Friday, October 25, 2013

No more fruit juice or milk for our kids!

This week I have been attending the Real Food Con online from Underground Wellness and I have learned so much! My hubs has been watching with me and he finally gets it and change is so happening in this house!  One thing I have really been struggling with is my kids eating habits!  I know every mommy deals with the dreaded food table drama and I swear I have the pickiest eaters ever!  One of the broadcasts I listened to was from The Wellness Mama and she talked about how one of the ways she saves money is by not buying drinks and using the saved money on healthier options!  Most people, me included always say we cant afford to eat healthy but there are ways to work it out and we are learning!
this is an unscripted pic of my kids chowing down on ice cream! eek! 

In a general month we spend at least $100 on juice and milk!  I know juice isn't great and I have fallen into the habit of giving the kids way to much juice.  They were at the point of rarely drinking water alone.  It was always water mixed with some juice! eeks!  Any way I made the decision the other day no more juice and day 1 was awful!  They cried and whined and whimpered!  Day 2 was a little better but still some fuss and today, day 3, they were actually asking for ice water!  Wahoo! Success!!!

I got a big pitcher, filled it with water and added some fresh orange, lemon & lime slices and keep it in the fridge!  Today I have refilled it 3 times with the 5 of us drinking it constantly!  Its delicious and refreshing and thank God my kids like it!

We also gave up milk!  I noticed in our oldest that he was having severe diarrhea and after 2 weeks of testing it out it really seems to be limited to the milk!  He had it for days I took milk away and it stopped.  When it cleared up I gave him milk again and in a day he had it again.  So we are totally away from cows milk and onto coconut milk!  It actuallly has more calcium thank cows milk and the amount of hormones in regular milk is sick! 

In another Real Food Con session I found Dr. Axe! Holy cow he has some good information!  He said that studies show that normal store bought milk contains 20 different chemicals and medications!  5 different types of steriods and growth hormones along with a lot of other sick stuff! Yuck!  No more for us!

Very exciting changes to a healthier lifestyle! Its not gonna happen over night but its a process and the outcome is going to be wonderful! The goal is to Just Eat Real Food!  

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

31 days - Day 8 A funny but serious change needed

Days 3-7 have been spent with our lil family trying to enjoy our time together while the hubs was on furlough! Its hard not to get discouraged and stressed when your income is cut off without knowing when it will be back.  For me its better not to blog when I'm angry at the government lol.. Thankfully the hubs got to go back to work yesterday but depending on what happens with the debt ceiling he may be furloughed again. 

Any who... on  this quest to reinvent myself I have been taking a hard look at things in my life that I want to change. Change is not easy but the biggest thing is recognizing the things that need to change. Today's quest is a funny one...

Our oldest, Benjamin, who will be 4 in a few weeks has become the absolute worst back seat driver.  Like beyond what I picture a 4 year old should be capable of!  Here are some of the things he has said recently while in the car...

Benjamin: Daddy! You are going the wrong way! Turn around! NOW! JUST DO IT!
Daddy: Benjamin this is a short cut
Benjamin: NO its not! Your new glasses dont work very well!
Me: crying from holding in the laughter lol

Benjamin:  Mommy where are we?
Me: were in Tulsa
Benjamin: No where in Broken Arrow
Me: actually this is Tulsa
Benjamin: NO MOMMY! You don't even know!

While on the phone with my mom the other day out of the blue he says 'I'm getting angry at my mom! She is taking all the wrong roads"  

Among these common conversations are constantly asking where we are, constantly telling us we are going the wrong way, constantly saying NO! You were suppose to go left! You are making me angry and on and on and on and on and on... He is an absolute nag and its non stop for the hour long commute to the city...

It is so easy to get super annoyed with this behavior.  Part of me is proud that he is so observant and can always tell us the way to get anywhere that we have been before but OMG it can be very draining... well in the midst of my frustration the other day I had a HARD realization! Benjamin is me! My poor husband!  I am constantly nagging him, telling him where to park, which lane to drive in, asking why he didnt go that way, just turn here, go this way.. etc  I seriously had tears when I thought about it.  Mostly because I dont want to be a naggy wife but also because I have without realizing it taught my innocent lil boy to be a nag as well. The other day I asked my hubs what was the one thing that drives him nuts about me.  He of course said backseat driving.  I am such a control freak and Benjamin is becoming so much like me in so many areas its scary!

