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Hello all - I've moved! Please do come over and visit me at the new site: The Simple Poppy I'm still messing about, but it's up and running and subscribers should recieve the blog as usual! Thanks for reading, Terra Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2011 at The Simple Poppy
Hi Megyn, I'm glad you're enjoying the blog! I think most of us like processed crap. In our house I've pretty much weeded out that kind of stuff, but we are still loving pretty hard on cereal bars, which, as you so rightly pointed out, are organic, but nutritionally value-less. I'm not sweating the small stuff. I've found for our family that our real problem lies not in eating crap food, but in not eating enough plant food - we eat too much bread! Thanks for reading!
Toggle Commented Aug 25, 2011 on Food Musings at The Simple Poppy
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Pottery class sounds like loads of fun. I've been scouring etsy for a perfect bowl for my one bowl eating. I thought about getting everyone their own special bowl because I love that idea - but it's expensive and I'm not sure how many of us can be trusted not to break beautiful pottery. Ahem. Maybe when the squirt is older!
Toggle Commented Aug 19, 2011 on Food Musings at The Simple Poppy
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Hi Philosophotarian, there are certain things I appreciate about WAPF also - I definitely believe that animals should eat what they were intended to eat, both for their own health, but also and especially if we choose to partake in animal foods. That just makes sense to me. I knew when I discovered and read about them that I would never follow it because I don't believe their core philosophy involving animal products, BUT there is no sense in throwing the baby out with the bath water! When someone says something that you feel is right, you don't have to believe everything else they say. You bring up something that bothers me a lot about healthier eating habits; it's not always available to those who don't have money. I know that if my family were true omnivores, we'd probably still be eating almost exactly the same way because I cannot imagine being able to afford pastured organic meat more than maybe once a month. As it is, I have to choose between organic and non organic as well as getting vegetables that go farther than something expensive and delicious, like asparagus. Sometimes it seems like the elite are the only one's who can afford to better their lives. Thanks for reading!
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2011 on Food Musings at The Simple Poppy
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Hi Tali! Wow, your enthusiasm is obviously catching, as they say, if it impressed your boyfriend enough to change his diet too! I must be doing something wrong! My husband and I grew up vegetarian, and we eat as I've described in my post, but he's unwilling to try anything too off the beaten path, like a cleanse or cutting out wheat. While I'm not glad everyone seems confused about what's healthy, I'm grateful to know I'm not the only one. I feel more and more confident about making choices based on how I FEEL rather than what someone else says or what I read. It's so great that you feel transformed by your diet, and now you get to share that with your partner! I love your last line - so true!
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2011 on Food Musings at The Simple Poppy
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Hi Louisa - I have found people are defensive about this also, which is part of the reason why I didn't ever announce my quasi-vegetarianism unless I had to. I don't believe in lambasting people about their food decisions, as you mentioned, it's very polarizing and to my mind, completely unnecessary. We all make choices all day long, all year long, all life long, that will differ from other people's because WE ARE DIFFERENT! I find your story about eating more fruit similar to what other people have said. Even after years of eating mindfully, people can change one thing and suddenly realize that they feel much better! Amazing! I know that when I recently cut out wheat, added more fruit in the form of smoothies, I felt and looked fantastic. I can't keep that up all the time, but it's a good indication of the direction I should work towards. Thanks so much for commenting, Louisa!
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2011 on Food Musings at The Simple Poppy
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Hi Heidi - I can't believe you're going vegan while your husband is a butcher! Must be awfully hard, what does he think? Your garden meal sounds delicious, maybe it makes up for the meat you're not eating? I'm reminded of Mark Bittman (the food writer) who had some health problems and decided to go vegan for breakfast and lunch, but not dinner. He couldn't give up meat because food is his living and he has to try different things, but he found that his health improved remarkably just going vegan for those two meals. There's all kinds of option out there! I too, love the one bowl philosophy, I've been intending to start it myself, but with our kitchen a mess and we only have one bowl now after a lot of breakage, the toddler has first dibs on it! Francine's book is the best - I'm so glad it's making such a difference in people's lives - I know it did in mine! Thanks for reading and commenting, Heidi.
