The holidays are over and now it’s time to get down to business. I’m ready to try something different in my rotation. I want to focus on stir fries (Asian style) — experimenting with different protein and veggies — once a week. And I’m subbing hearty night for fish night. Our favorite fish is salmon (and rainbow trout which is similar) so if I don’t find something else to cook, I’ll just work on different variations of our favorite fish. After all, I cook chicken a bunch of different ways, why not salmon? Plus, it’s the fatty fish that we need right?
I’ll continue to make soup throughout the week to have with lunch. I decided a while ago that “soup for dinner” doesn’t work around here. I’ve been making the quickie Trader Joe soups because they are so darn easy and tasty. Bulgarian soup is my favorite.
Trials and Tribulations of an Indie Author
So I worked like a dog on my latest book How to Raise a Mindful Eater. I hired a copy editor for the first stage of editing and then a proofreader towards the end. I felt good about what was inside but never thought there could be a problem on the outside. After the book was released a reader pointed out that there was a typo on the cover’s subtitle.
I…..just….about….died! How, how, how??
Instead of Principles it said Pinciples. How could I not see that? After all, I got a proof copy sent to me that sat on my nightstand for weeks. I guess you really do become blind to your own work. Luckily, it was easy to change but lesson learned. I will take extra time to read each word on the cover and send it to my editors. That night I showed it the hubs and we both laughed about it (over a beer). What else can you do but laugh?
The good news is the book hit the #1 new release in children’s health twice. I even took a screen shot to remember the moment. That (kind of) made up for my mishap. Can I call myself a best-selling author now?
Time for a change
When I first started blogging about feeding my kids, Little D was a baby and Big A was a toddler. Now they are 7 and 10. Lately, I’ve had the feeling that things need to change in how we do things around here. Not so much with Little D, but Big A. In short, she’s been having very strong opinions about what I serve at meals, with very strong reactions if it’s not what she wants! I’ve been trying to figure out the why behind it.
In my latest Mindful Minute, I talk about the tendency to suppress or run from difficult feelings instead of accepting and getting curious about them. I did my share of resisting until I finally got what was going on. Ah….this isn’t bad thing, it’s growing pains. Often, when situations go south it’s a sign that something needs to grow or change, which is what I think is going on here. Big A is 10 and getting hungrier and wanting more autonomy. This naturally means she also wants more say in what we are eating, and has more at stake (hunger). I could force things to stay the same but what use is that? Grow we will!
The problem is she tends to resist stepping up the responsibilities. It’s like she wants more say, but is resistant to doing more. So I’m ordering a cookbook she wants, we’re talking about meals more, and I’m taking extra time to bring her in the process. More future posts about how this change is going.
I’ll leave you with some guest posts I’ve written to help promote my new book.
Real Mom Nutrition: How a Flexible Goodies Policy Can Help You Manage Sweets with Your Kids
Dr. Nina’s Make Peace with Food Blog: 8 Powerful Principles for Transforming You Child’s (and Your) Relationship with Food
Have a wonderful weekend!!