Wednesday, July 10, 2013

*not* knitting and reading


I completed a grand total of 8 rows on my shawl this past week.  And honestly, they were done yesterday while it was raining outside!  We had such a hot and sticky weekend that I couldn't even think about touching my yarn.  But, it has cooled off again, so I will be back at it today!  At least that is the plan.  I am really enjoying this pattern, however, I need to pay attention to it which is sometimes not the easiest thing for me to do.  I like patterns that I can memorize after a little while.  Probably, at some point, I will have this one memorized as well, but I think that is quite a ways off!


In the reading department, I am reading a lot of food books.  Two of which I have looked at before, Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats and Feeding the Whole Family: Recipes for Babies, Young Children, and Their Parents.  Both of these are really interesting reads.

I have cut way back on my meat consumption, so reading Nourishing Traditions now is very enlightening.  The reason I have cut back on meat is because I feel better not having it.  However, when we do have meat in our diet, I always try to get local, grass fed beef, or happy chickens, both from the Farmers' Market.  But, the recipes in this book are really awesome, and while I think a lot of people hear Nourishing Traditions and think meat 3 times per day, there are a lot of vegetable based dishes in the book.

Feeding the whole family is also a really great book.  Anything that talks about ways to make one meal for yourself and your kids is good in my mind!  I try really hard to have our kids eat healthy.  Lots of fruits and veggies, green smoothies, homemade yogurt; but often I will make them something different if they don't like what we are having.  Less so in recent months, but sometimes you just want them to eat something!

The last book that I am reading through for the first time is called Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman.  Talk about complete opposite from Nourishing Traditions!  I haven't read much past the introduction, but it is a book I have been really looking forward to reading.  This past year I have stopped eating a lot of things that I used to eat a lot of, mainly dairy and meat, and I feel a lot better for it.  I know that a lot of the reasons to make that kind of change are in this book, so I am interested to hear what he has to say.

Are you reading any new books this week?  Have you read Nourishing Traditions or Eat to Live?

Linking up with Ginny, Tami, and Nicole!

19 comments:

  1. Nourishing Traditions is one book I use several times a week, it's a favorite, but I have never heard of Eat to Live so am going to see if I can get my hands on a copy.

    I have been a vegetarian for many years and for a long time I also cut out dairy, but for the past year yogurt has become part of my daily diet. I hope you find a plan that works for you and you enjoy.

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  2. I haven't read either but now I need to flip through them. I'm not a huge meat eater and my dairy consumption has been mostly eliminated. I do feel better.

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  3. I haven't read either. We were raised on the "More with Less" cookbook which I can't recommend highly enough!

    Knitting anything but small projects in heat and humidity is a challenge. Hopefully the weather breaks for you soon.

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  4. good luck with the knitting....summer is always a challenge!!! but my days aren't quite right without a few rows.

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  5. I love Nourishing Traditions, it has so much interesting information to read up on and wonderful recipes, one of my favourites is the coconut chicken soup. Hope your weather cools off enough for you to get some knitting done soon:)

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  6. What better way to learn about your own food biases than by reason such contradictory books. As a vegan family we are struck all the time by the assumptions people make about our diet and the rest of our lives. My rule: eat the food that feels the best for you an lets you sleep well know you have provided well for yourself, your family and your planet. In other words, to each his own. Happy reading...

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  7. I've had to be dairy free for the last year for my nursling with a sensitive tummy. I'd like to read up more on it. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  8. I've heard good things about both of those books. It's been a bit too warm here too so I'm not getting as much knitting done as I'd like. You've got a good start on that shawl. And I love the color! Very pretty! Happy knitting!

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  9. Wayyyy too hot to knit last week but yes, today looks to be the perfect day ;/ Looks like you have some great reading material too! Rock on Mama!

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  10. If I have a complicated project I try to have a second simple one like a pair of socks that I can pick up if I want something to do with my hands but not my brain lol

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  11. I have a good friend who lost over 50 pounds following Joel Furhmans idea. She feels wonderful!

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  12. I haven't read any of those food books yet, but they do sound interesting! I definitely love anything involving food haha :)

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  13. I haven't read the books, but I am 100% behind the whole-food way of eating (I resist the word 'diet.') Boxed/pre-packaged complete meals is just bad news! I see so many overweight people who eat nothing but weight watchers and lean cuisine dinners, and they never get any smaller! I also don't eat meat, but I eat seafood. I'm a vegequarian. Happy knitting.

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  14. Very interested in the book, Feeding the Whole Family. Trying to prepare healthy meals every day is hard enough let alone doing different meals for little people and big people!

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  15. I haven't read any of those books but Feeding the Whole Family is definitely something I might be interested in getting. Will check out Amazon for it. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Interesting! I'll have to track those books down!

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  17. Have not heard of the 'eat to live' book... at least you got a bit done and summer is hard with the heat and all! :)

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  18. I went through a food book phase last year when I decided to eat more low glycemic--but have not heard of your books. I sure love the lace pattern of your shawl and the color is so very rich!
    *smiles*

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