My name is Lindsey, and I am a jack-of-all-trades of sorts. I am an attorney, a mom to my beautiful toddler (Parker, AKA Little Bear), and a wife to my sweet hubby (Ryan, AKA Husband).
I love food - not just eating it, but reading about it, talking about it, cooking it, eating it, dreaming about it... I also am really passionate about eating and living as naturally as possible. I truly believe that what you put on and in your body play a huge role in your overall health.
My first step (over 3 years ago) in my journey of naturalness was giving up artificial sweeteners. This was no small task! I still to this day cannot look at or smell a Diet Coke without nicotine-withdrawal-like symptoms. And, you'd really be surprised at the hidden sources of artificial sweeteners in products - sports drinks, almost all gum, baby medicines (which is a whole other post in itself), and even lip glosses. Yuck!
After I had mostly mastered the fake sugar hurdle, I found out I was pregnant. All of a sudden everything I ate was such a bigger deal than it had ever been before. I felt like what I put in my body was laying the groundwork for this little baby I was growing. It was an overnight overhaul in my diet. I instantly cut out nearly everything that wasn't "natural." I know defining "natural" is a very objective process, but hopefully this blog will help chronicle the term as I use it in my life.
Parker was born in October of 2010, and the lifestyle changes that I had made when I was pregnant no longer seemed like the "other" way of living. It had become "the" way of living for me. I really hope to teach Parker (and his future siblings) the importance of appreciating what God has given us and how to use nature to our advantage.
I don't want our family to be considered weird by other kids and their parents, so I try to keep everything in perspective. When we go to grandma's or to a friend's house, I don't panic if they give Little Bear something that normally wouldn't be in our diets. I don't ever want to make others feel like I'm condemning how and what they eat, and I absolutely never want to make Parker an outsider because of our lifestyle choices. I have already accepted that there will be many kids' birthday parties, school festivals, sleepovers, etc., that will bring "no-no" foods in to our diets, but hopefully I can teach Parker the importance of eating unrefined so that he can make good choices for himself.
My hope is that this blog can serve as a resource to share my discoveries, victories, slip-ups, and other experiences with people at all stages of eating "for real!"
I’m a Christian, a wife, a mom to my 2-year-old son, a lawyer, a cook, a baker, and a DIY wannabe! I love couponing and getting great deals, which can be tricky since I also make sure to provide my family with an all-natural, chemical-free household as much as I possibly can. I love, love, love people and all things social. I’m an online shopping addict and love sharing when I find great buys!
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