Getting real

Every September I hope/ pray that this will be the fall and winter we make it through without any sickness! But every fall, someone gets it one way or another. What can I do to make our immune systems better? All three girls have been sick already and it’s only the beginning of November. I am feeling defeated.

We try to eat healthy, loading up on fruits and veggies, taking Juice Plus vitamins, limiting the junk+having good hygiene-but it’s never enough. Lately I’ve been feeling the need to make a drastic change. I figured the best way to voice my plan was on here. That way you all can keep us accountable😊. I have decided to attempt to rid ourselves of all refined sugar! Thank you Halloween for making me feel this need!! It is something I have known is terrible for a long, long time. But I have never had the guts to take the plunge. However, seeing this face has made me on fire for a change!


It’s amazing how the junk food can sneak in and before you know it, it’s out of control! I have not mapped out a detailed plan for ridding ourselves of the drug. I have decided I’m going to stop baking with it, snacks will drastically change, and no desserts will contain it. Seeing that holidays are knocking on our door, I am not sure how we will handle it. I feel strongly that there is a time and place for these indulgences- but they need to be treated carefully and as a rare occurrence. It’s important that kids understand this is a special treat, not an every night or even every weekend routine!

I would love any ideas you have. Any recipes your family loves. Or encouragement of any kind! I will try to document our adventure weekly or at least monthly. This will allow me time to reflect and alter our plan. And also, again, keep me accountable! I am excited and nervous to take this big and important step-I have been enjoying my daily homemade espresso with all the caramelly goodness…. But I cannot take my babies being sick! It’s heartbreaking! Immune systems get ready- we are going to build you up!

Thanks for letting me rant. And any helpful feedback is appreciated!


7 thoughts on “Getting real

  1. We bake with pure maple syrup – it works well for muffins. I just replace the sugar with the syrup. Would love to hear some of your new findings! Remember, these things take an adjustment period, do your best!

  2. Good for you! That is very inspiring!! We are making some slow(er) changes but have had a lot of success with raw honey (ESP for sickness) and trying to incorporate more cod liver/peppermint leaf tea/real cinnamon into our diet during winter. Excited to see what recipes you come up with!

  3. Tricia! Just stumbled upon your blog from your latest post on fb! We keep very healthy by using essential oils! I’ve been using them for about 4 yrs and the kids have only had a couple colds/yr and when they do we use the oils to control the symptoms. We also are a no chemical, white sugar family too and also take probiotics usually daily!

    • Hi Michelle!! So glad you found my blog. I’ve dabbled in Essential oils, but this past weekend I was won over!! Moira came down with one of her barking coughs (the kind that last weeks and sound terrible!) my cousin gave me some oils to use and I’m not kidding, she didn’t cough the entire night. The next day congestion was nonexistent and by day three cough gone. AMAZING. Needless to say kit ordered. Excited to see what these oils do for our family😃. Would love to hear what probiotics your family takes. Let me know!

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