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My Beach Obsession

Uncategorized Aug 03, 2020

Last week we managed to escape to Acadia National Park after a five hour drive in the car. When we arrived at our rental house, we were immediately struck with the salty ocean smell. The kids were bursting to explore our little rocky beach so we quickly unloaded our bags and walked two flights down the wooden steps to the shore. 

The rocky landscape that met us at the bottom of the steps gets covered and uncovered twice daily with the changing six foot tide. It was the perfect spot for my five year old and I do indulge in our beach obsession.

We're completely obsessed with finding sea glass. So much so, that we have to remind ourselves to look up and enjoy the view every few minutes. If you've never done this, it's basically a hunt for tiny pieces of glass in the sand and rocks. The glass is formed when the sea salt chemically weathers it over time giving it almost a frosted appearance. 

We love the thrill of finding frosted pieces of all sizes. Bonus points...

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Don't Be A Bad Date

Uncategorized Jul 26, 2020

Have you been to a restaurant since COVID-19 started? While we were able to enjoy our first dinner out in Maine this past week, we're sticking to take away or curbside pickup at home. 

One thing that's nice about eating at home is that you eliminate the potential for a bad date. I'm not talking about the awkward high school, sweaty palms kind of date. I'm talking about the date that comments on your plate.

Picture this, you're scanning the menu at your favorite restaurant and you and your bestie decide to get the same thing. The waitress brings your meal and your bestie says something along the lines of "Wow, this is so big, there's no way I can eat all of this! I'm going to take the rest home for lunch and dinner tomorrow." Meanwhile, you're looking at your dish, thinking it's going to hit the spot and there won't be might not be any crumbs left because you're feeling super hungry. 

What you're left with is feeling badly because you've just been food shamed...

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I Should Lock My Pantry

Uncategorized Jul 26, 2020

I still have diet thoughts come into my head. The patterns in my brain that told me to restrict and measure and stop and avoid were used for many years, so as much as I've tried to erase them, I sometimes find myself in those old thought loops. 

One of those loops goes like this. Enjoy a nice lunch, come back to the kitchen an hour later, eat something sweet and then listen to my brain say, "why did you just eat that? You shouldn't be hungry again. What's wrong with you?". Then some sort of guilt and shame and self flagellation follow. Sound familiar? 

In my dieting days, this mini conversation would've spurred on a new dedication to the next diet. I would've thrown out all the "bad" foods so I wouldn't dare be tempted to eat them again. I would debate locking up my pantry. How many times have you heard people joking (or serious) about this during COVID-19?

The only thing I need to lock up right now is my ability to recognize these diet thoughts and continue...

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What Would You Do If You Were Me? {Real Life Hack}

Uncategorized Jul 13, 2020

I've mentioned that I'm on a quest to organize and streamline our house. Before our baby was born, I did a major office clean out. I'm talking, threw out my grade school report cards and poems that I had written in 4th grade kind of clean out. Never mind that I've kept these things through too many moves to count. Eliminating junk and creating space is very satisfying to me. 

I love getting rid of big items and replacing them with smaller, sleeker items like my old clunky printer. Yes, it could print, scan and copy, but it didn't meet my aesthetic standards. Big, gray, bulky, meh. So off I went to amazon to purchase my cute little white HP Tango printer after taking the old one to the dump. 

The printer arrived and my husband gave me the side eye and said "that thing is going to last you two weeks. It might break if I look at it the wrong way." I assured him that it would be perfect. Enter COVID-19, homeschooling and WFH and that Tango started dancing multiple times a day....

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You Wrote The Book

Uncategorized Jul 06, 2020

Our sweet baby girl is already 5 months old. After some minor bumps (hello, thrush), we're into a groove with breastfeeding and are juuuuust starting solid foods (hello, avocado). I can't wait to see what foods she likes. 

This girl is so intuitive. She tells me exactly when she wants to eat, if she's had enough or if she needs more. She doesn't need to check and see what her siblings are doing. She doesn't care if she's following the get-your-baby-to-sleep-by-twelve-weeks-using-this-daily-formula plan. She just knows exactly how much and what she needs.

You know who else just knows what and how much food they need? You do. We're all born intuitive eaters and inevitably loose our footing somewhere along the way. Family, friends, a doctor, a teacher, a celebrity, or a book sends us off course. That's normal and not your fault since you live in a diet culture obsessed nation. Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch are the dietitians who developed the model of Intuitive Eating...

