Tuesday, September 15th, 2015
Mom’s Secret Zen Garden – a place for play, imagination, or meditation.
Mom is taking Kamea for the night, which really means I get all day today, all night, and most of tomorrow to be child-free. Kamea loves going to mom’s sort-of citrus orchard, especially now that they’re creating a zen secret garden of it – statues, wind chimes galore, and hummingbirds a plenty.
So, what shall I do today? My list is long with much that I can blast through… things like…
- Follow up emails
- Make new recipes for my maybe new book
- Make kelp capsules
- Go to Trader Joe’s
- Make liver pate
- Read about qigong, yoga, and meditation
- Shower and blow dry my hair
- Dinner alone with Greg
I could just
lay lie on the floor and stare at the ceiling for 30 hours.
Pomegranate Black Raspberry Gummy Cubes. #Fun
I’m fascinated with making gummies, using my own healthy ingredients, because they’re an excellent (and fun!) vehicle for getting extra nutrition in my daughter’s body (and, really, the whole family).
Now that there is a reputable source that I trust for collagen/gelatin, I make them regularly.
Let’s talk about that source a bit…
You all know I’m a fan of Dave Asprey’s Upgraded products – I use most of them regularly in my life. Bulletproof Coffee, anyone?
He recently came out with a collagen that has gelatin in it for making gummies and other delicious foods like chocolate pudding. I’m a fan.
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Kamea and I having fun.
I’m thinking about the strain we parents put on ourselves when we prioritize our children’s well-being so much that we neglect ourselves.
We forsake our own health.
That doesn’t feel right to me. Isn’t that the wrong way to live?
I’m reminded of how airplane flights start with the following, “Put your mask on first so that you can better assist others.” Those seem like smart words by which to live.
However, the idea of putting children first is natural to many of us. But here’s the thing… if we neglect ourselves we can set ourselves up for illness in the future, when our kids are adults.
We harm our own health now because we “don’t have time” to care for ourselves properly, only to turn around and put the awful stress and strain on our children when they are adults and need to take care of us.
I know friends who are caring for their unwell elderly parents. It’s hard on my friends. Very hard.
It makes me wonder… if those ill parents had better managed their health (I know some didn’t know any better, but we do!), then would they be experiencing old age with more strength, and not depending on their kids to take care of them so much? Would they be less of a stress on my friends who care for them? I think so.
This inspires me to care for myself and make it a priority. I take time to eat well, get quality rest, meditate, and exercise. It means making adjustments to my schedule so I get the needed “me time.” This will create a healthier future-me so I don’t put that stress on Kamea to care for me (when she’s an adult and I’m an old lady). I plan to live over 100 years after all. That said, when I reach 110, all bets are off.
Plus, and this is a big plus… kids learn by example. How can I expect my daughter prioritize her own health and well being, if I’m not doing it myself?
Starting her morning right. #BulletproofCoffee
I started enjoying coffee when I was 7 years old. I remember the first time fondly as it represented my entrance into maturity. ;) I was at my Nana’s and, well, I simply asked her if I could have some coffee. Being 100% Italian, she said, “Of course!” (She also taught me how to shave my hairy Italian legs around the same age. Gotta love Nana(s).)
I was hooked from there. The warm deliciousness that marked my initiation into something cool. The next chapter of my life. A Coffee Drinker.
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Eggs Herbs Banana. Who knew?!
Eggs are a big part of our house. Big. Huge.
Why? Ummm… TASTE! No, that’s not all…
They offer quality nutrition for the brain and body – lecithin, saturated fat, cholesterol, retinol (the good form for vitamin A for immunity, beautiful skin, and healthy eyes), omega fatty acids, vitamin e, and more. We only buy pasturer-raised eggs, because those hens are treated well and their eggs are more nutritious.
I’m glad that Kamea is a fan of scrambled eggs – her growing body benefits. She especially loves them when I mix stuff into them like today.
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Saturday, April 25th, 2015
Painting our Pinterest inspired art project.
