The Paleo Diet

The third installment of the series on eating patterns is about the Paleo Diet. Last month, we explored the Vegetarian Diet and discussed alternative ways to meet protein needs without meat. Ranked #33 out of 41 total diets in the U.S News Best Diet Rankings, the Paleo Diet didn’t fare well as it is perceived to be too restrictive to be sustainable. While that may be true for some, the Paleo diet has a cult-like following and isn’t as ‘unreasonable’ as it may seem at first glance. Continue reading “The Paleo Diet”

Pregnancy: 1st Trimester Wrap-Up

With only weeks to go before I enter the 3rd trimester (!!!), this post is admittedly a little late.  I had no idea how much pregnancy causes time to speed up!  I can’t even fathom the thought that FIVE months have elapsed since we found out we were pregnant, and don’t even get me started on how I feel about having only about three months left before baby makes her appearance.  It gives whole new meaning to the phrase, ‘so much to do and so little time.’  Never in my life has my motivation to accomplish anything been so fickle; one minute I’m in a tizzy, ready to move dressers out of our bedroom in preparation for a wood-floor project, and the next I’m sitting on the couch having lost all interest in the endeavor.

But, despite my current 26-week status, neither the blog nor the pregnancy would be complete without at least a little bit here for posterity! Continue reading “Pregnancy: 1st Trimester Wrap-Up”

Do What You Love (or, THP: Chapter Nine)

(This is part nine in a series about The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin.  To start at the beginning, click here. )

Gretchen Rubin “pursued her passion” of books during her happiness project, and reading about it simultaneously depressed and inspired me.  This chapter, by far, was the hardest for me to read. While she takes the love of reading and writing to a whole other level (where does she find the time?!), I myself have–at various times in my life–been an avid reader and writer as well.  Seeing how ardently she chases her dreams, as well as a select few of my own friends, leads me to question my own dreams.  More often than not, I’m left feeling like a failure (least professionally) because I haven’t really done anything ‘of note.’  Especially in light of the fact that I’m not working outside the home right now, what am I doing to further my own dreams?

Which, of course, begs the question: “What ARE my dreams?”

Continue reading “Do What You Love (or, THP: Chapter Nine)”