100 Day Mini Pledges

We really failed on the healthy eating thing the last half of 2014. We started out pretty strong, but baby came, school started, the girls started dance, crosswalk, and other obligations popped up that just made it too easy to eat out, grab convenience foods and otherwise NOT make good choices. (This coming from an RD student….!)

But husband and I have been talking the past few weeks about the changes we need to make. We have three big reasons why- my tumor, A’s allergies and K’s pica. All are kinda getting out of control and I’m convinced they can be helped with a clean, real, whole food diet.

My usual go to resources are the Clean Eating magazine, Eating Well magazine, and the Eat Clean Diet series. But I stumbled across the 100 Days of Real Food website this past year. The blog started as a guide of sorts for families who wanted to cut out processed foods. She posts terrific recipes and I love her lunch box ideas!

For 2015, she has created a 100-day mini pledge. Each week an email will be sent that outlines a small change to take on for just that week. Some mini pledges include eating more fruit and vegetables, removing added sweeteners and no refined oils. Seems simple enough but will really get us going on the right track! I plan on implementing these changes for my own family. Anyone want to join in?

What healthy change are you making in 2015?



Phew. Life! I just finished my 3rd semester as a dietetic student. I had a food science class that took nearly every waking moment. It wasn’t hard, just a lot of work. And I never want to bake muffins again.

I also had a checkup with my doctor. The tumor on my pituitary gland has doubled in size. That’s not good. The largest side is now 10mm and there is now concern that my vision may be impacted if it’s not treated. Thankfully, surgery is last resort and medication will be used. Unfortunately, I am unable to continue breastfeeding while taking it. So, that last few weeks have been spent weaning Vivian. Luckily, she takes the bottle great, it’s more my problem quitting than hers! It’s a hard, hard thing to quit, but I’m starting to feel closure. We are only nursing about two to three times a day (down from 8+!)

We totally feel off the clean eating wagon and got ran over by it. Convenience reigned king in my kitchen the past few months. So I am on a quest to find super easy, quick REAL FOOD MEALS for the next semester. I can’t keep eating crap. I just can’t. I feel miserable. Krissy is pica-ing more and more and Amelia’s rashes are getting worse.

I’m taking three classes next semester. I hope it won’t be crazy, but it probably will! I’m definitely going to need to work on balancing life, school, family and health. Going to be working on putting my goals into words for 2015 in the next week. Health is going to be my number one priority!

I had another article published at SuperKidsNutrition! This one is on pica in preschoolers. Check it out!

We got a dog! His name is Frankie. He’s a husky mix and is a rescue. He’s totally smiles in his sleep.

me and frankie

Have a very Merry Christmas!

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