Monday Missions Checklist – you can take baby steps to real food too!

Welcome to Kitchen Stewardship!

Since 2009 we’ve been sharing weekly challenges called “Monday Missions.”

KS readers have taken hundreds of baby steps to real food one week at a time, and they’re all archived here in chronological order for your convenience. If you’re new to real food, this is definitely where to start.

Unfortunately they may not be in perfectly logical order, but they’re pretty close.

COMING SOON: you’ll be able to sign up to get the most important 25 or so baby steps in your email every Monday, just as if you’ve been following along the whole time! Subscribe now to weekly or monthly updates so you don’t miss your chance!

Want somewhere to start right now that has fewer than 100 items on the list? I don’t blame you! Try the top 10 tips for making changes that make a difference (without tooooo much work):

Monday Mission Checklist

Join in from the beginning…but you have to promise you won’t laugh at the very very old photos in these early posts, m’kay?!

  1. Handwashing and Antibacterial Soap: Wash hands well and rid the house of triclosan.
  2. Reduce Food Waste: Salvage bread heels and leftover cooked veggies.
  3. Reduce Energy Waste: Using your dishwasher wisely.
  4. Meal Planning: Level up in your meal plan organization.
  5. Safe(er) Plastics: Avoid BPA in drinking containers.
  6. Traditional Bone Broths: How to make the most delicious, frugal, nutritious chicken stock in the world.
  7. The next 15 weeks are a series of Super Food challenges. See this page for details.
  8. Legume Recommend Beans: A challenge to include beans/legumes in your meal plan once a week, with how-to prepare and recipes.
  9. Making Yogurt: Easy how-to steps to make homemade yogurt, plus alternative baby steps for those who aren’t ready to take the plunge to homemade.
  10. Eat More Eggs: A simple challenge to include more of this super food in your week.
  11. Can the Cans: Commit to never allowing canned vegetables in your cupboards.
  12. No Nukes for Cruciferous Vegetables: Try steaming your vegetables instead of using the microwave.
  13.  Mind the Microwave in May and its origins
  14. Be Aware of the Dirty Dozen Produce Items: Memorize the list of 12 top pesticide-laden fruits and veggies.
  15. Plastics, Part two: Rethink Plastic Food Storage
  16. Fats, Part one: Search Out Trans Fats (and a look at monounsaturated fats)
  17. Fats, Part two: Increase your Omega-3 Fats (salmon, flax)
  18. Whole Grains: Find a New Oat Recipe
  19. Eating Orange (veggies) and Revisiting Meal Planning
  20. Learn About Complete Proteins: You can reduce meat consumption (budget help) if you know how to pair non-meal proteins for best nutrition.
  21. Plastics, Part Three: Reduce Your Consumption of Plastic Bags
  22. Use up ALL your Spinach: Ideas to make sure you don’t waste spinach when you buy a fresh bag or box.
  23. Try Something New: Learn about Pomegranates, Green Tea, Cranberry Juice and Artichokes.
  24. Condiment Awareness: Take a small step (or two or three!) to making more healthy condiment choices.
  25. Analyzing Aluminum Foil: Some tips to help you Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle this non-renewable resource.
  26. Analyzing Aluminum Cookware and Bakeware: What are you cooking on? Ideas to avoid aluminum pots, pans, and cookie sheets.
  27. Conserve Energy with your Stovetop/Oven: 10 tips to cutting your energy and budget waste while cooking and baking.
  28. Switch your Baking Powder to Aluminum-Free: You can buy it for just a teensy bit more than conventional baking powder or make your own.
  29. No More Bleach in the Kitchen: It’s overkill and killing the environment. My easy, natural kitchen cleaning solutions.
  30. Make Your Salads Count: Bring more to your mouth than just lettuce, including healthy fats.
  31. Release Your Fear of Fats: Time to put your thinking caps on and learn a little about how necessary fat is to your body. This will challenge your “low-fat” mentality.
  32. Switch to Butter: The real thing is where it’s at. Read my journey about what I put on my toast and consider yours.
  33. Consider Full Fat Dairy: My family’s been eating dairy with all the healthy fats included since Christmas. See what happened to us!
  34. Pare Down the Polys: To balance your omega-3s and omega-6s, you’ve got to take some steps to cut back on polyunsaturated fats such as soybean and corn oil.
  35. Read up on Canola Oil: There is a lot of conflicting research on Canola, but it’s no longer a staple in my kitchen. Part two: Find a Healthy Fat Recipe at the Healthy Fats Carnival.
