Whether you’re a parent or a soon to be parent, one of the lessons you learn is that no matter how bizarre the situation may seem to you, you are not the only one out there going through that experience. There are likely whole face book communities devoted to what ever your issue/challenge/concern might happen to be.
Usually I find this a comforting thought. But now, I think I’m out on my own limb. I find myself saying the following at the dinner table: you must eat something besides vegetables; vegetables are good for you, but you need to have something else; no you cannot have dessert, you need to eat something besides vegetables for supper.
I am not a mom who makes two meals. I am a mom who’s one year old picked out his beets and swiss chard out of supper and the yelled because there was no more. I am a mom who’s three year old eats eat broccoli, peppers and tomatoes like hand fruit. I am also a mom who is not complaining about the situation. I just think we’re all a little weird.
I follow a couple of health blogs and regularly devour the health page in the Globe&Mail. I am forever reading about some ‘new’ vegetable, bean or berry that will be good for my health. For years this has simply been interesting information thatI’ve filled away in my little brain.
This summer you’ve no doubt seen the campaign warning us about salt. It turns out that packaged foods (i.e. the stuff made in a factory by companies trying to make money) have a high sodium content in order to preserve shelf life and camouflage lack of flavour. Duh! Of course that’s what salt is for. That’s why Europeans were so excited to start trading for salt and pepper – to improve the flavour of bad or bland food.
As far as I can tell, your best bet is to simply eat food. Real food, not from a package, not from a factory, just food. It doesn’t have to be complicated food as suggested in the latest ‘enzyme diet’, just regular old fruits, vegetable, whole grains, lean protein.
We are fortunate that our kids get to spend some time with their grandparents. After a visit we usually get an update: he ate, he did (not) sleep, he was (not) well behaved. Sometimes we even get a handful of pictures from the day.
After today’s visit with my dad, I received the following update:
Unprompted references to:
- Meat-eating animals ~ 4
- Meat-eating coyotes ~ 2 (included above)
- Soldiers ~ 8
- Sticks ~ 2
- Guns ~ 10 (more or less)
- Bad guys ~ 10 (more or less)
- The Living Christ ~ 0
- Dead Jesus ~ 1
I laughed, and laughed, and laughed until my sides hurt when I read this. My older guy, the one who’s about to start school, is having a bit of a love affair with all things church/God/Jesus at the moment. While it can be a bit annoying to have a three year old proselytize you, he has a frame of reference that cracks me up. When he wants to know how old something is, he asks:
Is it before grandpa, but after Jesus?
Or, is it before Jesus and after the dinosaurs?
I think some people are hard wired to exercize and others are hard wired to do other stuff. That’s not an excuse for those of us that fall into the later category. Everyone needs to get their daily exercize. It simply seems to me that some people crave it.
When I think of some of my neighbors (yes that’s plural intentionally) that are biking 60-120 minutes each way to work. That to me says born for it (or crazy, but usually I go for the charitable built for it thought). Then I read about these ladies at Squeeze It In and I thought – born for it. Who thinks of this kind of stuff? Yes, I’m chopping peppers for a salad, but let me do some leg lifts while I’m at it. This reminds me of pre-natal class whee they encouraged everyone to do their kegel exercizes when ever you found yourself waiting – at a red light, in the grocery store, at Tim Horton’s.
This is good in concept, but isn’t your brain already in gear? If when I was standing in line at Loblaws my brain said “oh… looks like I’m going ot be waiting in line for a while”, then maybe I’d say to myself: why don’t I do so isometric ab exercizes while I stand here? Instead, my brain is wondering: if the kids fall asleep on the way home, will I have enough time to cut the grass before they wake up? did I get the positioning right in the presentation for work? did I remember to pick up milk? oh yes… it’s here in the cart. take that finger out of your nose (these last two parts are usually spoken aloud).
So clearly, I’m not ‘born to exercize’. I work at it. And I shouldn’t make too much fun of the squeeze ladies, as my former colleague with the best bicepts and tricepts of everyone I know works out with soup cans.
I love a bargain. I love to use coupons. I don’t use them very often, but nevertheless, when I can get $3 off a package of diapers or laundry detergent, I’m pretty happy. My biggest challenge with coupons is the same one I have with bringing my own bags: getting them out of the car and into the store.
My usual source for coupons is as mix of Canadian Freebie blog, Save.ca and random stuff that comes in the mail. The trouble, with these sources, is that they are not often coupons for brands I usually buy. They are coupons for big name consumer packaged goods. Hence, I was so happy to learn about ‘The Healthy Shopper’. These guys have coupons for all sorts of green, eco friendly, or just plain stuff I like.
I’ll still have trouble remembering to bring them into the store. Perhaps I should store them in the re-useable bags.
Ok, so I haven’t been posting menu’s lately. It’s not just the posting part I’ve been ignoring, it’s the whole planning part. I’d like to say that it’s because I didn’t know what was coming in my weekly farmers basket, but that’s not the case. It’s sheer disorganization – from menu planning, to grocery shopping, to scrambling every night to figure out what to put on the table.
It’s so much easier with a plan (at least for me). Accordingly, I’m back at it this week.
Monday – Zucchini Hummus, Tabouleh & Veggies with Pita
Tuesday – Roast chicken, steamed veggies, turnip and tomatoes
Wednesday – Greek Salad with Chickpeas
Thursday – Easy Trout Panini’s with cut up veggies
Friday – Stir-fry with left over vegetables & tofu and brown basmati rice
Saturday – Leftovers
All my recipes this week are from this new magazine I found: Clean Eating. We’ll find out if the magazine is worth getting again after a week or two of recipes from it.
Weekend Menu Update: There are only so many days in a row that I can eat cereal, so on the wekeend, I’ve been trying to come up with some new alternatives. I think I now have our family pancake recipe to the point where I don’t consider them junk food. I use 1/2 whole wheat flour, 1/2 chickpea flour and I sprinkle them with blueberries, walnuts and flax seed while they are cooking. In the same way I can’t have cereal everyday, I’m not up for making pancakes every weekend. Have any suggestions?
My new favorite travel blog. These ladies quit their jobs, sold there stuff and started to travel. Now it looks like they’ve figured out a way to pay for their adventures – through their web site, books and product sales.
But that’s not why I love their site. First of all, I love the name. But more than that their focus on women travellers, travelling with kids is written in real time: “I’m doing this and this didn’t work out as planned”, or I went about it this way, and am I ever glad I did.” I’m also getting a ckick out of “Wanderfood Wednesday“. The later is a collection of world food related posts from many different bloggers.