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Feb
10

From Chaos to Order – Challenge Five

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In Challenge four, we went through our brain dump list and scheduled anything that had a specific date attached to it.  We also blocked out time for self-care, and set time according to our priorities, with margin built in. Don’t forget, if you’d like to join in on the discussion, join our Facebook Group.

 

Calendar Check

If you have any empty time on your calendar for the week, go through and assign it a priority- husband, kids, job, home, etc…  Don’t forget to put in adequate time for errands and shopping, meal planning and food preparation for every meal you fix at home.

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Feb
08

From Chaos to Order – Challenge Four

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On Wednesday, we did a major brain dump onto paper.  Getting everything out onto paper does you no good if you don’t DO anything with it, so today we begin the process of doing something with everything we’ve written out. Don’t forget, if you’d like to join in on the discussion, join our Facebook Group.

 

Hard Deadlines

First, go through your brain dump list and find anything that has a specific date or deadline connected to it.  Move those items to your calendar, including time needed to prep for those items.  For example, if your child has an invitation to a birthday party on Saturday, you would place the party time on the calendar, and you would block out 15 minutes to RSVP early in the week.  If you could text the RSVP instead, do so right now. If you teach a class, mark out the time you’re in class, and appropriate prep-time in the days beforehand.

Mark these items off as you place them on the calendar.  They are now out of the way and you don’t have to worry about them until it’s time to handle them. They are officially off your plate, you just have to pay attention to your calendar to know what to do when.

 

Straight Talk for Moms

Next, you’re going to schedule in some time each day for self-care.  If you don’t take care of yourself, who will?  After all, when the airplane plummets and the air masks drop out of the ceiling, you have to put your own mask on before you can help others with theirs, even your own children.  You can’t adequately take care of your family when you’re totally neglecting yourself, and you’re setting one heck of a bad example to your kids in the process.

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First we figured out an app to use for our to do lists (your paper brain, as it were), then we figured out what our priorities are.  Don’t forget, if you’d like to join in on the discussion, join our Facebook Group.

Now we begin the hard work of emptying our brains onto paper. This step has been one of the biggest breakthroughs of my life.

The theory is that your brain has a set capacity, more or less, and can perform only two functions- storage or growth (thinking, learning, creativity).  The more things you’re storing in your brain, the less growth that occurs, the less thinking you can do, the less creative you are and the more disorganized you become because you’re using all of your RAM for remembering the things you’re storing and constantly recalling them instead of learning and adapting new information.  More or less.

In my own life, I find this to be true.  When I began brain dumping regularly and got ever-y-thing out on paper, I had two immediate effects.  First, I felt

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Feb
02

From Chaos to Order – Challenge Two

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During challenge one, we picked out an app to use for organizing information. Today, we begin brain dumping by looking at your priorities.

When you begin organizing everything and setting time amounts or routines to get out of chaos, you must always keep your priorities in mind.  What are your priorities? Write them down in order.  Things that might be included are: Read More→

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Jan
30

From Chaos to Order – Challenge One

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Today, we begin our series on creating order mentally and physically to help get yourself and your family out of overwhelm mode.

The first step in putting together a system that works for you is to figure out how you best function with organizing information.  It doesn’t matter how good a system is, if it doesn’t function in the way you best function, it will likely be of no help to you.  You won’t be prone to use it, and it will set you back to square one.

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When the New Year rolls around, it always feels as though everyone makes a resolution to get organized. They work for two or three weeks, then something comes up and their life descends back into chaos. Out of a survey of my ten closest friends, seven felt like they lived in constant chaos, disorder, and felt like they couldn’t catch up. In short, they’re overwhelmed.

Early last year, I discovered a method to dig myself out of the chaos, restore order to my home, and feel as though I had time to tackle the projects I have always wanted to do but didn’t feel as though I had the time for. After talking with several friends in the last couple of weeks, I decided to start a blog series and a Facebook group to share my method to help other moms who are looking for a way out of the chaos.

I have started a Facebook group called Order from Chaos- Solutions for Overwhelmed and overworked Women and Moms.  I will be posting the challenge tasks here on the blog during the week, and discussion will be in the group.  Please come join us!

