Category: Meal plan

What I want more of in 2015

What I want more of in 2015
This is it — the last week of 2014. And while it can be really easy to look back at everything that went wrong or everything that didn’t go exactly as you’d planned, what fun is that? I used to call myself a realist, which was really just code for pessimist — and after that,... Read more »

Christmas, guilt, and New Year's resolutions

Christmas, guilt, and New Year's resolutions
It’s the week of Christmas, and I was doing okay — hadn’t really blown the budget, hadn’t really gone completely overboard with the kids’ gifts — until today. Did you know that one trip to Target can ruin everything? I filled my cart with about 5 more presents for the kids, because of that nagging... Read more »

How Christmas is different after quitting sugar

How Christmas is different after quitting sugar
Yesterday was our annual cookie-baking extravaganza, and I had to stop for a moment to reflect on how it’s so different every year — I remember one year being pregnant with swollen feet, having to stop, rest and prop them up on a chair. Then there was the year my mom spent more time babysitting... Read more »
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Christmas baking after quitting sugar

Christmas baking after quitting sugar
Christmas baking season is upon us! I have to bring 2 to 3 dozen cookies to a meeting on Wednesday, and Sunday is our annual mother-daughter baking day, so it’s time to start hunting down recipes and buying ingredients. I’ve had such bad luck with grain-free recipes lately that I don’t quite feel confident enough... Read more »

Do you get your produce from a CSA?

Do you get your produce from a CSA?
I’m kind of tired of cooking right now. I know you know the feeling: restaurant meals sound so cozy and welcoming; the kids would much rather eat junk anyways; as it is, the dishes are already stacked up in the sink and on the stove. It’s the holiday season, and normally I would be super... Read more »

It's always Day 1 of something — what's yours?

It's always Day 1 of something — what's yours?
It’s clear where the focus is this week — Thursday, turkey, gratitude for all of life’s blessings — but we all have things like work and school and sports practices to “get through” first, lest we forget. I have the week off from my day job, which is certainly one thing I’m grateful for, and... Read more »
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How to stay motivated after you quit sugar

How to stay motivated after you quit sugar
It has been a few weeks since I finished the I Quit Sugar program, and sometimes — for someone with an admitted sweet tooth — it can feel like our country/culture sets you up for failure when it comes to healthy eating. The neon lights in the chain grocery stores always remind me of this... Read more »

The one thing that helps keep sugar cravings away

The one thing that helps keep sugar cravings away
Over the weekend, I was happily surprised to see a lot of new subscribers to the blog and a lot of new fans on Facebook (hi, new readers and fans!). Wondering where all the new faces in the crowd were coming from, I did a little detective work and tracked back the good news to... Read more »

How to stop the holiday insanity before it starts

How to stop the holiday insanity before it starts
Halloween is fine. It is an OK “holiday.” However, I’ll take Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s over Halloween any day! The morning after Halloween, I stripped down the few decorations we had up, went to a holiday packing party for Samaritan’s Purse and listened to Christmas carols while filling shoeboxes for less fortunate kids. Wait, what?... Read more »
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Quitting sugar: The final countdown and the big changes

Quitting sugar: The final countdown and the big changes
This is the last week of my I Quit Sugar (“IQS”) program, and while it has all seemed very anti-climactic, for me the results have been nothing short of astounding. I think after my father passed I had unconsciously given myself some sort of free pass to eat whatever I wanted and however much I wanted,... Read more »