I absolutely love the end of the day light that comes into our living room - unfortunately we haven't seen the sun in a very long time (we're hearing that this weekend it might make a comeback!). : )
It has been a good homemaking week so far. I keep crossing things off lists and you know I like that. I'm kind of taking a break from clearing things out and have been back in the kitchen again. I'm budgeting more this year for food (because I know that we've all noticed that prices are going up - again). I would rather cut back in other places and buy/cook healthier because I have noticed that it HAS been making a difference in our lives. I have been enjoying doing a lot of research and reading on nutrition and it takes me quite a long time to sit down and make the weekly menu and grocery list but it's something that I want to be a bit more serious about this year. I'm incorporating good, healthy, food into our days because I truly believe that food is medicine to the body.
What I'm finding with this careful planning and shopping, is that we tend to use everything up a lot better. I'm much more careful with leftovers - I don't cook anything new until the leftovers are eaten. Some recipes make quite a bit of food so the freezer is getting full and I'll appreciate that when I don't feel like cooking. Just a few things we've tried to incorporate:
*better breakfasts making sure that we add important collagen to our oatmeal and drinking kefir and adding fresh blueberries or blackberries
*having lunch being our main meal of the day because we still have things to do in the afternoon that will burn calories
*a light supper so that we don't have full stomachs in the evening
*making EVERYTHING from scratch - I still believe in having a stocked pantry with canned goods but even they have to be something that will be good for us
*buying more organic foods - the ones that really matter - if you eat the whole fruit or vegetable, buy organic (let this be the year that you grow some of your own). Coffee is the most highly sprayed food item on the planet - be VERY careful that you buy organic.
*more bone broth - if you buy it, make sure it's organic. If you make it, use only organic meat/bones. Bone broth provides the important collagen that your body needs - I buy collagen powder to put in our oatmeal every morning (or smoothies on weekends) in case we don't have the bone broth.
Just doing a few small things at a time is better than doing nothing!!!!!!! Give up the obvious - if you're a soda drinker, stop. If you're used to buying ready made things that are high in sodium or sugar, start with one thing and make it from scratch instead. Then think about the next thing to give up and make from scratch. If you're a snacker, make sure that you have healthy options around like fresh fruit or nuts and seeds. Seriously. Making little changes will make big changes within you.
Again, as I've been working around the house I wrote things down as they came to mind so here are just a few:
*while cooking with onions, save the skins to dye fabric with
*the same with coffee grounds and tea bags - if you haven't done this, it's fun - it also works with paper
*when slicing up an apple, put the cores into a small saucepan, add cinnamon, cloves, and water and use this to simmer on the stove - smells really good, cozy, and homey
*when segmenting oranges, slice the rind and make candied orange rind - you can find this on-line - really a yummy treat!
...........what these things do is to help you in using the item up entirely. If we're going to spend more on our food, this makes us feel like we're getting more for our money.
*the other morning I had a small amount of apple cider vinegar in the shower and poured it over my hair after the final rinse. I left it on, combed it through, and dried it. What apple cider vinegar does is bring the natural pH level back that shampoos and conditioners can take out. The same with our skin - I rub apple cider vinegar on my skin to restore the pH there too. It's a refreshing feeling - but, again, make sure it's organic.
*in these winter months try to work with indoor plants - repot some that are outgrowing their pots to larger pots, buy new plants to add to the home's air quality. I bought new potting soil and when I opened it..........well, it smelled like summer!!! What a boost. And working with green plants helps us to feel better.
If you have pets make sure you read about the plants that won't harm them. Having a lot of plants in the house is one of the healthiest things you can do. I hope you will do this!!!
*You probably already know this, but never buy potting soil at the Dollar Store - it was my experience a couple of years ago that it was dirt, not soil - very disappointed.
Well, I think that's it for this evening. I'll keep working in the kitchen tomorrow as I have more things to cook and mixes to make for the pantry and I'll keep working on those lists. : ) I hope you will begin to incorporate healthy food into your meals if you haven't already. I hope you try new things in your home and keep learning. And then I hope you will be more conscious of what you can do this year in making healthy decisions with your own health, the health of your family, and the health of your home. Thanks SO much for dropping by!!!!!!! God bless. : )