  36. Try Coconut Oil or Ghee: Time to try a new healthy fat. Learn about a few that I’ve tried in the past year.
  37. Beef Tallow and Lard: Animal fats got a bad rap last century. Let’s give them a chance for a comeback.
  38. Figure out the Fats Vocabulary: How does the pressing of oils affect their nutrition, how to decipher all the labels on your packages.
  39. Soak Your Oatmeal: Increase the nutrition of a frugal breakfast and make it more digestible.
  40. Repurpose Kitchen Containers: Part of Decreasing Disposables in December, this first challenge saves money and resources while keeping your home organized.
  41. Decrease Holiday Disposables: From wrapping paper to cards to big parties, December creates terrible waste. Some ideas to cut it down.
  42. Switch to the Real Thing or Reuse: 7 Choices to decrease disposables on the table, from serving parties with real plates to using cloth napkins.
  43. Cleaning Tips to Decrease Disposables: Throwing away lots of paper towel? You can stop now. Also see my posts on microfiber cloths and Skoy cloths.
  44. How do you Meal Plan?: Some tips for finding meal planning inspiration and keeping organized.
  45. Level Up Your Yogurt Profile: Take the next step toward making homemade yogurt (mission no. 8), including my newest tips for success.
  46. Green Resolutions: A comprehensive list of green cleaning substitutions and a challenge to pick one…and change it.
  47. Healthy Upgrades: Real Food Recipe Renditions: Learn how to make your favorite recipes without the processed convenience food ingredients.
  48. Healthy Upgrades: Make it from Scratch: A challenge to make one boxed thing from scratch.
  49. Eat Fewer Grains: In the midst of such research controversy on the health benefits or dangers of grains, let’s try to eat one grain-less meal each day this week, just to raise our consciousness of how many grains we consume.
  50. Soak Your Grains: To increase digestibility, some  research suggests proper preparation of grains is to soak them.
  51. Bake Homemade Bread or Grind Your Own Wheat: If you want the healthiest bread, you might want to try it at home. Even healthier? Freshly ground flour (even though I don’t do this yet!).
  52. Make a Sourdough Starter: Research shows that sourdough is the healthiest way to prepare grains. Capture your own yeast for free!
  53. Sprout Something: Sprouting increases nutrients in seeds and legumes. All you need is a colander.
  54. Get the Antibacterial Soap Out: Part of the Spring Cleaning: Get the Junk Out! Carnival, here is a challenge to rid your home of antibacterial soaps and bleach.
  55. Learn About Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance: Often under- and mis-diagnosed, allergies and sensitivities to wheat deserve a little attention.
  56. Clean out the Plastics Cupboard: Four different levels of commitment for getting rid of some of your plastic food storage containers.
  57. Use Less Refined Sugar: Simple ways to cut down and cut out on an unnecessary (but delicious) calorie.
  58. Seek Out and Avoid Parabens: A cancer-causing preservative in beauty products, parabens are no good. Find natural alternatives.
  59. Find Those MSGs: There are over 20 names MSG can hide under. Do you know what’s in your pantry?
  60. Where Does Your Meat Come From?: Do some research and learn about various farming methods and sources.
  61. Take an Organic Step: Either buy something new organic or move toward organic gardening.
  62. Organize Something: From your email inbox to paper clutter, your menu planning and your recipes, everyone can organize something better.
  63. Know What you Spend, Spend What you Earn: 15 ways to reduce your food spending and cut the budget, while finding money elsewhere to put toward food.
  64. Upgrade Your Eggs: Take a step in the right direction on the spectrum of white store eggs to pastured, organic, local eggs.
  65. Examine Your Milk Source: Where does your milk come from? Where should it come from?
  66. Buy Local Produce: Get to know your Farmer’s Market!
  67. Revisiting Super Foods: Eat ’em!
  68. Increase Your Grains Consciousness: Become more aware of how different preparations of grains affect your system.
  69. Natural Sunscreen Review: The breakdown on 28 natural sunblocks: how safe are the ingredients, and how did they really work? Our family really tried out all 28…
  70. Chew Your Food: Research shows that chewing food is vital for digestion. How many times should you chew each bite?
  71. Try Some Squash: An important fall/winter vegetable, and so many ways to get it in! (Even if your husband won’t eat it…)
