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New Years Resolution: It Is Not What You Say It Is What You DO January 10, 2012

Punch Studio Journal I have always loved making new years resolutions. I have always been a big fan of self improvement. Even as a teenager, I was obsessed with books from the self-help aisle.

But when it came to making new years resolutions this year, I was stumped. I was sick and tired of making far-fetched goals and not committing to them. Sure, it used to be easy to be excited and motivated about a new goal for a day or two, and then reality sets in. Life gets busy, things can get stressful, and new plans are forgotten or ignored once again.

This year, I needed to make resolutions that were within reach. I wanted to see my real-life goals actually being checked off and completed week by week, month by month.

Where would I begin?

I need to start exercising regularly again. I need to lose a few pounds and get toned. I’d love to use weights and try resistance training at least three days a week. I want to do a sugar, caffeine, and alcohol detox for a month or two. I’d like to finally get the closets and drawers in my house organized…

But, truthfully, all of these goals are the same ol’-same ol’.

I’m sure that being a first-time mom to an 18 month old has a lot to do with it, but I just wasn’t inspired by these familiar goals this year. I couldn’t get myself pumped up and excited to start fresh and create new plans. Maybe just the hustle-and-bustle of my every day life, living second by second with my active little toddler made planning for my future something I just didn’t have time for.

So, in order to kick off the new year, new goals, and get excited about creating new years resolutions, I bought myself a gorgeous journal (I have a stunning Punch Studio Journal) at a quaint little tea shop in California. I was sure that this beautiful book would be just the trick to put me in the mood for goal writing. But as the last days of December went by, and a week into January passed, my pretty little journal sat there… blank.

I decided it was time to start making my resolutions, when the famous quote, “It’s not what you say, it’s what you DO, that matters,” popped into my head.

So true.

It made me realize that I am going to go about my lovely little journal in a whole new way this year. I’ve decided to ditch all the goals and plans and simply write down what I actually DID that day to make the most of my day, time, and life. What did I accomplish, not just think about, that sets me one step closer to a better relationship with my son and husband, a healthier mind and body, a cleaner house, a kinder, more involved friend, a happier life filled with purpose?

I’ve decided that instead of making unachievable goals, I will use the pages to show all that I have accomplished- even if they seem small- to motivate myself to DO instead of just THINK or SAY. Goal setting is great, but for now, only writing down what has been DONE seems so much more inspiring to get me off my butt and actually start DOING.

Instead of flipping the journal pages feeling frustrated at my lack of will-power or become impatient with unmet goals, I can look back at past pages and read all that I do, why I’m great, what I am making of my life, and what I contribute to the world.

I have to say, this new way of thinking was just what I needed to feel inspired. I’m can’t even tell you how excited I am to journal tonight…

Jennifer

-Glamour & Green Gluten Free

 

Organic Eating: It’s Not Just a Fad March 19, 2010

Eating Organic_Not Just a Fad I read an article online from Eating Well today about eating organic today (see the Eating Well article here) and it just reminded me about why it’s so important to go the organic-route.

The article says, “…Pesticides can be absorbed into fruits and vegetables, leaving trace residues… Long-term exposure to them has been associated with cancer, infertility and neurologic conditions, such as Parkinson’s.”

 

Yikes. That’s scary stuff. Then, add the risks of eating gluten on top of it- it’s been linked to developing Multiple Sclerosis, Diabetes, Infertility, Autism, Thyroid Disease, Cancer… the list goes on.

We don’t eat gluten, right? Why would we eat pesticides and toxic chemicals that can put our bodies in just as much harm? I often wonder if all these diseases we Americans end up getting, or the incredibly sad situations of women who are not able to have children and desperately want them, could have been prevented by avoiding these poisons that lie in our every day foods!

It’s easy to think that the organic-hype is all bogus. Why would anyone let us eat tomatoes and lettuce and carrots if they were filled with dangerous chemicals right? I think the answer is simple: Because we buy them.

Have you ever noticed that the genetically-made, toxin-filled, non-organic produce rarely have bumps, flaws, or imperfections? The apples have thick coat of shiny wax that we now seem to think is normal. But it’s not normal. Organic produce might not always be the prettiest- they may have a few bumps, they won’t have a shiny wax coat, and they may have a little dirt on them, but they’re REAL! Organic produce is rich in the nutrients we need and jam-packed with true and natural flavors. 

I believe we need to support local farmers, support organic farmers, and choose quality over quantity in the name of our health!

 

I realized how real this situation is a year ago. TRUE STORY: At the time, we would eat organic half the time. When my husband was buying, everything was non-organic and cost-efficient. But one random trip to the grocery store, my husband and I bought some regular (non-organic) tomatoes and left them in our fruit bowl on our kitchen counter for a week. We realized a week later that we still hadn’t ate them and that they probably were bad. But when we inspected them to see if they were edible, they were in perfect condition… except for the little green veins that seemed to be growing inside the tomato!

I was really weirded out. That’s not what a tomato should look like. And where was the mold? We bought these tomatoes when they were ripe and ready to eat. A week later is usually way too long for these sensitive fruits.

Anyway, my husband was so intrigued by the green varicose-vein-looking-things- inside the red tomatoes that he refused to let me throw them away.

Another week later, the green veins inside the tomato begin to poke and grow out of the tomatoe’s skin! It was growing tomato vines right out of itself!!! There were tons of branch-like vines just growing out it’s own body… it looked like a Chia-Pet! 

I called my mom and asked her if she had ever seen a tomato grow new vines right out of itself… Nope! I was so scared of it, that despite my husband’s obsession with this freak-like science project, I demanded that we throw it away. And we did.

Before we got rid of it, I took a photo of this tomato with my camera-phone and sent it to my mom as proof. TO THIS DAY, I kick myself that I didn’t take photos with my regular camera (what the HECK was I thinking?!) because I broke my phone several months later and the pictures couldn’t be salvaged. My mom deleted the tomato photo too (I think it scared her too), so all my evidence is gone. 😦 …What a bummer!

Anyway, I hope you’ll believe me and take this organic-thing seriously. It’s not a fad! Refuse to buy non-organic, genetically modified produce, and support the farmers and companies that want you to live a long, healthy, and vibrant life!

Whew. That’s my rant for the day! 🙂

-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free

 

Welcome to Glamour and Green- A Blog for Fabulous Gluten-Free Gals! February 24, 2010

To All You Gluten-Free Gals: Be Glamorous AND Green! Thanks for visiting Glamour & Green- the ultimate Blog for any fabulous gluten-free gal looking to find all that super-cool and super-good for you & the environment.

Gluten-free is not always associated with “desirable”, but we here at Glamour & Green are here to change that! We don’t see any reason why every day can’t be a glamorous day; one filled with good-for-you goodies, trinkets, and treats!

We think that living a gluten-free lifestyle is a gorgeous way of life, filled with lots of luxury and little pleasures… and we’re here to show you! Join us!

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-Glamour & Green Gluten-Free