Healthy Eating & Healthy Recipes

One of my passions is healthy eating.

This has become my passion for a few reasons:

1) I feel energetic and more “in control” of my emotions when I eat better. When I feel better, I function better as a mother, wife and a human being. And I want to be a blessing to my family, friends and loved ones. While we cannot run our life based on feelings, it is undeniable that feelings play an essential part in everything we do. There is nothing wrong in wanting to “feel good” if the end is not self-centered or self-serving. Given the choice, why choose to feel bad when you can feel good?

2) My body is God's temple and I don't want to abuse it. It is His gift to me and while I cannot help genetic weaknesses, I am in control of what goes into my mouth and how I treat my body. There is no one ideal shape or size and we cannot change that. We shouldn't even try as when we do, we're telling our Creator that He made a mistake. We can make the best of the gift He has lovingly given us though.

3) The length of my days is in the Lord's hand, and I trust in His Providence. But He has given me freedom to choose the quality of my days. You reap what you sow.

4) When I first met my husband, and when we were discussing marriage and children (ha, within a month of our meeting – but that's another story!), he said that while we were not “over the hill”, we were not “spring chickens” any more. He didn't mean it in a bad way, and I took that at face value. After all, we were already in our mid-30s (some of you reading this aren't even there yet!) when we met. We are now blessed with two delightful children who could be our grandchildren had we gotten married in our teens (and they got married in their teens)! Actually, some of our contemporaries are already grandparents. So with young children in tow, we want to be around, Lord willing, for a long time. Oh, I love my children so much. I want to be there for my daughter's wedding. I want to help her when she goes into labor. I want to hold my son's children. I desire to be the best mother-in-law ever. This alone is one great motivation to eat well and stay healthy.

5) I want to be a good example to my children and help my children make good food choices. Many of my friends who are struggling to eat right now ate badly when they were young. I'm thankful my parents were interested in nutrition, and that my mom loves vegetables and she has passed that love to me. While I did have a season of eating disorder (which had more to do with other issues), I never stopped loving my vegetables even then. Being the chief cook, I am in charge of the kitchen and what goes into my children's mouths.

So I've decided to start a series of articles to help home school moms eat better. I'm not a medically trained person but believe me when I say I've done a lot of reading, research and experimentation. Having had an eating disorder in my late teens and early twenties has also helped me to understand the challenges women face when it comes to food. I hope the articles and ideas presented here will be a blessing to you.

Our Articles:

Here is my homemade Ranch Dressing recipe. It is yummy and so much better for you than the store-bought ones. Enjoy!

Here is one simple way of eating young organic greens every day of the year inexpensively. You don't even need a yard to do this! Read the article here.

Here is a simple way of quenching your thirst on hot humid days. This "Sparkling Green Soda" also has health benefits.

Eating Healthy for Christmas

Not sure how to eat your collards, kale and turnip greens? Read Eating Greens for 5 simple ideas to include greens in your family meals.

Feeling adventurous? What about raw sweet potatoes? Here is a refreshing salad using just that!

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