  72. Keep It Simple: What needs to be taken “back to basics” in your life?
  73. Fight Germs Naturally: Resources included for cold care and other natural illness remedies.
  74. Watch for Gluten: A short primer on how to find gluten in ingredients lists, for your curious information or your family’s health. It’s difficult to avoid!
  75. Green and Natural Body Products – Pick One: The complete list from head to toe of options for keeping your skin and hair as non-toxic as possible.
  76. Green and Natural Household Cleaners – Pick One: The complete list from floor to ceiling of all the ways to keep your home non-toxic, including laundry soap options, homemade cleaners, and my favorite dishwasher detergent.
  77. A Look Back: Readers’ Favorites!
  78. Make Stock or Upgrade Your System: Tips to improve the health benefits of your homemade meat stocks.
  79. Clean Up Your Holiday Celebrations: Keep a little “green” in December – the eco-friendly way.
  80. Watch Your White Flour: 3 reasons to eat less, 3 reasons you might still want to include white flour in your diet.
  81. Pack Reusable Containers for Restaurant Leftovers: A simple, painless step to reduce your waste.
  82. You Can Make Homemade Yogurt!: Back to Basics Challenge #1, my favorite real food technique ever.
  83. Learn to Use Dry Beans: Back to Basics Challenge #2, important to save money, resources, and pump up nutrition!
  84. Refocus on Healthy Fats: Back to Basics Challenge #3, A great review of the Fat Full Fall series from 2009 with the most important healthy fats highlighted.
  85. Mind the Microwave: Back to Basics Challenge #4, the very first series at KS, explored pros and cons of microwave use. This challenge is simply to pay attention to your own usage of the appliance.
  86. Try Organ Meats: I saved this mission for nearly 2 years into KS…organ meats are scary sounding, but I promise, they don’t have to be!
  87. Switch Your Salt: If your salt is white, even if it’s sea salt, you need to check out this mission to find the difference!
  88. Do Something Big!: In my quest to go grain-free for Lent, I won’t drag everyone along, but here are some great grain-free resources if you’re interested.
  89. Get Moving: I don’t talk much about exercise here at KS, but it’s an important piece of the healthy lifestyle puzzle.
  90. Spend Time with Your Family:
  91. Build your Apothecary:  Buying a few simple items can make your home a natural pharmacy, in a way. {Guest Post}
  92. Make a Frugal Meals List: Sometimes keeping a food budget isn’t all about what you buy, but what you make. Your challenge is to make one frugal meal a week.
  93. Where Are Your Summer Veggies Coming From?: Will you get a CSA? Plant a garden? Now is the time to plan!
  94. Know Your Food: If you can, meet a farmer and ask him/her some questions about how your food is raised. If you aren’t able to talk to a farmer, try to find a new small business to frequent.
  95. Review Week, Focus on Grains: Do you need to use more whole grains? Start soaking? Skip grains altogether? Take a step that is good for your family this week.
  96. Let’s Get Prepared: A challenge to look at how prepared your family is for emergencies. Then, take the first step: Store some water.
  97. Are you Prepared to Evacuate?: Learn to make a 72-hour “Bug Out Bag” for short term evacuation and survival.
  98. Understand the Difference Between Sunscreens and Sunblocks: Mineral sunblocks are the safest for your body – find out why and which brands work best.
  99. Get Natural Outdoors: Natural solutions for common outdoor summer problems like sunburn, bugs, and scrapes.
  100. A No-Sugar Day: A challenge to kick off the Sweet, Sweet Summer series by avoiding sweets for a day…or more.
  101. Take Shorter Showers: A simple, water-saving mission.
  102. Save a Flush!: Save water in your toilet and green clean it.
  103. Shred Your Own Cheese: It might not save a ton of money, but avoiding weird additives is worth it.
  104. Get Variety and Nourishment in your Breakfasts: Prep the night before.
  105. Are you Ready for Breakfasts?: Getting back in the swing by planning breakfasts better, trying to pump up the nutrition and change up for variety.
  106. Stock Your Natural Remedies Medicine Cabinet: Make a list and purchase a few simple oils and items to have on hand to be ready if the sick bugs knock on your door.
  107. Make a Bug-Out Bag: A list of 20 steps, one per week, to help you make a 72-hour emergency kit in case you have to evacuate your home quickly.
