January 1, 2016

Day 1: The Challenge

It was painful. That day, about 5 weeks ago, when Scott asked me to join him in ditching dessert for a year. I was hurt.  Offended.  Angry.   How dare you?!  Ask me to give up sugar…for an entire year. And at the beginning of the Holiday season no less!  The nerve.  Seriously!  
I mean, I’m healthy-ish.  I take my 40mg of  Omeprazole religiously every morning.  And…I wash it down with my green smoothie. I’ve only had 5 root canals.  I’m only mildly depressed and anxious, unable to cope with life, several times a month.  I only depend on sugar as a pick me up, once or twice a day.  And I only suffer weird, unexplained health ailments once or twice a year.  As if… I need to stop eating sugar.  What’s a bit of a candy binge here, a bakery run there anyway? Right?  Wasn’t anyone on my side?

Yet, way back in the recesses of my mind I knew he was right.  Dangit.  I hate when he’s right.   Neither of us can forget almost exactly one year ago to the day- December 26, 2014 when I had the worst episode of stomach pain and problems to date.  I was so close to landing in the E.R. of the hospital. If it hadn’t been for that delicious gastro-cocktail the Urgent care doctor offered me to numb the pain, that was going to be our next stop.   Not the kind of cocktail I was hoping to ring in the New Year with.   I’ll spare the gory details, but the day after Christmas when all is supposed to be Merry and Bright, I spent the day lying helplessly on the floor moaning in pain or over the side of the toilet.  No, I had not caught a bug.  This was the final episode in the series- My Painful Stomach Saga.  The frequency of these episodes had only increased over the course of the year and now I found myself at the crossroads.  I could not continue on as I had been.  It was the dramatic finale and the start of a new season all in one.  After many doctor visits, scopes and prods, with little or no answers—our family embarked on a quest for health through natural means. We have come across many insights, recipes, and resources, which have really made an impact on our health.

And so, we begin the year 2016 with a challenge: To eat more FOOD, and less CRAP. We will unfold the clever details of this acronym and our challenge over the next few days. We are not interested in beach body status or making numbers go down on a scale.  Nor is it limited to what we put in our mouths and bellies. Our mission is Health and Wellness in Body, Mind and Soul.

Scott and I have been searching, learning, experimenting, failing, and picking ourselves back up again for over 6 years now. We want to share practical advice on recipes and eating healthy as a family with picky children. We want to provide good research on topics including: various sweeteners, protein sources, healthy fats and oils, emotional wellness, and more. We also want to highlight what doctors have shared in books, journals, and documentaries that could give you new perspectives on health. Our hope is that our experiences can encourage and inspire you on YOUR journey. Will you join us? Let’s get started!

#‎MoreFoodLessCrap‬ ‪#‎Health‬ ‪#‎Fitness‬ ‪#‎NewYear‬ @MoreFoodLessCrap

xo - Heather


  1. I'm excited to see how this unfolds! You are an inspiration.

  2. I'm excited to see how this unfolds! You are an inspiration.

  3. I'm so excited you are doing this! Can't wait to follow! What you feed your kids that they actually like eating is huge for me 😳

  4. I'm in! I've been off sugar since 12/30/2015. This is about the 6th or 7th time I've done it, up to 4 months at a time. Days 3-5 are the worst, then it gets surprisingly easy. My mistake, every time, is thinking I can step away from NO sugar to a LITTLE sugar. Unfortunately, leaning off the side of the wagon always leads to falling violently off into gravel and into pricker weeds. :) maybe I'll join you for longer than I've gone before!