Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sickness-YUCK!


My family has been sick for the better part of a week with a cold, and just as I was starting to think I might miss this one, I got hit with it!

I suppose it is the time of year and I have definitely heard of tons of people coming down with a cold or flu but still.... I was hoping I would miss it just this once. I think that's hard to do when you give your husband a kiss goodnight and then immediately remember that he's sick, or when you are talking to your beautiful daughter (who has a constant stream coming out of her nose) and she sneezes right in your face. I guess thinking logically about this, I was bound to get it even though I was eating well, exercising, taking my vitamins and supplements, there is just sometimes when a body gets wore down from work, stress, or any number of everyday issues.


So now that I'm not feeling great here is my plan-

1. Rest as much as possible (at least for today!)

2. Drink plenty of Echinacea/Elderberry tea, water- maybe I'll put a little Apple Cider Vinegar and a tiny bit of (organic, raw) honey in it and warm it up!

3. Take plenty of Vitamin C, cold and flu homeopathic remedy, and of course my regular vitamins and supplements which includes a good dose of Vitamin D.

4. Rub oregano oil on my throat, glands, and chest

5. Eat delicious homemade chicken soup and other very healthy foods!


That's pretty much the plan for today, we'll see how the rest of the week goes :)

Have any tried and true things that help you or your family when sickness comes to your house?

We'd love to hear them!


Monday, October 18, 2010

Does It Cost A Fortune To Eat Healthy?


It's a common thought held by many that it costs too much to eat healthy.


Although we ate semi-healthy, when my daughter was born we started eating as much fresh, organic, local, and healthy food as we can get our hands on (It seems having children changes you in more ways than you can even think of :), and it seemed like my grocery bill was getting higher every time I left the grocery store! I knew I had to figure something out because I wasn't willing to give up healthy food but I was spending more in groceries than my budget was allowing. It took some time to find different recipes, learn about foods I wasn't familiar with, and slowly but surely get away from packaged foods that I thought were convenient. Even though they were mostly organic, the packaged foods are still not fresh or cost effective!

For those of you that are interested in food that is good for you and doesn't break the bank you may want to read this article. http://www.naturalnews.com/030058_food_costs.html

It has some basic ideas that can give you a starting point.
Keep in mind also that it may take some time to totally change your way of eating and grocery buying. Any thing you want to change will be a journey and sometimes you will take baby steps, sometimes leaps and bounds. Either is ok as long as you keep learning and moving forward! :)


P.S. A great website to help you find health food stores, farm markets, and farmers in your area is www.localharvest.org

Sunday, October 10, 2010