Day 1 of 100 days with no sugar or processed foods

Our first day of no sugar or processed food is coming to a close, and it went well!  I really think we’re going to be able to make it 100 days.

What we ate today:

Breakfast was these whole wheat pancakes  reheated from yesterday (with a slight variation, honey instead of sugar).  They were served with warmed frozen organic raspberries and strawberries and chunks of pear.  These are always a huge hit, so we made a triple batch yesterday, and they kids fought over the last one.

Lunch was whole wheat bread with hummus with a side of rainbow carrots and green peppers.  This was a flop, and the kids ate only a few bites… but I’ll chalk that up to having soooo many pancakes for breakfast.

For dinner, I made chicken, bacon, bean, cheese and veggie quesadillas.  I threw these together with things I had around the kitchen.  On the side, I served some avocado.  The kids had a few bites, but weren’t wild about them.

The snacks they got today were popcorn with salt and plain yogurt with leftover raspberry and strawberry sauce from breakfast with a touch of honey.

So far, I have found planning and prepping in advance are making the biggest difference to feeding the crew.

The prep I did: Yesterday, when I had a few minutes, I threw a pack of organic bacon into the oven at 350 (all spread out) for about 20 minutes.  I used some bacon for quesadillas, I’ll use a little tomorrow for macaroni and cheese, and the rest is frozen to use as a topping for pizza this weekend.  First thing this morning, I threw 3 chicken breasts in the slow cooker with a little salt and pepper, and shredded it around 4pm.  Half of that went into quesadillas, half will be a pizza topping, along with some veggies I chopped.

The planning: during the month of december, between all the craziness of the holidays, I put together a 7 day meal rotation that suits my time constraints (three itty bitty kids), our preferences, budget and fits the rules of the 100 day challenge.  The meal plan is posted in my kitchen, and although I love to cook on the fly… these days, if I don’t prep and plan… we don’t have dinner!  So I’m hoping the convenience of sticking to the meal rotation will overcome my desire to be spontaneous.

Halloween… uncancelled

Not so fast with the concerned looks!  I didn’t quite give up all my principles.

Little boy did have a terrible day last week.  Yep, so bad it prompted me to cancel trick or treating.  But I really didn’t want to have to follow through.  I just love dressing up the munchkins and the opportunity to get to know our neighbours.

Providentially, we had a play date with a local super mom.  She had some fabulous ideas on how a 3 year old could earn back his Halloween.  So, we came up with the bucket system.  Caleb could earn 1 button for every good behaviour, such as saying please, thank you, I love you, or sharing, or playing quietly.  But he would lose 2 for any bad behaviour.  As a bonus, he got 2 buttons for either making someone laugh or singing a song.  When he got to 15 buttons, he could trade it in for a treat and a check mark.  He needed to get at least 1 check mark for each day until Halloween.  The treats were things like a bike ride, a jelly bean, or a story.

This idea just knocked my socks off.  Focusing this little boy on positive behaviours and tangible rewards has really really helped him to understand what we want him to do and the consequences of not doing that.

Business trip, the good, the bad and the ugly

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Daddy was away a couple of days this week, and I am thrilled this business trip was short… we all miss daddy when he’s away.  Let’s just not think about the trips to come….

The good: Daddy is a super hero *love* and suggested we get a cleaning lady …actually, we needed a cleaning crew, to be exact.  So, I daringly thought, while the crew cleans our house, I’ll take the 3 kids to Tim Hortons (mmm donut). I had absolutely no idea how taking all the kids to a very very busy cafe would play out… I was afraid… very afraid… would they all start screaming? … would Caleb have to go pee?  What would I do with the other two?  (bathrooms are not designed for double strollers).  Would we annoy people so much that we get thrown out??  On the way, we went over and over what good manners I expected over lunch, and I may have threatened the kids that they wouldn’t get a timbit donut if they didn’t follow the rules.  20141016_11522620141016_115213

And miracle of miracles, they were unbelievably well behaved.  The two “big” kids sat in their seat, and quietly chatted, and ate all their food, without throwing anything on the floor (well, not on purpose).  Caleb even said grace for us.  Of course, I got about 10, “you sure have your hands full” comments… We got one, (I swear I’m not making it up) “you should get a mother of the year award to have such nicely behaved kids”.  … I’d be concerned about getting prideful … but read on.

The bad and the ugly:  Later that day, as I was patting myself on the back for being the world’s best mother, with perfectly behaved children… (guess where this is going).  I started nursing Belle, and Caleb decided it would be a fun idea to open a new bag of diapers and dump out every single diaper. …Well it was a blissful 8 minutes when the house was sparkling clean.  I looked on absolutely helpless as this mess was going on.  ….the only thing I could do was snap a picture.

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… my face as this was happening, is the “ugly”, if you were wondering.

deep thoughts from a lazy saturday

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The boys had a morning out, so us girls decided we should have a pajama morning.  This mainly consisted of me trying to keep Elise from poking Belle in the eyes. The incredible quiet gave me a few minutes to reflect on the past 5 years.

Five years ago, almost to the day, I thought I was going to die.  Brian and I went to see my doctor to get the medical ok to have children.  This appointment did not go at all as planned.  My heart was not functioning properly.  I needed to have very extensive surgery, stop working, and get my affairs in order.  …not exactly the fun day imagining our future children we had in mind.

The year that followed was the hardest year of my life.  But, I got better and that hard time, laser-focused my priorities.  I wanted to get healthy so I could serve my family better.

October is lung health month, so I encourage you moms (and dads) to make your health a priority too.  Is there anything you can do around your home this month to increase your family’s lung health?  Are you still burning candles indoors, using incense, or plug in “scents”?  Give it up for a month.  Could you vacuum a little more, or add a HEPA filter to your vacuum?  For those with asbestos in the home, read this for what you should and shouldn’t do.  Asbestos can cause a type of cancer called mesothelioma, if not handled properly.  If you are smoking, make this the month to quit!  Did you know that If you were to stretch out the breathing surface of your lungs, it would be the size of a tennis court.  That is a heck of an area to expose to the yuckies in the air.  Also, women and children take more breaths per hour than men do.  That’s even more reason we moms need to make sure our air is clean.

This week, the kids and I are going to go for a walk in the forest and talk about how the trees clean our air.  We will also blow up balloons to learn about how lungs work.  We’ll then use the balloons for indoor “volley-soccer”…because that’s what you do when your oldest is 3 years old.

do you have to pee?

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Me, “do you have to pee?”  Him, “no”

 

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“It really looks like you have to pee, you sure?”   “I don’t have to”

“you better go pee, you’re going to have an accident!”  “I don’t have to go”

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“….mommy, I had an accident.”

 

And repeat 10 more times.  Time to start bribing with jelly beans.