Proverbs 27:15
The Message (MSG)
15-16 A nagging spouse is like
    the drip, drip, drip of a leaky faucet;
You can’t turn it off,
    and you can’t get away from it

Proverbs 25:24
The Message (MSG)
24 Better to live alone in a tumbledown shack
    than share a mansion with a nagging spouse.

Wow! Dear God, please help me to hold my tongue in the car and let go of control and not be a nag! 

In the grand scheme of things it truly does not matter if he parks in a completely different place than I would have.  It does not matter if we got the long way around and it takes us a whole 3 minutes longer to get somewhere. What does matter is that my husband does not have to have these same feelings of frustration caused by something so silly.  Nagging!  

I am really really really committing to tenaciously work to reinvent this part of me! Will it happen overnight? No but bad habits can be broken!  

Who wants to be a nag when the Bible has given us the perfect example of what a woman should be...

Proverbs 31: 10-31
The Message (MSG)
 A good woman is hard to find,
    and worth far more than diamonds.
Her husband trusts her without reserve,
    and never has reason to regret it.
Never spiteful, she treats him generously
    all her life long.
She shops around for the best yarns and cottons,
    and enjoys knitting and sewing.
She’s like a trading ship that sails to faraway places
    and brings back exotic surprises.
She’s up before dawn, preparing breakfast
    for her family and organizing her day.
She looks over a field and buys it,
    then, with money she’s put aside, plants a garden.
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work,
    rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work,
    is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.
She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth,
    diligent in homemaking.
She’s quick to assist anyone in need,
    reaches out to help the poor.
She doesn’t worry about her family when it snows;
    their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.
She makes her own clothing,
    and dresses in colorful linens and silks.
Her husband is greatly respected
    when he deliberates with the city fathers.
She designs gowns and sells them,
    brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.
Her clothes are well-made and elegant,
    and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.
When she speaks she has something worthwhile to say,
    and she always says it kindly.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household,
    and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children respect and bless her;
    her husband joins in with words of praise:
“Many women have done wonderful things,
    but you’ve outclassed them all!”
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.
    The woman to be admired and praised
    is the woman who lives in the Fear-of-God.
Give her everything she deserves!
    Festoon her life with praises!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

31 Days of Reinventing Mommy - Day 2 dealing with self disappointment

  • to replace with an entirely new version
  • to remake or make over, as in a different form
  • to invent again or anew, especially without knowing that the invention already exists
  • holding or grasping firmly; forceful
  • holding together firmly; tough or cohesive
  • tending to stick or adhere

In my tenacious quest to reinvent myself I am taking a hard look at things that need to change! I have been reading the New Day New You reading plan on You Version - You can find it here - Day 7 really hit home! It was all about Disappointment and Reappointment.

I can not tell you how many times, more than I care to count, that I set these lofty goals and head in strong and determined and 4 days into it, one little mess up sends everything in a downward spiral of disappointment and discouragement.  An example would be diet - I have been doctor ordered to stay away from fried foods and dairy and know that a strict diet makes me feel better and reduces symptoms of Cronhs.  I set out to do the 21 day sugar detox. I made amazing plans, meal plans, shopped and was fully prepared.  Then day 5 came and it was beyond stressful, the kids were being redonk and jaxsen left a graham cracker sitting next to me.  Then the battle begins with myself... Oh one cracker wont hurt, its been a rough day you can have it and a million other battles in my mind and I end up giving in.  But it never ends with one cracker, pretty soon the I've had 4 crackers, then go out for a 'stress relieving' soda, then i don't want to cook and have already screwed up so might as well get pizza and why not finish the day with ice cream.  It has been a never ending battle...

In the New Day New You Devotion - day 7 it says this: 
Regardless of how it may happen or who may be responsible, it is hard to go on when everything we have counted on falls down around us. That's when we have to make the decision to adapt and adjust, to take a new approach, to just keep going despite our feelings. That's when we must remember that we have the Greater One residing within us, so that no matter what may happen to frustrate us, or how long it may take for our dreams and goals to become reality, we are not going to give up and quit just because of our emotions. That is when we must remember what God once told me in just such a moment: "When you get disappointed, you can always make the decision to get reappointed!"