  108. The Water that Gets You Clean: You might filter your drinking water, but what about the chemicals your skin sits in during a bath or shower?
  109. Grab Those Bones: Call dibs on the turkey carcass, make stock…and then commit to using some sort of bone broth in your meal plan at least once a week .
  110. Give Eco-Friendly Gifts: Give gifts to the earth as well as your friends and family.
  111. Sharpen Your Knives: Sharpen or steel your knives.
  112. Reduce, Reuse, Celebrate: Celebrate the season by giving a gift to the earth.
  113. Back to Basics–Traditional Foods Resolutions: Go back to basics and renew your commitment to regularly making traditional foods and including them in your menu plans.
  114. Parabens Bite the Dust: Get rid of your junky personal products, once and for all.
  115. Ferment Something: Start a new fermented food this week.
  116. Do Something New With Stock: Do something new with stock this month.
  117. Embrace the Fat But Not the Muffin Top: Eat more fat.
  118. Seek and Destroy Artificial Sweeteners: Learn to identify artificial sweeteners – or teach someone else to root them out.
  119. Wean Off the Sweeteners: Cut back on the amount of sweetener you add to your life.
  120. Avoid Natural Food Dyes and Coloring: Avoid artificial food dyes and colorings in food and personal products.
  121. Connect Kids with Real Food: Whether you have kids or can creatively find kids in your life, choose a way to cook with them, talk about food, or just serve real food this week.
  122. Eat Fruit for Dessert: A simple challenge: reduce your dependence on sweeteners by serving fruit for dessert.
  123. Get Ready for the Sun: Make sure your family is prepared for safe sunshine this season.
  124. Give Real Food to Those in Need: Free printable recipes and shopping lists to create donation packages for those in need.
  125. Do You Have a Naturally-Minded Doctor?: Be brave and use friends, the Internet, and the power of a phone call to research options for a natural practitioner that you can feel comfortable with.
  126. Can Real Food Help You Lose Weight?: It helped the Kimball Family! Your mission, if you choose to accept, is to determine whether you’re at your ideal/healthy weight…or not.
  127. Have Fun Exercising!: You don’t have to do an organized exercise program 30 minutes a day in order to get moving and be healthy. Find a way to exercise that works for you.
  128. Travel Without Plastic: When you do lots of packing food and snacks, it’s easy to end up tossing too much plastic into the garbage. Here are some simple tips for traveling without so much waste.
  129. Get a Plan for Summer Menu Planning: Make a commitment to “stay on the horse” of meal planning during the hectic summer months.
  130. Get Your Probiotics: Find a new way (or recommit to the old) to get healthy probiotics.
  131. If a Food Causes You to Hurt, Cut it Out: Choose to accept what you need to do in your diet to be healthy.
  132. You Are What You Eat, Eats: Make an upgrade in where you get your animal products: beef, pork, chicken, fish, cheese, milk, butter.
  133. Pinpoint Your Convenience Foods: Figure out some quick and easy convenience foods that are not as much of a compromise as $5 pizza.
  134. Probiotics at Every Meal: Let’s brainstorm the many different ways one can incorporate healthy probiotics into their daily routine.
  135. Experiment with Grains or No Grains: A challenge to do something different in the kitchen, either trying a new grain, a new process with a familiar grain, or a grain-free recipe. Lots of resource links!
  136. Choose Safer Cookware: Stop using one piece of potentially unsafe cookware, either temporarily or for good.
  137. Examine Your Cutting Board: Examine the safety of your current cutting board and replace it with something safer if necessary
  138. Get Safer Toothpaste: Examine and potentially replace your toothpaste. Includes a review of why fluoride is bad for you.
  139. Clean Safely, Clean Orderly: Time to look closely at your cleaning products and routines: are you using safe materials, and is your time used wisely?
  140. Organize for Efficiency: Do you have areas of your kitchen that have been the same way for way too long, even though it doesn’t make sense? Look at everything with fresh eyes and get your organization on.
  141. Clear Those Counters (& Maybe a Cupboard or a Drawer, too): Time to clear your counters, get the things you need close at hand, and make your kitchen an efficient place to work!
  142. Organize Your Recipes: Even the perfect recipe organization system needs a look-through and update every so often. Be critical and make it work for you.
