Wednesday Chit Chat Thread, 8/8

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Wednesday Chit Chat Thread, 8/8
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Wed, 08-08-2012 - 9:09am

Good morning ladies, how are you today?

 


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Fri, 08-10-2012 - 6:49am

Kayleigh's not really a help with actual cooking. She does very little of that, she's usually busy with homework when I'm cooking dinner.  Ian is more likely to help with cooking.  Kayleigh says that she regrets not having really learned to cook yet but just hasn't really had the time to devote.  She can do simple things of course like make burgers or pasta.  The meat free Monday thing was her idea so she can't have any complaints about the recipes I try :smileyhappy:   I think she intends to be almost solely vegetarian at college.

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Thu, 08-09-2012 - 9:05am
Mindy, does Kayleigh help with meals? Jordyn has been the most resistent to all of the changes I have made, but I don't blame her, i would have been even more resistent at her age also.
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Thu, 08-09-2012 - 9:04am
It sounds like you guys have found a great balance also! It has been a hard adjustment moreso for me, I tend to take longer to acclimate to new changes, especially more drastic ones like this one. DH has been wonderfully support, but I do feel pressured just in the simple fact that between my work schedule, the added stuff I am doing for his business and just managing the household, changing an entire way of eating and thinking about food has been hard. But overall I think we all have been pretty happy wtih the changes, and I have seen such a huge difference in the way I feel, energy levels, etc. that I know it all is worth it in the long run.
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Thu, 08-09-2012 - 7:53am

We've been doing meat free Monday for a couple of years now, per Kayleigh's request.

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Wed, 08-08-2012 - 9:17pm

it is very much an all non-toxic, get rid of as much environmental things than can cause illness type practice and part of it is all about diet and exercise and going to a more natural plant based diet.

That's probably pretty beneficial no matter what; I always think that a lot of small changes can really add up. And, It's definitely nice when you're both (you and dh) on the same page. My dh and I were both vegetarians and "middle of the road" environmentalists when we met (we buy organic food and recycle, but we own two minivans and love our airconditioning! :smileywink:) so we understood each other but neither of us felt pressured (okay, I did try to convert him to cloth diapers, which I had used with my two girls before I knew dh, but the boys ended up in disposables because dh was not willing to go that far, lol!)....

I hope it helps with your health!

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Wed, 08-08-2012 - 8:32pm
I can't tell you a specific reason because honestly I don't know. I have been having some health issues and a lot of my research points to my diet being a large part of it so I had begun moving to a better diet in general. He started seeing a chiropractor several months ago, a different one than the girls and I see, and it is very much an all non-toxic, get rid of as much environmental things than can cause illness type practice and part of it is all about diet and exercise and going to a more natural plant based diet. So that combined with my issues, he has sort of spearheaded things more than me at first. Since he works and is on the road a lot, he eats out a lot, so he has been trying to eat as healthy while he is at home as possible, and that obviously puts me on that path. I am glad that he has taken an active part in that part of the household, he doesn't cook or anything, but he is more than willing to help me find new recipes and do the grocery shopping to help me out. He would be plenty happy to go meatless most of the week, but not entirely, and I've learned from the nutritionalist that I am working with that our blood types actually don't do as well on a 100% plant based diet.
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Wed, 08-08-2012 - 5:47pm

Most of my recent recipes have come from www.skinnytaste.com Its been an awesome site especially because it tends to highlight on the front page in-season dishes/ingredients.

This looks like a great link, thanks for sharing. Just curious, why is your dh trying to go meatless one day a week? We're longtime vegetarians, but in other families I often see the wife or teenage dds trying to push healthier and/or more meatless meals but oftentimes the dh balks. I even know several dhs who claim they can't eat fruits and veggies for one reason or another!

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Wed, 08-08-2012 - 2:27pm

Hi everyone. It's a beautiful day here.  Work went smoothly this morning.  After work, I met up with a friend for lunch. Then I went to the supermarket (*where I ran into same friend from lunch) and the library. NOw I'm home. I wish I could spend a gorgeous afternoon at the lake but I just have things that I need to take care of.

Kayleigh's been working on summer assignments, working on her senior autobiography, looking into jobs and vet office volunteer opportunities.

Not much else happening here.

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Wed, 08-08-2012 - 12:46pm
BTW Ami, since you have an ipad, skinnytaste.com has an app. I am printing out recipes as I go along and find ones I like, also because if I make changes to the recipe I can write it (or notes) directly on the recipe for future and I have a binder I put them in, but need to organize them. I have the binder from a long time ago and Jordyn keeps telling me I am going to have to make her one for when she goes away to college. I need to start working on that project also... But anyways, for example the chocolate chip zucchini muffins the kids love, I think came from that website, but it calls for 1 cup of applesauce. We didn't care for the applesauce taste, so I substitute 1/2 cup coconut oil and 1/2 cup applesauce into the recipe, so I have that written down on the paper recipe. Also some of the comments below the recipe give some other great input like subsitutions. I have almost entirely given up using vegetable oil and stick with either olive oil or coconut oil, and I am converting over to mostly whole wheat pastry flour or other flour substitutes to go mostly gluten free. I don't want to take up the entire page, but PM me if you have any questions, I have a few other sites I am pulling stuff from, but the bulk of its coming from this one website right now.
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Wed, 08-08-2012 - 12:24pm
Most of my recent recipes have come from www.skinnytaste.com Its been an awesome site especially because it tends to highlight on the front page in-season dishes/ingredients. I tend to find a new veggie or ingredient, find a few recipes I like and then go to town with them. There are about 6 right now from that site I am rotating in and out and making tweeks to depending on the tastes of the members of the household eating it that night. The crustless zucchini pie that we are having tonight is my zucchini kick, and they had another recipe for the sausage stuffed zucchini boats, I took the chicken sausage from the stuffed boats and substituted some of it into the zucchini pie. I am not trying to go meatless, but DH requested that I try and do at least one dinner a week meatless and this is about as close to it as I get. I have been trying really hard to incorporate more veggies into the menu instead of the standard brocolli and cauliflower. I'm having limited success with Jordyn... but the little girls are much more receptive to my efforts! LOL!
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