Healthy body, healthy spirit, healthy mothering. This is the journey I have set out on with my two amazing children.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Reducing meat consumption

So I have started to realize that we need to stop eating an animal based diet. There are so many reasons to do this. Such as...

  • Did you know every time you eat a 1/4lb hamburger, you have contributed to the destruction of 70 acres of rainforest?

  • About 130 years ago the following illnesses were only found amongst the incredibly wealthy (they were the only ones that could afford to eat animal-foods regularly.): heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, alzheimers, constipation, menopause, PMS, osteoporosis and lots more

  • Over 80% of the grains we raise here in the U.S. are used to feed animals that we are raising to eat. Stupid much? Why don't we use that grain to feed ourselves or the thousands of starving PEOPLE in this world.

  • E.Coli & bird flu are just two of the many diseases that are caused by the animals we consume. E. Coli is because the animal crap is on our food. Gross.

  • Mass production of animals for consumption is using vast amounts of our water resources. They are also not required to treat the animal waste before it runs back into our "clean" water supplies. Drink poop much?

This is just off the top of my head. If I research it I could come up with pages of reasons. Point is...we are starting slowly. I cannot afford to just throw out the food that we have here at home. We get food from the food bank at church and that often has tuna, soups with meat & other processed crap that I am trying to stop consuming. So the kids and I are starting with dairy. We will still use butter (has to be healthier than margarine.) We will OCCASIONALLY buy cheese, but I plan to limit that to the really, good, expensive stuff maybe 1x a month. We are not buying anymore milk. I have asked the kids not to drink milk with their breakfast & lunch at school. I am not going to buy sour cream or yogurt but instead am using kefir. Yes this is dairy, but it is the healthiest alternative that I have found so far. The "good" bacteria in it apparently is more compatible with our bodies than those found in yogurt.

Here is my 1st attempt at cutting down the meat for dinner. Beef stroganoff. I'd say it was 90% mushroom to 10% beef. I used vegan worcestershire for the color & flavor & lots & lots & lots of onion, garlic & fresh shrooms.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

5k Ass Project Update #1

So here is my poor bloated stomach. Disgusting eh?

Workouts: I have been doing DDR (dance dance revolution) 3-4 times a week for 1 hour at a time. That is one hell of a workout and I don't get bored. The sweat is freaking pouring off of me by the 30 minute mark. :) I also did one of the workouts from this months Self magazine but it hurt my knee so I am back to DDR. Also went for a walk with the kids.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Vegan 100

Found this on

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:

1) Copy this list into your own blog, including these instructions.
2) Bold all the items you’ve eaten.
3) Cross out any items that you would never consider eating. Or if you are like me and can't figure out how to cross it off put it in red. :)
4) Post a comment here once you’ve finished and link your post back to this one.
5) Pass it on!

1. Natto
2. Green Smoothie
3. Tofu Scramble
4. Haggis
5. Mangosteen
6. Creme brulee
7. Fondue
8. Marmite/Vegemite
9. Borscht
10. Baba ghanoush
11. Nachos
12. Authentic soba noodles
13. PB&J sandwich
14. Aloo gobi
15. Taco from a street cart
16. Boba Tea
17. Black truffle
18. Fruit wine made from something other than grapes
19. Gyoza
20. Vanilla ice cream
21. Heirloom tomatoes
22. Fresh wild berries
23. Ceviche actually i would eat this but i am allergic to most fish type foods
24. Rice and beans
25. Knish
26. Raw scotch bonnet pepper
27. Dulce de leche
28. Caviar
29. Baklava
30. Pate ---barbaric
31. Wasabi peas
32. Chowder in a sourdough bowl
33. Mango lassi
34. Sauerkraut
35. Root beer float
36. Mulled cider
37. Scones with buttery spread and jam
38. Vodka jelly
39. Gumbo
40. Fast food french fries
41. Raw Brownies
42. Fresh Garbanzo Beans
43. Dahl
44. Homemade Soymilk
45. Wine from a bottle worth £60/$120 or more (as long as I wasn't paying for it. =)
46. Stroopwafle
47. Samosas
48. Vegetable Sushi
49. Glazed doughnut
50. Seaweed
51. Prickly pear
52. Umeboshi
53. Tofurkey
54. Sheese i loathe the fake cheeses...just can't get used to 'em
55. Cotton candy
56. Gnocchi
57. PiƱa colada
58. Birch beer
59. Scrapple
60. Carob chips
61. S’mores
62. Soy curls
63. Chickpea cutlets
64. Curry
65. Durian
66. Homemade Sausages
67. Churros, elephant ears, or funnel cake
68. Smoked tofu
69. Fried plantain
70. Mochi
71. Gazpacho
72. Warm chocolate chip cookies
73. Absinthe
74. Corn on the cob
75. Whipped cream, straight from the can
76. Pomegranate
77. Fauxstess Cupcake
78. Mashed potatoes with gravy
79. Jerky
80. Croissants
81. French onion soup
82. Savory crepes
83. Tings
84. A meal at Candle 79
85. Moussaka
86. Sprouted grains or seeds
87. Macaroni and “cheese”
88. Flowers
89. Matzoh ball soup
90. White chocolate
91. Seitan
92. Kimchi
93. Butterscotch chips
94. Yellow watermelon
95. Chili with chocolate
96. Bagel and Tofutti
97. Potato milk
98. Polenta
99. Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee
100. Raw cookie dough

Sunday, August 17, 2008

lyrical genius

My son was singing a song. He was singing 'Simon & Garfunkel's' Kodachrome. You know...momma don't taaaaake my kodachrome awaaa-a-a-a-ayyyy.

Here is the conversation.

kelen: *singing* Momma don't taaaake my cordless phone awaaaaayyy.

momma: *trying to keep a straight face* Kelen...he's saying 'momma don't take my kodachrome away'

kelen: that's just dumb. there's no such thing as a kodachrome

momma: it was a camera from a long time before you were born.

kelen: mom LISTEN TO THE WORDS!!! *eyes rolling up into his head* HIS MOTHER ISN'T LETTING HIM TALK ON THE PHONE!

momma: *in a soothing tone* there were no such things as cordless phones when this song was written.

kelen: Geez mom. all phones are cordless.

He walks away and goes outside to play. Probably telling every boy in the neighborhood what a total moron his mother is.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

The 5K ass project

I am looking forward to this. As many of you know I have been changing the way I eat (or trying to anyway.) I have also been exercising more regularly & just trying to be more active. When I stumbled across this at I just had to join in.

Basic idea. Post a picture of a body part on your blog. It can be any body part you choose. I have not decided which body part I shall be showing...just yet. Personally, my fave body part(s) are the girls...see that hint of a tat peeking out. :P

But...not the body part I shall showcase as I will be too sad to watch them shrinking as I take part in the ass project. Anyway. I digress. From now on Fridays shall be my ass project day. I will post the exercising I have done for the previous week and post the picture of my chosen body part.

Stay tuned.