  143. Get Spicy! (and Organized): Cleaning out and organizing your spice cabinet will help make cooking more efficient and rid yourself of expired products.
  144. Don’t Try to “Get Something Done”: Is it your voice that says to the kids, “Not right now, I have to get something done here,” or “I just couldn’t get anything done today!” Measure success by quality time invested in people, not checkmarks on the to-do list.
  145. Monday Mission: How Many Baby Steps Have You Taken?: Time to count up your successes and pat yourself on the back! This Monday Mission was a rendition of the “KS Top 10″ post; all the basics that give the most impact.
  146. Monday Mission: Top Ten Advanced Baby Steps (for your consideration): Once you’ve mastered the basics, you might want to dig a little deeper in the real food world. There are lots more steps you can take, and people to journey with you.
  147. Back to Basics Baby Step Monday Mission no. 1: Cut the Trans Fat {Guest Post} With the newness that January brings, let’s take a look at our kitchen
    with a fresh set of eyes and resolve to take those baby steps together. Your mission this week – should you choose to accept – is to remove trans fat from your kitchen.
  148. Back to Basics Baby Step Monday Mission no. 2: Using Meal Planning to Incorporate Nutrient Dense Foods {Guest Post}  Meal planning was so successful last January that I kept it up for another month… and then two, then three… and after a few months of planning, I wondered how I could ever live without the concept.
  149. Back to Basics Baby Step Monday Mission no. 3: Try a New Healthy Fat {Guest Post} For every trans-fat filled item in our kitchen, there is an applicable and more than sufficient substitute. I’ll even go out on a limb and say that in most cases, the substitute is better than the original!
  150. Back to Basics Baby Step Monday Mission no 4: Make Homemade Yogurt (Fermented Foods) {Guest Post}  I’m simply challenging you to take one more step in the journey of good health. I’ll even hold your hand.
  151. Back to Basics Baby Step Monday Mission no. 5: Use Those Beans! {Guest Post} The key to getting everyone at the table to pick up their spoon and take a bite of beans – willingly – is to prepare them so that they taste good. However, there’s one common factor that seems to fit all brand-spankin’-new bean eaters: do not serve them by themselves.
  152. Back to Basics Baby Step Monday Mission no. 6: Cut High Fructose Corn Syrup {Guest Post} Eight, incredibly legit and scary reasons why we should all stop consuming high fructose corn syrup.
  153. Back to Basics Baby Step Monday Mission no. 7: Make Bone Broth (Regularly!) {Guest Post} My friends, making broth is really so essential, so easy, and so basic to any real food journey that it warrants “yet another” post.
  154. Back to Basics Baby Step Monday Mission no. 8: Do Something With Grains {Guest Post} To me, “something” means “anything” and Dictionary.com similarly agrees. It defines “anything” as “in any degree, to any extent, in any way; at all.”  My five “somethings” with grains.
  155. An Introduction to Natural Health Month A whole month of missions in one post. What do you want to tackle in the field of natural health? Topics included:
  156. Get Some Air Filtering Plants: A list of air filtering plants, what they filter and why you should have them.
  157. Get a Frugal, Natural Clean: Choose cleaners that are inexpensive and nontoxic avoiding the expense and toxicity of purchased cleaners.
  158. Learn How to Brush Your Teeth Like an Adult: The Bass brushing technique addresses safe-for-the-gums bacteria removal. {video} OraWellness offers an antibacterial botanical blend to use in place of toothpaste.
  159. Step Back, Set a Goal: A pretty loosely defined mission – what do you need to conquer at this point in your journey? Let’s make a commitment…
  160. Renew Your Efforts to Conserve Paper: Small steps to make a small difference, hopefully multiplying to make a big difference! Lots of ideas to save paper in and out of the kitchen.
  161. Make a Grocery Price List: It pays to spend a few minutes getting organized so you know the best prices on your staples. I learned that some of my bulk purchases were more expensive than other options!
  162. Share Real Food with Others: A fun challenge to specifically find ways to “food evangelize” through deliciousness.
  163. Cultivate Common Sense: Common sense is seriously lacking in our culture today. Focus on cultivating and using yours when you evaluate what food to eat.