 

Disclaimer: Some of the links in some of my posts are affiliate links. When you click them you allow me to cover a small portion of the cost of this blog. Blogging isn’t cheap and I appreciate your support so we can keep churning out awesome recipes and quality content. Using my affiliate link is like leaving a tip. Thank you. You can read more of our disclaimers here.

 

KerryAnn Foster runs Intentionally Domestic, formerly Cooking Traditional Foods. Founded in 2005, we help you feed your family nourishing foods they will love. KerryAnn has thirteen years of real food experience.  Read about KerryAnn’s journey to health through multiple miscarriages, celiac disease, PCOS, food allergies and intolerances, obesity, adrenal fatigue and heavy metals. She is also an It Works! Triple Diamond Independent Distributor and she loves that crazy wrap thing!

 

 

 

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Jan
26

Attitude Check

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We have had a whirlwind two-and-a-half weeks.

Out trip to Disney World and getting to eat gluten-free went awesome.  Four days of theme parks were a blast.  We had no gluten exposures and the staff at every restaurant was nothing less than stellar.  I was able to stay allergen-free and keep my carbs and my grains to a minimum.  I even lost weight while on vacation. Disney isn’t an inexpensive place to eat, but we were quite happy to be able to eat out without having to pack the kitchen sink each morning.

There are website dedicated to allergen-free dining at Disney. Allergy-Free Mouse is where I did the bulk of my planning.  I picked which restaurants we wanted to eat at for each park, then planned the day’s rides, shows and activities so we would land at those locations at about the right time.  If you plan on dining at Disney for two meals a day, plan about $40 a day for each person eating adult meals, more or less.  The counter service restaurants are less expensive than those with a waiter, generally speaking.

I had planned on writing a long post about where we ate each day, what we had and review it all, and I will still try to pull that post together.  But today I want to write about the aftermath.  After our fun at Disney, we were set to attend a conference for It Works!  We had combined the vacation to see the mouse with the conference because, after all, who can go to Orlando without a pit stop at the happiest place on earth? The day the conference started, our daughter

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All recipes will now be published on Instagram. Check out our Mustard and Molasses Grilled Chicken there.  We always make extra and save it to cut up and put on top of a salad the next day, it’s a nice, juicy dish.

 

I made two goals in 2014 that were public.  The first was to reach the rank of Triple Diamond this year.  I was able to achieve that goal on November 30th.  The second was to hit a certain income level with It Works.  We won’t know if I made that goal until January, so I will not-so-patiently wait.  Currently, I think I’m going to fall just shy of that goal, but the month isn’t over yet.  :D

 

My goals for 2015 are to reach Ambassador Diamond with It Works, pay off 1/3 of our remaining mortgage principle (with the long-term goal of having our mortgage completely paid off by my 40th birthday) and to lose 40 pounds.

Of those three, the weight loss scares me the most.  I’ve been through higher carb, lower carb, allergen-free, paleo, primal, just plain real food, and so far the scales just aren’t budging.  I’ve put together a plan going forward to see if I can get the scales moving, even if it’s slowly.

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Dec
29

I’m Back!

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Christmas Eve 2014

I haven’t blogged in a very long time.  Months.  But after a long talk with a friend and then my husband over Christmas, I decided that I really did want to take up blogging again.  I enjoy doing research and writing, I enjoy connecting with people and I enjoy helping people change their lives and find solutions.  Blogging is a wonderful way to accomplish all of that and more.

As I start the blog up again, I have decided that it will not be focused on food.  Blogging on food alone really wore me out because food isn’t my personal focus anymore as it once was.  For a long time, I was dealing with allergies and intolerances, and I had to stay focused on it or risk making myself sick.  Now that my intolerances are mostly healed and I don’t do the majority of the cooking, the constant focus on food for recipe development on the blog and for the books/products became exhausting.  Jeff, Belle and I have the cooking split up among us and I no longer have to nit-pick every little thing or carry all of the weight at home.  I now eat a lower-carb, paleoish diet that is mostly homemade and choose to focus the majority of my time on things other than food so that I have balance and happiness in my life.

