Words To Live By

February 22, 2010

I was listening to this lecture about what’s wrong with the way Americans eat, and the guy said something that really resonated with me: every day is not a celebration. I’ve been thinking about it all weekend. It’s so true! Every meal out doesn’t deserve to be eaten like it’s your birthday. There are often desserts; there are always treats. There’s nothing inherently “wrong” with a lot of the foods we all eat, they just aren’t meant to be eaten regularly.

Michael Pollan has an interesting theory that it’s okay to eat whatever you want, but you should make it yourself, from scratch. The idea being that if you have to make, say, french fries, it would deter you from eating them so often since the labor required to make them is a lot harder than going to the drive thru at Mickey D’s. Cakes and cookies too. Plus if you make it yourself, chances are you’re using much better ingredients than the chemicals in processed food. (And from scratch means really from scratch — no pre-packaged mixes!)

I thought it was an interesting point. Save the party for when there’s really something to celebrate. However you want to think about it, it seems that moderation, as we’ve known for a while, really is key.

Welcome Aboard

I’m happy to announce something new for 2010 here at Family Favs: permanent guest bloggers. We have several people who will be sharing their expertise, thoughts and viewpoints on a regular basis, and I’m excited to have them come aboard. Denielle, who you may remember from her post on what not to say to a pregnant woman, will be sharing her thoughts on raising three girls. Liz, based in Melbourne, Australia, will blog about her love of cooking and international travel. Bret will be enlightening us all about his job search, and his upcoming work on the U.S. Census. (Previously Bret shared his recipe for Beer Can Chicken, which I hope you all tried this summer.) Michelle will be sharing some of her many amazing recipes. Rebecca will write about her extensive Caribbean travel, as well as her expertise in selling real estate and planning events. Tori will share her thoughts as a gal about Brooklyn, including her experience mentoring a teenage girl. And, joining us from the left coast, Mia will be blogging about her life in San Francisco and sharing kid-friendly activities and restaurants. She just told me about a wardrobe consultant that changed her life, and I hope she writes her first post about that! Ken, of course, will continue bringing us all his Single of the Week. The goal of Family Favs is to provide you tips, thoughts and ideas to make your life just a little bit better. I’m very happy to have all of these terrific people join and expand the conversation! Look for their posts to begin next month.


The big news here is that poor Addison took a nasty spill at the new Union Square playground and wound up in the Emergency Room. She’s now got a splint, which is essentially a cast, on her left leg. They don’t think anything is broken, but we’ll know more when I take her to the orthopedist this week. Always something, as they say! The poor kid is walking around with this big cast, and she has a boot to put on when she goes outside. I just hope it’s nothing more than a bad contusion in her heel.

It’s back to school for the kids this week. And not a moment too soon! We can’t afford to sustain any more injuries.

Hope everyone is in one piece in your house!


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