Katie's Musings

A blog about cooking, knitting, books, and parenting

I’ve moved my blog!

I’ve moved my blog to a new location: http://kitchenkatie.com/ Please visit me over there!

October 22, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Meal Planning, Diet & Exercise

I wanted to write a reflective post about what my current routine is for meal planning and exercise. I try to plan most of my meals (at least dinners) on a weekly basis. We subscribe to a local farm’s produce delivery service (community supported agriculture/CSA), so each week we get a box of fresh, local organic fruits and vegetables delivered to our house. (And we love it!!) We find out what will be in the box on the Friday before the next week, so I usually do my meal planning over the weekend. I start by looking online to see what will be in our veggie box the next week, and then I plan meals around that. I look in my cookbooks and borrow cookbooks from the library to get ideas for recipes, but then I usually just make whatever I feel like making, not always sticking strictly to any recipes. Recently, though, I’ve started planning my meals around the meat we’re going to eat, and fill in the veggies around that, since Emmett needs more meat in his diet.

Right now, as far as diet, I feel like our family has a convergence of many different dietary needs. Emmett’s pediatrician wants him to eat meat (specifically chicken or beef) every day. I’m currently eating some meat, since I feel like I still need that extra protein while I’m breastfeeding, but I am also ok with eating vegetarian meals a lot of the time. Scott has just decided that he’d like to be vegetarian, or mostly vegetarian now. High cholesterol runs in his family, and he wants to eat healthily and try to lose some weight. He said that he felt healthier when he was eating less meat, while I was vegetarian and vegan. So, it is going to be a bit of a juggling act trying to plan meals that will work for all three of us! I think that instead of fixing a meat main dish for supper, I’ll fix a meal that includes meat for lunch, for Emmett and myself. (Scott usually buys his lunch during his lunch break at work.) And then I’ll try to fix vegetarian meals for supper, so that all three of us can eat the same thing.

As far as exercise, I walk (fast walking, pushing the stroller) for 30-45 minutes every day. I’ve lost half of my pregnancy weight, but I’m on a plateau right now and can’t seem to start losing weight again. I have a membership at a gym, but I don’t go often enough for it to be worth the money. I’ve only been going about once a month… isn’t that sad? However, now that my spring semester is over, I really need to start going again, at least once or twice every week.

June 18, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

And now, continuing with my blog!

My spring semester finally finished, and I’ve had a chance to breathe, relax, and start catching back up with the housework after finishing all my final projects. It feels really great to be on summer break, and really great to be able to enjoy being a full-time stay-at-home mom (other than all my music gigs and teaching lessons, that is). So, now I have time to continue writing my blog.

I feel like such an itinerant blogger– I’ve started and stopped so many times in the past, each time with a slightly different focus as my life changes. So, I feel like I can take just a moment to think about why I’m doing this blog right now. Mainly, it’s just for me– a way to keep track of what I eat. Food has always been important to me. I like to eat good food, but I also care about many related things: the environment, organic farming, eating local food, feeding healthy food to my baby, etc. As a super-busy mom, I often feel more than a little disorganized, and feel like I’m trying to just keep up with all my many obligations, although I crave organization and structure. I feel like this blog is simply a way for me to keep track of things: what I fixed for supper, whether I liked it or not, whether I’d want to make it again, etc. I keep a regular paper notebook for all of my meal planning, grocery lists, etc., but I like the functionality of using a blog: tags, categories, etc. It makes it easy to store and keep track of lots of recipes.

Another reason I’ve felt a little guilty in the past about blogging/not blogging, is that I’ve gone through many lifestyle changes in the last few years. First, I became vegetarian again (I’d been vegetarian my whole childhood until age 13), then after a year I became vegan, and remained vegan for another year. Then, when I was pregnant, I found that I was intensely craving meat. I’ve been eating meat since then (my baby is now 13 months), but I haven’t been a very heavy meat eater: just about once or twice a week. However, at my son’s most recent pediatrician checkup, we found out that he has low iron levels, and also is on the low end of the weight range. So, we’re currently trying to eat meat every day (which is actually a bit hard for me), and trying to make sure that he eats really well. So, for now my blog will probably focus heavily on meat dishes.

Anyways, those are my basic thoughts on continuing with my blog!

June 15, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment