Tag: good choices

Get off your phone !!

Hi all,

Well, it’s the beginning of a new year (wasn’t that just the other day??) so, as per usual, there’s lots of talk of ‘New year, new me’ and ‘what are your new years resolutions?” etc etc.  Now, I don’t really do ‘new years resolutions’ so to speak, but anytime is a good time to want to improve.   One thing I DO do tho is listen to Holy Spirit prompting….  and this leads me to this blog.   Buckle up peeps… here we go…

Something that has been apparent to me is how much time is spent on our phones.  To be fair, there are a lot of logical reasons why this is so. ..  Email, banking, camera/photos, calendar, ah duh… the fact that it’s a phone (Ha Ha), your Bible app, YouTube, plus so much more…  there’s plenty of reasons we’re on our phones that aren’t necessary.  Social media being the most obvious.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m a social media girl thru and thru.  I have a FB, Insta (actually I have a couple of each) & YouTube channel for crying out loud, but there’s a healthy amount of use, as well as a healthy quality of use.  (to do with the quality issue..  just one point peeps… BE KIND ALREADY !!)

Let’s look at a few of these that could be limited, if not eliminated.    Emails CAN be checked only on a desktop.. heck, it’s how we used to do it.  I actually don’t have my main family email address on my phone, but I do have my personal one on there.  The major reason for this is actually purely practical.  If there’s an email, say ticket confirmation, or a barcode etc, then I’ll have that go to my phone, simply for ease of access.  But, in reality, I COULD own a printer and not need to do this.  Personally I don’t find emails to be something that keeps me on my phone anyway, but hey, everyone’s different.

Calendar… Now, same thing, it’s not like a sit there for any length of time looking at my calendar (that’s just stupid), but it is certainly handy if making an appt while out, to be able to see when in fact you’re available for said appointment.   I have made the decision this year though to buy a planner and use that also.  So that when I’m looking at the week ahead, I can do it in there.  Yes, it seems like some double work, but it’s not really.  This big planner I’ve begun to use this year is an A4 ‘day to a page’ type, as I wanted to be able to journal in it if desired too.  I’ve done some YouTube & blog planning in there, and hope to continue that practice, so when you’re in the planner every day using it, it’s not really an additional thing to be doing to check out what’s in the week ahead.

Camera/Photos.. well, that’s pretty much impossible to not use, or even minimise.  It would be one thing if the camera in your phone didn’t take great pictures and video, but the new phones take AMAZING photos now.  So in some ways, when using it for that purpose, it’s really just like you’re using a camera.  Plus with a FB & insta page to promote, it’s just far too convenient to take your photo on there in 2 steps, you’ve done it.  As opposed to downloading photos off your camera to your PC, and then uploading to your page.

OK.. so doesn’t sound like we’re making too much progress at this point, but let’s hit it where it hurts…  Personal Social media usage.  There’s a really simple way to greatly reduce your time on social media…  delete the apps off your phone and only do your social media surfing from your desktop once a day.  I do have Instagram on my phone for my business account, and all posts automatically share to my FB business page, so that’s easy peasy.  If you don’t want to delete it all together, then simply sign out of it, so that it’s that little bit harder to ‘just jump on for a quick squiz’.

Banking .… I know this one is super doper convenient.. and sometimes actually is necessary (how did we ever survive without it?), but in reality, it’s not too safe to be doing banking from your phone anyway.  So, in short, do your best to only do banking from your desktop.

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The BIGGEST one that’s been on my heart in this regard is using the Bible App.  Just keeping it real… I get hung up on the streak… lol.  Yep, I just admitted that.  I was literally nearly at 400 days in the app in 2018 and then I went to Europe, lost a day in disappearing day land, and opened the app on landing to that terrible sight of the big fat number ZERO !!  Arrrggghhh.  Anyway, so I’m listening to Sadie Robertson and going old school and using an ACTUAL BIBLE !!.  Thanks Sadie !!!  If you wanna hear Sadie’s message, click HERE !!  It’s only been a couple weeks, but I LOVE it !!  It really is a different experience.

