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Friday, August 1, 2008

One Year

Well, it has been one full year now, since I started this blog.  Now I want to hear from you!  Is there something specific on here that has ministered to you?  Tell us what babysteps you have implemented in your life.  Is there a topic you would like to see covered on here?


I’m looking forward to your comments.





  1. I found your blog when I was looking to get away from prepackaged foods. I wanted to make chicken stock. I've enjoyed reading your blog and have used a couple of recipes. I'm still trying to work on my husband to see the benefits of cooking over the ease of boxes & semi-prepared meals. He's coming around.

  2. I forgot what I was looking for when I found your site. But I love it that you tend to connect following Christ with living healthy. I was looking to get away from fear-based health information especially since I tend to be somewhat sensitive to those things. I really appreciate that this site encourages us to instead focus on following Christ's lead in what to do next. As for implementation -- the part about saturated fat and fat in general spoke to me, but I've not yet figured out any details about how to implement that.

    One thing might like is if you could provide a better idea of what we can eat instead of bread-based stuff.

  3. I love all of your posts, but my very favorites are the ones in which you get on your soapbox and "preach." I think my very favorite post is "Peripherals." I love your balance, and the inspiration I receive from reading. Also, I am going to try cutting up a chicken like you said.

    My one suggestion to you is for you to link to some of your own posts (you often link to outside sources, but I don't think I've seen any internal links), so that people who have not been reading from the beginning can easily access some of the good stuff they need to read.

    Thanks so much and keep up the good work!


  4. It has been a year already? Wow! The time has flown by. I really enjoy your blog. I especially enjoyed your recent post on money issues. It was helpful and there were some excellent reminders in there for me as well. I also enjoy your attitude of making small changes over time. I appreciate not being made to feel I am failing all over the place. Baby steps makes me feel I can improve my life, my health and that of my families. Keep it coming. We appreciate you!

  5. Thank you all for the feedback!

    Sarah - glad to hear from you, take it one step at a time. :)

    Tim - glad to hear from you as well, I will try to post some more non-bread items. :)

    Justine - as always, the advice is great, I will incorporate. :)

    Kim - So glad you're enjoying! Your comments are good confirmation for me. :)

  6. Shannon - you rock! Your words are filled with maturity, practicality, truth, and encouragement. I love reading your blog and I am so proud to know you. Keep up the good work!

    As for what I've implemented and learned - a lot! I loved your brownie recipe. And I marvel at your sound reasoning as it helps me make better one-step daily decisions. And if I ever felt discouraged - all I need to do is look at you and your husband. Physically - you both look great!!
    Love you! H

  7. Hello Shannon! What has ministered to me is that I need to eat things as close to the way God made it as possible. I have been liberated by that. I will NEVER AGAIN be a marketing sucker. I'm finished with the fads! The blinders are off! I have made some changes this year that I am very proud of. I have a long, long way to go. See I grew up in a family that ate 95% packaged food or fast food along with way too many sweets. I am still working on breaking the cycle. I still struggle with eating out and packaged foods--it's the convenience that is my largest obstacle. I will baby step this too-one snack and one meal at a time.

    Here are the baby steps I have taken this year:

    Dec.: cooking with organic virgin coconut oil
    supplement with cod liver oil
    No longer eat Kashi granola bars or cereal

    Jan.: Kombucha tea
    supplementing with Salba
    completely cut out coffee creamer (milk&cinnamon only)

    Feb.: Probiotics
    Quit Benedryl cold turkey. I was addicted to it to help me fall asleep at night.

    March: using real butter.
    cut way back on coffee(now 1 cup every other day. Switch off with organic black tea)

    April: use natural sugar(Sucanat) and local honey
    May: Natural deoderant (Crystal works great!!)
    Implementing stretches to cure a pain from the root source. These Stretches are from a book called 3 Minutes To a Pain Free Life.

    July: Started drinking Raw Milk (tastes great!)

    NEXT BABY STEP: This will probably be finding a natural soap that works well.

    RECIPES: love them! Especially the muffins. I add frozen blueberries and chopped almonds. YUM!

    I also prepare popcorn the way you do. LOVE IT.

    IDEAS: You have covered so many topics so well that I don't even know what I'm supposed to learn next.

    My family would really benefit from some more snack ideas. We REALLY struggle here--especially around 9pm. That's usually when i hear my husband digging in to a bag of chips!

    Also, i would love to carve the chicken like you showed but i have no idea what to do as far as recipes go with all the parts except the breast. Maybe you could send some recipes out with what you make with all the parts.


  8. Heather,

    Thanks for coming out of lurkdom to give feedback. So glad you are getting good things out of this blog!

  9. Becky,

    Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! You have made a lot of changes and I am so glad you detailed them for others to see!

    Look for an article soon on snacks. Years ago we were to the point that we had snack cakes and treats in the house all the time and ate them daily. Then I went on a lowcarb diet and none of that is allowed. I had such cravings for sweets I had to eat some fruit every evening around 9. Finally the cravings left and I broke the habit (not that fruit is bad, I just don't like to snack). And then we worked on getting the junk out of the house.

  10. Shannon,
    I really enjoy your blog and have gleaned much from it! I especially enjoyed your post allowing us a "peak" into your grocery shopping cart one week. I would love to see an article about what you do with those items to make healthy meals for your family for a week. I am struggling with menu planning now that school has started back up and would love some healthy meal ideas!

  11. Sheila,

    Thanks for the feedback! I have added a column on the right side of the page with my menu and grocery list. I will try to keep this updated weekly.