Our diet changes

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Posted by Angie | Posted in Family, Food | Posted on 21-05-2012

I decided that on May 8 we would transition to a Paleo diet cold turkey. It went okay for about a week, and then we started going downhill. We are still eating fairly well, but we’ve cheated several times. I think that for us it will be easier to make the change slowly. For now I’m going to concentrate on cutting out the gluten. We will still have plenty to choose from, although I won’t be buying any of those gluten-free  baking mixes or treats. I will still try to make treats from scratch. So that’s the plan for now. I figure that by getting all stressed out about our diet I’m doing myself more harm than good. I’m responsible for feeding 6 people and I need to take their needs and wants into consideration when I make these huge changes to our diet. I’m still reading a lot of paleo blogs and books,  just trying to understand more about the diet and keep myself motivated. Now, if I can just find an exercise plan that would work for me…

Spring Days

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Posted by Angie | Posted in Chickens, Family, Farming, Garden, Spring | Posted on 15-05-2012

We have stayed pretty busy around here. There were some trips that happened. Most notably we enjoyed a weekend at Patoka Lake to celebrate Alex’s birthday with some of the family. We stayed in a cozy little cabin for 2 nights,  rode a train on the scenic railway in French Lick, and went for a tour of Marengo Cave. The kids got to enjoy some quality time with their cousins, and everyone had fun!

The chickens are growing like weeds. It’s amazing how quickly they change. I keep trying to discern who’s a rooster and who’s a hen. I’ve determined that we have at least 1 rooster (out of 50). Unfortunately we’ve lost a few older chickens to the neighborhood fox. The chickens will fly over the fence very early in the morning, when the sun is still rising, and the little vixen will grab them. It’s been frustrating to keep finding random piles of feathers. When we catch her out in the yard we quickly run out there to chase her off.

We finally got our garden started over the weekend. Twenty-three tomato plants. That’s quite a few for a family that doesn’t much care for tomatoes. Lord willing, there will be lots of sauces and salsas. Around 10 pepper plants of various varieties, 4 yellow squash plants,  4 melon plants, 2 rows of sweet corn, and 1 row of popcorn. I still want to get in green beans, cucumbers, and more melons. I have so many seeds to plant , but I’ve reached the point in my pregnancy when I do have some limitations, mostly exhaustion, and I know it will only get worse in the upcoming months. Andy has actually done most of the work, and I’m so grateful for that!

That’s about it. On Thurs. I will post a pregnancy update, and I plan on posting an update on our switch to a lacto-paleo diet in the upcoming week. Hopefully I will also get better at photographing happenings around here and getting those posted on the blog. Lots of goals as I figure out how to juggle everything, and learn how to use WordPress.