Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Sweet Tooth Infographic

Nursing Your Sweet Tooth
Created by: www.OnlineNursingPrograms.com Sugar is so prevalent now, that things touted as healthy still make a large portion of total sugar consumption. This is especially important for parents with small children, and You HAVE TO read the nutrition facts on fruit juices and dairy products marketed to children. Parents generally know that giving kids a hand full of M&M's will turn them into cranky little energy monsters prone to bouts of hate and discontent, but most parents don't realize an organic strawberry milk from a prominent Organic "health food" company like Horizon has 23g of sugar in it! How many M&M's are in a box? One gram of sugar is about the size of an M&M. Fruit juices are the same way. They are marketed to kids for parents, put on the bottom shelves of grocery stores so little hands can grab them and plead their parents to buy them. A whole natural food is stripped of all it's basic parts and refined down to the juice, concentrated, mixed, stabilized, held in a tank, and then mixed with preservatives, non-artificial artificial flavoring, water, and sugar to be packaged into small kid-sized containers to be shoved into a lunchbox next to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a bag of Doritos. If it's a health conscious parent, the kid may get some pre-packaged apple slices with a caramel pack. This is assuming there isn't a soda in there instead! /rant Read your labels folks.

Thursday, June 28, 2012


Always remember there was nothing worth sharing like the love that let us share our name
-The Avett Brothers
Ladies and Gentleman, Introducing: Goldie Cleopatra Fout
6Lbs 11oz, 19 1/4" long

It was a long, stressful couple of days, and with Tropical Storm Debby dropping shite-loads of rain on north Florida, luckily we didn't have to kayak to the hospital! The weather is back to beautiful now, Baby and Momma are doing very well, and Goldie is adjusting nicely to being a part of the world. Momma did such a great job, and we're all so proud of her. She took great care of herself during the pregnancy, and it really shows. The doctor, at one point even said: "Momma has been feeding her well!" She is so happy, pleasant, and healthy. She's such a blessing.
If you were wondering how DB is doing with being a big sister, all I can say is she's super excited. She loves her little sister, and I can't wait for us to get home so we can get everyone settled in. I will be doing my damnedest to keep providing, nurturing, teaching, and looking forward so these girls will want for nothing. Dixie is already a hurricane, so these two together will change the world. Smart, sassy, and beautiful is a lethal combination. Look out World.

I haven't been too active on the blog front lately, and what I have been has been minimal. I haven't really felt like contributing to the noise; and have instead been in favor of reading, watching, improving my fitness, and taking care of my family. I never announced on here we were expecting another baby, but here she is. Please welcome the next little adventurer to the fold.

She favors her momma. Like her momma, she's absolutely beautiful.

She's perfect.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Unleash the Kraken

It's always great to have intellectual conversations about the human diet. I'm sure this video has been seen by most, but I just found it, and it's so insightful, I'm sharing it. Matt LaLonde on Evolution TVOL's youtube channel. This was linked in a tweet from the Paleo Answer on twitter. The Paleo Answer is Loren Cordain's newest book; hopefully soon to be added to the required reading list! Synopsis: Paleo is backed by science, rather than dietary dogmas/ Beware: Contains Science

Saturday, February 11, 2012

2 years

I know every parent says this when their kids hit a milestone, but I really can't believe she's 2 years old. I still haven't completely wrapped my head around the fact I'm a dad! It's pretty amazing when the smallest, yet most important part of our being human -- passing on our genes -- turns into your whole reason for doing anything at all. I've never felt so important, so small, so connected, or so human before. Happy Birthday DB.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012