Typically in years past I have posted a detailed account of my previous year with a few musings along the way.
This past year has been a crazy one, but I think I'll keep that part short and sweet.
Events of the year include: Colic, 2 parents having open heart surgery, loss of a few friends, birth of a great niece, my son's first crawl,words, steps, tooth, and birthday.
All of these things were memorable and impactful, but right now I'm very focused on the future. Here's why. My husband and I have decided to take the 10 Days of Real Food Challenge. It may seem a bit out of left field to some readers, as I don't tend to blog much about food ( I have a friend who does a better job of that than I ever could anyway). But just because I don't blog about it, doesn't mean I don't think about it. In fact, I think about it A LOT!
While I have often leaned toward the more natural side of things, I never really took it seriously. It's just too easy to give in to temptation, namely for me: chocolate. I think having two parents recently have open heart surgery really made me re-evaluate how I was treating my health - as a low priority. While both parents (my father and my MIL) are doing well, they had a huge wake up call, not to mention some really stressful times for their loved ones.
I take a step back and think, I'm so glad western medicine was there to save my dad's life, but preventing it needed to start much earlier. It needed to start years ago, when he was, say, my age. I look at my toddler son and I think, if we continue on this path, what does he have to look forward too?
So, back to the challenge. This is my idea of the healthiest way of eating, it is not necessarily the most scientifically researched, the latest fad, or even well known. Real food is a way of getting away from the processed food of today's world, and sticking with food as nature made it, with minimal cooking or manipulating. The whole idea just makes sense to me. I think closer to nature is a good thing in all aspects of life, so it just makes sense here as well.
I plan on blogging more about it over the next 10 days, but this will make the next year have a very different beginning. Off to bake some whole grain muffins for breakfast tomorrow... Day 1.