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Setting Goals

As you are contemplating the end of 2011 and the start of 2012 I’m sure you are thinking about goals.  This year we had a flourescent orange posterboard that we wrote our family goal of “Less Contention” on the top.  Then each of us set a goal and wrote it underneath. We then hung it by our bathroom and pantry where we could see it frequently.  Well in May I bought a large amount of food storage such as beans and rice and oats that were packaged in boxes and stacked in front of the poster and left for approximately 6 months when my husband got fed up with me kindly stashed it under the house for better storage.  All of a sudden there was our bright orange poster and all our goals I had forgotten about. Well less contention is still a goal and probably always will be with a house of 3 children.  My personal goal was to make healthier meal and snacks. WOW! I think I had done well with that goal! When I set that goal I had no intention of changing all of our habits and reading a life changing book (Nourishing Traditions).  I had prayed about the goal. I had asked my Heavenly Father to help me do better and to feed my family better.  I know there are foods that will help my son with ADHD. I was tired of my “food allergies” to milk and sugar.

English: milk is cool from olly claxton

Try raw milk

My sister had been very ill for one whole year and she talked to me often of what she was doing to change her health through food.  I thought it was really weird and way too hard at first. Then she talked to me about the benefits of raw milk.  I was intrigued by this since I had a naturpath tell me once that I was allergic to the pasteurization of the milk not the milk itself.  My sister challenged me to do my research. She encouraged me to read the Weston A Price website. I did and as I read I felt that this was the answer my family needed.  So the 2nd or 3rd week of January 2011 I bought raw milk instead of mixing up our usual powdered milk we had drunk for 2 plus years.  Then I read more and learned about the dangers of rancid oil which all canola, corn, vegetable oil in stores are.  So I bought coconut oil and used more butter.  I started reading labels and throwing everything away in my pantry that had bad oils or soy or sugar in it.       Which was everything in a box!

Within 2 weeks we had drastically changed the way we eat. Mainly more vegetables and fruits.  By June I was feeling so good.  My milk allergy was resolved. I no longer got stomach aches or stressed out when I drank milk.  I hadn’t eaten sugar or fast food since January.  We prayed about eating meat, chicken, & pork more sparingly and to eat more fish like salmon.  I felt even better. I had so much energy. I was in the kitchen a lot but I loved it!  I learned to make my own yogurt, tortillas, and to render my own lard.  Looking back on the past year I am amazed at how much we’ve all changed and how good we all feel.

People often ask me why I eat like this or why I made this huge change, I feel like God led me to do this for my family. It’s not just about taking chemicals, sugar, pesticides, processed foods out of your diet. It’s about putting food into your body that nourish it. It’s about feeding your soul not just your appetite. I don’t want to be sick like my sister and mom have been.  I don’t want my husband to die of a heart attack like my dad & his grandfather and I really don’t want cancer .  It’s attacking younger and younger people. It’s everywhere.  Why?  If I can prevent this now why not?

If you are wondering what your goal should be for the new year or wondering how you could make such a huge change in your life, start small. Pick one thing to start doing and do it for one week. Then pick another thing the next week and add it to your list.  You don’t have to be like me and change everything in a matter of months. But you will be surprised how good you feel and how much more energy you will have even if you just pick one or two things below.

Baby Steps

1. Read labels. Know what you are putting in your mouth.

2. Stop eating out, at least the fast food. Watch Food Inc. It will make you stop eating that poison.

3. Eat more fruits & vegetables. Sign up for Bountiful Baskets. If it’s in the house you’ll eat it. You can even order organic!

4. Find out why you should eat organic.  Learn about the dirty dozen and buy those 12  veggie/fruits organic but don’t worry about the rest if you can’t afford it.

5. Drink raw milk. There is live enzymes in raw milk that help your body digest it more easily. pasteurization kills germs but all the vitamins and nutrients as well.

6. Change your oils to coconut oil, butter, ghee, lard(that you render yourself) and olive oil. Don’t cook with olive oil though.

7. Eat more raw.  Raw veggies, & fruits have live enzymes that your body needs and are healing!  Try to have something raw with every meal.

8. Eat a good nourishing breakfast.  Try my pumpkin french toast or millet cakes to get more veggies in without noticing them.

9. Buy eggs from pasture-fed chickens.  There is a difference you will see it in the color of the bright yellow yolk.  You will get CLA and other vitamins and leave out the nasty soy and corn that they feed to those other chickens at the store.

10. Eat locally and in season.  If it’s winter you shouldn’t be eating strawberries unless you live in a climate that strawberries are growing.  Eating locally you can ask if the produce has been sprayed.  If it’s local then it’s fresher and has less time to lose vital vitamins and minerals.

11. Eat meat more sparingly. Cut out nitrates that are in sandwich meats, hot dogs, sausage, bacon and anything cured.

This is just a few baby steps you can take.  I’ll post more later. But for now hopefully this will encourage you to make some good changes in your life without feeling overwhelmed. You won’t believe how much better everything tastes until you try it.

Healthier Candy Recipes

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I came across this great post from The Nourishing Gourmet.  A bunch of candy recipes with unrefined sweeteners!! I am soooo excited! I am not a huge candy fan. I don’t even crave it usually, but I grew up making candy at Christmas time with my mom. She is seriously a professional at it. She used to give classes to ladies in our church every year. So my kids have now been raised with me making candy. Since this was a our first year of eating whole foods we were all a little worried about what I was going to do about the Christmas candy. Here is my answer!! Yeah!

1. Mock Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups: I created this recipe for my then 3-year-old daughter. They were an instant hit with both her and her friends.

2. The Easiest, Healthiest, Most Scrumptious Fudge Ever: The title says it all. This fudge is so much easier to make than traditional fudge and much healthier, too. I’ve made it with the more common sweetener, honey, with great results as well.

3. Nature’s Candy Bar (pictured at top): I called these Nature’s Candy Bar because they feature dates, which are rich in natural sugar. A chocolate coating doesn’t hurt either.

4. Candy Bar: This chocolate-covered candy bar looks amazing! I would recommend simply substituting the agave syrup in this recipe and the next with the less refined sweetener, honey.

5. Mock Mounds Bar: Mounds bars used to be my favorite candy bar. Now I can have a a healthier version guilt-free.

6. Cracker Toffee (pictured above): My daughter and I made this super easy recipe last year as part of our Christmas candy platter. They are rich, delicious and so easy.

7. Old-Fashioned Caramel Corn: I adapted my husband’s favorite caramel corn recipe from his younger years to only include unrefined sweeteners (no corn syrup here!) It is a certain favorite at parties.

8. Caramel Apples: This recipe uses cream and honey to create a rich caramel coating for apples. It’s perfect for this time of year.

9. Dairy-Free Caramel Apples: This recipe doesn’t use any dairy but a combination of honey and maple syrup. How delicious does that sound?

10. Honey-Sweetened Dark Chocolate Macadamia Nuts: These make a very special gift, and very yummy snacking.

11. Maple Magic Candy: All you need for this recipe is maple syrup. If you’ve ever had maple syrup candy before, you know how amazing it is.

12. Decadent Chocolate “Larabar” Truffles: (pictured above): These truffles were inspired by Larabars, but morphed into truffles; perfect as an afternoon pick-me-up.