Even Real Food Bloggers Get the Blues (and How to Keep Nutrition Up in Busy, Stressful Seasons)

**I shared our exciting news the other day, which entirely relates to the re-posting of this post from almost exactly one year ago. Morning sickness, fatigue and some other challenging circumstances have made it a real struggle to put decent food on the table (or desire to eat it, for that matter) these past two months. These tips and thoughts definitely still apply for our family, and for those of you who find yourself facing similar situations!**

For me, one of the most important aspects of blogging is being real. Being transparent. Admitting that I’m not a superwoman, and that just like the rest of you, I deal with the regular ups and downs of life as a mom, wife and homemaker.

Sometimes life flows along merrily. Other seasons are so much more difficult, where each day (and sometimes each hour and moment) can feel as though we are trudging through knee-deep rivers of sludge in a clunky pair of old rubber boots.

For me, this current season of life has had many rubber boot days, in the midst of much joy and blessing. By God’s grace, I have the strength to keep trudging along, trusting Him to supply for all of my needs and to see me through this season, hopefully refined and purified and just a little bit closer to the image of Christ than I was before.

In order to be truly transparent with you, I needed to make a shocking “real foodie” admission. We haven’t been eating all of the usual real food, prepared in the usual ways, that you would normally find us eating. Life has been hectic and at times, overwhelming, and I’ve been doing my best to keep my head above water. That doesn’t always leave time for making sprouted flour bread and homemade mayo. Sometimes it barely includes enough time and composure to get some organic boxed cereal and raw milk on the table and call it breakfast (or dinner, for that matter).

One of my priorities through it all has been to find ways to keep the compromises to a minimum, and our nutrition (if not particularly great) at least sufficient. I’ll let the video tell you the rest…

One other thing I didn’t mention (because the video was already getting long) is that your focus should be on which ingredients you use, but not as much on their presentation or on how you use them.

What I mean is that if all you can do is make simple, comfort, convenience-style foods, at least start with really wholesome, nutrient-dense ingredients. High quality eggs, sea salt, beef and poultry, coconut oil or pastured butter, wild fish, whole grains, etc.

Even if you end up eating too many carbs, not enough fresh vegetables, or the same proteins over and over (all things that we have done lately!), at least they’re still the right ingredients and even that makes a whole world of difference! For more on this topic, see my series Nutritional Foundations.

Does anyone else find themselves in a similar season of life? What are you doing to try to stay healthy and maintain a steady stream of nutrients in the midst of it all?

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About Stephanie Langford

Stephanie Langford has a passion for sharing ideas and information for homemakers who want to make healthy changes in their homes, and carefully steward all that they've been given. She has written three books geared to helping families live more naturally and eat real, whole foods, without being overwhelmed, without going broke and with simple meal planning. She is the creator of Keeper of the Home.

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  1. Stephanie – Take a deep breath and do the best that you can and God will do the rest.

  2. This was a great video. I so appreciate the openness and sincerity that was shown. I really think we are our own hardest critics, but this is such a great reminder–we all can use a little grace, huh? ;)

    Congrats on your pregnancy, also. I have been out of town and just read it tonight so I’m a bit behind. May your baby be blessed!
    Sarah M

  3. Where is the video? I could not find it?
    Thanks!!
    Shiloh’s mother

  4. You gotta eat what you can keep down when you’re pregnant. I ate as healthy as I could in those days, but a lot of the food was stuff I usually wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole .

  5. I know you have used the Green Magma Plus powder. Have you ever heard of Absolute Greens from AlignLife? Would you consider Absolute Greens to be of good quality like the Green Magma Plus powder?

    Jill

  6. Hi, Stephanie!

    I have been in your shoes for the past 4 months! They are not fun shoes! Hang in there! I have to admit that I have NOT done a good job AT ALL with the food aspect. We’ve been eating a lot more processed foods lately, and I haven’t been eating nearly the veggies I need because they often make me feel sick. I had hyperemesis pretty badly with this pregnancy. It was so debilitating for a while, that I had to stay in bed and do pretty much nothing. So, my dear hubby had to pick up so much slack (which he did with a wonderful attitude)! Needless to say, even though I’m just starting my 3rd trimester, our meals are still not back up to where they need to be, and my 5-year-old still doesn’t get near the outdoor exercise he needs. On top of the pregnancy, we are getting ready to move across the country in about a month, my husband will be starting his very first career job after half a lifetime of being in school, and as soon as we move, I am starting home schooling for the very first time (and then the baby will come about a month later)!! We’ve been so stressed around here! Also, very soon after we move (we will be staying with family until we find a place to live), we’ll have to move again into our own place! This is A LOT, but I know the Lord will not put anything on us that we can’t handle. So, with much prayer and preparation, here we go!

    Thanks so much for your post. It helps me to know I’m not alone, and there IS a way I can still keep the physical health of my family a priority. I recently did make my first bone broth, thanks to you, and I made our FAVORITE soup with it (Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana)! It was absolutely delicious, and I’m sure a lot more nutritious than it would’ve been in the restaurant. I can’t imagine trying to keep up with a blog in the midst of your craziness, but I’m sure glad you do! You are such an encouragement to us all! (I’m sure we would all understand if you needed to take a break from blogging, however, so no pressure!) Hang in there, Stephanie, and thanks for the advice! :)

    Andra

    • @Andra, Well, I was taking a break this past week, on vacation at the beach with posts going up automatically. It was great and much-needed! :)

      Sounds like you definitely have a lot going on. Hopefully after the baby arrives and the move is finished, you will find that you are able to get back into more of a regular routine. But sometimes we just seem to have seasons that are hard, and I really think it’s ok to just do the best you can. Blessings on you and your family!

  7. Katherine says:

    I’m using Firefox. Is that why I can’t see the video?

  8. Thank you for being so real! I remember your similar post earlier this year (Journey to BurnOut?), and it really ministered to me! I pray this season ends soon for you as you enter your second trimester, but thanks for letting us see that you aren’t “super woman”–and that nobody is!

  9. Well, it seems I am among the few who have no idea where to find this much appreciated video. I loved the text part of this blog, but would really like to watch the video! Hope someone can help us clueless ones out soon :) Thanks!!

  10. Can’t see any video, Stephanie. Is the link down?(I would love to see a little girl being real-tapping Mom on the arm)

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