We all have to ask ourselves what is really important when feeding our families. It’s not a question that I can answer for anyone but myself. It’s what I call “Food Values.” What’s most important to you?
I grew up with a dad that’s allergic to basically every protein but beef, pork and eggs. Yep, that’s right, no fowl, wild game, seafood of any kind or beans. This left my poor mother with the choice of making two different dinners or all of us eating a lot of pork and beef. As a mother myself, I can see why she chose option II much of the time.
A couple of weeks ago I had a very strong feeling that I was supposed to send in an audition to Oprah’s new “OWN Network” where she and Mark Burnett are working together to cast a reality show to find the next talk show host (with one of the categories being Health and Well being).
Bisphenol A, otherwise known as BPA, has been in the news for the last couple of years and, as many of you already know, is a known endocrine disruptor. The endrocrine system is basically the body’s hormone control center and is directly related to reproduction. Unfortunately, it is our children who tend to get the most exposure to BPA. Baby bottles and water bottles have gotten quite a bit of attention regarding BPA but what aboutthose handy dandy little cups that keep spills at bay?
I pride myself on being a moderate. I’m not a raw foodie and I’m not a junk foodie. I try to be right in the middle. Although it sounds easy enough moderation is seemingly hard to grasp. It never fails that when I give a talk the women I am presenting to feel overwhelmed. I don’t want to overwhelm them and I encourage them to not let themselves feel overwhelmed, to take it one step at a time but it’s a really hard thing to do. It’s taken me years to get where I am now.
Just have to write a quick update. Last night both of my kids went to bed quite sick, my son in particular was miserably stuffed up. I put some White Flower Balm (has a menthol type of smell that is a natural Chinese medicine that I got from my Naturopath) on my sons chest and put on the humidifier. I left the bowl of onions by both of their beds but I was sure my son would be staying home from school the next day (today). I was amazed when I woke up to find him barely sniffling and feeling great. He went to school and seemed to feel just fine the entire day.
Well, it didn’t last. Both of my kids have colds. They’ve had onions, both cut and peeled and the opposite (peel on with ends cut) in bowls in their rooms. Apparently, this isn’t the miracle cure I was hoping for, but I haven’t given up hope yet since the onion was touted as keeping the flu away. So, the onions stay. Now, I can try the onion cough syrup and onion poultice if my kids will put up with it.
One thing that I love about speaking at different MOPS groups is that I always end up learning something new myself! At a recent MOPS talk I gave one woman shared that she made steel cut oats overnight with the use of her crockpot. What a fabulous idea! So, I looked up some recipes online and I’m going to give it a try.
I grind my own flour from various grain berries, bake my own bread, can my own peaches, pears and tomatoes and make my own ricotta. However, come to find out, there is actually a way that I could spend more time in the kitchen. I could sprout my own grains. Sprouting one’s own grains is basically turning a grain back into a vegetable.
Last week I was visiting my Naturopath and we were discussing alternative sweeteners. She asked if I had tried Xylitol. I told her I’d heard of it and knew it was good at protecting against cavitites but that I had yet to try it. She recommended it and said you could use it one to one in place of sugar. I’m not a fan of artificial sweeteners and am unwilling to use them, however, since xylitol is considered an alternative sweetener, not artificial, I thought I’d give it a try.