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]

McMuffin or StudMuffin: The Choice is Yours

mcdonalds-all day breakfast menu

Today, McDonald’s unfolds a new initiative: the All Day Breakfast Menu.  Now, by popular demand, their 27 million daily U.S. customers can enjoy many of their trans fat laden, high sodium and syrup infused breakfast delights any time of the day.  I will not be one of them. THE LINE Each morning when I leave my local gym,  I see the same thing: the line.  At 6:15am, the McDonald’s drive-thru line reaches around the building. Every. Day.  My heart sinks[Read more]

What’s for Dinner? June Meal Plans

I got the best email yesterday.  It was from Springdale Farm, our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), stating that our first delivery would be on June 2nd, two weeks earlier than planned!  Woo hoo!  These early boxes are light as air, filled mainly with lettuces, but that is just fine by me, because, as I told you in a previous post, “Salad is the main dish.”  All this talk of fresh produce got me motivated to look through my binder for[Read more]

Three Steps to Healthy Eating

Welcome back to our series on Life’s Essential Ingredients.  We have covered Workouts and Worship, Homeschooling, and Writing 500 Words Daily.  Today, we are looking at how to plan and prepare healthy meals.5. Plan and Prepare Healthy Meals. Two years ago, I watched the documentary “Forks Over Knives,” and it has forever changed the way I view food. Immediately, I gave up meat, dairy and sugar.  It was a hard week, but I was determined never to go back to[Read more]