Well, my dear ones, here we are our first week of February done! I feel like I lost a week in there somewhere. We’re now a week away from my birthday which is wonderful but a little unbelievable. I still keep eyeballing our outdoor Christmas decorations thinking, “Well, those should come down soon…” as I walk to and from my car and we are already starring down mid-February.
With another year come and gone I’ve learned a lot about my body and what I should be filling it with. I’ve witnessed people pass from this earth all too soon and I am left with a passion to do more for myself and my family. I want to live the fullest, most joyful life possible and I honestly believe that begins in my body. If my shell fails me, I won’t have anything left to carry my soul through this life. And when I think about it, 26 seems like a good year to start. Any time is really a good time, but I have been reflecting a lot on my life and holding on to this truth: I am still young. I still have a few years to cling to that truth! So I want to make the very most of them. I want to begin new habits that will carry me through my hopefully very long life.
To continue in the Investment Pieces series, I sat down and thought about how I want to invest in the food that I am eating. Because, let’s be honest, buying the right food and planning and cooking healthy meals takes a certain level of sacrifice. As we have continued our path on eating healthy, I have also learned that it takes a sacrifice of the wallet as well. Here are ways we are investing in our health.
01. We are currently saving for a NutriBullet so that I can make juices and smoothies on a regular basis. I would love to get the point where I juice 1 day a week to cleanse and detox my system.
02. Shopping local. It takes a little extra money and time, but I am trying to source as much of our fresh foods from local businesses as possible. This way I can be sure about where it came from and what went into the growing process. It also helps to support our local community which is a plus.
03. Smeg mixer. Baking while on the paleo diet is a challenge, but one that I definitely want to get better at! We never received a KitchenAid for our wedding so now we are saving up for this beauty. David promised to buy on when we buy our first home- which will hopefully be this year!
04. Beef. This spring David and I are hoping to buy a full half a cow to have butchered. Now, so sorry for all you vegetarians out there. I appreciate your lifestyle, truly, but my body needs a high dose of protein so meat is a necessity. We are tired of spending loads of money on our grass-fed beef, so we are excited to buy in bulk from local farmers who can show us right where the cows have been grazing.
05. Cast iron pans. These have been our favorite things to collect in the kitchen! I absolutely love cooking with them. They heat up quickly, cook evenly and wash out easily. I can’t say enough about how wonderful they are.
06. Indoor herb garden. While summertime is great for the gardening, I miss my fresh herbs in the colder months. This year I hope to propagate a fruitful herb garden that I can then transplant into my home next fall. This sweet planter is from Knack by the way.
07. Bamboo utensils. These aren’t too much of an investment in the long run. I am trying to replace all my metal and plastic with these. You can find inexpensive ones or spend the money on some prettier ones. Either way, I find these to clean up easier and hey, they look pretty great on the counter!
08. Chemex. Beyond these looking amazing, I have loved every cup of coffee that I have ever had from one. We don’t own a coffee pot right, so we would love to invest in a special piece.
09. Fresh produce. All.day.long This is the most expensive part of eating well. It’s also the most rewarding part. Having fresh fruit and veggies around makes it really easy to slice up a healthy snack throughout the day. I have been learning all about what produce is available during what season so that I can buy the best, freshest food for my family!
That’s what we’re looking at for our food and diet investments! It can take a bit of time, energy and money, but you have to admit, it’s a good investment!
Until next time!