A Life In Progress

Foodies February 25, 2008

Filed under: Healthy Eating,Weight Loss — jdalsin @ 8:13 pm

Welp.

We reconsidered.  And as of today we’ve decided to try out a pescetarian (basically a vegetarian that eats seafood) lifestyle.  We are excited about the changes and I really don’t think it’s going to be that difficult since we already have quite a bit of seafood in our diets.  We are going to try our best to stick to it this month but we may consider eating chicken if we are starving, sick of fish, etc.  😉

 Why?

#1 – The main reason is to improve our health.  Meat contains hormones, antibiotics, toxins, etc.  Plus, and this is a very general statement, you really can’t go too unhealthy with a pescetarian diet.  Of course you can.  But what I’m trying to say is if you go to a restaurant, for example, the vegetarian and seafood dishes are generally healthier/leaner than anything containing meat- burgers, chicken fingers, etc.

#2- I’ve been a little grossed out lately.  Ground beef being the main source of my turning stomach.

#3- Animals that are raised to be eaten are treated pretty cruelly.  Search YouTube for a video called Meet Your Meat and you’ll see what I mean. 

Those reasons are listed in order.  Health.  What I can stomach lately and last, those poor little animals.  Many of you may gasp is disgust at me but I’m not an animal lover.  I can’t imagine that we’ll ever own a pet even.  While I don’t like seeing an animal being mistreated, I am by no means an animal rights activist.

I ran the idea past Abby.  Our conversation was hilarious.  It went like this:

“Abby, starting next week we aren’t going to be eating meat any more.”

Starts whimpering and whining (which is pretty typical these days): “But I LOVE meat.”

“What? I don’t think that you do.  You hardly ever eat your meat at dinner.”

“Well …. I love meatballs.”

“We aren’t going to eat meatballs on our spaghetti anymore.”

In a really loud shrieky voice: “Yes I AM going to eat meatballs.”

I glance in the rearview mirror as I prepare to break the news to her that I’m sure will win her over.

“Abby? Do you know what meatballs are made of?”

“Yes. Meat.”

“Do you know that meatballs are made out of cows?”

A look of pure horror covers her face.

“Are you just kidding?”

“Nope.”

“Meatballs are made of dead cows.”  (Gross, I know.  But it’s true.)

“I don’t want to eat dead animals …. but …. I really love meatballs.”

“What if Mommy makes you meatballs that don’t have cows in them?”

“O.K.! You will make me special meatballs?”

“For sure! We are going to try all sorts of new foods.”

“O.k. I won’t eat meat with you any more.  That’s gross.”

Then I reached into the backseat and we did a high five.  😉

In other food news, we’ve discovered a few yummy food finds that I wanted to share here. Pick them up from the store if you are looking for something new and/or a healthier alternative to what you may be using at home.

HealthyWay Organic Sprouted Grain Bread & Tortillas- YUM! Check out the benefits of sprouted grains here: http://www.naturaltherapypages.com.au/article/Benefits_Sprouted_Grains

Steel cut oats for breakfast.  Takes about 10-15 minutes to prepare.  Really tasty with a sprinkle of brown sugar.

We’ve been trying to phase out the peanut butter and bring in the almond butter.  It’s great on the above mentioned sprouted grain bread.

We picked up a jug of organic milk. Truth be told, I don’t really like the taste all that much. Not sure if we’ll continue with that one.  Plus it’s pricey.  A 2L of regular milk costs $1.89 at the store we shop at.  The same size organic milk costed us $4.98.

I’ve got a crying little girl upstairs so I have to run!

 

(Micro)Waving Goodbye February 20, 2008

Filed under: Around the House,Healthy Eating — jdalsin @ 3:41 pm

We’ve said goodbye to our microwave.  Almost.

We’ve never been big microwavers.  I’m guessing it got used maybe two or three times a week for things like melting butter and that’s about it.  We use our oven for reheating all leftovers from lasagna to pizza to whatever, making nachos and the like.  We use our cooktop for making quesadillas, reheating soups and making popcorn. So really, getting rid of the microwave won’t/hasn’t been too hard for us.

For now we’ve moved it to basement and have used it maybe once or twice when we’ve needed something heated in a hurry.  When I suggested to Jordan that we get rid of the microwave, his only concern was how we’d melt butter for our popcorn.  🙂  The other night when he whipped some popcorn up for us in a big pot on the stove, he even melted the butter in a little saucepan.  By the end of the month, I’d like the microwave gone all together.  Slowly, we are phasing it out of our lives.

Why? Because it’s white and clashes with our new black appliances.  Kidding.  Although there is truth to that.

But really, it’s because microwaving food zaps most of food’s nutrients.  A 2004 study done on the health benefits of broccoli found that, when microwaved, broccoli lost between 57% and 97% of it’s nutrients. That’s crazy! Why bother eating it when all that’s left is 3% of what’s good about it?  True, all cooking methods deplete the nutrition in food but steaming, for example, only destroy 10% or less of nutrients.  Raw is best, of course.

In our (too) crazy (too) busy world everything is about speedy and convenience.  You can go to the fresh produce aisle and get a bunch of fresh, nutrient packed broccoli for $2.00 or you can go the frozen food section and get a plastic bag full of broccoli that you are supposed to cook in the microwave for double the cost.  It’s too bad that when the going gets busy, the first thing to go is our health, our nutrition, the way we prepare food when really, the food we eat is what fuels everything else we do in our entire day.  Makes little sense to me.

Plus, what the heck is microwaving? Here’s one definition from an online dictionary:

“A microwave oven, or microwave, is a kitchen appliance that can come in many different sizes and styles employing microwave radiation primarily to cook or heat food.”

um… microwave radiation?  Check this link out if you want to know more about the electromagnetic waves that “cook” your food: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microwave. Spooky.

So that’s it.  We are thisclose to being done with the microwave.  Something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time.  Done.

 

Veggin’ Out February 13, 2008

Filed under: Healthy Eating — jdalsin @ 1:02 pm

Jordan and I have been talking about becoming vegetarian.  I’ve been a little grossed out by meat lately. Mainly ground beef.

We started talking about if we would want to become vegetarians.

We then decided we’d for sure still eat fish and seafood.

And M & M’s Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts.

And neither of us know if we’d be able to endure a summer sans bbq’ed cheeseburgers. 

Or the odd steak.

So, we aren’t going to be vegetarians.

What we are going to do is try to eat a lot more vegetarian meals.  Right now we probably have 2 or 3 vegetarian suppers a month.  We’d like to boost that to 10 and then go from there.  And we’ll probably still steer clear of the ground beef.  Not that we’d reject it if we were served it at someone’s house for dinner, just that we won’t be tossing it in our own shopping cart for awhile.  😉

So, does anyone have any magnificient vegetarian recipes?  Suggestions of cookbooks that might have some simple, delicious meal ideas?

 

Article on Chemicals in Baby Shampoos, Lotions, Powders February 4, 2008

Filed under: Around the House,Going Green — jdalsin @ 12:45 pm

Thought this article may interest some of you:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22979800/?Gt1=10856

 

A Little Victory February 2, 2008

Filed under: Around the House,Going Green — jdalsin @ 10:01 pm

This may seem like a small deal to some, but since Jordan and I work pretty hard at waste reduction this was a little victory for us.

Tuesday was garbage day and we didn’t have a single bag of garbage.  Not one! Our garbages in the house were all about half full but I think that is pretty fantastic! Cloth diapering was a big factor in that one.  We usually have one large garbage bag or two kitchen sized bags a week of total trash from the house.

Anyway- it’s always nice to have some physical evidence that your attention and work is paying off!