Saturday, February 23, 2013

Back up and running

So I've pretty much let this blog go, but I'm in the process of bringing in contributing writers and invite anyone who has something to share to send in guest posts.

When I started this blog, we lived in the suburbs and desperately wanted to escape "city life".  Now we live in the country on twelve acres, so a lot has changed.

One thing hasn't changed through. It can be a real struggle to eat clean, healthy foods, especially when life becomes busy and rushed.  I have learned that it doesn't have to be all or nothing.  It's okay to splurge now and then. It doesn't mean you have to throw your whole diet (and by diet, I mean "eating lifestyle") out the window.  It's really easy for me to feel overwhelmed when it comes to meal times.  I have five children, I homeschool, and I have a lot on my plate (well, figuratively speaking).  Sometimes supper time sneaks up on me, and I have no clue what I'm going to make.

I often forget to eat breakfast and lunch because I'm so busy making the kids' meals. I drink my cup of coffee and fool my stomach into thinking it has eaten, and then I snack on things as I put together the critters' lunches and... then when dinner rolls around, I realize I haven't actually had much of anything to eat!  It's not that I am purposely depriving myself.  I love food! But it's easy to get distracted and busy and forget to take care of myself. (Which I should, especially because I'm still nursing!)

Sometimes I don't plan ahead, and so I'm out and about and STARVING, so I pull into the drive thru lane and chow on some fries and burgers because, let's face it, when you are hungry, you often don't care about how healthy it is! You just want to fill the belly up and make the cranky go away.

Anyway, I figured it would be good for me to work on this blog a bit more often to keep myself more accountable and to share what I'm going through as I try to get back on the right nutritional path.  I've invited some of my friends to share as well!  Let's be honest with our struggles.  I want this to be a place to share successes, but also our goof-ups, hardships, and dislikes.  Let's share what works for us and what doesn't work for us.  Let's share information that we find useful.  It's not to scare people into eating healthy or to judge those who choose to eat differently than we do, but to inspire and encourage one another.

And, of course, I do hope to continue sharing posts on frugality, cloth diapering, elimination communication, gardening, and such!  If you have a post, link, photo, or recipe to share, please email me at talkto (at) mandymom (dot) com! :)

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