by pursuing a nutritious lifestyle, for I know they are all numbered. I think that it is important to take good care of our God-given bodies because we are stewards of God's gift of life to us. I also am confident that being in good health is helpful as I minister to others (my husband, children, community) and serve my King.

I have learned that this journey towards nutritious eating can easily lead to perfectionism. My goal is to eat as nutritiously as I can 80% of the time, so that I will give myself grace and not feel trapped. Feel free to send any questions or comments my way. And, go here to read my thoughts on where to start.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Some thoughts on Finances

I have spent the past couple hours folding laundry and watching Gilmore Girls. I decided that I needed to spend my time more productively and listen to some Piper.

I went to, went from the resource library to the topic index, entered "money" as the search and chose this sermon. I am now listening to it for the second time. I highly recommend listening to it when you get the chance. The sermon is not terribly long and is packed with solid, biblical encouragement in regard to money.

I'm going to recommend that my man listen to it at his earliest convenience. We strongly hold to the belief that God gives us money so that we can give to others, but I am sometimes swayed by my black heart. I am thankful that the Lord chose these words to minister to my heart and spur me on to good deeds. I hope it is inspiring to you and yours as well.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

somebody please keep me away from Babies R Us

We made a quick run to Babies R Us tonight. Our favorite bibs are sold there. The baby bug bit me about a year ago. Plans for foster care or adoption soon followed. My heart swelled at the thought of another baby, even a baby that was most definitely temporarily living in our home. As you all know, plans for foster care and adoption have been delayed until July of 2011. No big deal. Seriously. I waited through two pregnancies for three babies, I can wait for foster children.

But, the dang Babies R Us with all the cribs, carseats, strollers, bottles and the pacifiers. That place just makes people want babies.

Truth be told, the Lord has really settled my heart on this issue. I am happy and content where we are and my heart is filled with gratitude for our children.

Speaking of our children...they are pretty dang cute.

He finally lost that tooth. :( Here he is with his "tooth treat" (our own alternative to the tooth fairy). He chose chocolate ice cream and chocolate milk. The sky is the limit with this kid!

The babies love to play on our bed. They love to fight on our bed, too. Vivi has the bottle. Brook wants the bottle.

Vivi takes bottle. Brook mourns.

Vivi-tiv rejoices.

Fun times at Maumelle Park on a Sunday morning. B on left.