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Eating the Moment, Ex. 1

Once again I am following along with the exercises in Eating the Moment: 141 Mindful Practices to Overcome Overeating One Meal at a Time by Pavel Somov, Ph.D..  I tried to do these previously, but chickened out after doing a few of the practices.  I saw some of the things that were further in the book and anticipated discomfort and fear.  Michelle, who sometimes plays my Jiminy Cricket, would of course point out that it means i should do them, but i put the book on the shelf instead.

No, really, i'm eating beets for breakfast these days.

No, really, i’m eating beets for breakfast these days.

Since i’m trying to develop a healthy relationship with food, i felt like this was a good time to come back to it.

The first section is in relation to triggers, the things that tell your mind or body to eat or what to eat.  For example, you might drive by a billboard for Dunkin Donuts and suddenly desire coffee (a particular challenge of mine!).  Triggers can be timing, sights, smells, places, emotions, experiences or just about anything else.

The first practice in the book is to ask, after you eat, “Why did I just eat?”.   He doesn’t suggest modifying anything, just simply notice why you ate.  Since I’m currently trying to be healthier and modifying some habits, the results of this exercise show some bias.  Had i done this a few weeks ago there would be a lot more reasons like boredom, sadness, loneliness, craving, habit and unknown.  I allowed myself to have multiple reasons for each time i ate, although he suggest finding the primary reason.

Out of 31 “eating incidents” (meals and snacks), almost 75% of the time hunger was a factor.  That’s a great sign for me, indicating i’m not overeating as much as i have in the past.  An additional 6% included feeling thirsty, which makes sense, as they were at breakfast when i’ve been having fruit & veggie smoothies.

5 out of 7 breakfasts also included the word “fuel”, which was a feeling of needing energy, but not really feeling hunger.  I suspect this is because i have been working out in the mornings before breakfast, which often reduces my appetite for an hour or so.

Almost half of the times i ate were at least in part triggered by time.  I’ve always known routine and habit drive me, but didn’t consider how it effected my eating habits.  Since many of those times i was also at least beginning to feel hungry, I’m guessing my portions are about right for my schedule.  Lunches and snacks at work also sometimes were at least partially due to wanting a distraction or entertainment.  My week day lunches are an excuse to stop report writing or calculations and read or write for pleasure.  I should be careful not to just assume noon means break for lunch, but to make sure i listen to my body.

There were cravings, mostly for sweet, which isn’t shocking for me.  Some of those corresponded with emotional needs, and others with aiming to meet my calorie quota for the day.  I’ve said before, I don’t think cravings are all bad, so long as they are managed and accounted for.

Other reasons I ate?  Knowing food wouldn’t be available later when i would be very hungry, wanting to try something new when it was offered, being tempted by the scent of fresh bread, feeling cold and tired, and being at an event where eating was expected (although i timed my other meals so i would be hungry at the appropriate time).  There were also two incidents were  was disappointed with earlier meals (both flavor and portion size) where i didn’t make great choices later on.  That’s definitely something I’ll need to work on managing in the future.

I’m currently working on Practice 2, which is similar, but asking before you eat “Why am I about to eat?”, then choosing to eat or not.  As i’m currently having a little trouble remembering to write things down before I eat, I may go a little longer than a week on this, but we’ll see what i discover!

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“To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.”
– Bertrand Russell

Every week day i get a nice little email as part of The Happiness Project.  Today’s was particularly on-point.

I’ve been craving peanut butter of all things.  I think it’s the salty-sweet flavor, and that i’ve been packing peanut butter or just peanuts in the husband’s lunches lately. Peanut butter & jelly sandwiches are one of my comfort foods.  Flavorful, full of carbs and sugar, just enough protein to prevent a quick crash.  There have been times when i’m sad or bored I’ve eaten multiple in a day.  Because they are such a temptation food, i’ve been avoiding them.

The boys are getting together tonight to game, however, and i decided to make beef stew.  But i wanted something to go with it, so I tried a new recipe, Bob’s Red Mill Three Seed Bread.  Growing up we used to get what my dad called “birdseed bread”, a multigrain with lots of seeds, and i admit, I kind of miss it!  I haven’t been able to make or buy something quite like it.  This wasn’t quite the same, but it came out great!

