Good morning everyone. It's been a FUN week! My rockin' awesome sister took care of our kids so we could fly to Denver for the Rainmaker conference. It was a business trip, but extra fun because Kent came along this time. He was able to meet some of “my people” and learn more about the online world I'm involved with. Plus did I mention we were alone in a hotel for four days? We need to do getaways like that more often. 😉
The photo above is us in the limo from the airport with Seth and Katie (from SpearsMarketing.com and WellnessMama.com), along with Damon, their attorney friend. Not pictured is Damon's wife, and Daniel and Heather from Mommypotamus.com. Also on this trip were Antony and Emily from HolisticSquid.com, and of course we met some new people, too. So besides learning a lot of really good stuff (and just in time for my big announcement below!), we had a blast with our little real foodie group of bloggers among the bigger group of online professionals who were at the conference.
Here's another shot of our group: (Heather, Katie, Damon, Michael, Emily, Seth, Hollis, Julia, Antony, Daniel, Kent)
One of our favorite things to do when Kent and I travel to other cities is to walk all over and explore, and go to morning Mass at different new and beautiful churches. Here are a couple pictures of the Denver Cathedral that I thought you might like:
And here's the crazy delicious sushi (and my lemon drop martini) that we had one night in case you missed it on my Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. (Click those links to follow me there if you're not already!)
My BIG Announcement!
It's been a loooooooong time coming, but I'm super excited and proud to announce that my brand new Real Food for Rookies book is DONE! We got home from Denver and opened the box of paperback books, it was such a crazy feeling guys.
You can’t DO better until you KNOW better!
That's the whole reason I wrote the book, to help those of you ready to feed your family better, but who just need fresh motivation or a friendly, clear, helpful nudge to get you going in the right direction.
It wasn’t that many years ago that I didn’t have a clue how to feed my family well. To be honest, it wasn’t even on my radar to pay much attention to what I was feeding them, I just didn’t think food made that big of a difference. It was all about what was cheap, what tasted good, and what was convenient to throw together. Even though we struggled helping our kids in school, and there were behavioral issues that had us under constant stress, I still didn’t make the connection.
Pretty sad, right?!
Ironically, it wasn’t until 2004 when I started to gain a little weight that I was led to what I now call my “food conversion”, and all because a friend introduced me to the Weston Price Foundation. I clicked onto the WAPF website and as I started reading, a bunch of light bulbs in my brain clicked on, too. I learned that food is powerful. It can make us sick and miserable, or it can nourish us and give us energy and vitality!
It wasn’t easy getting the family switched over.
There were many food flops and some complaining, but I figured it out, slowly but surely. I learned how to take our family favorite recipes and adapt them into much better-for-you versions, and they’re better tasting now, with so many fresh, healthy ingredients that are good for us, too! I also learned where to find the best foods. It was difficult for many years, but thankfully, sourcing real food from the farm or finding organic foods from the grocery store is getting a easier, as long as you know what to look for.
Real Food for Rookies will help you learn more quickly than I did!
- Adapting recipes will become natural to you!
—> So you can take any family favorite and make it not only healthy, but more delicious! (Included are examples to show how easily this can be done with your own recipes.)
- Learn which ingredients are best and which to avoid.
—> No more wondering if the groceries you buy are worth the cost or even safe.
- Learn which fats we should be using and and in which recipes.
—> You’ll be able to avoid the bad-for-you fats, instead of unintentionally making yourself or your loved ones sick, and definitely more prone to chronic disease!
- Get the real scoop on why buying fat-free and low-fat is not a good choice.
—> Keep such nutrient-poor “food” out of your grocery cart!
- Find out how to know when buying organic matters.
—> You can stop spending extra money when it’s not necessary.
- Become informed on which grocery store foods often lie on their labels.
—> So you won’t get duped — you’ll know the truth and can choose wisely.
- You’ll get a top ten list of foods to avoid and a top ten list of superfoods to eat more often.
—> This will be simple, clear, and easy to incorporate into your life.
- If you’ve thought of switching to more nutrient-dense, fresh milk, find out what *exactly* you should look for in a raw milk farm.
—> So you can get the most wonderful superfood possible, and avoid milk that could be contaminated. (Also, if you buy milk from the store, learn which kinds you should never ever buy.)
- Do you wonder what’s the big deal with fish oils? Learn which brands are the better, safer choice.
—> You’ll stop wasting your money on junk that won’t have much benefit and could even be harmful.
- Avoid all the obstacles when switching over to real food.
—> You’ll have the help you need to stay motivated, to deal with family complaints, to find the time to implement these new ideas, and to afford this lifestyle as well.
- Being overwhelmed can paralyze you into doing nothing.
—> The simple explanations in this book will keep you moving forward on the journey so you’re not stuck in uncertainty and confusion, and so you can make a real, lasting difference in your family’s health!
A few more tidbits for this Monday morning mix-up…
- Great article on homeschooling: Why I Dropped Out of School in Grade 2 and Why I Want My Kids to do the Same. Here are my posts on homeschooling if you want to take a look. 🙂 Notice my new format with pictures, by the way, it's much better than the long boring list of posts that I had before, right?
- LOCAL READERS: IT'S *ON*! Nourishing Ways of West Michigan, our local WAPF chapter, is sponsoring a screening for the film: Trace Amounts: Autism, Mercury, and the Hidden Truth. The movie is scheduled for Thursday, May 21 at 7:30pm at Celebration Cinema North. CLICK HERE to get your tickets.P.S. Trace Amounts movie-goers will receive a free ebook copy of Robert Kennedy Jr.'s book “Thimerosol: Let the Science Speak” on the dangers of mercury poisoning.
- Did you catch last week’s posts? Heretheyarein case you missed them:
Have a good week everyone!
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