Thursday, November 27, 2014

Let's Get Real Friday Party #67

Woot! Woot! Let's get this Friday started. Let's Get Real is all about Healthy Living. That's right! It's all about Real Food, fitness, health and wellness, and home life tips and tricks from Real people. That's you! Grab a cup of coffee (or other preferred beverage ). Relax into a comfy spot and take some time to get to know the great folks that link up here.

** If you are interested in co-hosting Let's Get Real with us, we would love to have you. Please email Christina at: jugglingrealfoodandreallife@gmail.com. It's super easy to host and a whole lot of fun.

Let's Get Real Friday Linky Party
 
I'm not big on rules (since this is what I do for fun), but I do have a couple of guidelines.

1) Follow all your co-hosts. We follow back! Leave a comment for us on the post and we will know you are a new follower.






2) Please don't link and run! Follow and comment on at least 3 other blogs. The more effort you put into getting to know everyone, the more you will get in return. Everyone is here to get more readers and traffic to their blogs so let's show them some love!


3) Let people know where you party! Add our party badge or link back to the party on your blog or post.


http://www.jugglingrealfoodandreallife.com
 
We will be pinning our favorites!!


My Let's Get Real Featured blogger this week is:

(Drum Roll Please!)


 
 
Bridget had me at crockpot with this creamy Buffalo Chicken Chili.  I just love a good crockpot recipe.  They make my life so much easier to juggle.  My husband thinks everything tastes better with Buffalo sauce on it so he is going to love this recipe. 

 
 
 
 

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's Thanksgiving Day here in the US so I wanted to take just a quick minute of your time before I head back to the holiday.  I want you, my readers to know how important you are to me.  My life is busy.  This Juggling Real Food and Real Life blog is not a persona.  It IS my real life. I run around like a crazy woman trying to figure out how to get the kids to their activities and still provide them real food meals each day.  Now I have added in blogging.  Let me tell you...........my real world friends pretty much think I'm insane.  

Thank you for your comments


However, you are always here to support me with your kind words.  You lift me up when I am down.  You celebrate my successes with me.  Your support amazes me!  You have become an extension of my family.  Conversations often begin at my dinner table with (insert your name) says such and such.  My husband and children know your names and ask about you often. 



I am thankful for you this Thanksgiving


This Thankgsiving Day I want you to know how thankful I am that you are part of my blogging community.  Thank you.  Thank you.  I can't say it enough.  Thank you.  I pray that I am always worthy of our friendship for it is so fun to be Juggling Real Food and Real Life with you.    

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Real Food Emergency - Tips For Handling Eating Out and Fast Food

OK...........you know it's going to happen at least once over this holiday weekend and plenty more times as we head into the winter holidays.  You will have all of your meals and snacks perfectly planned because you only eat real food and then you will find yourself in "a situation".  It happens a lot of ways.  You might be too tired to make that meal you planned on because you shopped all day or maybe you are out shopping and Aunt Martha declares she is hungry and going to such and such restaurant.  And.........gasp!  It's a fast food restaurant.  You look for an escape, but there is no way out.  You either eat with Aunt Martha or you hurt her feelings.  We don't want any hurt feelings or grumbling bellies.  


Real Food Emergency


We've had this discussion on the Juggling Facebook page and here is some of the great advice you came up with.

1.  Look for a restaurant that is better than some of the others.  I try to choose Chipotle when I can because they have some pretty good ingredients.  They buy local produce where possible and are starting to label their ingredients which potentially are GMO.  There are others.  Do some research and be ready to make a quick suggestion.

2.  Be clear what is most important to you when it comes to eating real food.  What "rules" are you not willing to bend?  I try to eat 80% real.  In reality it is probably closer to 90% or more.  However, when I get invited to a party or to eat out I am clear that I want  to limit artificial colors for my children.  Choose foods that keep within those "most important to you" rules.  

3.  Avoid sodas.  Every restaurant that I go to has water.  There is no need for my family to drink sodas.  When my family drinks milk or water we are limiting our beverages to real food approved beverages.  Sure, it's not always organic milk, but at least we aren't loading up on tons of sugar and artificial coloring.  

4.  Skip the fries.  I can usually find some fruit or vegetable to eat instead.  Not always, but most of the time.  I can feel good that I am getting some nutrition when I am happily munching on carrots or a salad.  

5.  Don't order off the children's menu.  Some restaurants have a nice selection on the children's menu, but most limit their selections to hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken nuggets.  I have found that when I order off the adult menu for my kids that there is a greater selection.  My daughter loves to eat a baked potato and salad.  It doesn't  usually cost any more than ordering off the children's menu when you order side dishes.  

By this point you may be thinking..........."That is all well and good, but why can't I just eat the hamburger and fries?"  You can if you want.  It is OK to have a cheat meal every once in a while.  After all is said and done, it's how you eat most of the time that really matters.  If you eat a primarily nutrient dense diet then you are doing better than most folks.  However, for some of us...........we actually get sick when we eat foods that are chemical-laden.  My digestive system just can't handle it.  I prefer not to spend my holidays sick.  I really want to have the energy and health to enjoy the holidays with my family.  If you are in the same boat as me then I hope these tips help.

Thanks again to my Facebook community for supporting our real food journey with all of their great advice. 

I promise to keep bringing you the best and most accurate information on nutrition I can find..........and hopefully with a little bit of humor along the way as well. You can find lots of great information on this blog (check out the tabs above and the archives). Make sure to subscribe by email so you don't miss anything. You can also find lots of great tips, tricks, advice, and fun on my Facebook page and my other social media. Please join us and share us with your friends!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Let's Get Real Friday Party # 66

Woot! Woot! Let's get this Friday started. Let's Get Real is all about Healthy Living. That's right! It's all about Real Food, fitness, health and wellness, and home life tips and tricks from Real people. That's you! Grab a cup of coffee (or other preferred beverage ). Relax into a comfy spot and take some time to get to know the great folks that link up here.

** If you are interested in co-hosting Let's Get Real with us, we would love to have you. Please email Christina at: jugglingrealfoodandreallife@gmail.com. It's super easy to host and a whole lot of fun.

Let's Get Real Friday Linky Party
 
A Big Welcome to our very Special Co-Hosts Erin and Cameron from Eat Real Stay Sane! Make sure you give them a big Let's Get Real welcome!
 


Erin and Cameron from Eat Real Stay Sane
 
 
I'm not big on rules (since this is what I do for fun), but I do have a couple of guidelines.

1) Follow all your co-hosts. We follow back! Leave a comment for us on the post and we will know you are a new follower.






 
Erin & Cameron:Blog/Facebook/Twitter
2) Please don't link and run! Follow and comment on at least 3 other blogs. The more effort you put into getting to know everyone, the more you will get in return. Everyone is here to get more readers and traffic to their blogs so let's show them some love!


3) Let people know where you party! Add our party badge or link back to the party on your blog or post.

http://www.jugglingrealfoodandreallife.com
 
We will be pinning our favorites!!


My Let's Get Real Featured blogger this week is:

(Drum Roll Please!)


Sausage Balls from A Dish of Daily Life
 
Michelle has provided us with a wonderfully easy and delicious appetizer recipe with this sausage balls recipe, but that is not why I chose her recipe to feature.  I love the family story she shares with this recipe.  Hop over and take a read.  Remember, we aren't just cooking food.  We are creating memories.  What dish will your family remember you for?