Category: lifestyle

healthy eating and our garden

over the weekend I watched “Forks over Knives“, then “Food Inc.” and then “Hungry for Change” (which by the way is available for free online for 3 more days!). And wow, were my eyes opened! I consider us to be a pretty healthy eating family. I’ve always only given our kids organic milk and butter and I try to balance our diet as much as possible. But there was so much information in these documentaries that I knew, kind of…but I didn’t realize the impact that it was having on our bodies! One of the favorite facts that I learned was that when the manufacturers are making all these popular “fat free” food items, they just replace the fat with sugar. Sugar is technically fat free, but as soon as it goes into your body it immediately converts into fat! Watch your sugar intake people!

Forks over Knives promotes a “whole food – plant based diet” which isn’t necessarily the route I feel like we will take, completely. But I am concerned with the quality of meat that I am buying. I have always had the mindset though that a meal isn’t a ‘meal’ unless there is some kind of meat – which I’ve learned is wrong thinking. So I’ve decided for now to incorporate 2 meals a week that are plant-based, which will allow me to spend the money I usually would on meat every night of the week to buy higher quality meat. I’m looking into local farmers that I can purchase grass fed meat from, and I’m eagerly anticipating the opening of our local farmers market!

englexas lifestyle blog food and gardening
I posted about my Herb Garden last fall and I guess I was just getting my green thumb started because with all of this healthy eating we are wanting to do (and the possibility of juicing in our future!) it just makes sense for us to grow some vegetables and fruits too. My only problem is that I have never gardened before, so I had no idea where to start! Then I found this website on Pinterest the other night and I think it might have solved all my problems! It’s a website that plans your garden for you. You input where you live, the size of your garden/flower pots and it tells you what to plant and when, designs your garden for you, gives you daily reminders of what to do and you can even buy organic seeds through them!

I’ve also been talking to a lot of people about chickens! I never thought I’d be the kind of person to own chickens…my mum grew up on a farm in Ireland, but I’ve never been exposed to ‘farm life’ and hadn’t ever considered that I was the type. But with cage-free eggs running $4 a dozen, and my family eating at least 18 eggs a week (my son is obsessed with eggs!) it just doesn’t seem feasible for me to buy the kind of eggs that I want us to be eating! I’ve heard so many great things about having chickens, not only the adorable chick stage (which my kids are gonna LOVE!) or the delicious eggs but I’ve also heard that the upkeep is not too terribly difficult.

I would love any feedback from those more experienced than myself in any of these areas. Any resources, websites or even words of warning would be awesome – feel free to post in the comments :)

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maternity jeans

I posted here and here about my lack of maternity wear. And I’ve got to admit it, around 28 weeks I started to feel really uncomfortable with still wearing regular jeans and a belly band. I got into a little bit of a style rut and was overall just not feeling good about myself. I’m not one of those women who sail their way through pregnancy glowing. I feel big and uncomfortable and my skin breaks out like a teenage boy – it’s just not pretty, so I tend to struggle with feeling that way while pregnant.

I posted about some maternity style options here and finally got to the point that I couldn’t take it anymore – I had to get something comfortable to wear! GAP maternity jeans came highly recommended but the price tag was not desirable, then I found a pair of maternity skinny jeans on sale and had a 40% off coupon for them – it was a no brainer! Because I’m so short {5’4″) I decided to get the ‘ankle’ length, and they fit perfectly! What was amazing about this purchase was how much of an impact it made on me – it’s amazing what a simple pair of jeans can do to your confidence! I immediately felt more comfortable and at ease, having to constantly pull up my regular jeans and fix my belly band was exhausting! I would highly recommend to any pregnant women out there to invest in a good pair of maternity jeans that you actually feel comfortable in – it will make the world of difference I promise!

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maternity jeans – GAP//shirt and oxfords – target

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