December 28, 2009

Healthy New Year

"If I had my way I'd make health catching instead of disease."
~Robert Ingersoll

I know it's not specifically related to non-religious parenting or homeschooling, but the way we eat is a big part of our lives. I've written before about our journey to vegetarianism and our decision to stop eating eggs. An update on that, by the way, we briefly considered buying local eggs but just never did. No one seemed to miss them that much. We have had eggs at IHOP since then. Actually, I tried the egg substitute and it was pretty darn good. The last two times we went, I ordered the fake omelet. I want to get the kids to try it and see if they like them too. Right now we are looking a little more seriously at vegan options. I try to throw in a completely animal-free meal at least once a week, and to help me, I got a cool new cookbook for Hanukkah, Vegan Comfort Food. I haven't actually made anything from it yet, but I have one recipe on the menu for this week.

Also on the topic of food and health, I am three months into a weight-loss project. Inspired by vertpaix and the Lose It! app for the iPhone, I have been counting calories and dropping one pound a week. Considering the only other time I've lost weight by changing my diet was when I gave up meat, this is a pretty big deal for me. Counting calories isn't a new concept, but the app makes it so amazingly simple. That said, it's not always easy or fun. I've had to learn a lot about my body and what affects me, personally. I could go into details (because I think it might be helpful to someone who has the same questions I had over the last months), but I don't want this to be a weight loss blog. So if you have questions, or want to know more, just email me. Being more conscious of what I eat is also having an impact on the kids. I'm much more careful about what I buy and prepare. I talk about calories and how they affect me, which in turn has Robotson talking about calories. Not that I want him to be overly concerned about weight, but he is heavier than he should be. I want the focus to be on health and education, but I admit to excitedly telling him when I was down my first 10 pounds. He said I still looked the same to him. That's o.k. though because I know he's interested in my progress.

So up to this point, all I've done is watch what I eat. Next month I am stepping it up by adding exercise. I have found that house cleaning actually burns quite a few calories, and it serves a dual purpose, but I got the Wii Fit Plus over the holidays too. I've got a long way to go, but I feel like I am learning how to eat properly for the first time in my life. Over the holidays I did not over-indulge, but I did eat more sugar. I felt really sick Christmas evening and though there is still food left in the house, I've steered clear of it. I've also broken my goal into two steps and have planned to reward myself with two new tattoos. I'm already thinking about what I want and where. Got any ideas? My current tats are the kids names on my wrists. This time I want something personal for me, possibly something related to science or atheism. Definitely look for updates as I get closer to my goal.


  1. great info on the diet industry's dirty little secrets!

  2. you're so right about it not always being easy or fun. I'm definitely still human. I have my not-so-great days. I had a few of them last week. The best thing I can be is mindful and honest with myself. It certainly is a simple process to lose weight. It's all in the math. Easy and fun, definitely not all of the time. ;)

    But by the end of the month, I want to be able to say to myself that I've lost 30 lbs.

    Oh, I love tattoos, too. :) I have two already.