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By Valerie Brandt
I was born and raised a farm girl in rural Minnesota where I met and married the adoration of my lifetime! Our family currently lives in a rural community in Iowa where we frequently trade stories with the family \x34back home\x34 of the likeness ...
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A Healthy Dose of Spice
I was born and raised a farm girl in rural Minnesota where I met and married the adoration of my lifetime! Our family currently lives in a rural community in Iowa where we frequently trade stories with the family \x34back home\x34 of the likeness and differences of the slower life from one state to the next. My husband and I own our own business where we provide for our three growing daughters who are the light of our world. Writing has always been an outlet for me, starting a diary as young as 4th grade and continuing for each of my daughters currently. Writing clears my mind and my heart of things that I would rather say but don't (due to my impeccable manners) or did say and wished I hadn't (sometimes those manners fail). I am clearly outspoken and am working on being filled with grace and compassion. In my spare time my family and I enjoy reading, biking and cooking. We do NOT enjoy cold snowy weather.
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By Valerie Brandt
June 13, 2013 6:49 a.m.



My husband and I are trying to navigate our way through this world of food.  It is disturbing to say the least.  We are hearing specialists and highly-trained people telling us what to eat.  Only juice!  Don't eat red meat!  Only eat red meat!  Agave nectar but not honey!  Only whole foods!  No soda (they all agree on that one)!  No processed sugars, only natural sugars.  No carbs!  Only organic.

It can make a sane girl feel crazy and a crazy girl feel like her world is spinning out of control.  

So what is the answer?  We are still muddling through this chapter of our lives.  We have realized our Firstly is starting to not accept things with too much sugar.  She says to her friends, "Do you know how much sugar is in that?"  And, I had a brownie craze the other day, found "sugar free" brownie mix but it has splenda in it.  My friend says, "We don't want to eat processed things like splenda (although her son is on a sugar-free diet).  So is it OK to eat things from the store that say "sugar free" ?  So many conflicting reports.  Some say yes, some say no.

Our story continues, with a healthy dose of spice, and with some logic.  We are moving toward a whole-foods diet, because we want that to be our lifestyle.  It isn't going to be a craze for us but a lifetime of eating healthy.  Living in the Midwest and eating a whole foods diet in the winter is going to prove difficult (and expensive) but to us it is worth it.  Onward!

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