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With the Bible app, but also others as well…  it’s so easy to be distracted by other notifications….. even if on your phone for something perfectly reasonable.  So, my next tip is to turn off your notifications.  I don’t have them turned on, even for my business pages.   I just check in morning and night… and if I post something, than I can clearly see if something is there that needs addressing.

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Another suggestion with the bible reading, which I have found super beneficial, is this… when you kinda don’t have the option to use your actual bible, or for some reason it’s not possible..… use the audio option in the app.  I not only found this solved the interruption issues, but I also found that I ‘read’ so much more of the Word since starting this.  You’ll have your verse of the day come up each day you go in… but at the bottom it says ‘read entire chapter’…  when you’re literally holding your phone in your hand, it’s far too easy to just read that one verse and think you’re good to go.  But listen to a chapter a day.. and you’ll be amazed how it’ll boost your day ahead.

Another issue re using the bible app is the bible studies.  Now, if it’s going to be the only bible study you do, then of course do the ones on offer in the app… but if I could encourage you in anything.. it’s to do an ACTUAL HOLD IN YOUR HANDS bible study.  If it’s got a workbook to go along, then even better… if not, then simply journal.

Watching YouTube…  while it’s super easy to catch up on a lil YT on your phone… can I just suggest that you do it on a desktop, or on a tablet where you’re not signed into anything that will cause you to be sucked into other apps. (This applies to reading blogs too… LOL. Are you on your phone right now??? ha ha ) This seems to work really well for me.  I don’t even have social media on my tablet…..  it’s basically just for YouTube watching really.  I actually don’t watch any TV…. the only show I watch is The Crown, so basically I do some binge watching every 2yrs and that’s it.  LOL.  I prefer to find some really great vlogging families on YT, and follow their lives.  It’s way better than watching some fictional show.

For your info… my fave vlogging families are 2 in a Zoo, Alex & Phil Congillere, Loftis party of 6, Grace for the Millers, The Mills Family, & This Gathered Nest.  All of these families are really wholesome Christian families, 3 of them being Pastors.

Another thing that keeps us all on our phones is messaging/texting.  When did it become ‘uncool’ to actually pick up the phone and RING someone?  I’m sure I don’t need to tell you the dangers in misunderstood texts, and what that can lead to.    So, all I can say on this one is RING, DON’T TXT.  (I know, easier said than done.)

I’m really excited to see what improvement I can see come about though these simply changes…  and I’d love to hear how it’s improved your life too.

Blessings

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How I encourage clean eating with teens

Ok… let’s just say from the get-go that it’s not easy.  I have gotten to where I am because I chose to research like crazy for, well, years really.  And to be honest.. it’ll never stop.  But, I’m also sensible enough to remember what I was like as a teenager.  I could eat whatever I liked…  never got sick, or had what I now know to be food related health issues.  Even the things that are indicators of unwise eating for me now.. like intestinal discomfort (that’s a nice way of saying borderline constipation 🤣), headaches, gas, sluggishness.. that kinda thing…  wasn’t an issue for me (as far as I can try and remember it anyway).

And to be real….  I pretty much ate whatever I wanted until after having my first bubba at 24yrs old… and didn’t have to even think about making ‘healthy choices’ until after that… and if I’m real honest, it was totally about weight management. (aka.. caring what I looked like… aka vanity🤔) . I did, however, make good choices around pregnancy… no deli meats, weird seafood… that kinda thing.  I also began drinking water regularly when I was pregnant.. and that’s actually where I developed my love for drinking water.  It was just convenient that you kinda NEED to drink lots of water regularly when breast feeding.. and seeing I was pretty much pregnant or breastfeeding from mid 2000 until mid 2003… and then pregnant with James in mid 2004, breastfeeding until mid 2006, I formed good habits that continue today.  #thankfulI

