Lately, I’ve been making an effort to eat more healthfully. But it’s hard, because it requires more cooking time to prepare food from scratch — because I want to feed my family more veggies and fruits, and less prefab crapola.

It also means eating out a whole lot less, which means my time in the kitchen has increased a lot and, between the conference calls, the research and writing, the news monitoring, and everything else I do on a day to day basis…plus my time with The Peanut and Mr. ReddHedd?

Well, let’s just say I’m a little worn out, albeit several pounds lighter already just by eating better.

I’m thinking about buying a bread machine.  Have been researching a bit about good models — we used to have one years ago, and I loved it, because I could pop all my ingredients into the machine and have it knead and have dough ready for me in a flash for pizza, for rolls, whatever, or bake a loaf as well.  With a few adjustments to pretty much any recipe, I could make yummy whole grain bread instead of refined white flour as well.

What I want is whole grain goodness, but without all the work.  Maybe it’s too much to ask, but I’m looking into it at the moment.  If anyone has suggestions, let me know — would love your input.

Why am I doing this?  Because I don’t want The Peanut to grow up with chubby, unhealthy parents.  Because when I eat well, my chronic inflammation issues recede.  Because when I look at kids a little older than The Peanut is now, they are so unhealthy and exhausted looking — and I want her to have a vibrant, healthy childhood, and eating more healthfully is a great way to support that.  I don’t mean skinny — she’s already pretty tiny as it is, as was I at that age — but healthy.

I’ve also been trying to work more veggies and fruits into our meals, especially organic one or locally grown produce where I can.  Better choices for us in the short run, hopefully a better impact for us and the rest of the community in the long run.  Thought we could talk health, sustainability, and the difficulty of getting kids to eat broccoli (at least mine, anyway).  

So much of what we all deal with, day in and day out, is stressful.  The news can be depressing, the economy is squeezing a lot of us, and it can get overwhelming pretty quickly.  Especially if we aren’t stopping to take a break, or nourishing ourselves properly and getting enough rest in the bargain.  We can’t keep on pushing forward if we don’t have the energy to even stand up to fight.  I know I fall down on that a lot — and so I’ve made a commitment to take better care of myself and, in the process, my family as well.  

My husband always says, "if momma ain’t happy, no one is happy."  

Sad, but true — so I’m working on adding in more joy, and making myself a healthier person so that I can enjoy it for years to come.  What are you doing for your health these days?  What’s making you laugh this morning?  Do tell.  Pull up a chair… 

PS — Bob Geiger has the Saturday funnies up. Boo yah!

Some of what I’ve been reading and loving — again, if you have a fave, do tell:

–  The Eat Clean Diet Cookbook

–  The Eat Clean Diet For Family And Kids

–  The Eating Well Cookbook

–  The Food You Crave

– The Cooking Light Complete Cookbook