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Holistic Health and Nutrition…a Little Bit About How I Handle Them

I have been gradually increasing our family to include whole foods and decrease prepackaged goods for the past 5 years. I’ve studied holistic health and nutrition and have learned many things. Always a student is is my philosophy and I am always learning and wish to share with you what I’ve learned, past and present.

In my quest for health I’ve had to be as frugal as I could as we are only on one income and are not debt-free yet with 4 hungry kids.  I am not able to buy everything organic or get grassfed beef as I’d like to. We used to be blessed with raising chickens in a previous home but have not had the opportunity for a while. I sure do miss those yummy eggs! I do make almost everything from scratch including but not limited to macaroni and cheese, spaghetti sauce, anything baked and chicken stock. I use dry beans in our cooking as they are cheaper, have better flavor and no preservatives. With them I will also make refried beans and hummus, yum. My kids have always grown up with a diverse diet as I like to experiment with new recipes so I luckily don’t have to deal with picky eaters.

For first aid and colds I utilize herbs, herbal teas and extracts as the first line of defense or offense. If it cannot be handled at home I will take us to the doctor or emergency department. Before staying at home I was an RN and do respect what science and medicine has contributed but feel strongly that it should be only as necessary.

 

Plan It-Don’t Panic…a 6 week meal planning challenge

Keeper of the Home is one of the websites that I follow and she just started a 6 week meal planning challenge called Plan It-Don’t Panic. I will attempt to ‘keep up’ with my meal planning and post it every week for 6 weeks. I’m such a moody cook that I really needed this challenge to help me better budget my time and our money. Disclaimer- I am only planning ahead dinners. The countdown begins….this is week one.

 

Monday: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup with buttered focaccia bread

Tuesday: Spare Ribs with baked potatoes and peas

Wednesday: Shepherd’s Pie(will use leftovers from Monday and Tuesday nights dinner together with lots of veggies to make this meal very economical) If there’s not a lot of meat I add some dried beans.

Thursday: Chicken Casserole

Friday: Spaghetti with homemade sauce and homemade garlic bread

 

Happy Meal Planning!

V.I.C.K.I.