Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG

I don’t feel so good.  After weeks of diligently using only whole wheat, no sugar, no white flour, and healthy sweeteners like sucanat, honey, and molasses I’m ashamed to admit I fell off the wagon.  And boy am I paying for it now.  I don’t know how it happened but last week I ate more junk than I had in an entire year: Arbys, Pizza Hut, Little Ceasars, Hardys, bags of Doritos, bags of Chocolate covered Malt Bals, McDonalds, and Taco Bell.  Within ONE week.  Good golly.  I feel like I need to detox at a Betty Ford clinic.


I’m going to be in GA on Tues and Weds with Gena.  We’re gonna try to visit the Bread Beckers again.  They sure are inspirational.  Hopefully that will get me back into the swing of things. 


Last night I dreamed that me and gena and our families lived in this little apartment building and paul and geoff were out trying to find food for our families.  In my dream we were in the middle of a deep depression and a famine and Americans were dropping dead all over the place, and me and gena were talking about how dumb we were for not storing up food and water and how easy it would have been to store things while we had the extra money and the time.  How was that for a major run on sentence? 


I’m not telling who won the t-shirts.  I picked the winners and let them know on their blogs. J  Thanks for all the new great links to visit!  I love HomeschoolBlogger.  I have made so many truly excellent friends and it is really encouraging to peek into the lives of other moms who are trying to keep things together (just like me!)

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  1. whitley said,

    on September 24th, 2006 at 4:03 pm

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    I hope you feel better soon!!Thanks for adding me as your friend!!

  2. cryskey said,

    on September 24th, 2006 at 4:19 pm


    I’m not a whole foods person, I tried that once and the whole family especially my husband, nearly went on strike around here. But I do cook every night and try to keep it reasonably healthy, we haven’t had any fast food in a couple of months. Now, the thought of eating at one of those places makes me a little queasy. I’ve never been that crazy about them anyway. Except for Chick Fil A. And I can eat chocolate any time except for when I’m pregnant.

    Well, I hope you recover soon. That dream you had was probably directly related to all that fake food!



  3. CAgirlwithasoutherndrawl said,

    on September 24th, 2006 at 4:30 pm


    I need you help bread woman. I made whole wheat bread and Mark said “Um…I don’t like this bread.” Yeah, it was really DRY and I didn’t like it either. HELP! Send email SOON.

    Have you seen all this rain? I think that if they still have b-ball tomorrow it will be a mudpit.


  4. quietcajun said,

    on September 24th, 2006 at 5:00 pm

    Junk Food

    Isn’t it amazing that when you begin to eat healthfully and then you eat poorly it effects you differently than it used to? I used to love certain foods (like Krispy Kremes) and now when I have them I don’t enjoy them as much… they taste great, but they make my stomach feel awful afterwards. Maybe they did before but I did not notice b/c I ate junk all the time I probably felt bad all the time and was just used to it.

  5. douglashomeskool said,

    on September 24th, 2006 at 5:05 pm


    BIG QUESTION? I am really new to this and I know alot of you moms eat healthy,organic,etc. One, I am trying to figure a way to ease this in on my family. How hard can it be right? What is a good way to start? Two, we (me and my son) are having some health problems (to much to explain here I wrote about it in my blog) Do you think changing our eatting habits can help us? I was never taught this way we always ate whatever we wanted(may explain my weight problem and now my sons) Anyway any advice?

    Oh yeah one more thing as you are headed to your visit in Georgia if you go through Cartersville say a quick prayer for me for my daughter and family (she lives in Rome,Ga with my parents) and a slight wave in that direction if you don’t mind.(I miss her so much) Sorry this is so long. Signing off now.


  6. hsmomof2 said,

    on September 24th, 2006 at 5:11 pm

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    Sympathizing here. I had a small chocolate binge after having no chocolate (except for a very occasional little tiny square of super dark chocolate) for months and oh man was I sick. Wonder if I’ll remember that next time someone confronts me with a piece of chocolate/chocolate pudding/chocolate chip bundt cake. Doubt it!