In this reinvention of myself I am shifting my focus to knowing that God has given me the power to overcome and when those times of slip ups come to remember it's not so dramatic, the world hasn't ended and one slip up doesn't mean that the next choice or day or week have to be horrible.  Time to use have the creative power of the Holy Spirit on the inside can get a new vision, a new direction, and a new goal to help us overcome the downward pull of disappointment, discouragement, and destruction.

My goals for my diet are 80% Paleo/Clean giving me a little bit of wiggle room for some slip ups and cheats. There are going to be days where I am disappointed in circumstances and downfalls but I am working to day by reappoint my thoughts and actions and keep on reinventing myself.  It wont happen overnight but its the sum of all days in and out.  Losing one meal doesn't have to equal a month of crap.

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Clean & Paleo Crockpot Roast with Mushroom Gravy

Today I made my first roast and I am so proud! It was fantastic!  I forgot to take pics along the way but it was super easy and I wanted to share the recipe with you because I am in awe of how tender and yummy it turned out! 

Crockpot Roast with Mushroom Gravy - My ingredients are all Clean and Paleo friendly!
I adapted my recipe from this one I found on PaleOMG - and for my gravy i adapted mine from this recipe  Oh how i love PaleOMG!

To cook the roast
2 lb roast (I got mine at the farmers market from a local farmer who has a completely organic farm with grass fed certified Angus beef!  I have to say I know if I just have some mad cooking skills or if their beef really is what makes the real difference)
3 cups of chicken stock
1 can of coconut milk
5 garlic cloves (peeled)
Spices (i used onion powder & paprika)
1 whole onion 
Carrots (and whatever other veggies you want)

I put everything in the crock-pot and let cook on high for 3 hours - at the end I did not like how the sauce looked - the coconut milk got all clumpy and it stank!  So I dumped everything into a strainer and then put the veggies and the roast back in with out the sauce it cooked in.  (I also sliced the roast before putting it back in)

To make the gravy -
In a pan on the stove i cooked
2 cans of coconut milk
3 tbs of ginger 
1 whole container of fresh mushrooms (sliced)

Once the mushrooms were soft I poured the gravy mix over the roast and veggies and cooked on low for 30 mins to let the gravy soak into the inner parts of the meat... 
OMG it was fantastic!

I thought next time I wont use chicken stock but I dont  think i would change a thing - the way i cooked it contributed to how tender it was and draining all the juice and sauce just got rid of the extra fat and grease cooked out of the roast.  I am still amazed that it turned out so well!  Cant wait for tomorrows leftovers!  
This pic doesnt do it justice but its the only one I have!


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31 days of Reinventing Mommy

There are 2 key words that I want to use to describe my '31 days' - 
Reinvention & Tenacity. 

The past several months have been filled with commitments that go strong for 4 days then come to a halting crash which spirals out of control and leads to disappointment, resentment and anger. They have been filled with depression, sadness, self loathing and huge pity parties. 
What I have realized  about myself is that I am pretty much nothing I want to be. I could go on and on about all the things but I just want to wipe the slate clean and start a new days and tenaciously go after reinventing myself.
  • to replace with an entirely new version
  • to remake or make over, as in a different form
  • to invent again or anew, especially without knowing that the invention already exists
I love the third description the most because I know that I am really just bringing out what already exists. What has been hidden in the mangled  chaos of 'busyness' and mommy-hood.  

  • holding or grasping firmly; forceful
  • holding together firmly; tough or cohesive
  • tending to stick or adhere
This past week I saw a few episodes of What Not To Wear and realized some things about myself.  I dont take time for me, ever.  Its so easy as a mom to worry about everything and everyone else and let ourselves just slide.  I saw so much of myself in those busy horridly dressed mommies.  Knowing that I spend 95% of my time in yoga pants and t-shirts and fixing my hair has become a once a week treat. There is so much background that goes into this but I want to focus on the positive and not the negative so here are my goals for this 31 days of tenacious reinventing mommy! 

Each day I will share a different focus on taking me time and reinventing myself.  I hope you will join me on this journey and find some encouragement to step out of our boxes and into all that God has created us as women to be!

Looking forward to this month and tenaciously going after changing bad habits, conquering fears and pushing through breaking points!