(somehow, without even trying really, having developed a love of drinking water in my kiddos, but that solely comes down to it being the only thing I gave them when they were young.  There was no cordial or juice in our house.. they may have had juice as a treat.. but they never had soft drink.. and even now, don’t like it much.  Jordan is the only one who drink some occasionally. )

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So, I am able to see why they don’t automatically just take on what I have to say around their health and the correlation to their eating.  I didn’t give two hoots at their age either.. I had no reason to care about it.  My 17yr old son Jordan is mindful re eating… but that is solely around body image.  He wants to look a certain way, so he exercises and eats in a way that will best help him achieve that.  He does still have his ‘naughty’ eating though.. so he’s still very much a normal teen in that way.

My 18yr old daughter, TJ….  well, let’s just say she probably has a % of Nutella flowing through her blood stream.  How she doesn’t experience negative issues due to her Nutella consumption is simply beyond me.  I mean, as I said, I didn’t care what I ate as I teen.. but I also never consumed things like Nutella by the tubful.  🤣 .   Anyway…  we’ll just need to let that one run it’s course.. only she will deal with the negative (if any) issues that come from her Nutella addiction.  (Maybe there’s a Nutella addicts anonymous ??  who knows.😂) . And yes, trust me, I’ve tried to make my own, buy healthier versions etc etc.. no luck so far.)

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My 14yr old, James… while not really caring about his food intake from a healthy point of view.. he also doesn’t really have any hugely unhealthy things that he eats.  The issue with him, which has some correlation with his ADHD meds, is actually getting him to eat at times.  If he’s focused on something… or basically if there’s something more interesting to do…  he simply won’t eat.  And seeing that his medication can only be given to him if he within a healthy weight range.. it’s super important to keep him fed.

I really do see it as part of my responsibility as their mother to respect THEIR temples…  while they don’t have the maturity to do it themselves.  I was blessed with those kiddos, I and I need to look after them.. that pretty much covers it really.

And then there’s my DH, Terry…  He doesn’t really care about healthy eating….  that’s about all I have to say about that.  LOL

Then we get around to me….  in the interest of total honesty… Peanut M & Ms are my kryptonite..  #nuffsaid

OK.. so now that I’ve thoroughly thrown us all under the bus….  let’s look at how  I deal with this as a family.

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It’s is a pretty important to me (that’s putting it mildly) to put a very healthy meal on the table each evening.  I want out ‘meat and dairy footprint’ to be less than it has in the past, so usually, our meals would be considered Vegan, if not for the meat. LOL.  I use organic extra virgin coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil, to cook in…  a dairy free butter for spreading, or to cook in with veggies etc, cashew meal replicates the cheese flavour in pretty much all meals.  Some cheese may go on the top of spag bol etc, but other than that..no cheese.  When making any recipes that would have previously begun with a bechamel sauce, they now start with coconut cream, cashew meal & the vegan butter, Nuttelex.

Shameless Nuttelex plug…  Dairy free, Lactose free, Nut oil free, Gluten free, Soy free, Cholesterol free oil, Salt reduced, Contains Vit D, Natural flavour and colours.  The main ingredients are basically Olive Oil & Sunflower seed.

Having a family that loves curries is super easy too, as you can so easily substitute with coconut milk/cream.. and a dairy free yoghurt.  In those types of recipes, you can’t even tell it’s a dairy free option used.

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We also have ‘Meat free Mondays’… but it sometimes end up ‘meat free whatever night it happens’.  It’s super super easy to make yummy vegan meals if you do just a little bit of research.  The stigma around vegan meals is downright ridiculous.  Now, to be clear, I’m not promoting a 100% Vegan diet, at all… I love my chicken and steak too much for that…  but I do wholeheartedly believe that our meat and dairy consumption is ridiculously glutinous.   I believe this very strongly as a Christian also !  Scripture backs the premise that meat was originally not even ‘on the table’, and even once it was ‘permissible’ following the flood, it was a luxury… not a main staple.  The mass production of our meat industry is disgusting.. but hey, don’t get me started.