While I was dealing with the constant focus on food, I felt like my life became unnecessarily narrowed and rather unhappy. I wasn’t able to spend time on other things that I enjoyed, like researching health, lifestyles and more.  Now that the focus has been taken off of food and our living situation has completely changed, I’m much happier and relaxed.  Jeff is now retired and he co-parents with me. I am a Triple Diamond and he is a Double Diamond with It Works Global. We focus on the family business during the day while the kids are at school, and when they’re home, we’re Mom and Dad.  My life looks much different these days with being a small business owner, Taekwondo Mom and having a focus on my overall health, while still having time to have some fun.

So going forward, Intentionally Domestic will be focused on modern womanhood- health, fitness, beauty, parenting, wifeing, cultivating friendships, advocacy, work and life balance, homemaking, cooking, finding yourself in your 30s, setting and achieving goals, pets, running your own business and so much more.

I hope you will join me on this journey.  But if your focus needs to be on food on this season of your life, I wish you the best of luck.  Godspeed.  I appreciate you staying with me on the journey this far.  May you find the answers you need.

If you’d like to keep up with me on a day-to-day basis, follow me on Instagram or friend me on Facebook.

Disclaimer: Some of the links in some of my posts are affiliate links. When you click them you allow me to cover a small portion of the cost of this blog. Blogging isn’t cheap and I appreciate your support so we can keep churning out awesome recipes and quality content. Using my affiliate link is like leaving a tip. Thank you. You can read more of our disclaimers here.

 

KerryAnn Foster runs Intentionally Domestic, formerly Cooking Traditional Foods. Founded in 2005, we help you feed your family nourishing foods they will love. KerryAnn has thirteen years of real food experience.  Read about KerryAnn’s journey to health through multiple miscarriages, celiac disease, PCOS, food allergies and intolerances, obesity, adrenal fatigue and heavy metals. She is also an It Works! Triple Diamond Independent Distributor and she loves that crazy wrap thing!

 

 

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Jul
07

Weight Loss And Other Changes

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I’ve been pretty public about my struggles with getting my weight to go back down since having a hormonal shift two years ago.  I’ve worked on it for months and planned and tried, only to have trouble sticking to what I knew I needed to do.  I have finally gotten over that hump, and I’m doing a 90-day challenge to help me stay motivated and accountable.

What is working for me right now is a low-carb, paleo plan without sugar, eggs or white potatoes.  About half of my diet is non-starchy veggies, and I am generous with the fat.  I have discovered, much to my dismay, that I might have an egg and white potato sensitivity and that sugar jut doens’t work for me in any form.   I have eliminated them from my diet, and I expect that I will need to trial a completely nightshade-free diet soon.  Time will tell.  But for now, I remain on tomatoes and peppers. And I use stevia when needed.

I began the challenge 3 weeks ago today, and so far I have dropped about 12 pounds.  I have also noticed that my inflammation issues have greatly lessened- I believe they may have disappeared entirely.  I expect that the weight loss will now slow and it will take longer for each pound to come off.  I’m ok with that. Slow progress is still progress.

I found found that I feel best when I eat veggies at every meal.  This has meant, along with the elimination of eggs from my diet, that I’ve had to be creative in finding veggie dishes for breakfast.  These days I’m eating a ton of baked veggie casseroles for breakfast, and a paleo wrap, zoodles or salad for lunch.  At dinner, I create a main dish that we all can eat, then I create some veggie sides we’ll all eat, and a side that the rest of the family can have. For example, tonight we’re having almond and arrowroot-crusted chicken fingers, with a salad.  I’ll have a big salad, they’ll have smaller salads. I’ll put some french fries on the side for the kids, and a little ketchup.

 

Challenge

The challenge is to work on your weight for a 90-day period using whatever method you find that works for you, be it real food, paleo, low-carb or another way of eating. We have a support group for the challenge that you can join here.  We will be starting another challenge soon- I will post about it when it starts.

