How I Starved My Children

When I went into labor with my first child three weeks early, our plans for a home birth went out the window.  We rushed to the hospital, where I gave birth to a boy weighing 7 lbs, 9 oz and having some respiratory difficulty. The NICU doctor whisked him away, and I found him an hour later, encased in an incubator he seemed too big for, adjacent to another newborn who must have weighed less than three pounds.  That was[Read more]

The Hidden Blessing of Waiting

It’s been so long, I’m not quite sure where to begin.  Should I start with the funeral I attended today or with the stroke my mother had one month ago?  Should I share my ongoing concern for my son with Crohn’s, who has been suffering from a flare for over a week now?  Or, perhaps I should start on a happier note, with my recent writing success.  All I can say is that November was a whirlwind, and I am[Read more]

From Health to Holiness: A Shift in Focus

“Continually restate to yourself what the purpose of your life is.  The destined end of man is not happiness, nor health, but holiness.”  Oswald Chambers For the past two weeks, I have been on a journey to sugar-free, plant-based eating.  In yesterday’s post, I said that today I would share some of the books I’ve been reading to that end. Then, I came across the above quote last night, and everything shifted. I’m not giving up on eating well, but[Read more]

The Highs and Lows of Sugar-Free, Plant-Based Eating . . . With Kids

Today, it has been exactly two weeks since I began my sugar detox.  I guess I can’t really call it a detox anymore, though. It is now slowly becoming a way of life for me.  No one is more surprised than I am that I have made it this long without more than 20 grams of added sugar in 14 days (that’s from my sprouted grain bread, at 1 gram per slice, and a few trace elements elsewhere). Anyone who[Read more]

How to Survive a Sugar Detox, Day 5- Just the Beginning

I read somewhere that day five of a sugar detox is the magic day when it all starts to click.  Today, I found out that’s true! Last Day of Summer Vacation My first meal of the day was a bowl of Grape Nuts with unsweetened almond milk, which both tasted good and satisfied me. Since this is the last day of summer vacation for my boys, who head off to 4th, 6th, and 8th grade tomorrow (I’ll still be homeschooling[Read more]

How to Survive a Sugar Detox, Day 4- How Much Sugar Can I Have?

I started this detox on a whim, with no specific strategy, other than the determination to be free of sugar’s addictive hold on my body. Four days in and several Google searches later, I am beginning to see that there are countless ways to approach a sugar detox.  Today, I began researching just which route I plan to take. So far- with the exception of fruit, which I understand is off limits to many during a sugar detox- I have[Read more]

How to Survive a Sugar Detox, Day 3- The Church Picnic!

Today, I took on “The Church Picnic” and won!  Well, really, I think God just might have been looking out for me today, because for the first time ever, there was no dessert table!  Can you believe it?  At a church picnic! My wonderful friend and honorary grandparent to our children made the executive decision (weeks ago) not to have people bring desserts to this year’s picnic.  Instead, we were all responsible to bring a salad (fruit, veggie, leafy, pasta,[Read more]

How to Survive a Sugar Detox, Day 2

If you are just joining me, you can read about my first day and why I am doing a sugar detox here.  I started my day at 5 a.m. and drank a big glass of water while I read my Bible, before heading out to fulfill some mandatory volunteer hours from 6-8:00 a.m. with my son (they are a requirement for playing soccer).  With five other volunteers, we cleaned up our local dump park after the Bodeans’ outdoor concert the[Read more]

How to Survive a Sugar Detox, Day 1

I’ve never been a smoker or done any drugs, and I have spent my life avoiding alcohol after growing up with an alcoholic parent.  However, there is one addiction that I have held onto tightly since childhood: sugar.  I love sugar in pretty much all of its forms: cereals, baked goods, candy, chocolate, etc., and I regularly consume it with abandon.  Until yesterday. After a week of delicious, processed, dessert-with-every-meal eating while on vacation, I came home to continue my[Read more]

How I’m Not Letting 10 lbs. Keep Me from Enjoying Summer

Summer weather has finally graced the northern tundra!  A couple of weeks ago, I eagerly pulled out my small bin of summer clothes, ready for my first day of wearing shorts.  I have a relatively limited wardrobe, so I was thankful to have inherited a few, timeless golf skorts from my aunt last year, which fit well and are very comfortable (no, I don’t play golf, but my fantasy self wishes I did).  I selected one and put it on,[Read more]