I enjoyed it with some Justin’s Maple Almond Butter.  And when i say enjoyed, i mean really savored each bite.  I could taste the different flavors, enjoying the salty and sweet.  There were different textures of the bread, the seeds and the spread.  

I’m currently reading Foodist: Using Real Food and Real Science to Lose Weight Without Dieting, by Darya Pino Rose, Ph.D.  One of the things she has referenced so far is an experiment about denial and delayed gratification.  The experiment was individuals were told to not eat some candy that was available as they watched a short film.  Some were asked to imagine never eating the candy, and others were asked to skip them now, but could have some later if they wanted.  A control group got to eat the candy during the film.  After the film, everyone was allowed to eat the candy.  Those who delayed the gratification ate less than those who were denied and the control group!  

Many of my cravings are about habit and immediate satisfaction, even if the taste is mediocre.  When i tell myself i can have it later (if i still want it), I feel safer somehow.  I have the transportation and funds available to purchase food if i really want it later.  Sometimes the craving passes unfulfilled, and sometimes (like this craving for peanut butter!), i should address it.  

Fulfilling this desire wasn’t cheap calorie wise, but it was entirely “real food”, with delicious flavors.  I felt no guilt about enjoying it, and even ate it in addition to my smoothie, as i wanted some veggie.  Did i really just type that?  I wanted green, in the morning?  Me? I can and should! have delicious foods.  Cravings can be important, but not urgent, to use a Franklin Covey explanation.  I’m pretty sure I won’t die if i wait and see if i really want that candy bar.

One side effect of making all this real food is I am spending a LOT more time in the kitchen.  I think i will ask for an iPhone speaker thingy for Christmas, so i can play Pandora as i cook.  Currently I carry my chromebook down, which is fine, but the speakers are so-so.  I have a small speaker ball type thing, which is OK quality sound and definitely louder, but it would be neat to have something i could leave in one place.  

I’ve already asked for a new yoga mat, so it may be a very practical holiday for me.  Which I’m totally OK with!  

“To be without …

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What is a healthy relationship with food anyway?

So i’m working on developing a “healthy relationship with food”.  But i want to explain what that means, both for my own clarification and to see what it means for other folks.

1) Food is fuel.  I can’t not eat and expect to be healthy, energetic or happy, just like i can’t expect my car to run without gas or my computer to run without electricity.  Not eating, or under eating is not a healthy habit.  Yes, in order to lose weight one needs to create some calorie deficit, however it needs to still be in the functional range.  I want to be at my best, and that means ensuring i have enough fuel to do so.

2) Variety is important.  Eating only one food group, color, flavor, shape, texture, temperature or any other characteristic means i’ll be limiting my nutrition.  Eating a variety of things will help provide me with lots of different vitamins and nutrients my body needs.  It will also prevent me from getting bored.  It is easy to fall into patterns, but those patterns need to include a variety of foods.  

3) Foods are not good or bad.  Some options might be better choices – a handful of nuts will keep me satiated longer than a handful of jelly beans for example, but the jelly beans are not evil.  I might feel more virtuous having chosen the grilled chicken salad, but i am not a bad person if i want the cheeseburger, or even if i choose it.  More accurate questions are will this food/meal get me closer to my goals?  Does this fit in with the intentions i’ve set?  How will i feel after eating this?  Do i really want this thing, or is there another reason it seems attractive?  Can i get the same enjoyment with something else that will fit closer with my intentions?

4) Eating should be a conscious decision.  Eating out of habit, emotion or boredom is not a healthy relationship with food.  Recognizing when i am hungry, and eating enough to calm that hunger is good.  Making a conscious decision of what to eat and when is the most important thing I can do towards being healthier.  For me, logging is critical here, as it creates a moment to pause and ask myself if this is really what i want to eat.

5) The numbers are not in control of me.  The scale, my calorie count, my calorie budget, my pedometer, my heart rate monitor and my clothing size do not define me.  I am much more than any of these things.  Numbers are metrics, but do not measure my happiness or relationships.  

