Feeding Our Lives has a Facebook Page

Despite years of protesting Facebook, I have finally given in and created a Facebook Page for the sake of my business.

I was at dinner the other night when a friend was shocked to find out I had started my business. Her very first question was: "Are you on Facebook so I can follow you?"

When I told her "no," she promptly informed me as to all the reasons I must create a Facebook page to make it easier for my readers to follow me.

So, if you're inclined, feel free to "follow me" or "like me" or some other Facebook term that I don't yet really understand while I try to figure how this whole social media craze works. And please, oh please, have patience with me as I stumble navigating through Facebook!

I've made it really easy (I hope/think...really y'all, I don't know what I'm doing!!!):

A Funny List of Why Kids Won't Eat Dinner

(Photo By: Carl Milner)

I was reading the Huffington Post recently and saw a blog post by 'Lunch Box Dad'. He listed out 39 reasons why his son won't eat his dinner....a conversation I had just had with my daughter the night before!

My daughter is in a phase where, it seems, ANYTHING I cook she hates....unless, as she informed me, it's pancakes or baked potatoes.


In my brain, I was screaming: "You're the daughter of a person trying to start a business of healthy eating!!!! Those two foods CANNOT meet all your food needs!!!!" 

Out loud, I turned into my mother: "Well, that's what's for dinner and starving children around the world would be grateful...no ELATED...over that plate of food so please try to eat it."

At the end of dinner, she said: "Hmmm....I forgot that I like spaghetti with meat sauce."

If you're a parent, go read the 'Lunch Box Dad' blog post; I think you'll find it funny!

Does food impact your mood?

(Photo By: Janna Wages)

Yes, according to a report by NPR: Food-Mood Connection: How You Eat Can Amp Up Or Tamp Down Stress.

The executed summary of the article, which is a summary of a few journal articles, is this: 

the foods you eat impact your mood due to the various nutrients, minerals, sugars, and proteins in them; unfortunately, when you are stressed, you tend to reach for foods that are high in carbs and sugars, which most likely reduces your ability to deal with the stress that caused you to eat those foods in the first place. Foods that are beneficial to you handling stress include, but are not limited to, pumpkin seeds, sardines, eggs, salmon flax seeds, swiss chard, and dark chocolate.

What the article does not cover is how to train yourself NOT to reach for the foods that make it harder to cope with stress. The most successful solution I have for that is this: meal plan, grocery shop, and cook. Basically, if you only have healthy options in your home, you can't reach for the unhealthy options as easily. 

Eventually, your body learns that the healthy foods make it feel better, and you don't want the refined foods nearly as much...beware, though, this transition can take a few months.

I'm going to go have my kale smoothie now.

What does "Natural," in regards to food, mean?

Almost Nothing.

(My tiny kitchen table after a grocery shopping trip)

If you find yourself trying to choose between two jars of applesauce in the grocery store and one says "natural" and the other one doesn't, does "natural" really mean anything?

No, not really. 

If you are looking for truly natural food to eat, try to stick to the outer-edges of the grocery store and buy things that are not in packages. That's the best way to start moving your household to eating naturally!

Cover of Time Magazine: The Truth About Fat

I grew up in the height of the low-fat diet craze. Actually, it wasn't really a diet; it was touted as just a way of life. One of TIME magazine's cover stories last month is about how the push to lower fat in our diets from doctors and scientists did not work to improve American's health.

(Interview with Editor of TIME on CBS This Morning)

I would really, really like the video on TIME's website to copy onto this page, but it is refusing to cooperate!! Please click on this link to watch the short video (5 minutes) by TIME: The Truth About Fat. It's fast-paced and filled with more information than the video I was able to link to in this post.

The lesson of this news: if you're wanting to be free from thinking you have to eat low-fat, you now have permission :) But, that doesn't mean go hog-wild and eat pork rinds (I'm talking to you, Dad). It means be sensible....and if you need help in interpreting what I mean, please email me to set-up an appointment! renee at feedingourlives dot com

"Like a Girl" Campaign

I'm sure you've already seen this ad campaign about "Like a Girl." If you haven't, though, please take the three minutes to watch it.

When you watch, please recognize that girls hear this message, and they internalize it. They see themselves through messages like these as they try to figure out what it means to be female.

Please don't say this message to my daughter, even if it's only meant in jest. I don't want her to know that "like a girl" means poorly performing. I want her to know that she can truly be anything she wants to be and do it anyway she wants to do it.

Organic Black Bean Breakfast Cake

I get so bored with breakfasts! My family does not like eggs and bacon for breakfast, and cereal is not a very sustaining (or healthy) option. Every few months, I scour the internet looking for ideas of what to eat for breakfast that's made out of healthy ingredients. While this recipe does have sugar, it also has eggs, beans, carrots, and raw cocoa. Also, there are no grains, which is a huge bonus!

These are not very shelf-stable so I recommend that you make them, cut them, and then freeze them. They defrost beautifully and will then be ready and waiting for you.

1 15.5 ounce can drained organic black beans
3 large organic eggs
3 TBS unflavored organic oil or butter
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup organic sugar
1/3 cup organic carrot puree
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp homemade vanilla

* Preheat oven to 350 F, grease 8x8 pan with butter
1. Throw all the ingredients into a food processor.
2. Mix until thoroughly combined.
3. Pour batter into greased pan
4. Bake for about 20-30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out very clean (do NOT try to undercook these like you would a brownie or a cake because they will be a gooey mess)