Eating Clean and Living Green

Upcoming posts
June 28, 2012, 11:28 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

Hey everyone.  Our family is back together after sending the girls to grandma’s for a week and I took a trip to see my parents to celebrate my grandmother’s 80th birthday.  Quite a life she’s led!

Here’s a sneak peek on the upcoming posts I have planned and am working on:

  1. Clean Eating Apologetics – how to start a clean eating conversation with “conventional” eating family and friends
  2. Our weekly meal plan
  3. Easy Energy Saving Tips

as always there will be more to come. The first post should be released on Monday!


Just “BAG IT”
June 9, 2012, 7:24 pm
Filed under: green living

I’m going to start and end this post with a question.

Can you remember how you got introduced to the “green” lifestyle (eating, cleaning, living, energy, whatever)?

For our family, documentaries have played a large part of our questioning societal norms when it comes to clean eating and living.  Whether Food Inc., FRESH, Waiting for Superman, and so on, we want to pursue the best without doing what we’ve always done.  As we continually reassess what’s best for our daughters and how we as parents appropriately weigh the pros and cons of our decisions, to provide a lifestyle for them that’s better than we may have had.  Note that I do realize I’m not saying anything new for the majority of parents out there.  In fact, I know that there are many more people out there far more eloquent than I on any number of topics which is why we view documentaries.  To see a new perspective, gain new insight and decide for ourselves what we deem most important as a family.  To educate ourselves in order to teach a younger generation.

Now that the intro’s been set, let’s get to the real post!

The most recent documentary shared with us by close friends is “Bag It – Is your life too plastic?” 50,000 foot intro is that it’s a documentary about the use and side effects of plastics in our everyday lives.  Don’t fret – I don’t believe in spoilers.  You’ll have to watch it for yourself.

We’ve been attempting to live a greener life by using reusable bags, making our own cleaning products, changing the way we eat, and others.  But after watching the film, we’ve modified our green living plan a bit and better defined our NO plastic commitment. So here it is,

  1. ALWAYS use reusable bags for groceries – This includes refusing the plastic produce bags
  2. Buy BULK items in our own containers.  If we don’t take our own container, don’t buy it!
  3. Use glass or metal water bottles and cups, never disposables
  4. Use our own containers when eating out (i.e. ice cream, coffee, date night leftovers, etc.)

As more long term goals to shoot for…

  1. Compost ALL food scraps instead of putting in trash bags
  2. Replace all plastic storage containers and bags with glass or metal
  3. Buy milk in glass containers
  4. Buy local meat and produce at the source in our own bags

So we’re committing to just “BAG IT”.  Now it’s your turn, so go watch the film and decide for yourself.

“Is your life too plastic?”

the JOURNEY continues…
June 6, 2012, 5:35 am
Filed under: clean eating, green living

Thanks to all who have continued viewing our family’s blog since the last post in April.  Quite a bit has changed for us and we just want to give you a quick update.

First and foremost, that I have now officially started grad school full-time as of last Thursday.  Now being one week in, we see that it’s going to consume much more of my time than previously thought. While the first few weeks have been an adjustment as I transitioned into a regular study schedule, they have gone very well.

Secondly, through consistent prayer and the support of close friends and family, David (my husband) will halt all career opportunities to accept the challenge of stay at home fatherhood to our two beautiful girls.  To say that God has come through miraculously is an understatement! It has been as much a time of transition for David since my last post as it has been for me.  His support and encouragement has been amazing.  In his own words, it’s God working through him, not his own effort.

Finally, David will be taking over the consistent updates to this blog.  He even wrote this first post!

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Now that you all know the true author, I (David) can only hope to maintain the same level of outstanding viewership which Sally Ann garnered.  I know I have a large void to fill and will commit my best to updating all of you on our new “WHOLE” life as it continues to be redefined and redirected from conventional cultural eating and lifestyle beliefs to one more attuned with mutual respect of the environment and the world in which we live.  Just a note – we’re not growing dreadlocks! That is to say, we believe that TRUE knowledge and experiences have the ability to produce life-changing results when your life is appropriately affected (more on that in the coming posts).  For now, stay tuned as the Eating Clean and Living Green journey continues…