At the beginning of the year I made a committment to lose weight and work towards living a long term healthy lifestyle. I have been very succesful in working towards this goal. I am only about 40% of the way towards my weightloss goal, but I have made great strides as far as learning about basic nutrition guidlines and also what to look for on labels and why preservatives are not a good thing. Of course all things in moderation. By that I mean it may be difficult to avoid all additives but having knowledge of the key ones and what it does to our bodies is what makes this task all that much easier. I recently talked about the effects of MSG found in the majority of canned foods and most commonly found in my pantry in the cream soups and stock bases.
I talked in my previous post about making homemade cream of mushroom soup and freezing it to avoid this reaction to preservatives again. I completed my task on monday and OH MY WORD! Can I say AWESOME!! It was so easy and it actually tasted like mushrooms. It was so delicious. I made 8 batches of this recipe I found here. I did add some basil and parsley and replaced some of the butter for olive oil. **Note most chicken or any stocks in the store contain monosodium glutimate (MSG). So look at your labels. Rachael Ray makes her own stock in a box and it is preservative free and it even sells at wal-mart for only $2.26/quart.
My 8 batches made the same as 30 cans of campbells cream of mushroom soup at no extra cost, just about 1 1/2 hours of time.
I am also very passionate about the health of my husband and my children. I have been changing my granulated sugar to zylitol which has a much lower glycemic count and is also granulated. This is great in fruit salads, baking and cereal, ect. The glycemic index being low is what makes it great for diabetics without all the side effects of most other sweetners.
The other topic I am going to cover in small detail, only because Virginia and Elizabeth cover it on they're blogs well enough for you to refer to those articles by clicking on they're names. I DO NOT do vaccinations, and feel even more like this is the best option for my family now than ever. I have been dealing with the chicken pox and have since then discovered what the pox vac is made of and am horrified. I don't think anyone who does vacs is doing the wrong thing, I only say be infrmed and research beyond your pediatrician. You don't know what you don't know until you delve into the issue with intent on learning the truth.
My little Mister has been a very sick child his first year and are having many more issus than the chicken pox right now and am convicted all the more that I need to take control of what goes into they're bodies and to be very informed about medicine in general. I will go into the the health issues that has consumed our household a great deal next week. You won't want to miss it.
I think I have covered enough issues now, some a bit on the controversial side but just be informed. God Bless, Christina