  164. Enjoy Your Food: Slow down, find people with whom to enjoy quality real food, and foster an appreciation for real eating.
  165. Make Something Frozen Homemade: A cool summer mission to explore frozen recipes like popsicles and ice cream.
  166. Have Fun with Food: Try making a silly meal of all pancakes and other fun ways to present food.
  167. The Thinking Person’s “Get Natural”: It’s not always enough to use a natural or DIY product – often you have to go a little deeper with your research and sourcing.
  168. Teach Kids How to Eat: Encourage the children in your lives to eat well with these simple kid-oriented food rules. It’s NOT all about the food pyramid, folks.
  169. Take Real Food With You on the Go: Everyone has their busy seasons. Perhaps “life” is yours – taking real food on the go when you’re crunched for time can be tough, so plan ahead with these strategies.
  170. Explore Grain-free Baking: You might not need to go grain-free for yourself, but having a recipe or two in your knowledge base is a good idea for a few reasons: It can give you more variety, grain-free baking is often very high protein, which can be hard to nail when on the go, and it’s nice to have ideas to share with guests who might be gluten-free or diabetic.
  171. Make Tortillas: Making unhealthy tortillas might not save you money, but making healthy ones is sometimes the only way to find them at all (or for less than the cost of a college education).
  172. Finding Real Food Heroes: Don’t let people tell you real food is easy or cheap – you know it takes work, but it’s worth it. YOU’RE worth it.
  173. Learn a Recipe by Heart: Saves time searching for your recipes and helps you feel like a “real” chef anytime you can just make something without a list of ingredients.
  174. Use the Whole Thing: It’s out of fashion to buy whole animals anymore…but this challenge will introduce you to organ meats, challenge you to use the bones, and get you comfortable with the idea of at least buying whole chickens, if not finding half a cow to cart home!
  175. YOUR Top 3 Frugal Practices: What’s the best way to save money on food? I share my top 3 and challenge you to do the same to help your friends and family out.
  176. YOUR Top 3 Real Food Tips: Type out your TOP 3 real food rookie tips, either the easiest first steps to make, a tip to make real food possible without losing your sanity, OR the stuff that is most important to focus on if you can only make one change at a time.
  177. YOUR Top 3 Eco-Friendly Tips: I suppose it’s cheating to say the top 3 eco-friendly tips are “reduce, reuse, recycle?” Okay, okay, I know – totally cheating.
  178. YOUR Top 3 Time-Savings Strategies: You can’t deny that cooking real food takes longer than convenience food – it’s called “convenience” for good reason!
  179. The Ginger Challenge: Over time, as I read little bits here and there about the health benefits of ginger, I kept wondering if I shouldn’t give fresh ginger a try.
  180. Try a Natural Remedy with Ginger: I admit I haven’t taken this mission myself yet – other than making and enjoying ginger tea and cooking with fresh ginger, I haven’t branched out so far.
  181. Cut Out the Preservatives: Chances are if you’re reading this blog, you don’t have a ton of products in your home with ingredients labels at all. But even if you have pared down the processed food considerably already (if you haven’t, all the better to learn the lesson today).
  182. Share the Gift of Good Health: Most of us can give of our money somewhat easily – the dollar value before the pain threshold varies widely, but it’s not usually much of a sacrifice to give something extra to the poor during Lent.
  183. Using Technology in the Kitchen: I’ll share some brief ideas on resources you might tap into if you don’t already use them, or perhaps some new ways to use the programs you’re already familiar with.
  184. Donating and Sharing Real Food: I want to encourage you to think both about donating food to the poor and also those opportunities you get to share food with friends in needmeals for the sick through your church, meals for friends who have recently had babies, or just hosting other moms in the neighborhood at your house for fellowship.
  185. Fight Cancer With Food: It’s still totally crazy to think about it, even though in another sense it’s become “the new normal” and we’ve had two months to get used to the idea.
  186. Get Spring Greens in Your Diet: Why eat more greens? Not only because they might be fresh and local, but any time of  year because they fight cancer, improve a ton of body functions and have more health benefits than I can count!
