My Nourishing New Year’s Resolutions for 2009

Nourishing Resolutions

My Nourishing New Year's Resolutions:

1. Help sponsors I believe in reach their customers online. I just launched Real Food Media, a blog network for traditional & slow food. We are also an advertising network. I am offering sponsors the opportunity to market directly to their customers. I'm so excited about helping small farmers and real food producers (bread bakers, fermented food producers, and other related sponsors) reach their customers!

I want to help people eat healthier — and helping our farmers and food producers helps everyone accomplish that goal.

2. Cut my grocery bill in half. At the same time, I will not compromise in nutrition, taste, or variety. If I am not able to cut it in half, I'd be thrilled at 30%. But why not shoot for the moon?

3. Do my part to help eradicate GMOs from the American food supply. In the next couple of weeks, I'm going to be launching a blog challenge to help people become aware of the genetically modified foods we are all eating every day. I hope this will help the cause of removing genetically modified organisms from our food supply in America.

Together we CAN make massive changes!. Stay tuned for the announcement of this blog challenge!

4. Perfect baking sprouted bread, pie crusts, and other baked goods, and making sprouted flour pasta and tortillas (ooh — and doughnuts — fried in LARD!). I just got my first KitchenAid mixer for Christmas (thanks, Honey!) and will be getting a grain mill by Valentine's Day (wink wink). I'll start by baking and making pasta from sprouted flour, then move into sprouting and grinding my own grains. Can't wait!

5. Eat more liver. Don't we all need to eat more liver? It's the most nutrient dense food! I'm still taking my supplements, but I hope to eat a lot more liver and other organ meats, in a variety of ways, in the new year.

This post is a part of the Nourishing Gourmet's Nourishing New Year's Resolutions carnival. Visit The Nourishing Gourmet for more ideas for New Year's Resolutions that will nourish you and your family.

Thanks, Kimi, for hosting this carnival. I'm sure it will inspire a lot of people to do better this year (including me!).

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Ann Marie Michaels

I have 25 years of experience in digital and online media & marketing. I started my career in Silicon Valley and Los Angeles, working at some of the world’s top ad agencies. In 2007, after my first child was born, I started this little food blog which I grew to over 250K monthly unique website visitors and over 350K social media followers. For nearly 15 years, I've helped my audience of mostly moms and women 25-65 cook for their families and live a healthier lifestyle.

 The year after I started the blog, I founded a blog network in the health & wellness space called Village Green Network. I started the company on my coffee table and bootstrapped the business to over $1.3 million in annual revenue within 5 years. During that time, I helped a number of our bloggers become six figure earners. After being censored on almost every social media platform for telling the After being censored on almost every social media platform from Facebook and Instagram to Pinterest and Twitter, and being deplatformed on Google, I am now deployed as a digital soldier, writing almost exclusively about politics on my blog Cheeseslave.com. Because who can think about food when we are fighting the second revolutionary war and third world war? Don't worry, there will be more recipes one day. After the war is over.

14 thoughts on “My Nourishing New Year’s Resolutions for 2009

  1. Ann Marie– advertising for farmers and other WAPF type products is a great idea. We have been testing that concept and it seems to be quite feasible.

    BTW, your columns are being fed into the Journal’s front page.

    Have you seen Today’s Journal? (Link above)

    Augie

  2. These are GREAT goals! You can TOTALLY cut the bill in half. I was spending over $1000 a month to feed our family of 5 (at the time, we are now 6). NOW, we are a family of six and I slowly whittled it down to $300-$500 a month! It depends on if I find good enough deals to stock up on or if I have to pay full price for something.

    How did I do it? I found three discount grocery stores (one is ALL organic and the other two carry some organic). Ask around. They are there, I promise you, but I never would have found them had I not asked around. I no longer shop at Whole Foods (that was the most expensive). I shop those discount stores and I shop Kroger (King Soopers in my area). Kroger has a LOT of organic products including produce AND I get coupons all the time from them specifically for organic products (even like $2 off $10 of produce). Costco is also great because they sell a lot of organic products too as well as produce. Just yesterday I got organic apples for 62 cents a pound! On sale I am lucky to get them at a dollar a pound!

    I shop the farmer’s markets in the summer and freeze my food (I have not had to buy onions since July! and I still have lots of organic corn on the cob in the freezer as well as peaches I plan to make a peach pie with soon – have you made the coconut flour pie crust and did you like it?). I am hoping to do salsa this year (we love salsa).