Here’s a full list of what I am doing for my own challenge:

  • Nettle, red raspberry leaf and peppermint tea daily. One quart of infusion made into tea.
  • Paleo diet, strictly grain and sugar-free and no egg, corn or white potatoes.
  • No more than 65g carbs a day, as that is where I personally feel my best.
  • Drinking half my weight in ounces of fluid daily.
  • Fermented food at each meal to aid in digestion.
  • Supplements from It Works: Complete Nutrition Pack, Regular, Relief, Hair Skin and Nails.
  • Supplements from other companies- an additional probiotic, milk thistle and Liver Life to support hormone balancing.
  • Eight or more hours of sleep each night with a consistent bedtime.
  • Eat three meals a day, plus any needed snacks.
  • No eating after 8pm.

I am also Instagramming my challenge, posting pictures of what I’m eating, my weight loss progress and more.  You can also meet Marissa, the stray kitty who recently adopted us just before giving birth to the world’s most adorable litter of five kittens. You can follow me at thin_wrap_mama.

 

Change

A lot of weight loss is about controlling your thoughts and actions and ridding yourself of unhealthy habits.  I found myself in some unhealthy patterns, including eating late at night, skipping breakfast or lunch, and other habits that were detrimental to my health. I am actively taking steps to remedy those issues and to make sure I’m eating three full meals a day.

I found that, for me, not eating a meal when I wasn’t hungry was a fast track to damaging my health.  Routinely skipping breakfast or lunch was stressing my body.  When you have metabolic problems, you can’t rely necessarily on hunger cues to know when you need to eat.  I see what happened to my health, and I see my female friends doing the same things- stretched too thin and skipping meals, and I am concerned for their long-term adrenal and hormonal health. Time will tell if my concern is unfounded.

I’m also looking at my options for exercise to help me gain some muscle mass.  I’m considering T-Tapp, but with my knee trouble I’m not sure what I should do. I will likely start by just doing a daily walk. I plan to begin Taekwando this Fall. My children attend and they love it. A dear friend has been encouraging me to go for a black belt, so I’ve decided to take the plunge.

Other lifestyle factors have been at play, too.  Having a consistent schedule that would allow me to eat meals as I should has been a huge help.  And reduced stress has played a role, too. I’m also now under the care of a chiropractor who does Applied Kinesiology and has been helping me make decisions.

 

Retire and Re-Wire

As part of the changes we are making, we have decided to retire Jeff from his day job.  Now that I am in the top 1% of distributors for It Works, it costs us money for him to go to work each day instead of working with me. So we will retire him and each of us will work about 20-25 hours a week from home.  This will give us substantially more family time, less stress, and time to better care for our health while earning a substantially better income.

We are also considering a move to RV-living for a year before the kids reach the age of high school. We are debt-free except for our mortgage, and we don’t really want to stay in our current home permanently.  We have floated the idea to sell this house, spend a year or more in an RV touring the US and road-schooling, then return to Asheville to settle down in a home that we do want to spend the rest of our lives in.

It is, currently, a plan in the working stages, that we aren’t sure we’ll go for.  As we both have aging parents, plans can always change for their sake. But even if plans change, Jeff will still be retired and we’ll have the freedom to do what we want to instead of being constrained by money and a job. To that end, we are doing a very serious decluttering of the house and trying to pare down, in case we do decide to do it.  That will make the transition much less stressful.

 

That’s all the news in my corner of the world.  I hope you’ll come join me in my quest to get healthier and live a less stressful life.

 

Disclaimer: Some of the links in some of my posts are affiliate links. When you click them you allow me to cover a small portion of the cost of this blog. Blogging isn’t cheap and I appreciate your support so we can keep churning out awesome recipes and quality content. Using my affiliate link is like leaving a tip. Thank you. You can read more of our disclaimers here.

 

KerryAnn Foster runs Intentionally Domestic, formerly Cooking Traditional Foods. Founded in 2005, we help you feed your family nourishing foods they will love. KerryAnn has thirteen years of real food experience.  Read about KerryAnn’s journey to health through multiple miscarriages, celiac disease, PCOS, food allergies and intolerances, obesity, adrenal fatigue and heavy metals. She is also an It Works! Triple Diamond Independent Distributor and she loves that crazy wrap thing!

 

 

 

 

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Intentionally Domestic (formerly Cooking Traditional Foods) is a blog about nutrient-dense foods, beauty, health, family and lifestyle for women in their 30s and beyond.

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