Good morning reader friends! Is it really fall?
As sad as it is that such a fun summer is over and the kids go back to school tomorrow, it makes it a little easier knowing that they're ready. When their nit-picky sibling spats ramp up, that's when we know it's time.
Our youngest is off to first grade (I can't think about it), so I've got my new daily plan figured out. I started by asking myself, “If I were on top of my life, what are the things I'd be accomplishing each day, instead of dealing with the constant ‘I'm so frazzled and will never get it all done' feeling? Then I sat down to plug those goals into a schedule; things like morning Mass/daily readings, exercise, laundry, meal planning, cleaning (15 minutes a day, no more – I hate cleaning), working on the blog/email (the biggest chunk of my week), helping in the kids' classes, errands, coffee or lunch with friends, and everything else. Now if I can just have a little self-discipline and stick to it, but at the same time allow for flexibility when needed, I'll be on a roll.
I'm curious how many of you who work at home have a daily schedule, and how well you're able to stick to it? Any tips for me?
Here's some interesting stuff I have for you today:
- There were 531 entries into the recent contest for the $50 Amazon gift card, thank you all for your input on the survey. The winner is Lacy, commenter #354! Email me within 3 days ([email protected]) to claim your prize. If I don't hear from you, I'll announce a new winner next week.
- Did you see this post from Jimmy Moore the other day where he discusses his recent switch to a more ‘paleo low-carb' way of eating'? Here's an excerpt:
“Must we get so caught up in the minutia of how much carbohydrate someone must eat in our diet that we forget the average Joe and Jane are downing Coca-Cola, Twinkies, McDonald’s French Fries and Doritos like they’re going out of style? None of us thinks this is healthy and yet this is the typical fare for more Americans than we probably know. While I can appreciate (and even actively promote) an exuberant passion for sharing what you have learned in your own personal nutritional journey, it’s important to remember that we are not all the same… This is an ongoing discussion that I am pleased to see continue as long as we keep our eyes on the big picture of what all of this means regarding the impact ancestral/Paleo/low-carb living has on public health.”
- Speaking of setting goals and getting on top of your life, have you seen this video yet for Jenny’s How to Cook Real Food e-course, which is opened back up for fall? She'll show you how to get your family's meals on track and how to save money, too. Remember that the price goes up $50 soon, so sign up now for 45 videos and over 100 recipes! Find out more:
- Exciting scoop for local readers! If you live here in Rockford, a reader friend who just moved here recently, Melissa, is starting a new co-op and has room for a few more members. (We need more in the group so we meet our buying quotas each month and get the best deals on Real Food that we buy in bulk.) If you're interested, email me and I'll forward to her: [email protected]
- Want to satisfy your sweet tooth now and then or make a treat for your kids without feeling bad about it? Check out Kate's new book, Treat Yourself-Real Food Desserts. “It's a book filled with delicious, sweet, tempting desserts — which rely only on real food. They're full-fat, full flavor, and low-sugar. There's no white flour, white sugar, or vegetable oil to be found. In fact, they're all based on sprouted flour, soaked flour, or almond flour, if flour is used at all (yes, there are several grain-free and even GAPS-friendly treats!).“
- As much as it drives me crazy when the government jumps into our lives and tells us what we can and can't eat, (see How the government is making or keeping us sick), this article ticked me off because the USDA is so quick to tell us not to eat whole foods, but they don't seem to have a problem when we're shoving a bunch of crap into our mouths. Thank you to Susan who sent me this one: U.S. Rejects Mayor’s Plan to Ban Use of Food Stamps to Buy Soda.
- Here's a related Huffington Post article on how Sugary Drink Consumption is Up, but most of us knew that. “Among the worst offenders in terms of daily consumption? Boys, age 2 to 19 — 70 percent of whom consume sugary drinks on any given day.” They recommend that we drink more water instead, which is good, but many need something more as a replacement when water just doesn't hit the spot. Of course they don't mention fermented drinks like our favorite, homemade kefir soda pop. (And have you seen this post? Are you addicted to liquid candy?)
- Along that same line of flawed government thinking, Stanley wrote an article recently about a new Harvard study which claimed eating red meat causes type two diabetes. As he says, “The food industry seems to want us all to become Soyatarians, since they make the most money that way.” Read Diabetes Study Proves Nothing about Grassfed Meat.
- In case you're wondering, no I still didn't get my latest newsletter out, (did I mention I plan to get on top of my life soon?), so there's still time to sign up if you haven't yet (it's free), and catch all the Q & A's that you've been wondering about. Also you'll get exclusive discounts only for subscribers on various promotions and you'll be entered to win a Real Food Ingredient Guide.
Have a great week!