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Call It Like You See It – Thanks to Charlotte Dawsom

20 Oct

As a mother of two young girls it’s important to me to think about the issues they are going to face growing up regarding their own body image, and how I can gently help or hinder their experiences.  We are very very careful in our house not to talk about ‘fat and skinny’ but to focus on having a healthy body and one that works well.

I recently read a great article in a Notebook magazine. (The November 2009 Issue) It was an issue that talked about body image and loving your body shape.  One of the people who contributed was  Charlotte Dawson…I’m thinking to myself, ‘What the hell could the beautiful Charlotte Dawson with her stunning body teach me about body confidence!’ lol.  I nearly didn’t read it, but I’m glad I did, it was a major life changing ‘click’ in how to talk to my children about certain kinds of food.  The “Sometime foods and often foods” doesn’t gel with me, as I can always justify having more of anything that should only be a ‘something’ 🙂

And this is what was said
“I think part of the problem is the idea that this stuff, the junk, is a treat.  When you’re young you’re told you can have this pizza as a treat, you grow up believing it.  Then there’s this connection; ‘I’m eating this and because it’s a treat, I’ll feel good and happy.’  That’s what comfort eating is about  – trying to recapture the felling of being given a treat.  It becomes this unhealthy way of seeking youth, family, love and happiness.  I might be completely off base, but that’s just my crazy theory”
– Notebook Magazine November 2009

It was like an aha moment for me.  I don’t think it’s a crazy theory at all…I think it’s genius.  If we can create healthy triggers for our children to grow with, then we are awesome! lol.  That’s a good mummy high-five right there.

And, it works.  I told my husband about it and for the last month or more we have been calling junk food “Junk Food” and new season fruit etc a “treats”.  3 days ago I was at the Supermarket picking up something for mum and I told the girls they could choose a treat for after dinner.  (A rare and exciting occasion in our house)  Miss 5 choose a Mango and Miss 3 choose a punnet of Strawberries!  High Five Charlotte!  They never considered chocolate, ice-cream or anything other than some fresh fruit.

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Savoury Mince – Eating what’s left…

14 Sep

This is my favourite ‘use up the veggies’ meal.  We generally have it every Monday night, the night before our next box of fresh organic Fruit and Vegies arrive.
The principle is the same every week….

You will need…

1 packet Mince – any kind, chicken, beef, veal & pork.
Beef Stock (I use OXO because it’s my favourite)
Tablespoon of Vinegar
Splash of Soy Sauce

Any Veggies you need eaten.  (If the kids don’t like it chop it super finely or grate it)

What you do…

Finely chop your onion and add to a pan, with about a tablespoon of oil.  Now, depending on how organised you are you can either brown the onions and then add your prepared veggies….or, if you have had a busy day, put the onions on a low heat while you prep the other ingredients (Just remember to stir them)

Add the other Veggies in any order you like.  If you like your Silverbeet, for example, wilted down so the kids don’t notice them enter them now.  If you like them still a little raw and crunchy, then add them at the very end.

Add your stock now, and also add your mince.  Use your spoon to break up the mince to avoid lumps.

All you need to do now is cook it for as long as you like. Do cook it for at least 30 minutes to let all the favours blend.  I would usually cook for an hour or longer, just be sure to keep your eye on the stock as you don’t want it drying out.  Add more water or stock if you need to.

Serve on toast or mashed potatoes.

The absolute beauty of this dish is that it is so forgiving.  You can add whatever you like, and can cook it for as long as you like.  It freezes and it tastes great re-heated.

This photo shows the mince before the veggies have been cooked down.  It seem that the longer I cook them the more veggies I can get away with.

Delivery Food

13 Aug

The easiest thing I would like to share with you is a link to my produce supplier.  They are Organic Angels and they will deliver Australian grown, seasonal produce right to your door.  You can order many things, from Organic Milk, Chocolates and Fruit and Veggie Boxes.  Check them out this month as its Juicing Month, there is a great blog to go with it called Juicing Blog

I will always order a mixed Veggie box.  This has had a great impact on our family, not just because we are eating organic food, but because it has given my children the opportunity to try new fruit and vegetables.  I’m not a great fan of winter or cook veggies, I’m more of a salad person, so I’m not the best at bringing home new veggies.  Last night my 5-year-old ate the left over bowl of steamed Silverbeet which was prepared with dinner!! I just couldn’t believe it!  She didn’t eat the lot (I don’t really blame her) as the taste was too strong, but she has put it on the top of her new favourites list.  I never would have bought Silverbeet by choice…turns out it’s always been one of hubby’s favourites too.  This morning they had fresh juice with spinach, apple, celery and orange…I’m not sure what they like best, the straw or the juice…doesn’t matter!  They got the goodies in them and that was the goal.

I find the cost is equal to what I would have spent at the supermarket, which is perfect, but I don’t even have to go to the shops and I know it’s taken care of.  It also means if I put off the shopping, I am still guaranteed to have my fresh foods in the house.  It’s been good this winter when I have been stuck at home with sick kids etc, I have not run out of fresh fruit and veges.

I should also comment too on the customer service from this company…it is outstanding!

If you would like to try this, see if any of these companies deliver to your house…

Victoria

Organic Angels

Organic Food

Miss Organics

Organic Oz

Garden Organics

N.S.W

The Organic Grocery

Organic Food

Lettuce Deliver

Abundant Organics

Queensland

Home Fresh Organics

If you have an organic business and would like to be on the list, please let me know.  There is only so long a woman can sit on Google when there is work to be done!