Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Hello! Remember Me ?

It has been quite a while since I last blogged.

With the holidays and work I just really have been too busy to bake any treats and I just lacked inspiration for what to write about.

But today, after a message from Shauna, I thought I should get back on the blogging bike.

Health has been on my mind a lot, not that mine is failing, but just trying to do the best I can for my family and ensure that we are eating the best foods we can.

This all started 3 weeks ago when my Sunday school started a series entitled The Seven Pillars of Health by Dr. Don Colbert.

Each week you discuss a new pillar:

Week 1: Water
Week 2: Sleep and Rest
Week 3: Living Food
Week 4: Exercise
Week 5: Detoxification
Week 6: Nutritional Supplements
Week 7: Coping with Stress

What I have gleaned so far is that:

  • Your water should be alkaline (ph of 7 or better)
  • You should drink half of your weight in ounces each day (i.e. 150 pounds should drink 75 oz of water). 
  • Alkaline water keeps everything on the inside balanced.  

Well this started me to thinking stressing that I wasn't drinking enough water and that I was also drinking the wrong type of water.

I spent days researching filters (carbon, alkaline, and reverse osmosis) and then stepped back and though I should work on consuming enough water and have the water tested before I go off the deep end and buy all sorts of filters that we might not need.

The next pillar on sleep and rest didn't give me any concern as I really do get enough sleep.  So this lesson didn't add any stress to me.

Moving on to living food...well that was a different story.
I thought I would have this pillar licked (metaphorically speaking).

I love food and take strides to make myself more educated about it all the time, but reading about ways that you can make living nutritious food dead sent me into a panic (basically steam, stir fry, or raw is the only way to go with vegetables so that they don't lose their vitamins and minerals).

I know we can't go raw with our diet, my children would pack up and leave home, but I have been way over analyzing everything we do.

I am trying to find a way to talk myself down off this ledge so I decided to write a post on it.

Not to make you all worry more but just to share my neurotic side, who doesn't enjoy a good crazy person every now and then.

Well I feel a little better having shared this and hopefully you will come back and read future posts (I promise I will share some yummy food and a book review).

Thanks Shauna for your gentle reminder!

Have a wonderful Tuesday all of you.


  1. Hi Rachel. I've been reading lots of comments on FB and Twitter about healthy eating lately and I'm starting to wonder whether people are getting a wee bit too obsessed with it. I'm concerned that the amount of stress people are feeling over their food choices could cause more ill health than the food itself!!! Just reading the comments on FB/Twitter left me feeling quite low... which is not like me at all. I'm going to steer clear of this kind of health scare stuff in future.
    I know lots of people in their 80s and 90s who are as fit as fiddles and eat a meat & 2 veg diet. (What they don't eat is highly processed foods which seems to be the big food baddie).
    I want Lil L' to grow up with a positive attitude to food (which he's already showing) and with the ability to make food choices that are good for his health, the environment and for the sake of all living beings.
    Please don't get stressed about what we should or shouldn't be eating. I'm sure the mantra 'everything in moderation' is probably still a good one to follow ;)

  2. I would rather someone be too concerned than not enough Rachel. I feel I am a good balance, I drink tap water but also love veggies, grains and try to stay away from processed food and excess sugar. Sometimes I buy organic, sometimes not. I just try and do the best I can and incorporate good habits into my kids life without driving them crazy :)

    Still enjoying the biscotti you sent. I stuck it in the freezer and every few nights I'll have one with some hot chocolate, I love how crunchy it is, so good. You're a sweet concerned mother and I think you're doing great.

  3. I've been eating mostly real food for the last year and since January 1st have cut out almost all processed foods. It has made such a huge difference. When I tell people that I don't eat processed foods, they always ask what I do eat. Just natural foods...fruits, vegetables, all-natural meat, etc. I just stay away from things made in a factory. And honestly, most of the food is much tastier, just as inexpensive and convenient as "convenience" foods...except they do more for our bodies. I don't obsess over my food, I just like to be as aware as possible as I can be. My blog has a bunch of healthy and delicious recipes if you are interested in checking them out http://www.myrealfoodfamily.wordpress.com.

  4. That Sunday school class sounds really informative! Probably too informative for people like you and me! ;o) I can drive myself crazy with stuff like that, too. Judging by what I know about your habits, I'd say you're already doing a fantastic job! Try not to stress yourself out too much...you'll have to wait until week 7 of the class to get any help with that.

    I'm like your kids - raw veggies make me gag. I wish they didn't, though.