Foods We’re Eating These Days (and not)

Mr. Nest and I have become increasingly aware of what we’re eating these days.  We’ve learned first hand how the foods we eat hold power over the quality of our daily lives and health.

It’s been a gradual transition, and sometimes it has taken a bit of ingenuity.  Happily, every good choice has become another piece in the puzzle of a healthier, better, perhaps longer life.  And we’re loving the new decisions we’re making!

We  now live with less aches and pains, no bloat or fuzzy-headedness.  We’re more comfortable, slimmer and sharper.

“GLUTEN-FREE” FIRST SHOWED UP ON OUR RADAR a few Photo - Wheat - Image courtesy of dan at FreeDigitalPhotos dot net
years ago, but we were hesitant to try something so drastic. After all, who wants to sacrifice any of life’s great pleasures – like french toast, fried oysters (the breading) and the rare, deliriously enjoyed, apple cinnamon doughnut?

But, it wasn’t easy to stay away from the idea. Articles and recipes were popping up everywhere!  Information and questions percolated in the back of my mind.

We started out timidly.  Our first step was to put gluten-free to the test. Continue reading “Foods We’re Eating These Days (and not)”

The Skinny on GMO Foods

GMO Foods are all the buzz these days.

What are they?
How do they affect us?
Why do we care?

Photo - The Skinny on GMO Foods - Genetic Engineering Concept image by Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee at FreeDigitalPhotos.netGMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms.  They’re also known as Genetically Engineered (GE) along with a few other terms.

The premise behind artificially altering the genes of plants, animals and soil bacteria is to help agricultural crops to resist pests, be less affected by drought, grow and ripen faster and produce more crops for the effort.  GMO’s are also being used in pharmaceutical production.

There are a lot of compelling reasons being presented to support the idea.  If genetically altered crops were to contain higher amounts of certain nutrients, the argument goes, then think of all the good GMO foods could do.  Maybe rice could contain more vitamin A to aid vision health, particularly in fighting blindness in children who live in nutritionally-challenged, less-developed countries.  And how about cancer-fighting foods, like broccoli, being able to fight cancer even better?

Who doesn’t want these things?!

The percentage of GMO foods is increasing rapidly.   Proponents seem to want us to believe this is a natural evolution.  But we’re not talking about cross-pollination the way nature does it.  Or even taking cuttings from one fruit tree (for instance) and grafting it onto another fruit tree (for instance).  We’re talking about huge, commercial laboratories (cough cough Monsanto cough cough) artificially forcing foreign genes into the genes of plants and animals.  Forcefully breaching the barriers that naturally occur between species. Including plants and animals that end up in our kitchens and restaurants.

To this, I used to say, “So, what?” Continue reading “The Skinny on GMO Foods”

Don’t Lose Sleep Over Daylight Savings Time!

Daylight Savings Time …

For the next week or so, you might be feeling that hour of sleep you lost to Daylight Savings Time.  Keep reading for how to get the sleep you need and make the adjustment easier!

Yep!  It’s that time again, Folks!  Tonight, when you go to sleep, you’ll be thinking about how much earlier the morning will seem.  And you’ll be right.  But you don’t have to lose sleep over it!

Photo - Alarm Clock Courtesy of Pong at FreeDigitalPhotos dot net. NestHalfFull.comModern Daylight Savings Time was first implemented for economic reasons.  During World War I, the Germans figured that, if they switched the use of resources from producing artificial light to  making more weapons, they could bomb the daylights out of their foes.  Pretty soon, much of Europe and the United States had caught on and were arming up with longer days.  After that war ended, the world felt a little safer in their beds and went back to their regularly scheduled lives.

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids Over 20

You know one of the great things about buying gifts for young children?  They always know what they want.  Ask and you’ll get a specific list of things so wonderful, it makes their knees wiggle when they talk about them!

Then they hit their twenties… and you’re on your own.
Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids Over 20 Our family is delightfully large with children ranging in age from 34 to 20.  So you can imagine how difficult it is to think of Christmas gift ideas to put under the tree for everyone.  At least something they’ll actually like (without just throwing a little green at them).

This year, Mr. Nest and I decided to think differently.  Instead of looking for what we think they’ll like, we’ve decided to approach from the other direction.  What can they really use?

In the spirit of sharing ideas this season, here’s a list of Christmas gift ideas we’ve brainstormed for our adult kids.  We hope it helps!

Private Spoiler Alert to our very own children:
If or when you read this, your gifts will not be found on this list.
Or will they?!

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