>Eating clean and going green.

>Disclaimer: I haven’t completely been eating clean and going 100% green.. but I thought it was a clever title. 😉

I’ve really been getting into eating more fruits and veggies lately, and I crave them. I find that I don’t even crave a Big Mac and fries anymore. The thought of fast food (with the exception of Subway and Chinese takeout) make me want to hurl, most days. I used to get McD’s at least once every couple weeks just to satisfy that craving.  I had Steak n Shake last week.. just the $4 chicken strips/fries and a Jr. shake and my stomach was not happy with me!

Last week I tried a dairy-free diet, just to see how my body would react, and it lasted until about Thursday. I think less dairy would be good, though, instead of going completely dairy-free. I don’t have an intolerance or allergy. I do, however, like the taste and consistency of soy and almond milk. My friend Darla made me a latte on Friday with almond milk and it was so good! I already used almond flour/meal in baking because I like the taste. I started using it to substitute in baking when Aaron was losing weight to join the Army. Haven’t stopped buying it since. All the grains I eat or make at home are whole grains. I tend to like white whole wheat flour to bake with, and I also substitute with oats and almond flour. I still like white bread though!

I’ve been using a 50/50 mix of water and vinegar to clean, the idea of which I got from my cousin Michelle. It really does help keep the stainless steel sink clean since the water is so hard. The smell usually goes away when it dries. I like it because I can disinfect the counters and not have to move things like produce that I have sitting there because vinegar is not toxic. I also like that it’s super cheap. I bought a cute cheap spray bottle at Michaels and it seems like I’ve been cleaning the counters more. I can’t really go without cleaning them often because they’re white. Everything in this apartment is white. My current predicament is that it smells. I’m not a huge fan, but I think I will try adding lemon or an essential oil.

I never thought I’d be at this place in my thought process, trying out new ways to clean besides Comet and Mr. Clean and eating different things than your typical white all-purpose flour and such. However, it’s fun since I have the time to try these things out and see what works. I want to make my own laundry detergent with a Borax mix. I hope I can find that in Korea. It will be so much cheaper than Tide! (I am really partial to Tide and April Fresh Downy.)

I don’t know if I’ll ever be completely frugal or go organic. There are certain things I will never give up, like ice cream and Pledge! I hope, however, than if we get a chance to settle down, that I can have a garden and grow fruits and veggies and herbs.

I have to say, I’m quite liking this stay-at-home wife gig. 

>truths to cling to

>1. God is who He says He is.
2. I am who God says I am.
3. God can do what He says He can do.
4. I can do all things through Christ.
5. God’s Word is alive and active in me.

Those are from Believing God by Beth Moore.

6. Sorrow may last for the night, but joy comes in the morning.
7. I may be at my wit’s end, but for God, a wit’s end doesn’t even exist.
8. God loves me and wants the best for me.
9. From Patrick’s message this morning, a true worshipper seeks to do the will of God.
10. I am a true worshipper; I worship in Spirit and in truth.
11. “Humble King, You go before me..” (Hillsong) The Lord goes before us and prepares us for what lies ahead.
12. My body is a living sacrifice and a temple of the Holy Spirit.

Those are my current truths I am striving to live by.

About once a week I feel like I hit a huge brick wall, similar to the Great Wall of China. I feel like I can go no farther in my faith. I’m tired, I’m weary of waiting, I have no patience to spare for my situation. I’m tempted to slip back into my hole of depression and feel sorry for myself.

But remembering what the Lord has done (Psalm 126) makes those tendencies into foolishness. Only fools continue in their folly.. I continue in the truth and love of the Savior. I can have faith because I have faith in a timeless and unchanging God. When I can continue no longer, He picks up the slack. “The road is narrow but the burden is light.” It’s a narrow road to walk in the Way, but thankfully the Lord picks up our burdens and carries them for us, purging us of our need to carry it all on our tired shoulders.

“Humble King, You go before me. By your grace I live by everything that’s true.”