I get a lot of emails from people asking for help regarding diet, homeschool, and alternative medicine. I wish that I was as much of an expert as my friends and acquaintances seem to think but sadly I'm not. But with the help of my readers, I bet we can really start to help people. So I've decided to start posting these emails here and then you, my dear readers, can help give a bit of a different perspective because who really wants to hear from just me all of the time?
Today's email is from a friend who is obviously not only eating junk food but also smoking crack because she cannot possibly be anything but gorgeous, even if I've not seen her in a little while. (Ahem! Hint hint). But as a busy homeschool mom of three, I can certainly relate to her predicament. As a matter of fact, I probably need to brainstorm this exact issue and to come up with a plan of action in this department for myself. Let's see what she has to say.
Mandddddiiiieeeeee Help Meeeeeeeeeeeeee!
I have been a total slob in the eating department- processed food, sugary junk, ect... I feel AWFUL and i don't know where to start eating right again! My body looks awful, feels awful in clothes (even though I run like a madwoman every week) and I am grumpy, less creative, sluggish... I need your help! Where do I start again? I love eating healthy... what the heck happened to me? Help help help!
While I've not fallen completely off the healthy eating bandwagon myself, I could certainly use some fine tuning. Here's my advice to my friend and to myself as well!
1. First of all, don't buy the junk food! You don't need it. Your kids don't need it. No one needs it. And an amazing thing I've learned is that when it's not in the house, it's impossible to eat it!
2. Find a couple of hours every week to prepare healthy snacks. If this means staying up late then stay up late. I know we are busy moms and finding an extra couple of hours sounds like an impossible challenge but it will save you time in the long run. I like to buy baby carrots, already cut and washed broccoli, celery, sugar snap peas. Make organic almond butter and preserves sandwiches and freeze them. You can take them out as you need them.
3. Have plenty of fruit on hand. If you have been running out (like I do) you either should buy more or go to the store more often.
5. Trader Joes sells individuals packs of raw trail mix and raw almonds. Buy them and keep them in the fridge. They are so nice and easy to grab when you are on the go.
6. Visit the farmer's market on a weekly basis. Here you can find great deals on healthy foods. Finally, a place that allows us poor people to afford the good stuff!
7. Keep it simple. I had some great pals over the other day and we munched on some simple, yummy, filling, and healthy snacks. My friend sliced mozzerella cheese and tomatoes and put a piece of each together. Those were gone in no time. I sliced a cucumber and topped each slice with a little goat cheese, salt, and olive oil. Yummy!
8. Popcorn. Seriously, even the organic is dirt cheap. It's high in fiber, fills you up, keeps you regular (snort) and is a great blank canvas (I like to add melted Earth Balance, salt, cayenne, agave nectar, and cinnamon. One of my friends loves to make it with just spices like oregano, garlic, and salt.)
Okay, readers, now it's your chance! Comment with some of your tips for my poor friend :). I just know that she can get back on track and feeling amazing in no time!