When so many are suffering and heartbroken after Friday's shootings, it seems wrong somehow to just go on with life and ramble on about whatever in this Monday post, but I don't know what else to do except keep up the prayers for all those involved; so on we go…
I'm finally done with my Christmas shopping. Nothing is wrapped, but whatever. I'm behind compared to my old self, though. I used to be done by late October, but that was when we only had one kid! Any others out there who used to be all on top of things early? Or maybe some of you can still pull that off? We'd love to hear your tips and suggestions.
- First up today – a great Christmas idea for yourself or someone you know who would like to become healthier in 2012: Sean Croxton is running a screaming deal on the Real Food Summit – just for two days you can get HALF OFF. There are loads of Real Food superstar presenters, people like Joel Salatin, Chris Masterjohn, Jeffrey Smith and more (and some NOT superstars, like myself) – whether you're just getting into this lifestyle or have been a Real Foodie for a while now, you're guaranteed to love it and learn a ton! Click here to sign up and SAVE 50% or to find out more!
- I have a homeschooling question for any of you who could help. Have you read these homeschooling books? I'm just wondering how closely you follow their recommendations? It seems to me that we're hitting a lot of this stuff, but not all of it and I wonder If I should be worried??? (I know what the unschoolers would say, and I'm thankful for those of you who have helped me to chill out a little, but I'm curious what the rest of you think?)
- So do you want to know why Kent is extra happy these days? First you have to understand that he's a beer snob. He enjoys a good, rich, complex beer, and you'll only catch him with a Bud Light or Miller Lite in his hands if he was offered one by someone he didn't want to offend. Also understand how much we love living in our little (sorta) town of Rockford. We have a lot of really good friends here, many who also enjoy “better” beer like he does, and it's been our home for almost 15 years. So guess what opened here last week? The Rockford Brewery! Fun, huh?
- By the way, I've received a few of your Real Food success stories so far, but I need more! I hope you'll share with me any benefits you've noticed once you switched your diet over to Real Food, even if you're not perfect. (As is the case with most of us.) Just email me: [email protected] and put SUCCESS STORY in the subject line please. THANK YOU! 🙂
- This next little gem I have for you has nothing at all to do with food or nutrition or beer or anything, but my Aunt Lois sent it to me (thanks Aunt Lois!) and I thought it was so cute that I've watched it quite a few times and hum it all day. It's actually from 2011 so you may have already seen it.
- OK, so back to health stuff – wait 'til you see this article on CNN. Pesticides in tap water, produce linked to food allergies. Most of us already know that pesticides cause these and other health issues, but it's great to see the following statements in mainstream media… “Researchers looked at 2,211 people and found those in the top 25% for urine concentrations of chemical dichlorophenols – used to chlorinate tap water and keep pests off produce – were also 80% more likely to have a food allergy.” “Researchers believe dichlorophenols may alter the composition of healthy bacteria growing in the human gut, which plays an active role in immune system functioning.” “This has been known for a long time in regards to large exposures. However, it is only in recent years that the harmful effects of low-level exposure from pesticides have begun to be revealed.” Too bad they didn't add a blurb on the end telling how to avoid pesticides: buy organic. And to avoid chlorine by drinking filtered water. (Where to buy water filters.) More about filtered water: “The Great Culling” – Your Fluoride Fears are Well-Founded.
- As if microwaves aren't scary enough, now we can “microzap” our food to make it keep longer without mold forming. Does that sound just plain scary to anyone else? Thank you to Pat for sending this article: Bread That Could Last For 60 Days Could Cut Food Waste. Read more here about Microwave Dangers.
- By the way, I tell you in that microwave post about one of my very favorite small kitchen appliances, my Toaster Oven. It's the main reason we rarely use our microwave around here, and it doesn't even cost that much! (A great Christmas present for someone… I love this thing!)
- Did you see the post last week that had a bunch of us all riled up? Newborn Taken From Parents Who Refuse Hepatitis B Vaccine and Ask Too Many Questions.
Have a great week!