A while back I shared on Instagram that I've decided to become a gardener. (Basically get a little more involved in yard work than just mowing.) My hope was to plant a few flowers and start a small vegetable garden. Well, once my husband caught wind, his wheels started turning, too. So what started as a small venture into gardening. . . is now a full-blown backyard construction site. And not just our yard, the neighbour's, too. Three full dump trucks of soil removed and a couple more loads of rocks tampered down. . . and we've got ourselves the beginnings of some patios!
Somewhere between the typical nausea and exhaustion of pregnancy followed by the sleepless nights as a second-time mom, cooking went from being a favourite hobby to a dreaded chore last year. With that meant countless breakfast-for-dinners, Thai and Greek takeout nights, and hubby-stepping-up-in-the-kitchen meals during what felt like a one-year hiatus from the kitchen.
Then Fall came. The postpartum fog lifted along with my girl sleeping at more predictable times, and I started cooking from scratch and experimenting with new recipes once more. And I actually enjoyed it! I finally got out of my “just surviving” funk and into “thriving!” Hallelujah!
The best part? My sweet three-year-old starting paying me the cutest little compliments at dinner time...
Hi guys! Last week I launched my third year blogging at Beyond the Dinner Table with a post on four things to consider before quitting sugar or starting another restrictive diet. I felt refreshed after writing it as I’ve personally spent the last year reanalyzing the way I (and our culture) look at health and nutrition. The thought of NOT dieting and NOT eliminating some kind of “unhealthy” food is hard for most of us because society idolizes those who control their body through diets and weight loss... and shames those who don’t.
However, nutrition is so much more than counting macronutrients, eating superfoods, and burning calories. (And, it definitely isn’t about a perfect number on the scale.) Good nutrition stems from a healthy relationship with food, mind, and body. And, ultimately I believe that these healthy relationships begin with where we find our identity (...but please note this is based on my religious beliefs).
So that being said, if you’re like me and have done away with restrictive diets to focus on having healthy relationships with God, others, and yourself in 2018, here are some suggestions of what to do instead! After all, you’ll likely have a bunch more time and energy!
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.
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Hi! I'm Erin – a follower of Christ, imperfect wife, mama of two, registered dietitian, and independent Beautycounter consultant. Welcome to my blog where I write about intentional motherhood, intuitive eating, inspired discipleship, and whatever else I feel like! I'm so glad you're here.
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