Finding our rhythm in 2018 has been a challenge. The first week of the year found us on an unexpected flight to Tampa, Florida for the Memorial Service of my mother-in-law. Having fought cancer for 3 decades, her final days and departure moved with lightening speed. Thanks to frugal living and a solid emergency fund the last minute flight, hotel, car rental, and incidental purchases (our son boarded the plane wearing winter boots.....leaving his tennis shoes back in Madison!), the trip was not a financial worry.
As we settle into this second week of January work and school routines are returning to our frugal home, some with modifications with hopes of making 2018 a bit less stressful. Integrated into those modifications is my new years resolution -- more plants! Inspired by the reporting and stories of The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World's Healthiest People by Dane Buettner, my goal is to drastically increase the number of plant-based meals our family consumes. Without question it is the frugal choice. Meat and dairy products are the most expensive items to go into our grocery cart. Production of meat and dairy requires far more water and oil to produce the final product, taxing mother Earth. And plants seems to be the magic ticket to living to 100 years of age; and not just making to 100, but thriving at 100, free of the common diseases suffered by many Americans: heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
This week's efforts started small. Cutting up more fresh veggies and fruits to go on the dinner plates. All four of us are eating varying amounts of rolled oats every morning, adorned with our favorite way to make it more enticing. Frozen blue berries with honey for me, butter and cinnamon for my daughter, and maple syrup or brown sugar for both my son and husband. Simple, filling, and very affordable -- we love our old-fashioned oats. We've also increased our consumption of herbal tea in the house, serving it alongside dinner, and for me I've been steeping a pot in the afternoon instead of nursing another cup of coffee, one often picked up in a to-go cup.
Help our family embrace plant-based eating with any suggestions you might have for recipes, new things to try, and even what to plant in our 2018 summer garden. Leave a comment and join the adventure down our frugal path.
Be well, and thanks for reading!