So, the biggest way I combat my teens lack of interest in eating healthy, is to put that healthy, appealing meal on the table each evening.   While I transitioned to dairy free milk nearly 3yrs ago, we are now a dairy free milk family as a whole.  It was a gradual thing though… with Jordan he was convinced by doing some research himself and finding out that milk products are like moths to a flame when it comes to acne… and what teen likes acne.. so over he came to the dairy free side.  My husband was convinced when he received a high cholesterol result in a blood test around his 50th b’day.  He could have just gone to a lighter milk option.. but hey, I shamelessly took the opportunity when it was presented to me.  ha ha.

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By this point, with it being 3 against 2, it was a foregone conclusion that we were going to go 100% dairy free milk as a family… but both James and Tyler-Jasmine were easily swayed by the possibility of acne improvement too.

We did play around with different options for a while, and finally everyone was happy with Rice Milk.  Sadly, there’s still one certain 14yr old who much prefers the white rice milk as opposed to the healthy option of brown rice milk… but hey.. take the wins where they come.

With that change in the family diet, breakfast was sorted, as all 3 kids, and my husband, like weetbix for breakky each morning.  No, I don’t think it’s the healthiest breakfast one could consume.. but hey, it’s far from the worst.

Snacks are typically tricky… I myself, don’t snack to be honest.  I’ll have a bliss ball if I’ve made them.. but as a general rule, I don’t snack.  I would like to improve in that area though, as besides fruit & good quality muesli bars….  the boys don’t take much else in the snack department.

Lunch can be an issue… and here’s where I’ve decided to ‘regress’ in some ways.  My kids were encouraged to be independent with lunch (& brekky) from a fairy young age….  and that’s what has happened for many years now.  Only thing is, I noticed that fairly basic things were being taken to school each day (that’s if anything was taken), and sometimes on weekends, I would notice that they didn’t eat lunch at all. It was then that I made the decision that I’d much prefer them ate well then argue with them about health and wellbeing…  which, as I’ve already said, they pretty much don’t give two hoots about.

So, yes, I do now make my son’s lunches each day… and I don’t mind doing it.  I would much rather they had good healthy food intake in these really important developing years, than have them eat food very low in nutrition, because I’m being a stick in the mud regarding independence.  They’ve got their adult lives to make bad food choices, and I won’t be able to do a thing about it… but while I can have a say in what goes into their bodies, then I’m going to to that.  Even my husband, who, for context, just walked in the door from woolies with dairy iced coffee and a bag of choc covered honeycombs.. Arrrggghhh…  he will go without lunch when busy, rather than make himself something… so I don’t have an issue with making him something.  I mean really… with those rubbish choices, I’ve gotta get as much nutrition in as I can.  😂

While I’m here..  a hot tip for you…  If you suggest to your family to use wholemeal bread/wraps instead of white…. or to add spinach to their wrap/sandwhich…  they won’t be too keen initially…  but you make them a toastie on healthy bread, with healthier ingredients.. and all you’ll hear is “Thanks Mum!”  As I’ve said before… sooooo much of it is about healthy substitutions.

That pretty much tells you how I subtly indoctrinate my family into the healthy eating lifestyle..  😂🤣🤣 #noshame #letshopeitsticks

Blessings Peeps…  Remember to Respect the temple, inside & out . xx

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Let’s talk healthy food !!

I’ve never been one to ‘meal plan’ so to speak, and am far more a ‘decide at 4pm’ kinda gal.  Now, this is perfectly fine IF you have good ingredients in your house.  The biggest trap when it comes to eating un-healthily is going for the ‘easier’ option, usually because it’s faster.

So, as long as I have a can of tuna or lentils in the cupboard… then I’m all good for a 4pm (or even 5.30pm) decision.  (Side note – I do live only a 10min walk to the supermarket, so I can literally decide on a roast at 4pm if I really wanted to… I never have though. ha ha)

But, seeing as we can’t live on Tuna & Lentils, I need to be more self disciplined and actually think of the evening meal the night before, or at least first thing in the morning.  I totally realise I can defrost in the microwave, and against my better judgement,  I do sometimes, but I prefer to let it defrost on the side of the sink overnight.