6) Portion size matters.  I’m a short woman.  I can’t eat as much as my husband, who is almost a foot taller than me, and a hundred pounds heavier.  I need to be content with what is on my plate and not compare to his (which often has some ‘extras’ as well).  It can feel tedious to measure stuff out, but it really makes a difference!  If i am still hungry (after pausing to drink some water and let my food settle), i can always get something else.  

7) Water is awesome.  Water is necessary for your body to run properly, fills you up, cleans you out and tastes good.  I know folks get accustomed to sodas and flavored beverages, but really, water is probably one of the best things for you.  For me, a healthy relationship with food includes drinking lots of water.

8) Be adventurous.  Try new flavors, recipes and cooking techniques.  Try new restaurants.  Look at different meal plans.  I get stuck in habits, and then the habits degrade to what is fastest, most comforting and easiest.  Keeping things interesting really helps break that cycle.  It also helps the mindful, choice driven aspect of eating for me.  

9) Enjoy whats on the plate.  Whether its a salad of leftovers, a carefully made dish at home or a burger and fries out.  Food is delicious and worth enjoying.  Don’t feel guilty over a meal, even it its not towards your goals.  Guilt just makes you feel bad, and can serve as an excuse to give up on good habits.  Savor what you eat as you eat it.  Enjoy it.  And then, if necessary, make adjustments.  That pie was too good to pass up?  Maybe eat a little less later on, but if not, it’s ok.  A friend of mine likes to quote her WW leader “if you trip on one step, you don’t throw yourself down the rest of the stairs”, yet so often we do with food.  

10) One bite at a time.  This is big, hard stuff, even if it sounds simple.  For me a healthy relationship with food is going to be a long, hard process, but it’s totally possible.  The way to do it?  One bite at a time.  Let meals in the past be in the past, future meals be handled in the future, and focus on what is in front of me now.  It’s not about one big decision, but hundreds, maybe even thousands of small ones.

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Like a madwoman

Still sticking with the DDP Yoga.  It’s not the easiest workout, but each time i do it, there is a bit of progress – i stretch a little further, reach a little higher, or feel a little stronger.  It was just over two weeks ago i tried it and couldn’t stay in the lunges without going to a knee.  I am wobbly now, but am staying up.  A lot of folks who stick with it seem to have similar results, so hopefully its a trend that continues.

Last night i tried a new recipe, Spicy Peanut Tofu Rice Salad + Twirl of Avocado, from Lunch Box Bunch.  Mine was sort of a mashed up avocado, rather than a twirl, but it was very delicious!  I enjoyed it for lunch again today in fact.  The recipe allowed me to use the last of the peanut butter sitting in the fridge, which helps remove a temptation.  Peanut butter & jelly is totally a comfort food, and while it isn’t bad for me, it isn’t really great either.  

Right now i’m trying to avoid comfort foods and work though some of those feelings that food will make me feel better.  Food does soothe me, but not for long, and so it isn’t the healthiest coping strategy.  I want a good relationship with food, not a cycle of binge and guilt!

Also from Lunch Box Bunch, i tried their Hot Pumpkin Mug.  It wasn’t my favorite, but i’m glad i tried it!

I also did all the prep to have beef stew ready when i get home from work today, thank you crock pot!  We’re having friends over to hand out Halloween candy and play with the nephew (niece is still too little to do much more than sleep, nurse and occasionally wiggle!).  I wanted something hearty, yummy and easy, so beef stew won.  It’s also a meal the husband enjoys, and it’s familiar, which is important to him right now as he works through his own food issues.

Because it is Halloween, i also made some pumpkin bread, which got rave reviews at the office. I haven’t tried it yet! but will tonight.  I made a double batch to have enough for me and my friends, and still make sure everyone at the office got some too.

AND i carved jack-o-lanterns last night.  

Yesterday was a very long day, but it felt good to be so productive.  I am strong enough to do a lot of things, and i am capable of accomplishing a lot.  I need to remember this next time i don’t think i can manage sweeping the floor or putting things away!

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Healthier Foods

Santa Fe Stuffed Peppers & Brown Rice with Avocado

There’s a bunch of food pictures here.  I hope they make you think YUM! instead of ewww.