    I also stockpile our food. When there is a great sale (on beans, organic meats, etc.), I buy a LOT and shove it in the freezer (meats) or the pantry. Places like Walmart and Target will give away their frosting buckets in the bakery area for free. These are GREAT for storing grains and dry beans in!!

    I am also curious if you have any recipes for liver that you like? My husband wants to eat more liver, and the thought of it grosses me out. LOL!! But I know it is nutrient dense so I just need to find a good source as well as

  3. yeah, ive used sprouted flour from shiloh farms brand to make some stuff, i gotta warn you, at least with this stuff, its hard to use. The flour didnt rise well in a yeast bread, nor in muffins, etc. But it was very digestible and tasty. my sourdough made from whole rye acutally rose hgher than this flour.

    i personally now have been getting a sprouted bread from berlin bakery in ohio, it has canola oil ( iekk!!) but besides that its a good compromise loaf, very soft and whole grain too. they also make sourdough. ALl thier stuff is freshly milled, etc.

  4. You Rock! I officially GMO freed my house over a year ago. People need to be educated about the crap that is being done to food. Round Up in your cereal anyone? 3 out of 5 people in my family have life threatening anaphylatic reactions to different foods. I am convinced that genetic modification has alot to do with it. I will be on the look out for your blog challenge.

  5. Hi, Paula, thanks for posting that — it’s inspiring to know that someone else has done it! I love shopping at Whole Foods but it can be a budget buster. I was surprised when I actually sat down and did the math and saw how much cheaper Trader Joe’s is. I’m going to post about that in the next coupla days.

    If you have any tips for saving money or good inexpensive recipes that you’d like to share, please come back to my blog this coming Wednesday. I’m hosting a carnival and the theme is “Real Food on a Budget”.

    More info here:

    https://cheeseslave.com/2009/01/08/blog-carnival-real-food-wednesdays/

    Here are a few liver recipes (I really NEED to make a Recipe Index page on this blog!) that I have made over the past several months and enjoyed:

    Chicken Liver Mousse (or Paté):
    https://cheeseslave.com/2008/05/14/balthazars-chicken-liver-mousse/

    Higado Encebollado (Mexican Liver & Onions):
    https://cheeseslave.com/2008/08/11/hidalgo-encebollado-mexican-liver-onions/

    Italian Chicken Liver Crostini:
    https://cheeseslave.com/2008/07/16/chicken-liver-crostini-and-caprese-salad/

  6. Vehement Flame,

    “Round Up in your cereal anyone?”

    LOL! That says it so well!

    And I think you’re right — all these allergies people have today. It’s definitely related.

    And the terrible thing is, this crap (GMOs) is in EVERYTHING. High-fructose corn syrup and soybean oil or soy lecithin is in almost everything. Even baby formula.

    And even when you’re trying to be healthy, shopping at Whole Foods, everything they have is cooked in canola oil. I used to always use canola oil — thinking it was healthier.

    It’s so bad how they have sneaked all this crap into our food supply.

    This is why I feel so compelled to write this blog and also to do this challenge. I hope you will join me and sign up for the challenge. 30 days of No GMOs!

    I’m hoping to get it up by next week or the week after.

  7. Hi, Augie thanks for the links. I am still working on my Links page – of course I will add you. I have about 17 million other things to do first (which is why I woke up at 2 am!).

    I looked at your site — what are you referring to? The salmonella outbreak?

    It’s so funny and SAD they are always blaming it on raw milk — you know even Malto Meal was recalled last year due to salmonella. So much of our food is contaminated these days due to factory farming and yet they have the audacity to blame it on these small farms who keep their animals on pasture. It’s absolutely outrageous.

  8. Hi there — I’m so glad I found you! We have many of the same goals. Supporting local sustainability, slow food, healthy living, etc. Yeah! I just went to a local Price Foundation and Raw Milk Association of Colorado meeting last weekend. Although I haven’t gotten into local cow shares for raw milk, I LOVE raw cheese. I will be back as we have a lot in common. Love your “take” on things.

    🙂

    In good health,
    Melissa

  9. Ah, eat more liver. A resolution we should all make! But the doughnut resolution may be easier to keep, lol

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