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Should I J.E.R.F.? Can I really Whole 30?

Ah! Healthy eating!  That is a serious goal of mine!!!  Since starting our label reading journey years ago (see previous post entitled “Reading Labels”), healthy eating has been in the back of my mind!  We already avoid food dyes (red-40 for example) like the plague. We don’t drink sodas.    I used to eat Little Debbie brownies for breakfast.  I have made progress.  But, I am still not where I need to be!

I did a short South Beach diet (12 days) a few years ago, sometime after Ella was born! I lost weight and felt great!  But, then, the real world kicked in, and chocolate came back into my life!  I like the idea behind South Beach, but the concepts weren’t quite right! I can’t eat sweet potatoes or fruit, but I can eat lunch meat?  That just didn’t work for me!

Months ago, my super-crunchy and knowledgeable-in-many-subjects friend, Jill, announced that she and her husband were doing a Whole 30.  She lists herself somewhere in internet world as Jill the J.E.R.F. (Just eat real food).  She is that friend that will, knowing you are trying to eat “right,” ask you what that is you are eating, as you scarf down some cheddar and sour cream chips at lunch on homeschool day! I love that about her!  I have had the privilege of eating at her home a few times.  Delicious, jerfy food!  Baked sweet potatoes with caramelized onion, goat cheese and b-b-q chicken on top.  I have recreated that one several times at home!

Whole 30 intrigued me! J.E.R.F-ing intrigued me, too!  Fast forward too many months, I am mentally preparing myself for a Whole 30.  Thirty days of eating real food!  Nothing processed; nothing created to be like processed.  There is no peanut butter allowed (not too sure about this one–I haven’t met an almond butter I like—I am planning to make my own in the Vitamix). Store bought ketchup, ranch dressing, and butter are out of the question!  I love butter!

It’s time, though!  It’s time I practice what I preach and lose a few pounds!  I want this to be a time of life change.  I love chocolate and sweets! But, it’s no secret that sweets are destructive!  I bit the bullet and ordered the Whole 30 cookbooks today! As stubborn as those in my family history are, I should be able to use that will power for good!

Have you done a Whole 30? Are you a J. E. R. F.?  I would love to know your tricks for staying the course!!!

Check out:

There are tons of Whole 30 facebook groups!  Check them out!

Books I purchased:

Our society is too sick to deny that our food is one culprit!  I will update soon!!! Wanna join me?


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Shopping, Modesty and New Adventures

New adventures!  Exciting, challenging and scary all at the same time!  My sweet little family has several new adventures coming our way!  I like to call them “adventures” instead of “changes”….sounds a little more fun, don’t you think?  I will share more on the adventures later!

Yesterday was a rainy Spring day, so soccer and baseball practices were both cancelled! It’s a rare occasion that we have nothing to do on a Monday night! In the text from my handsome husband announcing the cancellations, he asks if I would like to go on a date! Of course I would!!!

We took the kids to my parents! We had a delicious supper for our first stop!

Second stop…the mall! Our little local mall doesn’t have the greatest selection of stores, but it works for times sake!

My husband needed to pick up a few clothing items for these new upcoming adventures!

Of course, he went straight to the men’s section! I, without any children tagging along, did not pass up the opportunity to shop a little for myself!

I have a love-hate relationship with shopping!  I see so many cute, sassy items that catch my eye! But, upon further inspection or after trying on, I realize why the “hate” part of the love-hate relationship comes into play!

Modesty is a controversial topic! What I deem modest for me may be totally different for another!  The problem I see with modesty is that many people don’t give it a consideration.  I see moms dressing their teen daughters provocatively and then fussing for them to cover up!  I have 3 sons and a young daughter! She is 4. I have always had a heart for modesty and felt uncomfortable with certain clothing items.  I pray that starting early with her will give her a heart to honor God with her body!  God doesn’t expect perfection.  He doesn’t expect us to dress like the Amish!  He does tell us in His word to be respectful of others, to honor Him with all that we do!

Shopping Issue #1 from last night’s trip!

Lace is a huge trend this year.  It is EVERYWHERE!!! I didn’t find a single trendy, lacy shirt that I could wear without a tank top underneath (remember our town’s tiny selection)! It’s hot in the summer! Who wants to wear layers in the summer in Georgia? The lace either shows the stomach (ain’t no mama of 4 got time for that) or the bra straps!

Shopping Issue #2 from last night’s trip!

Cleavage! Hello!  Low cut shirts and tie front shirts and off the shoulder shirts and maxi dresses with plunging necklines and spaghetti strap tops! The prints are cute! The styles are adorable! But, nowhere in the stores did I see any options to cover the cash and prizes!

Shopping Issue #3

This is one that comes up in conversation in our home.  Leggings! Leggings are all the rage! You have surely seen the woman!  Middle-aged, over weight! Wearing leggings with a  too-short top!  We all have!  But, overweight or not, middle-aged or not, 100 pounds or 300 pounds, leggings show all the cash and prizes and leave no mystery to what we have to offer!  Please, for the sake of people with eyes, wear a longer top over your leggings!  At least finger tips, y’all!  This presents another issue because it can be difficult to find a shirt long enough to match the adorable floral printed leggings that you bought from your friends facebook pop up!  I get it! It’s worth the time, though! That same company that you bought your leggings from surely sells a top long enough!

There are options to help us look presentable, covered up and fashionable at the same time! I have searched the world over for ways to wear the low cut cute maxis and tops without giving away all my secrets!

One product I love is the Half-tee!

Half-tees! Half tees are like a tank top but stop below the bust!  These are modest without the added heat of a full tank!

Tank HALFTEE (Modal)

Another favorite is the skinny tee!  This version has a higher neckline without looking too high!

The way we dress tells the world so much about us!  If we dress in a way to attract attention, that attention may not always be good!  I believe that a revealing outfit tells the people around us that we don’t value ourselves and our identity in Christ enough to be accepted without drawing all the attention to our body parts!

Modesty starts at the store not the morning you are getting dressed! Plan ahead to dress well and respectfully! What are your thoughts?