I’ve been cooking.  A lot.  And spending time concentrating on what i eat.  This means some interesting adventures in the kitchen.  I wanted to share some of my concoctions.

Tuesday night i made Santa Fe Turkey Stuffed Peppers, a recipe from Skinnytaste.  I did have some slight modifications to the recipe because of what we had in the house and i hate using  a portion of a can of beans for some reason.

These came out great, although n

ext time – more seasoning.  I had skipped the spicy peppers, but the recipe needs a bit more of a kick.  They look ugly, as you can see, but taste pretty darned yum and make great leftovers.  I’m also guessing they’d freeze well.  I had it with some brown rice mashed with avocado and a salad.  There are lots of salads in my life right now.

Yesterday’s breakfast was a scary smoothie – almost black!  It was made of:

  • 1 banana (frozen)Scary Smoothie
  • 1.5 cups of chard (frozen)
  • 1 cup cherries (frozen)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 cup water

It’s official, chard in my smoothies is too grassy-tasting for me.  I need to try mixing it in a combination of greens, not just straight like this.  Other than that, this came out pretty good.  The smoothies aren’t super low in calories and are sugary, but it’s from fruit.  I didn’t get this way from eating too many apples!  It kept me feeling full well until lunch, and it takes a while to drink that much, which feels satisfying in itself.

Last night’s dinner adventure was a stir fry with flank steak, peppers, snow peas and broccoli.  The peas and peppers were in this week’s farmshare, and i picked up the broccoli at the stand.  I don’t cook much beef, but i wanted to make this process easier on the husband, and thought this might perk him up.

Flank Steak & Veggie Stir Fry

I made a sauce with:

  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1 tbsp chili sauce
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar

and let the meat marinate in half of it while i chopped  the veggies.  I was worried about it being too spicy, but it was just enough of a kick.  I loved how vibrant the veggies looked and they were cooked just enough.  And for a girl who doesn’t like much beef?  This was awesome.  I’m definitely going to make this dish again with whatever veggies are looking good.

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Farmers Market!

Finally! I was able to make it to the Wethersfield Farmer’s Market!  I had been a steady attendee in years previous, but hardly made it at all last year.  It started back up for the season at the start of May, but with so much going on, I hadn’t made it to it’s new location at the Solomon Welles House.  It’s right by Wethersfield Cover (and the DMV), which makes for a better location.  It’s also grown quite a bit!  Even this early in the season, it was packed with delicious food, plants, crafts and more!

When i drove around the corner (parking was at a premium, thanks to the summer-like weather) I saw the NoRA Cupcake Truck.  Now, if you live in CT and hadn’t had the pleasure of a cupcake from them, you’re missing out.  I got myself a Bannoffee cupcake, which was exactly as awesome as you’d think.  I hope they come regularly!

Lucky Taco was there too, but as i had to go pick up plants afterwards, i didn’t get to visit them.  I hope they come back next week.  I love the addition of the food trucks, and this venue seems to be much more inviting to them!

I did stop by my favorites – Sweet Pea Cheese for some of their apricot maple goat cheese.  This might sound weird, but it’s just sweet enough and tastes amazing.  To me it tastes like summer, and it took serious willpower not to try and find some crackers right away!  I also picked up some butter rolls from Morning Glory Bakery.  I found out this is their last season before moving to Tennessee.  Their rolls are amazing, and the idea of it being their last go up here is a total bummer.

I also picked up some free range eggs from a new-to-me company called Killam & Bassette Farmstead.  I have been craving eggs lately, and can’t wait to enjoy some fresh eggs tonight for dinner!

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Eggs from Killam & Bassette Farmstead

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Apricot Maple goat cheese from Sweet Pea Cheese

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Alpacas!

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The New Normal – Routines & Healthy Habits

I’m in another transition period.  Duncan is (hopefully) starting work soon.  Michelle was recently diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease.  Aimee is expecting in October.  Ian’s mother will be moving in with them this summer.  The upcoming Life Events will require me be particularly flexible, patient and communicate well, probably through the end of the year.

I love having a base-line normal, on a daily, weekly and overall basis.  Routines are my anchor to ‘normalcy’.  I can count on small things like doing sun breathes when i wake up, laying out my clothes or writing an email to Ian regardless of how chaotic the day may be.  Those touchstones are small, but provide great comfort.

