Sunday, May 03, 2009


'The Hyper Homemaker', a recent discovery of mine, has deleted her blog. She didn't leave it up and stop posting to it, she flat out deleted it. She mentioned something about a book offer, so I suppose you can't really write a book about homemaking and expect people to buy it when you have all the info up on the web for free. That whole 'no one will buy the cow' thing, I suppose. My first thought was - she totally sold out. And my second thought was, ah, but so would I. So there you go, then.

I've got a lot of personal irons in the fire, lately. A lot of little projects around the house that are waiting for just a little more attention so they can take off. I'm finally making a household binder, for one. Which, once completed, will be a lovely resource for my household, but right now it's just not good enough. I'm so weird like that - "No, I can't use this until I center that title" or "Oh, I misspelled that sub-heading, so I'll have to wait and reprint it" or other such nonsense.

I've been thinking a lot about my health and my diet, and also the kids' diets. Heart disease is rampant in my family, along with diabetes and high blood pressure and all sorts of other things. I actually have PVC's, generally harmless heart palpitations that, while harmless when unaccompanied by other problems, can signal trouble ahead. I know I need to eat better and take better care of myself. I've been doing a lot of reading, both books and information online, and I'm thinking about going vegetarian, then eventually vegan. I am not saying I will never eat meat again - I just don't think I could do that, but I do plan on eating it very infrequently. I've been sort of sneakily introducing meatless meals for a while now, and while the kids and I don't have an issue with it, I can't make too many in a row before Brian and my grandfather start to complain.

Bella has long been sort of a vegetarian - the only meat she eats is in cheeseburger or nugget form, and Bubba is a vegetarian at this time because he considers himself above baby food and will only eat table food, and most meats are a little too much for his chewing/swallowing skills at this point in time. I have done a lot of reading about children's nutritional needs, as well. I'm not forcing this on the kids, and if at any point they want to eat meat that is fine with me, but they aren't eating meat now anyway, so it makes sense to try and make the changes necessary to ensure they are getting the nutrients they need. I'm going to talk all this over with their doctors at their next check-up, of course, but I feel better knowing more about what their bodies need and how to get it into them.

This week I am embarking on my adventures in herbivorism. Is that a word? I am planning on doing all this slowly - phasing out certain things, phasing in certain things. I am excited about it, actually, because I'm really hoping it will make a difference and make me feel better. I bought groceries tonight and I did buy some meat that I can add into my menu for whomever wants it, so I'm hoping that I'll be able to make everyone happy. I might blog about my dietary changes ocassionally, more for a record for myself than anything else. Ooo, and then maybe I can get a book deal! Awesome! And one day you will attempt to stop by my blog and it will say "This blog has been deleted because the user totally sold out".


Jennifer said...

You kids will be perfectly fine if they go veggie. I remember working with one kid at the daycare who was Hindu and their family was vegan. (We had to sit the dietary restricted kids at certain spots at lunchtime so none of the other toddlers would eat their special food.) She was always well behaved and gave these 1,000-watt smiles everyday. She was tiny but happy. Just check with your doc about the nutrition stuff.

Teresa said...

First of all, you are hilarious and hysterical - so incredibly funny that after I read your blog I just want to yell, "yeah, and she's MY sister! So there!"

Second, I know a family from our church who are vegetarians. They will eat all the "clean" (as in kosher) meats, based on the understanding that God probably had a reason for saying that. We had dinner over there before and she let me borrow some cookbooks - between that and my own reading based on this restrictive migraine preventative diet I'm on, I'm learning about what makes that lifestyle much easier. First, food processor (and I first typed "foot" which made me laugh). A juicer is a huge help, though I've yet to jump on that bandwagon yet. other things - grain grinder, bread maker, etc. We will have to share ideas/compare notes next time we are in town.

Aimee said...

Dude, I wish I could delete my blog because I got a book offer ;) j/k -- I can't even keep up with the blog, let alone a book!

I think the kids will be fine if you cut back on the meat (with the intention of possibly cutting it out altogether) -- just make sure they get the protein they need and they probably won't even miss it :)