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The Picnic Is Cancelled

Uncategorized Jun 29, 2020

Hey Mama,

I tried something new this week! You can listen to the newsletter HERE!

Camp mom here reporting that we've survived our 3rd week of "summer".  My friend and I laughed that our white visors and whistles were already broken.  Ten more weeks to go. Lots of deep breaths. 

Just like you, our summer plans don't look like we had hoped. No camps, no trips back to see our family and friends for 6 weeks and limited sports activity options. One of my summer highlights, our family picnic, was even canceled. Our annual tradition of gathering three to four generations is on hold until next year. 

My Aunt who organizes this picnic sent out the cancelation announcement with the best picture of my nana and her five sister-in-laws who were the matriarchs of our family. Something about this picture made me stop and really think about my roots. Even though I look at a picture of my nana almost daily, I really looked at her in a different way...

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To The Bitter End

Uncategorized Jun 22, 2020

You know what I find incredibly satisfying? Using things to the end. Like the bitter end. I wear socks and favorite t-shirts until there’s a hole. Any tube at our house like toothpaste, sunscreen and shampoo gets cut open so we can use up every last drop. At last count, I had 4 tubes cut in half in various rooms of our house. 

I’m currently using up a jar of coconut oil, too. Do you remember when the “experts” were recommending coconut oil to cook everything? That was way back when I jumped on the health goods bandwagon. (Let’s not count how many years I’ve had this stuff and never mind that I could just empty the tub, recycle it and move on with my life.) Back to the oil. This stuff is gross. Sorry if you love it, but I think it tastes awful.

What's really awful is the number of things I stomached over the years in the name of "health". I wasted too much time, energy and money on the so-called health expert's picks. It's frustrating...

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Diets are so 1990's

Uncategorized Jun 20, 2020

Summer is here! We survived homeschooling and are onto the task of camp mom.

One task I'm glad I've quit for good is shopping for diet products that are so-called "approved" on the latest plan. 

If you grew up in the 90’s you might remember the brand Snackwells,  or maybe Entemann’s fat free desserts. Back then, diet culture had us believing that everything should be fat free because fat was the devil causing our waistlines to increase and our moral values to decrease.  

Maybe your mom did Weight Watchers, the cabbage soup diet, Nutrisystem, or Jenny Craig. Maybe she even dragged you to a meeting or weekly weigh-in - in which case, it’s very likely you  developed a negative narrative around how you feel about your body.**

Fast forward to the 21st century: many women are now onto the diet industry. We know that diets only work in the short term and that there’s no diet out there that works long term.  We’re much cooler...

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Diets are so 1990

Uncategorized Jun 15, 2020

Hey mama, 

Summer is here! We survived homeschooling and are onto the task of camp mom.

One task I'm glad I've quit for good is shopping for diet products that are so-called "approved" on the latest plan. 

If you grew up in the 90’s you might remember the brand Snackwells,  or maybe Entemann’s fat free desserts. Back then, diet culture had us believing that everything should be fat free because fat was the devil causing our waistlines to increase and our moral values to decrease.  

Maybe your mom did Weight Watchers, the cabbage soup diet, Nutrisystem, or Jenny Craig. Maybe she even dragged you to a meeting or weekly weigh-in - in which case, it’s very likely you  developed a negative narrative around how you feel about your body.**

Fast forward to the 21st century: many women are now onto the diet industry. We know that diets only work in the short term and that there’s no diet out there that works long term.  We’re...

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I Haven't Arrived Yet

Uncategorized Jun 08, 2020

Hey mama, 

This past week has felt heavy and hard. I don't pretend that as a woman with white privilege that I have any answers or that I'm an expert on being anti-racist. I'm sure I'll say and do things that are wrong, but I'd rather say something than nothing. Silence brought us to where we are today and won't work going forward.

It's impossible to silence the truth about the intersectionality of marginal identities. Race, gender, religion, size, sexuality and disability all affect our experience with discrimination. To truly fight oppression and discrimination, we must first understand where we sit in society. Without doing this, we will never fully appreciate the inequities woven into our society and too many will continue being compromised. Here's where I won't compromise....

I know that I'm learning to be anti-racist. 

I know that I'm for equality. 

I know that I'm learning to be anti-diet. 

I know that I'm for ending oppression. 

I know...

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