Monday, November 26, 2012

Our month-long adventure

Honey's been having some digestive issues, and his bone spurs are re-appearing near his Achilles tendon. (A sign of calcium deficiency. But Honey is not calcium-deficient. His problem is he's been eating too much animal protein, which causes our blood to acidify, which in turn causes our bodies to leach calcium from our bones to neutralize the acidity.)

So Honey decided we should all eat vegan for a month to see how he feels. (Note: I ate a vegan diet for several years, until we moved to Germany in 2003. Germans are proud to be omnivores, and I didn't know enough of the language to special-order at a restaurant without offending them or embarrassing my family. So I put meat, eggs, and dairy back into my diet.)

 I don't want to feed my family a lot of soy, because of the GMOs in non-organic soy-based products and the estrogen-like compounds messing with our hormones. So we haven't had any soy since we went back to veggie-based eating, which means we haven't been eating any of the vegan convenience foods.

So I've been spending a lot of time in the kitchen lately (and not on this blog), trying to put together tasty, non-soy vegan fare for my family. Our daughter, Honey, and I are all veggie-friendly, but our two boys are pickier. Trying to "fool" them has been an adventure! (Although I made a delicious lentil loaf that the boys gobbled up!)

People often ask if eating vegan is expensive. The short answer is, it doesn't have to be. Yes, you can buy lots of pre-made meat alternatives, and those are expensive (and really processed). Or you can buy lots of frugal dry beans and get creative with those. If you think about it, a pound of ground beef runs about $3 per lb. in my area, if you get a good sale. I was buying (nearly organic) chicken for $3 to $7 per lb. I have never spent anywhere close to that much per pound of produce. So eating vegan isn't any more or less expensive than an omnivore.

However, something that is more expensive is non-dairy milk. Cow milk runs about $3.75 per gallon here. A gallon of almond milk is about $6. And we drink almond milk a LOT!

People also ask how we get enough protein. Getting enough protein is a MYTH that has been pushed on us for many years. What we all should know is that as long as you are not caloric-deficient, you will not be protein-deficient. Really! Did you know that spinach is nearly 50% protein? Honest! Check it out here. (Or let me show it with math--100 grams of spinach has 24 kCals. It also has 2.8 grams of protein. 1 gram of protein has 4 kCals. 2.8 X 4 = 11.2 kCals of protein. 11.2 kCals of protein / 24 kCals = 46% protein.)

One thing that vegans do need to be careful about is getting enough vitamin B12. There are very few vegan sources of B12. Nutritional yeast, fortified foods such as almond/soy milk, and vitamin supplements are the only ones I'm aware of right now. But with all the fortified almond milk our family drinks, it's not an issue for us.

Since I've been revamping our diet, I've been spending a lot of time cooking. So if I'm not updating here much, you'll know why!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Captain Obvious Strikes Again

My three year old came up with this deep discovery:

"Mama," he said, "When Baby Jesus grows up, He'll be JESUS!"

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Say Who?

My youngest boy (not quite 2 1/2 years old) LOVES to sing three songs in particular:

1. The Blue Danube Waltz. There are no words to the song that I'm aware of, but he sings it at the top of his lungs!

2. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. He mispronounces it to sound like "Kinkle Kinkle" and it sure sounds cute.

3. Zacchaeus Was a Wee Little Man. You remember that Bible song from your childhood? Yep, my boys love that song too, but my youngest one sings it with his own variation...He thinks Zacchaeus' name is actually "Tortilla." And since none of my progeny have great "r" pronouncing skills in their toddler years, my son sings it more like:

"To-tilla was a wee wittew man..."

I have tried to get it on video, but my older boy keeps horning in and taking over the limelight. I'm going to try to get him alone soon to tape it.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Various Funnies

Our whole family got to eat breakfast together this morning. What a treat for me to share wonderful, funny, close conversation with the people I love most in this world!

During the course of the meal, our almost-19-year-old daughter told us that she had problems pouring chemicals in one of her recent chemistry labs. Apparently pipettes weren't provided, and the containers to pour the chemicals were awkward.

Honey joked that she was trying to pour too fast. Then he laughed, "Girl, you'd better slow that Mustang down!"

Our older boy echoed, "Yeah, you'd better slow that mustard down!"

On a different note, our younger boy's latest catch phrase is, "I'm baaaaack!"

Also, the boys were spellbound by the TV show "This Old House" this morning. (Especially the segment that showed to how remove a tree stump with a chainsaw!) I suppose a love for power tools starts young!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Post Election Wrap-Up

I live in a VERY red state. So I shouldn't have been surprised by the post-election grumbling.

Here is an old post I wrote, and my opinion hasn't changed:

My First Political Rant

If your candidate won the election, congratulations! If not, be gracious.

Presidents come and go, but Jesus Christ is always King of Kings!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Day!


Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote. ~Andrew Lack

The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

Your every voter, as surely as your chief magistrate, under the same high sanction, though in a different sphere, exercises a public trust. ~Steven Grover Cleveland

Please Vote!