Each of these Life Events will bring changes, and a new normal will emerge, however temporary.  Often times these changes distract me, and become excuses to get away from my values and goals.  Or i become focused on one element, leaving other important aspects behind.

So i’m trying to change some routines & habits to encourage better health.  For example, i know that weighing in every day, while sometimes depressing, keeps me aware of my weight.  When i am aware of my weight, i eat better and am motivated to exercise.  It’s now routine to step on the scale.  I can work on being mindful, accepting my body as it is right now, and making decisions to be healthier.

I am trying for the new normal to include walking and running.  If there are no other plans and it’s not raining, i should go outside and exercise.  I will not miss watching television.  The new normal also means making healthier meals and cooking in.  Again, it’s a time investment, but i enjoy being in the kitchen.  I’ve got the habit of making breakfast and lunch down, so now i can improve on them, making sure they include lots of fruits and veggies and less processed foods.  Why not make today’s dinner and tomorrow’s breakfast & lunch all at once?  If it’s the New Normal to spend time cooking, i can account for that.  It only takes a few weeks for it to feel seamless and be habit, and once it’s routine, it’s even easier, just part of life, like cleaning the kitchen counter or sorting the mail.

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Smoothies

This may come as a shock, but studying for the Professional Engineer exam has been stressful.  My ‘free’ time has been spent, the last several weeks, in front of piles of text books practicing calculations, reviewing regulations and memorizing equations.  Or collapsed in a pile of tears, stressed and afraid.

This situation has created two challenges.  The first is no time to go outside and walk/run.  Last year i ran quite a bit, and then lost it in the fall.  I’d like to get back to it, but the studying and stress created a time and energy crunch that just didn’t let it happen.  The second was stress eating.  I am awesome at eating my emotions, and so found cookies, chips, chocolate and just about anything else to eat to soothe my stress.

The result, of course, is gaining weight, which is the opposite of my long term goals.  So, now that the test is over, i can return to healthier eating and getting more exercise.

When i try to ban something from my diet, i crave it like nothing else.  Or it’s suddenly everywhere, taunting me.  Knowing this, as well as how easily i can become obsessive at tracking calories (i end up going for low-score and not eating), i’m just changing habits towards more healthy ones.

Step 1 of this is changing over breakfast.  I love fruits and enjoy smoothies, but my blender isn’t the best, and i was convinced i couldn’t make a good smoothie with it.  Then, after a little internet-foo, i realized i could use my immersion blender with a mason jar.  This has revolutionized breakfast for me!  So i’ve been adventuring the last few days with mostly fruit combinations.  My goal is to focus on this for a week or two, playing with the ratios and what works best for me.  I’m 3 for 3 on good combos, and looking forward to finding more!

I also signed up for the 2013 CSA at our local farm, which should give me opportunities to play with even more great combinations.  I can’t wait for that to start up in a few weeks!

Pear, banana, strawberry and spinach

Pear, banana, strawberry and spinach, i added water & orange juice.

strawberry, blueberry, carrot and spinach

strawberry, blueberry, carrot and spinach, i added water & pomegranate juice

strawberries, blueberries, banana and spinach

strawberries, blueberries, banana and spinach with water & pomegranate juice

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Weekend Review

As i said the other day, I spent Friday night with Ian, being a second set of hands with his son, Connor.  We watched some Thomas the Tank Engine and i learned the new obsession is Monster Trucks.  He’s not quite 2, so it’s sometimes tricky to understand him when he’s stomping around going MONTER MONTER! but it’s also pretty hilarious.

Saturday I attended the Five College Queer Gender & Sexuality Conference at Hampshire College.  This was my 3rd year attending, and 2nd year speaking.  I participated with the my family on Building a Poly Home.  It’s a little tricky, because i am part of the family but i don’t live in the same place.  Some topics are super relevant, like scheduling time and agreeing on common values, and some aren’t, like grocery shopping.  I think we did a great job though, and the format we used worked well from our perspective.

