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Healthy Living for Mom: Cold Turkey is for the Birds

Did you make a resolution that involved some sort of healthy change? No kidding! ME TOO.
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Did you make a resolution that involved some sort of healthy change?

No kidding! ME TOO.

I posted this photo on New Year’s Eve.

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By the time New Year’s Eve rolled around, I had been enjoying a steady stream of goodies since Thanksgiving and I was going to kick off 2013 completely sugar-free.

I was ready. After weeks of holiday goodies I had put on 10 pounds and felt like garbage. That’s not a vanity statement. I actually felt pretty down, foggy, and wee more emotional than was really necessary.

I was committed to leaving sugar in the dust...and I did it!

For almost two whole days.

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On the evening of January 2nd, my rambunctious son took his first nasty spill. He smacked his mouth on the coffee table and bit through his lip. I got the call from my husband when I was driving home and we ended up taking him to the ER because he would need to be sedated in order to get stitched up.

Wondering where this little story detour is taking us? It’s taking us to a vision of me standing in a hospital cafeteria at 8:30 PM with my belly full of anxiety and hunger, and my eyes locked on a giant rice crispy treat.

That giant brick of butter, marshmallow, and puffed rice was just the ticket.

Do I know that I’m an emotional eater? Yep.

Did I spend one ounce of my time and energy feeling back about having sugar? Nope.

Cold turkey has it’s merits, but so does cutting yourself some slack.


You can see the whole Healthy Living for Mom series here and these are a good snapshot from this journey that started in August 2011: Cleaning Out the ClosetGoal, and Working Mom Nutrition.


That’s two M&M cookies, with chocolate buttercream sandwiched between them.

Healthy Living for Mom: Quitting Sugar

Every few months, I fall off the wagon. I go from being a reasonable nutritious eater, to behaving like an all-out Sugar Monster.


Healthy Living for Mom: The New Normal

I thought eating healthy would come naturally by now. I’ve lost 29 pounds and I guess the joke is on me because I am still very passionate about french fries.

Only one of them was for me. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip.

Healthy Living for Mom: GOAL

Erin has finally reached her weight loss goal. Here are the lessons she learned in the last seven months.

On the mend.

Healthy Living for Mom: Metabolism is Magical

Erin learns that even during the crummiest week, you can still lose weight. (Those kids in the photo? They're happy because they finally feel better.)

This photo doesn’t BEGIN to do it justice.

Healthy Living for Mom: Leftover Cake is My Kryptonite

Going to the gym is routine. Eating healthy food is a habit. Leftover Birthday cake? GET IN MY BELLY!

The lone birthday donut.

Healthy Living for Mom: The Buddy System

My husband is now officially on the bandwagon. He’s eating well, working out, and even hiding food!

Mr. Big

Healthy Living for Mom: Portion Control

This week, I’m going to talk about portion control, or the more specific lesson that I learned—don’t eat like a man.

Marta’s Focaccia (image via Marta Writes)

Healthy Living for Mom: Portion Control

Oh, portion control. I thought I had you all figured out.