More often than not I tune out the moms gushing about Pinterest inspiring their kiddos birthday parties, home decorations, or art projects. It’s just too much for me. I mean, who has time for that? Surfing Pinterest, getting supplies, and then making all of those projects? Good grief.
Well, there’s a first time for everything I guess.
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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
My latest love: crunchy, light, nutritious, and delicious.
These little freeze-dried wild blueberries (organic) are my latest obsession.
Here’s the backstory: We’ve been dabbling in the organic freeze-dried fruit options (berries, primarily) the past month, because Kamea (my 4 year old) really loves them. I can’t find any fault with them. They’re convenient, organic, don’t require thawing, and I’m guessing pretty nutritious (I’m presuming they retain some nutritional value after undergoing the freeze-dried process. If anyone knows any better, please advise – that said, they’re still a decent little snack).
We were buying a brand sold at Whole Foods Market, Just Tomatoes, which offers many different kinds of berries. Kamea loves the Just Tomatoes – Cherries. But, their blueberries leave a bit to be desired. In my attempt to save money, by shopping on Amazon to restock the freeze-dried goodness, I stumbled upon these Nova Scotia freeze-dried wild blueberries. They’re not necessarily cheaper but they’re tastier.
Totally love at first bite.
For starters, they actually taste like blueberries. Almost better, the texture is light, airy, and delightful. My favorite part is when I stumble on a cluster of them in the bag. Mmmmmm yum. We are raving fans of this brand for freeze-dried organic blueberries.
Kamea eats these by the handful. My favorite way is in whole-fat, organic, grass-fed yogurt, as pictured above (I add raw almonds, too). They’d also be great on ice cream. Or, toss some on top of your next salad.
Such a good kiddo (and mama-on-the-go) snack. Go get some.
Egg Scramble – Good Brain Food
Here’s a relatively quick lunch I threw together for Kamea.
We eat a lot of eggs (pasture-raised only) in our house, because they give us important nutrients for our brain (and body) – choline, retinol, vitamin E, vitamin D, and more. Oh yeah, they taste delicious, too. In fact, I was dreaming about scrambled eggs when I first considered leaving my vegan life behind and end that chapter of my life.
On this day, I had leftover roasted brussels sprouts (my favorite roasting method here), and decided they’d make a nice addition to an egg scramble.
Eggs are great any time of the day. Proof: I was watching Family Feud the other day and they surveyed 100 people to ask what food is good any time of the day. The answer? Eggs.
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Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
Quick Kid Friendly Lunch – Kamea was dying to get in the picture.
I have a very special place in my heart for lunches that are quickly put together. If I don’t get breaks in my day, for myself, then I’ll pull my hair out and scream. I’m no wonder woman or super mom. :) I do have some red boots, though, so I can pretend.
I’ve become quite comfortable putting quick meals together. This easy lunch is no exception, and it’s great for kids. Here’s a post I wrote with a bunch of other Real Food Fast Food ideas.
I find, more often than not, that I don’t worry about getting a fabulous lunch put together for my family. I usually spend more attention on breakfast and dinner. I let lunch be a little more flexible, cuz I just need to. Of course, that doesn’t mean I feed junk. It means having things that are easy to grab and put on a plate without much fuss. Okay, I admit, I fussed with the almond butter a tiny bit, but sometimes I can’t help myself. Don’t expect that of me every time though!
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Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
Kamea having fun outside of True Food Kitchen. A great memory for us.
I started a practice at the end of 2013 that I’m so glad I started. It goes on the list of the best things I’ve done.
I started a journal for (and about) my daughter, Kamea. It’s a journal where I simply write a few notes about the day we had, or things that were special, or just a little something about my feelings for her. Capturing the moment for her (and me) as best I can.
It’s not only a beautiful thing to read myself, thinking back on our time together as I read the entries, but it’s going to be something special for her. When she’s older I will put it all in a book or something and give it to her as a gift. I keep it a secret for now. Perhaps I’ll tell her about it sooner than later, but for now, it’s my own special gift to us.
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