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2011 on Food Musings at The Simple Poppy
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Hey Kerri - I know, it IS confusing! I think you have to listen to your body and figure out what you are drawn to. And, as others have mentioned, that might change over time as you acclimate to a healthier diet. The only thing I think about with the Primal or Traditional diets, which I mentioned above, is the sheer amount of meat eaten. I think some people can handle it, other people genetically can't. I've known people in their mid 20's eating this way who end up having very high cholesterol and having to rethink it. I mean, bacon several times a day! Maybe if you try what appeals to you most and see how you feel. It's really hard to know what's right for you from a study, but at some point your body WILL tell you! Good luck!
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2011 on Food Musings at The Simple Poppy
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Hi Karma, I agree with you about studies. I mean, I do read some, but I've dismissed many others. I think I learned my lesson with the soy! Also, as you say, there are too many variables involving not only the individual person but also where they live etc. for one diet to work for everyone. For a long time I was very dedicated to eating no meat and eggs at all, as well as going through an 8 year period of veganism. Then I started to get interested in Ayurveda, which bases food selections around a person's core body type and realized that good dairy would benefit me. After I had children I began to crave fish, so I eat that on occasion too. I'm done labeling myself! I'm happy following my instincts, as you say. Thanks for commenting.
Toggle Commented Aug 17, 2011 on Food Musings at The Simple Poppy
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Hi Kim, you bring up a great point - things change! Our bodies and circumstances change, sometimes being a vegan is what saves our health and then we realize sometime later than we need other items or vice versa. I think for the person on a typical American diet, their system is probably overwhelmed and any step in a healthful direction is good. Once you've been eating relatively well, you can then find out what your particular needs are - I guess how you discovered your grain problem! I went over to your site - your story is inspiring! I find it so sad that at the young age of 40 your doctors told you what you were going through was normal and handed you a prescription. Where is the prevention in this country?!?! People at 40 can and should be vibrant and healthy! You look great, too.
Toggle Commented Aug 17, 2011 on Food Musings at The Simple Poppy
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Hi Ladycopper, I think the WAPF is on the right track with several things, but I would say that the sheer quantity of meat and dairy, as well as their avowal that high cholesterol isn't bad is my main issue with them. And yes, saying that a vegetarian mom's breastmilk is so lacking compared to an omnivore's that she should give baby homemade formula is just irresponsible, among other things. We use raw milk (love) and I completely know what your talking about with the cod liver oil. There have been extensive studies proving that the omega 3's in fish oil can dramatically help mood disorders, even major ones such as bi-polar. A close family member was helped by it, and my mom is always hounding me to take it for my um issues ...OCD and anxiety. And what a great way to make your food choices - definitely cuts out a lot of crap, since most of us aren't whipping up batches of corn syrup in our kitchen!
Toggle Commented Aug 17, 2011 on Food Musings at The Simple Poppy
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I think that Michael Pollan quote is words to live by! I also like his little reminder to not eat anything your great grandmother wouldn't recognize - very helpful, especially when shopping with the kids. I mostly cook from scratch also, because it's better for us, more environmentally sound (less packaging), and frugal. I definitely think that for us it's part of simple living. And I'd love to make my own jams and pickles, I missed out on preserving this year because my kitchen is being remodeled, but I have hopes for next year. Thanks for commenting!
Toggle Commented Aug 17, 2011 on Food Musings at The Simple Poppy
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Food is such a complicated and touchy subject. At some point in the quest for simple living, the subject of what to eat will come up. People often make judgements about someone's lifestyle by how they eat, just as they do with raising children, watching television, keeping a supply of reusable bags ready to go, driving a hulk vs. a compact, or anything else. It can be used as a sort of barometer about where our mindfulness lies. Of course, people are quite often wrong about these stereotypes, but it doesn't stop them making them - and food can be... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2011 at The Simple Poppy
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Hi Erin, I've heard of altered books - it does sound like a great project, especially for kids - I bet the campers loved it! Yes, the whole inability to do anything creatively when you've got kids is a real struggle. And I home-school, meaning THEY NEVER LEAVE THE HOUSE, ha ha. I've been trying to think of projects and ways to help them be happy WITHOUT me. I know it's possible, I just don't know how yet. But I have to hold onto my belief that I'm not put here to solely entertain them - it's just finding the right solution. Good luck, I imagine it's a difficult transition to start working outside the house again after raising babies!
