Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Cheekwood FREE May 5-7

Thanks Mary for passing along this information! I love to take the boys to Cheekwood and let them run around. It is nice to "get back to nature."

Cheekwood survived the storms. The grounds are green and lush and gorgeous. It's a perfect place to come and escape! We love Nashville and this is our small way of helping people cope with such a tragedy. Cheekwood admission is FREE Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this week to help give flood victims, volunteers and the entire community somewhere to come and escape, work (we have WiFi in all buildings), entertain kids out of school, have a good lunch and SO much more. Please spread the word and come and enjoy Cheekwood!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Home Depot: Buy One Get One Free Plants & Herbs TODAY ONLY

Read my post HERE to find out more

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Food, Inc. Hungry For Change?

I encourage you to get your hands on the documentary Food, Inc. (a Robert Kenner Film). It is powerful information. After watching it, I felt so empowered to make more changes in our family's diet. I believe that food is medicine and that what we eat can build us up or tear our bodies down. I realize that we can't be perfect all of the time, but we can make steps in the right direction.

I am so excited to support local farmers. I want my boys to be excited about fruits and veggies and know where they come from (not too far from our house). We will be choosing to buy from farmers that use responsible growing methods. How awesome to know that the fruit/vegetables will be more nutritionally dense because they were allowed to vine ripen and were not picked weeks before they were ready so they could be shipped?

Here are 10 simple steps things you can do to change our food systems:

1. Stop drinking sodas or other sweetened beverages (drink water is better for you and it will save you money. A good goal is to try to drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces a day)

2. Eat at home instead of eating out (this will save you money allowing you to buy better quality food. Also, you will know exactly what is in your food)

3. Support the passage of laws requiring chain restaurants to post calorie information on menus and menu boards (if we saw this, we would probably make a healthier choice)

4. Tell schools to stop selling sodas, junk food, and sports drinks (before I stayed home with the boys, I taught at a high school and it is crazy how many sodas the students drink throughout the day)

5. Meatless Mondays-Go without meat one day a week (this will also help cut your grocery budget)

6. Buy organic or sustainable food with little or no pesticides (TN farmers/produce)

7. Protect family farms; visit your local farmer's market (Franklin Farmers Market, Nashville Farmers Market)

8. Make a point to know where your food comes from-READ LABELS (if you are local, I would love for you to come to one of my Wellness Workshops and I will share some simple steps on reading labels, identifying harmful ingredients in food and how to eat healthier. If you are not local, I can send you a link to a webinar that will share this information. Email me and I will get it to you

9. Tell Congress that food safety is important to you

10. Demand job protections for farm workers and food processors, ensuring fair wages and other protections

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Groupon Deal: 9 Fruits

Here is a great deal offered from Groupon today 4/7 for 9 Fruits. With the weather getting warmer, this is definitely one you can use...and it is a healthy treat!

Check out this link to see how you can get Two Medium Smoothies from 9 Fruits for only $5 (you will see it on the right hand side of the screen)

If you purchase the deal (limit 2 per person), it expires on 7/08/10 but that gives you plenty of time to grab two smoothies next time you are in the Cool Springs area.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Beautiful Days Ahead...

It's so nice to see the boys in shorts! Loving the forecast for the rest of the week!

Friday, March 19, 2010

A Sign....

How do you know you have been at the grocery store too long?

-When your child has to go to the bathroom FOUR TIMES while you are there :)

Oh well, I got some healthy food for a good deal

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Food Revolution

I am SO excited about Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution! Take a look at the Video clip below. *Unfortunately, in the clip he uses a curse word that I do not endorse...but the message is powerful. It is sad, yet inspiring that there is something we can do about it. We can take control of what we are eating!

In the Wellness Workshops that I teach, I discuss steps to take control of your family's health and do exactly what Jamie Oliver is talking about....have a food revolution.

I am teaching a Wellness Workshop next Thursday, March 25th from 7:30-8:45 (if you live local and would like more information, email me for more details). If you do not live local and would like to hear this information, I have a Webinar (you can listen and watch it on your computer) that my friend Julie (a certified fitness instructor) does on steps to eat healthier; it is informative and powerful. Let me know and I will e-mail you the link.

With knowledge, we can make healthier food choices for ourselves and for our children. I know I have mentioned this before, but Brody's food allergies have made us so much more aware of what is in our food and this has positively impacted our family.