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I have been working on changing the diet in my household. Last fall I saw a post on the Yahoo front page about a family here in Charlotte that had pledged to eat non-processed or refined foods for 100 days. (http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/original-100-day-pledge/) Reading her blog started me on a journey in trying to make changes for the sake of our health and I hoped also to lose weight in the process.

Sadly, eating as non-processed as possible means a lot more time in the kitchen. I can cook, but I don't really love to. I have the wonderful option of being a stay at home mom. I have a lot of time to spend making these changes. In 8-10 months we have been anywhere from 60% to 75% real food. I have not been able to push it that last bit to really make the change completely. Health benefits...ehh. Weight benefits...zip. After a good long reassessment of my household, I realized I haven't really tried all that hard.

I have incorporated some really great things, cooking with whole wheat flours, cutting out the use of refined sugars (in my own cooking, not some of the processed crap I still bought), etc. When Ned and I were shopping one day a couple of weeks ago, he said something about finding s healthier option for breakfast. He has been taking low sugar Quaker Oat fruit and cream instant oatmeal to work. That seemed to be my wake-up call. He was starting to finally get on board with what I had been talking about for months.

I have spent the last week scouring the internet for oatmeal recipes. On Sunday night I found a website with directions for making your own instant oatmeal packets. (http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2008/05/09/making-your-own-homemade-oatmeal-packets-a-visual-guide-and-cost-analysis/) I made cinnamon raisin as that is what I had on hand. I doubled the recipe in the packets since I know Ned uses three of the instant packets at work. Ned is not that fond of the cinnamon flavor. He would also like the oatmeal to be a bit thicker. She does say to grind some oats to flour and add a tablespoon, so I will try that if I make the packets again.

Today I was so excited to find this site (http://www.theyummylife.com/Refrigerator_Oatmeal). I made a variation a few minutes ago of the Peach Melba oatmeal. (http://www.theyummylife.com/recipes/260/Peach+Melba+Refrigerator+Oatmeal) I used strawberry preserves and some fresh peaches that I bought at the farmers market Tuesday. I can't wait to try these tomorrow morning. I even had the mason jars. I am hoping that Ned likes these. She has around 16 flavors on her site. I am bound to find a couple that are fabulous.

I intend to do a 10-day pledge in the next couple of weeks. I am going to prepare with meal planning and such. I will try to start of the 16th of August as that gives me time to do some shopping first if needed. We shall see how this goes.

Challenge

Aug. 14th, 2009 08:59 am
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Alright, a friend is starting a 75 day challenge working towards weight loss. I do not know the details of the challenge, but the thought of being accountable to someone appeals to me right now. In the next 75 days, I choose to move more and eat better. I am not going to define really specific goals.

After Nicky was born, I lost about 20 lbs. I discovered recently that the weight I lost has mostly all come back. Chinese food is bad for you Kelly!! ;) Ned and I both need to start moving more. He came home from work last week and started exercising. Unlike in June, I am in a good frame of mind and a good point to start something. I think I am going to try to keep a food log. I hear that helps a lot of people. I can see where I am having problems and things I can change.

Here is to a healthier lifestyle and to being more active!

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