Adventures with Little Miss

Barcode Free Challenge


Well as I am now working hard to ensure that I am eating healthy and hopefully losing some weight.  I would like to try and reduce the number of items I eat that have barcodes.  The main point is to reduce processed foods and to eat more locally.  How much do you eat that is processed?  What so bad about processed foods??

There are GOOD processed foods and then there are BAD processed foods.  The bad foods I will do my best to avoid are made with trans fats, saturated fats, and large amounts of sodium and sugar. These types of foods should be avoided, or at least eaten sparingly.

Processed foods that may not be as healthy as fresh foods include:

  • canned foods with lots of sodium
  • white breads and pastas made with refined white flour, which are not as healthy as those made with whole grains
  • packaged high-calorie snack foods, like chips and cheese snacks
  • high-fat convenience foods, like cans of ravioli
  • frozen fish sticks and frozen dinners
  • packaged cakes and cookies
  • boxed meal mixes
  • sugary breakfast cereals
  • processed meats

My Barcode Free Challenge.  I pledge to cut out as many processed foods as possible… I am going to try some of the ideas from Nourished Kitchen, who had a 28 Day Challenge to reduce Processed Foods.  Nourished Kitchen challenge happened in Feb 2010 and NK kept a log of the days.  Here is a link to the recap posts from NK.

Here is a list of the challenges NK asked those who participated to try:

The Daily Challenges

  • Ditch processed, packaged, refined foods.
  • Choose wholesome, natural foods.
  • Improve your grains.
  • Start your sourdough.
  • Sprout your grains.
  • Mill your own sprouted flour or make wet-milled sprouted grain bread.
  • Relax and evaluate.
  • Fats for moderate and high heat.
  • Fight against GMOs.
  • Fats to eat raw.
  • Bake your sourdough.
  • Find real milk.
  • Get your (good) bacteria.
  • Relax, evaluate and eat some dark chocolate.
  • What’s a SCOBY?
  • Get cultured (veggies, that is).
  • Make yogurt at home.
  • Make cheese at home.
  • Prepare nuts and seeds properly.
  • Maximize the value of beans and legumes.
  • Vegetables and salads and another reason to eat your fats.
  • Why you should eat red meat.
  • Eat your bacon, eggs and lard too.
  • Homemade broth and stock.
  • Not-so-awful Offal.
  • Fish and seafood.
  • Grow your foodshed.
  • Beyond the challenge.

I am going to try some of these and I will post my recaps to them… Hope you follow along as well!


End of Week 2 – Status

  • Eat BREAKFAST every day. (SoSo 3/5) – Did not get enough sleep and chinced out on my breakie time!! Tisk Tisk
  • Take the stairs in the apartment. (Can’t at work, alarms will sound)  — (3/5) I take the dog out and we always take the stairs but I need to up the anty with this one!
  • Take a 30 minute walk each day (Check 5-5)
  • No POP!! (Big one for me to break) — I had 2 cans otherwise a good week!!
  • Drink more water (Check 5/5) Huge 2L bottle of tap water a day!
  • Do Yoga every day for 30 minutes – Nope – Failed Again!
  • Limit Sugar intake – On going process
  • Eat more fiber (In hopes to ease tummy issues) – On going
  • Pack a lunch everyday (no lunch at the office) – YES!!! 🙂
  • Enjoy the small things!  (Or Plan some fun things!! – Planned a Knit night — So excited for next week)

Nice Potassium…

Maybe not as fun as I thought that was… Although I have recently found out that I have low potassium… I am looking to find some information as to how to combat it!  My doctor is currently not sure why, so we will see!

If you know someone who has low potassium or did please mention I am looking to find out some more information!

New Craft Alert – Homemade Books

Well today has been a super stressfull day.  Today is Curly’s older brother birthday so I was voluntold to make potatoe salad!  Which was delicious might I add!  I managed to make it all in about 45minutes! The BBQ party went very well!  But my day at work – oh my goodness!  I could have strangled someone!! I need a NEW JOB!!

ALTHOUGH, on the flipside, I am not relaxing and surfing the blogosphere.  I went surfing the tag surfer on wordpress, and found a new blog to read :o)  PaperKitty.  The post caught my eye… *NEW CRAFT ALERT* (lol) I have decided to make Paper bound books.  Well to be honest I hate the daily planners that you cna buy from staples so I am going to make my own.  So in my search I have found some new links for book binding.

Enjoy these links! Please let me know if you have found other!  I am going to go to a pretty paper store tomorrow and see what I like.  Plus I think I might make a mini one tonight… I will take pictures and post them later!

Whole Challenge Update 1

Well to keep you all updated!  I have managed to go Monday to Friday popless… I have made an exception I can have one pop a week.  I did today with lunch!! I am happy with my ability to stop drinking empty calories.  I have been drink alot more juice and water.  I have had a couple teas for the caffine but I only put 2 sugar (not nearly as many as you find in coke or pepsi).  Did you know: * One can of coke contains nearly 10 teaspoons of sugar or the entire daily recommended amount of calories from sugar!!! Thats a crap load! Drink less pop & drink more water- CHECK 🙂

I have not been doing my yoga *slaps hand* I know I have to get into that! Tomorrow I am going to go get my mat from storage and make a post-it stick and put it on my laptop – DID YOU DO YOUR YOGA!! Plus I am looking for a good yoga DVD. Yoga every day – no check yet 😦

Eating healthier! CHECK! I have been eating smaller poritions and trying to snack less.  But when I have snacked it has been peanut butter on 1/2 bagel or rice thins.  I even have had one apple a day (for monday to friday).  My hunnie, Curly has packed my lunch and thus the Apples! Thanks Babe.