I’m not telling any big secret here when I say that mince is your biggest versatile friend when it comes to the evening meal.  So much can be made from it, but be sure to not scrimp on the quality .. your tummy won’t thank you for that 2 star mince people !!  I’ve recently been making the Healthy Mummy stovetop lasagna (Recipe HERE). It is so great in so many ways…..  one less pot & wooden spoon to wash, hidden veggies, great ingredients… and it’s a WINNER with the family.  The recipe calls for lasagna sheets, but I’ve also made it with spiral & shell pasta, GF pasta, wholemeal pasta, egg pasta, pulse pasta…. so basically it’s great whichever way you want to make the meal.  It is also a FANTASTIC leftovers dish for those hungry 16yr old boys that eat you out of house and home. 😂

Rissoles or meatballs are also fantastic as you can, once again, hide all sorts of goodness in them (grated zucchini, carrot, celery, chia seeds etc).  Also they can be served for dinner with great fresh veggies or salad, and then save some leftovers to have with a yummy finger food lunch.  Here’s my lunch from yest where I had some leg ham, but this is the kinda lunch I’d pop a couple of meatballs onto.

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Yes, it’s a little heavy on the cheese, but that’s because my Great Nephew was here and he likes to steal my cheese.  :0) (PS, those cheese filled bell peppers were THE BOMB.COM .. they were actually a b’day present from my daughter, so I’m having them super sparingly!!)

This plate is a fairly good illustration of what I have for lunch a few days per week, just with the protein sources swapped around……  quite often it’s tuna or chicken on the plate as a great low fat protein option.   Don’t forget the added goodness you get with each addition.   eg. Tuna is a great source of iron and potassium.  Chicken is a very good source of selenium (enhanced immune response), vitamins B2 & B6 (helps with inflamation, as well as lots more).

Basically, whenever you eat wholefoods, there are AAAAHHHmazing health benefits in everything….  because, guess what.. GOD DESIGNED THEM THAT WAY !!  (Although, He may have some questions about some of the variations nowadays. lol)

You know I LOVE finding new wholefood cafes to try… and today was another victory in that department.  Soul Harvest Wholefoods Eatery at Margate (HERE is their Facebook page) is in a street just a block up from the beach on the Redcliffe Peninsula.  Really great atmosphere, loads to choose from.. and friendly staff.  I’ve been following their FB page for awhile and had been super keen to try it out, but didn’t get there until today.

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My Brekky choice – ‘Eggs your way’ (my way is poached :0) on activated charcoal sourdough, with a side of bacon and some homemade relish.  (I so wish I could master poached eggs at home… I have one of those magic egg thingos for the microwave, but it’s just not the same..plus there’s the whole ‘I don’t want to be using the microwave thing.)

 

 

 

You’ll also see on their FB page that they’re not just about eat in food & drinks, but takeaway, catering, picnics (Look for future blog post on this as it is so our next date day option !!) as well as classes on things like making your own Kombucha, essential oils, Beeswax wraps etc.  They also have loads of stuff going on around healthy living and wellness.. yes, some of it sounds a little new-agey, but just do your homework before going along to something.

As I’m typing, I’m enjoying my darn stinking delicious HM Choc Cherry smoothie.  This is normally my breakky routine, but as I had brekky out, I’m having it now.   I LOVE how I can add in all sorts of goodness and not even taste that it’s there.  I just ate an entire zucchini and it was like it wasn’t there at all.  BAM

OK….  that’s today’s lunchtime thoughts.  I actually got my mince out on the side of the sink at 11am today, so let’s see what #nutritiousdelicous meal I can whip up with it.

Love to you all….  let’s continue to #respectthetemple in all that we do (& eat).

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