Years ago I got our family into debt, well, deeper debt than we were already in, by trying to “go organic.” I read some books, thought it made sense, and then I tried to change my shopping overnight.
Kids, please don’t try this at home.
It was a total and complete disaster. Certainly, it was not Organic’s fault, it was mine, not being a good steward with what we had, and not taking baby steps.
When I woke up from the nightmare, hubs and I worked and prayed really hard and climbed out of the hole. We ate more boxed, processed cereal in that eighteen month period than I had in all my life previous. My kids loved it. It was free. It was a means to an end.
In fact, I blogged about this means to an end thing back in 2008. I felt bad that we weren’t eating the best diet. Remember, I had done all that reading. But, I also knew that God wouldn’t have us spend money we didn’t have. So, I banked some hope that someday we’d be able to clean up our eating habits a little bit.
Three years ago, there were not all the great blogs that there are today to help you eat well and spend less. I’ve learned a lot over the years, and thankfully, we’re out of debt.
One book I wish I had had back then is Not Your Mama’s Crunchy Granola by Crystal Collins. The book outlines a 7-week program for healthier living — on a budget.
Sounds scary? Yeah, that’s what I thought. But, I love what Crystal says in the introduction:
You have just made an investment in your health! No, wait! Don’t run away! This isn’t scary at all. I’m not going to tell you to stop shaving, wear hemp clothes, and have a unibrow. This ebook will take you through seven weeks on the subject of Healthy Eating, Green Alternatives, Fitness and also Saving Money. Each week speaks simply about steps you can take to gradually change your life. This is all done in baby steps, so that #1 you are not overwhelmed, and #2 you will be more motivated to try.
The baby steps look like this:
- How to Save Money
- Raw Foods
- Organic Gardening
- Green Your Home
When I look back at my life and the lasting changes I’ve made over the years, I realize that change doesn’t happen in one fell swoop. It happens over time and in cycles. Crystal’s book provides a variety of choices to choose from. I don’t need to do them all, but I can pick a few things and test them out. Later I might come back to the list and pick a few more. I like that!
And I like it that Crystal makes the choices clear.
Currently, the book is $5. But, if you order the book this weekend and use the code LAM, you can get the book for $2.99!
Win a copy!
Crystal is also giving away a copy of her book to 3 Life as MOM readers.
Leave a comment on this post: How do you want to improve your eating habits? This giveaway will be open until Sunday, November 6, 2011 at 8 pm PST. Winners will be chosen at random and notified via email. Please respond within 48 hours to claim your prize. This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winners: lecocolate@, Deesselisa@, beburkhart@