Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 8, Issue 1 – November 8, 2015

Thrifty Sister Newsletter Vol 8, Issue 1 – November 8, 2015

Greetings, Thrifty Sisters! I am sure that many of you have thought that the Thrifty Sister may have gone to the wayside, given that I have not posted since January of this year. Believe me, the Thrifty Sister has been alive and well, and I have missed sharing fabulous thrifty advice with each of you. Sometimes life just gets in the way of doing these fun, modest “extras”. But I am writing now, and that is what matters.

Many of us have those projects that we start, but never quite finish. Eventually, the feelings of guilt and sadness settle in, maybe with a little embarrassment. All of these feelings begin making that project even more difficult to accomplish or return to. For some, it is easier to just walk away and never look back. For others, they stay up until the wee hours of the morning, driving themselves to the brink of insanity and unhealthiness to finish.

Allow me to say, it is all ok. Sometimes we put unreasonable demands on ourselves, due to whatever unreasonable thinking we have allowed ourselves to fall into. However, it is still all ok. Whether that project has been putting off a house repair, or some yard work, tackling that monster laundry pile, or even keeping up with daily house tasks, I can tell you that we live to see another day. I had a professor who told me that the sun will come up again, and our mother’s will still love us. Sure, the dirty dishes are still stacked, and that laundry pile is still there, but those, too, shall pass. Unless any of you have figured out how to get the laundry fairy to visit – then, please share!

It seems like it all boils down to self-forgiveness and acceptness. Last year my saying was, “it is what it is”, and this fall it became more of a desperate “I’m trying”. When did the desperation begin? I’m not sure, but I am done being desperate. Time to make a change, and part of that change is to get back to things that I enjoy. So, hello, Thrifty Sisters. I have missed you.

With this month being November, and the holidays are just around the corner (I know, take a deep breath, we are going to make it through this holiday season!) it seems like our focus is going to turn to food in a hurry.

I am sure that everyone has heard the recent discovery that processed meats, and cured meats are terrible for you.  And I’m sure that many of you might be lamenting the recent claim that bacon is in that list. Everything in moderation – remember when butter and eggs were horrible for you, too? But I can read what is in butter and egg ingredients. I’m not positive that I can pronounce all the ingredients in margarine, and the “good-for-you” butter alternatives.

How many of you have heard about the unprocessed food challenge? It’s a real thing! Normally, the challenge is in the month of October, but I bet we could try this at any point! In fact, with the holidays coming up, it might be fun to feed our families real, whole foods.

This Unprocessed Food Challenge began in 2009 by Andrew Wilder, who started a quest to a better life style.  In 2010, he began his public challenge with just over 400 people, and now it has grown to around 5,000 individuals pledging to avoid processed foods for a full month. Check out his web site: for more information. Another great way to read more and follow the challenge is on Twitter at #Unprocessed. Those who have taken the plunge are tweeting things like unprocessed approved recipes, photos of their home-cooked meals and advice articles on how to successfully get through the month.

What intrigued me, and hooked me was this paragraph, “We first had to define “unprocessed.”  It’s one of those words that everyone intuitively seems to know, but when you get right down to it, it’s actually quite tricky to define. We finally settled on what I now call The Kitchen Test: Unprocessed food is any food that could be made by a person with reasonable skill in a home kitchen with whole-food ingredients.
That doesn’t mean you have to make the food yourself, just that it could be done in a home kitchen, at least in theory. So if it’s something that’s store-bought, each ingredient needs to pass the kitchen test. It quickly rules out all those additives you’d never use if you were cooking for yourself.”

Seems logical to me, and follows all the guidelines out there about if you can’t pronounce it, it probably isn’t natural. For many of us, our lives are pretty hectic and full of many challenges as we try to make it through a 24 hour period. Maybe a full 30 day challenge isn’t up your alley, but let’s think about starting small. Maybe a lunch, a supper, breakfast. You can gradually work up to finding a perfect dish to serve at the holiday tables. Anything in this whole and unprocessed food choice direction has to be helpful. For some of you, this might be a great option to get back on the wagon and opt for healthy choices.

And there you have it, my Thrifty Sisters!  May each of you have a wonderful week and remember to keep sharing your thriftiness with each other! Keep on keeping it thrifty and fun!


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