  187. Naturally Soothe a Sunburn: Even though the burn wasn’t bad, and I knew he wouldn’t even peel, I still wanted to protect his skin as much as possible from sun damage.
  188. Take Charge of Your Health: Decide on One Big Change you want to tackle in your health – just ONE, folks, baby steps here! – and then One Simple Thing you can do to move toward making a big change.
  189. Natural Wellness for Whatever Ails You: Between going back to school, the change in the weather in general and the increased “inside time” most climates experience in the fall and winter, the germs just seem to spread faster, don’t they?
  190. Sharpen Up Your Knife Skills: I impress my kids when I cut things because I look fast, but I don’t think I really know what I’m doing. I am pretty sure I hold the knife hilt wrong, too close to the blade, and I’m sure I should “organize” what I’m cutting in a more efficient way.
  191. Be a Conscious Health Consumer: Gone are the days that the average American should just do what the doctor orders. Obedience is out of style, anyway.
  192. Make Your Own Cranberry Juice: If you, like me, object to the added sugar and wonder what else is in that bottle, the solution is here. You can make your own! No expensive equipment required.
  193. Wash Green, Not Green Wash: It’s a term used for cleaners and personal products that are marketed as “all natural” but really aren’t. They’re usually “sort of natural” or include some natural ingredients, but many also use synthetic stabilizers and/or preservatives.
  194. Buy a Whole Chicken: There is no harder argument to overcome than that of the wallet. When I first decided to drop $18 on a whole chicken from a local farmer – rather than $6 on a package of chicken breast from Kroger – I’m pretty sure I thought I was crazy.
  195. The Importance of Clean Indoor Air: This subject is one on which I feel I’ve barely scratched the surface – I need to figure out what in the world the mold test results mean and what to do about it, and I should get more plants.
  196. Top 3 Foodie Efficiency Tips: These “top 3″ are some of my favorite habits without which I begin to flounder and become tempted to order pizza. True story.
  197. One Simple Lent: Any sort of service for the Lord is giving alms, as long as it’s done out of love for Him. You might look into a new volunteer opportunity, or simply commit to spending special time with each of your children.
  198. One Word: Intentional (Life): In every area of life, I felt like I was tumbling through the day, tumbling through life, not able to make any real goals or progress because some wind was always gusting me forward, some bump in the path always sending me skyward so my feet were never on the ground.
  199. One Word: Intentional (Food): At first, it felt like we might starve. Or buy all the vegetables in the store. Or spend hours washing and cutting vegetables and then still feel starving half an hour after eating.
  200. Get Non-Toxic Sleep: There’s a lot about sleep that needed improving at the Kitchen Stewardship house (starting with number of hours in bed, to be honest!), and we’re going to cover quite a few of them in the next few weeks.
  201. The Secret to Healing Sleep: There are plenty of visible and invisible ramifications to being sleep-deprived, which is a true state of life for many of us young parents these days.
  202. Store Water for Emergencies: I’d been thinking about doing this for a while and finally realized I didn’t need a “system” and I didn’t need to start by running downstairs to fill all my empties. I started with two jars.
  203. The Trouble With Sunscreen: So if we’re slathering up with sunscreen every time we let the sunshine kiss our exposed flesh, we’re not only deflecting the harmful, potentially burning rays of the sun, but we’re also blocking its life-giving Vitamin D.

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  1. says

    I love your blog! I’m glad I found it thanks to Kingdom First Mom. If, you ever would like to do a guest post like you did on hers I would love it!

  2. Nancy says

    It is really hard to just pick one recipe they all look delicious. Hope I win so that I can make them all for my grandbabies this summer.

  3. Yvonne Mary Lewis says

    I loved most of your articles over the past year, Katie. (We are vegan). Most useful recently was 102 and Water Kefir. I also grind my own wheat now and soak it before making up the following day. God Bless. Yvonne in Spain.

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