Sweet Bella Vita

a dash of motherhood… a sprinkle of homeschooling… and a pinch of photography ( with a side of compassion )


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announcing ~ Organically Conscious

I have decided to start a new blog all about living simply, naturally and organically.

you can find it here… it is called Organically Conscious 

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I hope you will join me  🙂

I will still keep blogging here as well at sweet bella vita 🙂

Lisa

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organically obsessed

Today I will talk about my OCD with food

                   organic bananas, grapes and strawberries 

I have a crazy obsession about organic food ( and that is putting it very lightly )

                                    organic apple orchard

My food journey started long ago … having been vegetarian, I was already in a state of heighten awareness as to what I was eating  … and then I got married and we started to try to get pregnant and I suffered many miscarriages and with each loss I  researched everything from food to toxic chemicals around me and cleaning products and well the list doesn’t end…  (will talk about the other stuff in future posts) but for this post I will stick to food.

                                      organic salad

I discovered that food that was not certified organic contained terrible stuff. Chemicals that no one should be near, much less inhale or consume.  This was really scary to me, coming from an italian farmer family… who’s passion was all about gardening,  growing and cultivating foods.

                   yup, that’s me and my dad 

Through 10 + years of personal research, I can no longer walk into a grocery store the same as I did 10 years ago.

The items that are sold in a grocery store are not meant to be eaten, but sadly that is what is sold and that is what people buy. I have weaned myself and my family off of all foods that are not organic… and very importantly GMOs . If you don’t already know what GMOs are, I strongly encourage you to drop everything you are doing and go research it… and I am not kidding… they are extremely dangerous and they are basically hidden in the foods that are sold in your local grocery store. One way to avoid GMOs is to buy certified organic, or look for the non gmo project seal.

                  organic cherry tomatoes

You know the old saying “you are what you eat” … well, you are infact what you eat … the foods that go in your system affect you.

 a few strong quotes that I really like :

“the longer the shelf life the shorter yours ”

“the way we eat has changed more dramatically in the past 50 years than in the previous 10 000 years.”

“you can chose sickcare, or healthcare ”

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”  ~Hippocrates

“Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.”  ~William Shakespeare

                                organic blueberry muffins
                                 buns in the oven

and go see this comic.. worth a thousand words!

                              raw  organic almonds

No, we do NOT eat out very often … in fact I can probably count the number of times we eat out in a year. We don’t order pizza on a friday night or go to  any fast food restaurants, and YES it isn’t easy … with so many ready to eat meal ideas at the grocery store and so  many conveniently located fast food restaurants … making the choice to eat ‘real’ food is quite challenging. But with small changes every day … they all add up  and help in a big way.

                          at an organic apple orchard 
           boys picking organic apples

Educating my kids about what they eat and the choices they make is very important to me … and seeing all this pay off, when they are offered junk food and they decline to take / eat it is a proud parenting moment for me.

                                         brussel sprouts 

So, yes we are vegetarian … but our diet isn’t just about NOT eating meat but also about eating REAL foods … that do not contain any unwanted stuff.

             homemade veggie burger on homemade bun 

So what do we eat ?  well , we eat loads of greens and vegetables ( kale, spinach, chard, broccolli, carrots,  kholorabi, cauliflower, salad, potatoes, cabbage, and so many more) fruits ( avocadoes, tomaotoes, bananas, and all the other typical fruits ) we also eat LOADS of nuts ( walnuts, cashews, pecans, and my husband makes awesome breakfasts with nuts in muffins and other yummy treats, (will post more awesome stuff my husband cooks in later posts ). we also eat lots of quinoa, pasta  as well as tons of different beans ( chickpeas, black, kidney, lentils, pinto, ect ) .

                          pasta and veggies

Our diet changes seasonly, depending on what is available or in season.

                    organic asparagus 

We are not very main stream,  if you haven’t noticed yet 😉

                       hot oatmeal 

If anything, with this post,  I hope that I have opened your eyes to food and what  you are eating… and if you read this and you have already begun this journey of searching for real food like we have been doing, or if you have “slight” organic ocd like I do 😉  I love connecting with like minded people, so drop me a message 🙂

                             organic green and red apples

go check out my friends’ newest blog about real food recipes here

and this onehealthy family is really awesome as well

please do share your blog if you are a real foodie too 🙂

                             yum

till next time

Lisa

the information above is by no means health advice, and I am not a doctor, I am a  MOM and a concerned shopper … and these are my points of view from reaserch that I have done over many, many years.


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here I am

hi and welcome

I am so excited you are here!

I have been wanting to start a blog for a long time … and well here I am; and here you are!

🙂

Okay, so what’s this blog about ?… Well, it’s about life … and right NOW, my life, revolves around being a mom, homeschooling, following a vegetarian organic lifestyle, living as naturally as possible and photography,  capturing those moments in my ‘vita’.  All these ‘tags’ are so much more then just tags… for example  homeschooling encompasses parenting and coaching and so many other ‘tags’ that come along with the territory.

I like connecting with like minded people.  I also want to do something creative for myself while making new friends and so came the birth of this blog. Through this blog I hope to motivate you ( and keep myself motivated)  to be more conscientious of the food and lifestyle choices you make,  and I hope to improve my picture taking skills with practice  🙂

So let me start this first blog post with a little about myself …

If you haven’t already you can go see some random things about me 

I am a stay at home mom to 3 great kids. They are 7, 5 and 2 years old. we decided very early on to try the homeschool route and so far, so good. (Will tell you all about my homeschooling journey in a post coming very soon … will also share a typical day in our homeschooling life ).

I have been a vegetarian for most of my life… and thrive to be vegan in my lifestyle as much as possible. We do still eat eggs and some  members of the family enjoy dairy products sometimes ,     but being vegetarian / vegan is not just about diet , but also about lifestyle, and so I am a very compassionate shopper… although it can be very challenging at times … but I do like the  leaping bunny seal .

                                             yummy

Which brings me to my next point… I have an infatuation towards dolphins and elephants.  They are incredibly intelligent animals that sadly are being harmed and captured. I am extremely opposed to any kind of circus that includes any animals and despise zoos. There are alternatives to seeing animals, such as sanctuaries, such as this elephant sanctuary or PAWS as well as some others, that I will post another time. But animals are NOT here for our entertainment.

We have 2 very sweet and crazy golden retriever dogs, who are 10 going on 2. Which I am sure you will see lots of pictures of .

this is the pups when they were just a few months old , they are inseparable  and oh so sweet 

I am very lucky to have an amazing husband who happens to be an awesome cook, and yes he does most of the baking and cooking when he is home…(oh, who am I kidding, he does all the cooking and baking when he is home and sometimes even makes stuff for us to just warm up when he isn’t home ) told you I was lucky 😉  I will share some of his delicious creations that are mouth watering as well as mostly vegan 🙂

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                         our special day
                                             bubbie

so I do hope you will come back and check out the next blog post !

see you next time

Lisa