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Thanks for stopping by! I'm young, I'm in love with my man, and I'm a mommy. We're busy, but happy. I'll share with you how to eat natural, healthy, whole foods while balancing family life! Learn to love your food, it will love you back!
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A little about our way of eating





I call my family's diet, "nutritious, natural, healthy eating." I use a ton of vegan recipes, however I won't say I'm 100% vegan, or vegetarian, or a total meat eater, I'd say I'm just a "True Health Eater"  I do have meat and other animal products from time to time. We typically eat 4-5 vegan/vegetarian meals a week, and the other few days I'll probably add some white meat chicken or turkey. Our diet is rich in nuts, seeds, TONS of fruits and veggies, whole grains and beans. And I love it!

When I first decided to eat this way and make it a whole family lifestyle change I was nervous. My husband was a meat and potatoes kinda guy, I had a barely three year old and a 6 month old...hmmm our society told me that I should just accept the fact that my kids will need to eat "kid food" aka chicken nuggets, corn dogs, and pizza, with a side of veggies or fruit, because what kid would eat quinoa with green veggies, or ask for a salad instead of pizza? Well despite all this we dove right into it, my husband went along with my diet shake up to "help me" meet my goals. My daughter turned up her nose at most of the leafy greans, my son, well he was barely eating solids so he was on a veggie diet anyway.

I didn't quit that is what is most important in feeding young kids. Studies say it takes 5-8 times of trying a new food to actually get a kid to like it. Well nearly a year later my daughter now asks for salad, broccoli, carrots, apples, whole grains etc. (The other day she turned down cotton candy and asked for cashews! BEAMING WITH JOY)  My son, still eats  good, avacodos, bananas, strawberries, and almond butter are his favorite things to eat, although he is kind of in the throw my food stage, and my husband now eats this way voluntarally since he "can always feel the difference of eating right vs. not eating right." And as for me, I've lost nearly 20 lbs and feel so passionate about this that it has turned into my delight to create something with no "bad" ingredients and watch my family gobble it up! I still get my loves, aka pasta, and creamy sauces, and I don't feel bad getting seconds.

It is very possible to feed families great tasting, healthy balanced meals. There is no rule saying we can't have HUGE portions of veggies, fruit, and grains and smaller portions of cheese and meat. Every recipe that I post has been tested on an almost four year old and 1 1/2 year old, and a husband!
I hope this blog can bring as much health and happiness into your life as it has brought into ours!

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