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I mean, I just can’t wait for Christmas.  But then again, time is going by so fast that I have a lot to do to get ready.  I’ve collected most of my gifts to be given, but haven’t wrapped them.  And, of course, Mark and I haven’t made the Smith signature chocolate covered potato chips yet either.  And we all know how crucial that is!  It’s not Christmas without them.  We did, however, try a new recipe this year.  Mark and I have a sweet spot for Peppermint Mocha’s and when I saw a recipe on MarthaStewart.com for Peppermint Marshmallows I just had to try it.  Yes, these are full blown homemade marshmallows!!  I mean, we didn’t have a candy thermometer but they seemed to turn out pretty well!  I can’t wait to try them in a cup of hot chocolate.  They look cute, anyway.

Lately Mark and I have been reading a book, let’s just call it “Skinny Girl” to be appropriate, and it is really starting to change the way I look at food and everything else I put in my body. 

For example, as a girl who worked at Starbucks for 2 years and considered a career in the field, Mark and I have actually given up coffee.  Yeah, sure, we drink a cup here and there.  Maybe one on Mondays to start off the week, but never at the levels of consumption we were accustomed to.  Usually I had at least a cup, sometimes more, before I leave for work and then a cup on the way and then a cup at work.  I hope I don’t rain on anyone’s parade but I have come to the realization that it is just not good for my body.  After I got past the withdrawal headaches, it’s not so bad!  I think we might get a juicer so we can enjoy some fresh OJ in the morning instead.

And lately I’ve been cooking pretty much everything myself.  After reading this book, I just can’t seem to eat out as much.  Today, for example, I forgot to bring my own lunch.  And now I’m freaking out because I don’t know what I’m going to eat for lunch.  Somehow I find peace in making everything myself because I know exactly what goes into it.  Does that make any sense?  Or am I just going crazy?

Cokes are another thing.  After learning about aspartame and what it is and what it does to my body, I haven’t had a coke since and I totally don’t plan on picking up the habit again.  I bought this hugs 1.5 liter bottle of water for $.89 and everyday I just refill it at home and drink it all day.  I feel soo much better already and I can actually tell a difference in my skin complexion. 

And milk is a whole post in itself.  I’ve learned a lot about what milk actually does to our body, and according to research, a lot of it doesn’t do a body good at all.  Harvard actually came out with a report that there is no link between osteoporosis prevention and milk consumption.  In fact, countries that don’t consume milk at all (other than babies who need it from their mother to grow) don’t have osteoporosis.  Isn’t that crazy?  I mean, I never liked milk to begin with but I everyone always made me feel guilty about not drinking it, telling me that my bones were going to break on me.  I think milk has done a FANTASTIC job branding their product. 

So I hope I didn’t freak you out or make you think that you’re eating habits aren’t “right”.  We’re just trying to be more healthy consumers.  Mark, in fact, has actually given up ice cream *gasp*.  This is BIG news.

Oh and by the way, Mark and I have been getting up early in the morning to work out.  This morning the alarm went off at 6:30 and we decided to sleep in.  Good thing that we did.  At 7:30 I got up and started getting dress.  Mark then realized that it was actually 6:30, not 7:30 and my alarm clock was wrong (I think I messed it up).  Haha, well we got to work out anyway!  By that time we were both wide awake.  🙂  Life is just silly sometimes.