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I've found that the guy who writes A Big Creative Yes really hits the nail on the head with how people procrastinate towards creating. I've really enjoyed reading through his archives; I find myself nodding and saying "yes!" a lot :)
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Thanks Victoria! The pudding tasted great too!
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Yeah, the tile is gorgeous - it's just getting over this initial phase where I have to dig grout out of everything that is making me crazy!
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Hi Ladycopper5 (and might I say, a very cool screen name!) I got off FB last year. Email I use and like, FB just seemed like an exercise in pointlessness for me personally. What a great idea to have a penpal as an adult. I didn't realize they had sites for that - pretty neat. Also, I totally agree about the fascinating lives bit, I think FB and Twitter have proved that people do not need to be communicating every piece of their life: Ate pizza. Constipated. Car broke down. Need milk. Had fight with BF. Thanks for commenting!
Toggle Commented Aug 2, 2011 on The Letter Box at The Simple Poppy
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Hi Katie, I don't know what half of texting shorts mean either! I do like email, and I really don't mind texting a little, but it's certainly not special, as you say. I love the idea of writing letters to your kids; I think I remember Amanda Soule (SouleMama) saying she and her husband wrote love letters to their children on their birthdays - so sweet! I've always loved Jane Austen. I'm convinced that people who don't like her either don't like to read or cannot grasp how subtle and biting her wit really is. A truly great writer. Thanks for commenting!
Toggle Commented Aug 2, 2011 on The Letter Box at The Simple Poppy
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Our goal of having the kitchen finished by August died an expected, but painful death as The Simple Man and I looked at each other in quiet desperation over the weekend and saw the truth in each others eyes. The largest projects are finished, but as anyone who has ever remodeled knows, there are numerous smallish tasks to do before it is totally complete. A partial list (I know, so boring): Attach and paint windows/doors trim Paint touch ups Outlets Ceiling Fan/Overhead light Range hood (this took finagling and will take more finagling to look right) Endless wiping of floor... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2011 at The Simple Poppy
Hi Erin! I totally agree with the mind boggling-ness of cards. I once (or possibly several times) received a Barbie birthday card in my late teens from relatives. I kept thinking, "They DO KNOW I'M 19, right?!?!) I don't get or write many letters either. It's just the way life has become. I don't think I'd have the time to sit and write much either, but then again maybe that's because I don't prioritize it, and I mostly don't because I know I wouldn't be getting any back! People just don't necessarily love to write like that anymore! Yes, I love looking at the handwriting. And all my grandparents are in their 80's, so I'm not going to have them forever - keeping the cards and letters is a good way to preserve them for me. And Erin, I cannot believe you don't keep letters?!?! I would definitely peg you as a letter saver! Blogging can be like letter writing; maybe that's why so many do it?
Toggle Commented Jul 29, 2011 on The Letter Box at The Simple Poppy
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Oh Maureen, not everything is about you! Joking! Of course I'm talking about you - the card from you was so sweet and our friendship was so new. I love that the girls are writing to each other and I'm always amazed by the random hilariousness as well as variety in their letters. I hope when they are our age they are still writing or live closer together! Love you too. ...and yez...u r prbly rite...no punc...lol
Toggle Commented Jul 29, 2011 on The Letter Box at The Simple Poppy
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A quick sketch of me, done by my Grandfather when I was five Let's imagine what "the collected letters of so and so" would look like if email, texting, and social media had existed for hundreds of years. The Emails and Text Messages of Vincent Van Gogh met awesum prosty. she feeds me. theo. yo. crap... ear still jacked up - c u soon Select Emails from Jane Austen met this really cute guy. lol. think he lives over the way. gonna tryn c if i can get new frock. am writing new story, i think it sucks. try to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2011 at The Simple Poppy
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Hi Tali, your job sounds very cool. I can see why you'd feel conflicted about it - though doing art with kids is always good, whether their parents paid big money just to keep up with the Jones or not. For me, I think there are ways of achieving a unique and creative birthday (or any kind of gathering) without much money or stuff. Thanks for wishing my big girl happiness and thanks for commenting!
Toggle Commented Jul 26, 2011 on A Minimal Birthday at The Simple Poppy
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Thanks Trish, I hope they feel lucky!
Toggle Commented Jul 26, 2011 on A Minimal Birthday at The Simple Poppy
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