I tried to attend the keynote, but it was way too academic for me.  With the nephew getting antsy (hoooooome! hooooome!) we called it a day in the early afternoon and went back to Springfield for movies and wings.

Sunday was non-toddler adventures!  I met up with folks to see American Idiot at the Bushnell.  It was fun.  It was entertaining.  It was weird.  And we all kind of agreed we didn’t know how we felt about it.  It was very angry young man-ish, except that’s not something we’ve all experienced.  I think we wanted more character development.  Afterwards we went to one of my favorite places, The Counter, which is a build your own burger sort of place.  It’s where Ian and i often go on date night, and it felt good to share with with everyone.  We’ve gone other times, so it wasn’t new to them, but still.  We didn’t have our favorite waitress, which maybe explains why some folks didn’t get their drinks though.

This weekend has me thinking about family, being out, teaching, honesty and where i fit.  We are talking about blogging on being poly on another site.  If we do i’ll let you know.

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Foodie Pen Pals, February Edition

Having had such good luck last month, I participated in Foodie Pen Pals again!  I sent a package over to the lovely Joanna at the Midwestern Bite, but apparently did something wrong because her package hadn’t arrived!  I’ll be sending her a re-do if it doesn’t arrive soon.

Nicky at Our Little Family Adventure sent me a package with all kinds of goodies!

I wanted to open this to see what goodies were inside, but, i was on a conference call with my phone (aka camera) and had to wait TWO HOURS looking at the pretty sparkles before i could find out!

I wanted to open this to see what goodies were inside, but, i was on a conference call with my phone (aka camera) and had to wait TWO HOURS looking at the pretty sparkles before i could find out!

First i read the lovely card.  The photo doesn't do it justice.

First i read the lovely card. The photo doesn’t do it justice.

But once i got to open things, i found LOTS of goodies!!!

But once i got to open things, i found LOTS of goodies!!!

The Valentine’s chocolates didn’t last long!  I’d been awful sick on Valentine’s day, and none of my partners are really into it, so all i received was popsicles and ginger ale from Duncan.  When i was able to eat ‘real’ food again, i totally went for the candy!

These peanut butter pretzel nuggets were awesome.  Just salty enough and really satisfying.  I kept wanting just one more while i was studying!

These peanut butter pretzel nuggets were awesome. Just salty enough and really satisfying. I kept wanting just one more while i was studying!

She also included this soup mix.  It's been so cold and rainy here, it sounded delicious.  I decided to make some using the crock pot.

She also included this soup mix. It’s been so cold and rainy here, it sounded delicious. I decided to make some using the crock pot.

This is how it came out with some chicken, corn and peppers added.  YUM!

This is how it came out with some chicken, corn and peppers added. YUM!  I’m eating with with sour cream and multigrain tortilla chips as i write.  And likely going back for seconds!

I mentioned being on a ginger kick and Nicky delivered!  These cookies are wonderfully strong ginger snaps, nice and crisp and perfect for my lunches at work.

I mentioned being on a ginger kick and Nicky delivered! These cookies are wonderfully strong ginger snaps, nice and crisp and perfect for my lunches at work.

I haven't had the chance to try these teas or hot coco yet.  Maybe later tonight.  Have i mentioned cold and rainy?

I haven’t had the chance to try these teas or hot coco yet. Maybe later tonight. Have i mentioned cold and rainy?

Duncan was very excited about the spaetzle, but we haven’t made it yet.  I’m excited too.  The pocky is a nice lunch treat, and i’m hoping to try the dried fruit in my lunches soon.

Thank you so much Nicky, this really was a wonderful box!!!

 

Even lucky was excited to investigate

Even lucky was excited to investigate!

 

And now it’s time for some details about Foodie Penpals.  In case you’re a new reader, here’s a reminder of what the program is all about:

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal! 
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month. 
-Foodie Penplas is open to US, Canadian & European residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. Same with Europeans. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. 

If you’re from the US or Canada and are in participating for November, please CLICK HERE (www.theleangreenbean.com/foodie-penpals/) to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions. 

You must submit your information by March 4th as pairings will be emailed on March 5th!

*If you’re from Europe, please CLICK HERE (www.thisisrocksalt.com/foodie-penpals/) to signup.

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