** I will continue on my whole life challenge **

Whole Life Challenge

As I have mentioned at the beginning of June I am currently trying to revamp my life.  Making healthier choices and returning to all things that make me happy.  Well while reading blogs I managaged to get all the way to The Whole Life Challenge.  Maggie had the great idea to make her healthy life choices a challenge – agian I pledge to stick to the whole life challenge for the (2 weeks as stated – yet it will hopefully stik and be a life change).

Here is the Challenge (copied from Maggie – Link above)

The Whole Life Challenge starts tomorrow, Wednesday June 17th 2009 (I changed the date to be current for me)!  Let’s try to do it for two weeks.  If we like it, we can continue on through the end of June.  Feel free to join at any time.  Here are the options (remember, you only have to pick one for each day, but you can do more):

  1. Yoga every day (at least 10 minutes)
  2. Walking every day (at least 10 minutes)
  3. New meals each week (at least 1 *new* recipe each week – can be for lunch or dinner; this can be a recipe that you make, or a meal that you eat out that you’ve never had before; preferably more than 1 each week!)
  4. Eating a big enough dinner so that I don’t need to snack before bedtime (aiiii, this is the hardest one!)
  5. Going organic for greens…
  6. So that I can eat a nourishing bowl of green oats each day! (any variation of “green” is good here – green smoothie, green oat bran, green oatmeal, green anything!)
  7. Pick your own! Just let me know what you want to try to do for 2 weeks.  I’ll post about it and link back to you if you have a blog.

* I will add some of my own ideas, plus there are some already listed in older posts*


1.  Cut out pop! Drink more water and juices. – I have been drinking too much pop for 15 years or more and I need too cut it out!

2.  Yoga – I habe always loved doing it and I am having lower back issues from work so I am going to try and strenghen my back.  Plus I miss the workout.

3. Veggies – Eat more veggies!

Maple Pecan Tart to Guerrilla Gardening

Earlier today Curly (my hunnie) asked me to make a dessert for his parents.  So we were looking on the and I found the Maple Pecan Tart recipe.  From there we rewrote it out went to the Metro got the ingredients and made the tart!  It was good! Note:  coke the tart for 35-40 minutes otherwise it does set properly.  While waiting for it to cook I was looking at the site, and noticed the banner for the 100 Mile Challenge (Food Network Canada Show),  I had wanted to do this before yet always got sidetracked.  This show is based on the book 100 Mile Diet, there is a site for that too.  Well with some further research I have found a whole slew of wicked sites/blogs that have great ideas.

While surfing the sites related to the show… I saw many neat things that I am going to start doing:

  • Eat Locally (of course) I have already looked up the places within 100 miles of my home.
  • I also found site that are related to CSA or Community Supported Agriculture in Ontario.  These are farms that will provide you with boxes of fresh fruits and veggies every week.  I have looked at the the prices and for my area they seem reasonable.  Let me know what you think.  When I get into my new apartment (which I have not found yet), I think this is something I might get into.
  • Guerrilla Gardening?? Yes I said that too… what is it? Well Guerrilla Gardening is where local people spread seeds or start gardens in places where you would not think to see or find one.  These Guerrilla Gardeners have ideas like Seed Bombs.  I have decided to on the weekend make some… and carry some with me to beautify the urban space.

So researching a tart recipe led me to a new vision and new ideas for eating better.  I hope you see the path that I took and maybe you will join me in Greening the areas!

Getting back to Me

Well for those who have read there has been a lot of change that was supposed to happen.  I was supposed to move and start a new chapter; well that didnt work.  There were also a lot of personal issues and choices that I have taken to ensure my happiness.  I have decided to get back to the basics and do things that make me happy.  I am getting back into CRAFTMODE…

First order of craftyness is *drumroll*

Seeking Direction with 2009 Project Spectrum!

I have decided that this would be a good project since I get to do it over the next few months and I am going to learn some stuff along the way.  Thank you Lolly for setting this up again!

I am also wanting to learn french… I taught myself how to knit and crochet. I can learn french.  So if there is a random posting in french or about it that is why.  Plus I am going to explore France (via the net and library) as a Country and in their food.  I am really branching out.  Enjoy

Knitting Update:  Still working on my scarf – Picture updates soon.  The rest of my knitting is in a storage container.

Creativ Festival

I went to the Creativ Festival today. I know I could have gone to the Knitters Frolic but I didn’t really want to just go to a show about knitting (as much as I love it). So I went to the Creativ Festival and the Food Networks Good Food Festival.

I got to the International Center at 1045ish and stood in line and chit chatted with some lovely crafters. A mother and daugther who sew and another woman who is a budding Entprenure with her scrapbook company. I had a great time in line for the 10minutes with the ladies. Did I mention that I did go to this by myself? I ran to one of the free workshops. It was all about Creative Spinning. I have to say I learned ALOT in the 40 minute session. I now understand 2 plys (which are the yarns I find the most attractive). Who knows maybe I will become a spinner. I would love to make my own Yarns!

I stopped and purchased some lovely sock yarn, Jitterbug. I am going to make my little sister a pair of socks (or two if I have enough).

I stopped at the MacFab booth and bought an Amy Butler pattern The Frenchy Bag. One of the employees was very helpful and aided me in choosing some Fabric. Amy Butler fabric of course! So that will be something I will dust off the sewing machine for.

I headed over to the Good Food festival and INDULGED in some great food! I have to say I had a really good day! Plus it ended excellently with a Salmon, Lobster and Shrimp dinner I made for my hubbie and my girlfriend.