Sadly summer is coming to a close. After this weekend the kids will be back to school and summer fun and travels will cease. Until next year at least!
However, as sad as I am to see summer behind us, I do have quite a few things I look forward to accomplishing with my free time when the kids are in school. Cleaning, organizing, playing in the kitchen and simply enjoying some quite time alone. I spend little time alone during the summer months. The time I spend by myself is usually late at night or early in the morning, on the computer or in the kitchen.
Little alone time means little reading time for me. I have to say that I was never a “reader” most of my life. I struggled to focus on the pages and retain much of what I was reading. But I came to realize only a few years ago that it wasn’t reading that I did not have an interest in, it was the material that I was “forced” to read that made me believe that I was “not a reader”. Shakespeare, poetry, and the like from my school years did not interest me. Text books about subjects that I “had” to learn didn’t interest me. But as an adult, when I found the freedom to choose books on topics that I wanted and deeply desired to learn about, things changed. I soon found an addition to collecting books on topics and in spurts, reading through them like crazy. I say in spurts because that’s exactly how my reading tends to be…weeks of non stop, can’t get enough…then several months of nothing.
Needless to say, summer puts me in the “nothing” category. Until now! I am making it a challenge and a goal to get back to reading this fall. And to jump start that process, I proactively downloaded the ebook Processed Free by Robin Konie of Thank Your Body the other night.
I started reading it as I lay in bed. Usually I don’t get too far with a book in bed…Exhaustion takes priority of my mind and body. But that night was different. This book was such an easy read, it pulled me in and kept me engaged for quite some time. I made it about half way through and decided that I needed to get some zzzz’s. So, I got a good night’s sleep and finished it up before I even got out of bed in the morning. That says a lot for me and my reading habits.
Oh my goodness! I wish I had this book eight months ago when I started this journey in fleeing from the processed food world. This past January, we started making changes to what we were eating, and we kind of needed to make them fast. I was bound and determined to help our son and time was of the essence since I was tired of getting calls from the school (what seemed like) every day.
I was running from the processed life as we knew it, but I felt like I was running alone. I didn’t have a friend running along with me, telling me what to look for, where to look, and most importantly to say “it’s ok if you mess up” or as Robin puts it “It’s about progress, not perfection”.
While reading this book, I felt like Robin was a friend, cheering me on, giving me enough information to enlighten me to things I may want to be avoiding, yet not so much that it overwhelms and scares me from eating anything at all.
That was one of my biggest struggles (and still is to some degree). I gathered too much information, too fast from several sources, leading me to question just about everything around me. I was scared to eat up what was left in our pantry and freezer, yet I didn’t know how to replace it quickly without breaking the bank. I honestly didn’t even know so many basic kitchen terms or how to choose and handle basic produce items.
This book is perfect for that person that I was eight months ago as I was starting out. The person that wants to change, but is not sure where to start…what foods to avoid, what foods to embrace, getting started and possibly most importantly, how to stay sane and controlled in doing so. As I read, I looked back at where we were and where we are now. We are far from perfect and don’t plan to be, but we keep making steady progress. Progress that could have been a tad easier with such a book as this in hand from day one.
To learn more about this book, including a free preview chapter (cool bonus!), visit this link -> Processed Free by Robin Konie of Thank Your Body. It’s on sale right now for 20% off. Or save even more (47%) when you buy all 3 of Robin’s ebooks as a bundle.
But wait…want an even better deal?! Get processed free, along with 29 other fabulous healthy living e-books this week only (Sept 4-10) for just $39! Click this link to check it out -> GET DEAL NOW
View my full disclosures here