I know it’s tempting. You’ve just taken down your Christmas decorations (and thrown the tree to the curb if you’re like us...) and the sight of any more gingerbread houses or thumbprint cookies makes your stomach churn. To top it off, the skinny jeans you are wearing feel a little tighter this morning. And then out of nowhere, your favourite blogger posts a sugar-free challenge and a Facebook friend boasts about the “life-changing” detox they are starting up this year. It must be a sign!
Now, before you jump on the bandwagon and completely remove every ounce of refined sugar (or gluten or dairy or grain) from your diet, let me first offer a few considerations for you to nosh on for just a bit.
Up until this week, the only vegetables my preschooler hadn’t turned his nose up at were cucumbers and green salads. It’s oddly difficult to admit this as a dietitian, because I feel as though my kids should be adventurous little eaters with Brussels sprouts and quinoa as favourite foods. (But I also know as a dietitian that’s just nonsense.) So what have mealtimes and snacks looked like in our home?
It’s that time of the year. Everyone is getting the stomach flu. You know—nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cramping, headache, and sometimes fever. Unlike true influenza, there’s no flu shot to prevent the stomach flu (also know by professionals as viral gastroenteritis). All you can do is practice serious hand washing and food safety… and avoid people with it. Well, with a two-year-old, that’s not always the easiest thing to do. In fact, my little guy brought it home twice in the past month, and obviously you can’t leave a child to fend for himself when a virus comes knocking on your door. Which means, this mama got her fair share of days hovering over the toilet, too.
So to celebrate saying farewell to our home’s stomach bug (for now), I’ve compiled info for the best remedies to help your household fight this winter nuisance.
As a child, one of my favourite vegetables was asparagus. Asparagus, a cousin to garlic, is one of those strange-looking green (sometimes white or purple) vegetables that send many kids running. Why did I like it? Well, I think it’s partly because I doused the steamed, green spears in salt and butter. But it's probably also because every Spring I helped my mom and dad scour the ditches along the Iowa highways for wild asparagus. As I got older, I was not as willing to help with this task (sorry, mom!), but I secretly enjoyed the scavenger hunt and the winnings that came with it. Although I haven’t been able to forage these gems in the last few years, I still like to add asparagus to anything when it’s in season: pastas, frittatas, salads, and so on. (And I may even enjoy grilling it on occasion with bacon wrapped around it…)
Well, it is official… I’ve started running again. As of twelve hours ago. I have always tried to stay active whether that be achieving step goals on my FitBit or participating in group exercise classes. But the last time I consistently stayed with a running plan? Probably high school. Back then I ran in cross country to stay fit, but I’ll have to admit, it was mostly just a social sport. Since then running hasn’t been at the top of my list for favourite things to do. So why, you may ask, am I starting to run again? Well, first of all, I miss the sense of accomplishment I feel after pushing myself through a run. Secondly, spring is here (even though it snowed this week), and I will take any excuse to spend time outdoors. And finally, a friend and I have signed up for a 5k at the end of May, and frankly, we don’t want to take last place!
Hello, I'm Erin – a follower of Christ, wife, mama of two, and registered dietitian. Welcome to my blog where I write about intentional motherhood, intuitive eating, inspired discipleship, and whatever else I feel like!
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