Thursday, May 6, 2010


I've mentioned on my blog in the past about trying to improve the lifestyle and health of my family and myself.  We are continually making small changes that are beginning to add up to something bigger.  We took that next step this week.

A little background...

A few weeks ago I had an appointment for that (supposed to be) yearly female test that we all just can't wait to go to.  Except, I hadn't been in YEARS.  I had been having a few issues that I talked to the doc about.  And, she drained 1/3 of the blood in my body to run some tests.  None to my surprise, my results showed that I have some things really out of whack.  I'm just thankful that I have a doctor who cares about fixing the root issues rather than throwing pills at me.  Although, she did some of that, too.  I now am on one prescription and 4 supplements.  Notice the ratio of scripts to supplements.  I'm pretty happy about that.  Anyway,  I also have to make some lifestyle changes.

You've read repeatedly about my learning to bake my own bread so we can be sure to have only wholesome, nutritious, non-chemically stuff in the staff of life that we partake in.  Except...I found out that my body can't tolerate the staff of life at this point in time.  Nor, any carbs, for that matter.  So, I'm really having to re-evaluate my meal prep.  

Also, I'm having to make weekly trips to the doctor for the next couple of months.  It's a 40-45 minute drive each way.  And, you know how time consuming doctor appointments can be.  My son gets hungry.  So, I decided to plan ahead this time.

Last week when I ran into Goodwill I found a little lunchbox sized cooler for $2.99.  I snatched it up quick.  It would be the perfect item to help us in this new 'thinking ahead' lifestyle. 

My husband attended a seminar with me a couple of weeks ago that my doctor was giving in regards to some of the issues I'm dealing with.  She mentioned about water bottles leaching chemicals (carcinogens) into the water and that was all he needed to say ix-nay on the ater-way, bottled that is.  I've yet to buy the stainless steel reusable water bottles that are all the rage right now - so I went old school.  Did anyone else drink out of mason jars when they were kids?  Something about doing that seemed like a treat to me.  So, I pulled out 2 pint sized jars and filled 'em up with some good ol' filtered H2O.

I added some hard boiled eggs (peeled, salt and peppered), a stick of string cheese and little container of natural peanut butter with some celery sticks for dipping.

It didn't really take all that long to pull together and Isaac had some healthy snack options when the hunger pangs hit to tide him over until meal time .

I think we're gonna like bein' old school.

So, how 'bout it?  Do you take snacks with you for the kids when you're on the go - or do hit the nearest 7-11 when they start crying, "I'm hungry!"?

Happy Homemaking!


Anonymous said...

The guilt-the guilt-the guilt! I just threw out an old mason jar the other day because I couldn't figure out how to use it.

I drink countless bottles of water (plastic bottles) each week. Yikes.

I am going to have to make some changes here.

I have a handy dandy cooler like that. I need to begin to put it to good use as you are doing.

Teresa said...

I am glad you have found a doctor to help you be healthier. I so wished I could find one around here. I would so love to see Don Colbert. I too have been making changes in My diet.

Becky said...

It really does save lots of money to pack a lunch and our making/keeping the nutritious stuff on hand makes them soooo much better for us in the long run. I'm going to have to make some hard boiled eggs for my guys seems the huge lunches I'm packing aren't enough to fill the 'void' in Jericho's growing-boy body. Seriously, I'm not sure how much longer we can afford his appetite, lol!

Love the mason Jar idea! Old school is cool...and not just for drinks! Soups and other foods like Chili, Lasagna and and pasta salads travel well in them, too, as those lids seal well so there aren't any leaks, and it provides more reasonable portion control, too.

Anyway, I'm glad you're getting to the bottom of the 'issues' at the doctor! Miss your posts!!

Amy said...

I would never have thought of using mason jars! What a good idea!

Amy @ Missional Mama

Anonymous said...

What a coincidence! I also blog a lot about bread, but am suddenly finding my body not reacting well to gluten. Oh, it is a blow!

How are you finding the financial side of going gluten-free? So far I'm finding it enormously costly. Any advice you can share would be most welcome!

Oh, and we used to use mason jars as sippys too. I wish someone would invent a sippy top to fit on the mason jar! That would be perfect.

doughe22 said...

I love mason jars for everything. They actually fit onto the blade of most blenders so you can make individual smooties with the power of a real blender. However, since you are talking about leeching chemicals, the lids of the mason jars are lined with BPA :(

Pam said...

You're right, they are lined with BPA. But, I still feel there is less chance of the BPA coming into contact with the liquid in a mason jar (since one rarely fills it completely) than to use those plastic drink bottles everyone wants to give you for free. Another option which I am a huge fan of is the Tattler re-useable canning lid. No BPA there, as far as I know. :-)

Thanks for taking the time to comment!