Friday, January 2, 2015

Does it really matter?

I try to be crunchy and natural, folks. I do a lot of things now that years ago, I would've turned up my nose at. Placenta pills? Cloth diapers? Oil-pulling? Eating liver? Fermenting bread? And so on and so forth. But last night and today, while changing my daughter out of a leaky cloth diaper and all her clothes, and reading angry comments debating the vaccinations (practically giving me a headache), I thought, hmm, which of these things really matter? In light of eternity, I mean. Will God ask me about the amount of chlorine in my baby's diapers or why I ate my placenta (hey, some folks think it's cannibalism!)??? Sure, we need to make wise calls in all our decisions. But are we spending more time freaking out about these things than spending time on our knees, so to speak? I have been. I want my focus to change in 2015. To trust Him in spite of my inadequacies. Because of them. To know I'll never get it all right, but He loves me, cares for me, and cares about my children more than I ever could.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Without Permission

The worst part of my first birth was the parts where Hubby had to leave to grab some stuff at home. We were underprepared at 34 weeks to bring our baby into the world. Instead of having Mom and my sisters with me, it was just Hubby and I. We felt pretty alone and completely overwhelmed the next few months, being far from family and having friends who usually weren't in the same boat of having kids and living on one income. Fast forward a couple years... and I'm 38 1/2 weeks pregnant with our second. Last night some girlfriends, my sister, and Mom brainstormed names for us and traded birth stories. It was community and I was loving it. And when I got back home I realized that I have a desperate desire for people to invade my life without permission. Do you? I don't think it's supposed to be weird to drop in on a family and share an evening of laughter. Seriously, there are many nights after our son is in bed when we mindlessly turn to our devices and do absolutely nothing out of boredom. What if we lived differently? Once I go into real labor, this time will be different. I'll have my sisters, Mom, friends, midwife, assistant and Hubby here. At home. There'll be laughter and tears and vulnerability. There won't be a chance to hide or be in my comfort zone. And I LOVE that. Someday, when my daughter asks what her birth was like, and I don't remember all the details, I can send her to her Grandma or aunts, and they'll be able to fill in the blanks I've forgotten. My mom, after having 8 children herself, will be able to see what it's like on the other side. We won't be alone. No time to edit when a nap is more important! Thanks for bearing with my grammar :)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

so all that to say...

I have to admit, this isn't a very encouraging post. Well, no, maybe it is. I reread my old entries. What you don't know is how miserable I was shortly afterwards. I began feeling joint pain, depression, fatigue, lack of motivation, etc. Actually, that all might've been going on about the time of the blog- I don't remember. Yes, I lost weight and was looking good. But at the cost of my health! I don't credit that to Trim Healthy Mama, but to my lack of consideration for myself. As a postpartum mother with a lot of stress on her plate, I should've taken everything much slower and focused on taking care of myself, Hubby, and baby. Now, a while later and a move away,with baby #2 on the way, I'm anticipating doing things much better next time. I've been eating a lot more lax lately (ha ha.) And feeling better and getting more done! Maybe I'll tell you about some of the more natural approaches I've been taking in other areas of life. Thanks for reading!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

why not wheat?

Sometimes we do things that aren't a good idea. Pardon my grammar. Like eating white sugar and white flour in a regular old chocolate cake. Just because. And you're tired of avoiding it all. Honestly, it's good to renew my convictions about food once in awhile, lest I forget why I do what I normally do and to remind myself why I don't do others anymore. It's not just because. And it has to be more than sometimes.

Sooo... in case you're wondering why it's not such a good idea (and so I have this handy-dandy reference), I now feel bloated and uhh, "windy". Ha.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Fermenting fun!

So, I've been in a pickle...ing mood!!! I've been using Serene's sauerkraut recipe to make pickled jalapenos, sauerkraut, and now I made a German recipe for marinated cold beet salad. I mixed some into yogurt for a gorgeous bowl of nutrition! Don't be intimidated- it's quite simple :)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Chocolate chip peppermint "ice cream"

This is definitely a crossover, if even that works ;) But, it's good for you and looks right...

One sliced frozen banana
One oz chocolate
1/2 avocado
Stevia
Salt
Vanilla
Peppermint extract

Combine all ingredients in a food processor/blender. Top with coconut oil!
*Don't use too much salt or stevia, or you'll be sorry :)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Lemon Mousse... with coconut oil!

As you may recall, I'm trying to cut out dairy here for awhile. It forces me to get more creative in my culinary creations! For example, today when making the THM lemon mousse, I used a couple tablespoons of coconut oil as a sub for the coconut milk/Greek yogurt. Although it wasn't a fuel pull, it is good and super thick! I also cultured some jalapenos... what are y'all whipping up these days?