  7. KarateKousins said,

    on September 24th, 2006 at 5:27 pm

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    hey beverly! a good way to start is to start finding grains and beans that you can use: oatmeal, pinto beans, navy beans, etc. that was the first thing i was able to start doing. and find friends who know what they are doing. is full of excellent resources

  8. JenIG said,

    on September 24th, 2006 at 5:28 pm

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    whoopsies. my daughter ryann was signed in. that was me up above

  9. drewsfamilytx said,

    on September 24th, 2006 at 7:26 pm

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    The cure for all that ails you is to reintroduce just a little of all those fake, bad for you things…that way you’ll never have to suffer like this again. Poor thing. Bless your heart!



  10. ClagettsFLStyle said,

    on September 24th, 2006 at 8:21 pm

    do it all in

    moderation. I’ve tried all these different eating healthy and dieting things tons of times. And it is soo hard when you fall off the wagon. So now I just try the best I can and if I ‘splurge’ a little – I try to do it in moderation. Sometimes these things can become a bondage type thing -where we just can’t seem to either stick to it or get away from the guilt of not sticking to it. I’m sure you will find a happy medium with it all.

    I guess I just try to remind my self, that if I’m to be HIS servant – I need to be in somewhat of good health to serve. But, HE loves me no matter what.. God only knows why ;-)..

    Have fun in GA.

  11. SandBetweenMyToes said,

    on September 24th, 2006 at 10:22 pm

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    I, too, think moderation is good. We try to eat as healthy as possible, but #1 there are some things my family will just not eat, and #2 we all would be falling off that wagon if our goal was to never eat junk again. We try to eat junk that’s a little less junky, like those natural Cheetos that you ate at Marissa’s party. Junk that taste good, but doesn’t have quite as much bad stuff in it. You can find several kinds of chips that don’t have hydrogenated oils in them. Then, we also sometimes just eat plain ole junk like pizza, or the Bellacino’s we had for lunch today. We just try not to let those things be our daily intake. Hope you’re feeling better soon.

    Tia (Letitia, not to be confused with the real Tia)

  12. heartmatters said,

    on September 24th, 2006 at 10:58 pm

    Dear Jen,

    Thanks for that breadbeckers link. I have been wanting to start somewhere with real food and that looks like a nice site. I also heard that SUe Gregg’s cookbooks are amazing, do you have those yet? I think I’m going to request them for Christmas!


    ps if it was three weeks on and one week off that’s not bad! hang in there

  13. wardssward said,

    on September 24th, 2006 at 11:21 pm

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    You haven’t been, per chance, studying about the Great Depression in your homeschool, have you? Once when our boys were all gung-ho about volcanoes, I read a book about Pompeii to them before putting them to bed. I had NEVER dreamt about a volcano before, but that night I did… and boy, was it scary!


  14. Jocelyndixon said,

    on September 25th, 2006 at 5:23 am


    I thought you and Coie were tryin’ to eat healthier! LOL Thanks for having the contest! I’m trying to figure out who you picked.

    Nai haryuvalyë melwa rë (May you have a lovely day)



    Check out my latest posts:

    Book Contest

  15. JenIG said,

    on September 25th, 2006 at 7:39 am

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    yes! Sue Gregg cookbooks are great! we love them, too.

    and yes, it is no doubt I dreamed about being in a Great Depression, because I’m a total fatalist and I’m always thinking that the end is right around the corner. It’s sort of fun. I was worse when I was a little kid. I used to think I was a secret detective and that I was always finding clues from gruesome murders.

  16. Mariel said,

    on September 25th, 2006 at 10:38 am

    Oh, Mrs. Igarashi!

    Thank you so much for your wonderful comment!!! I just can’t believe that all those things you said are me! I always thought I was one of the nastiest people living! (literally) And I thank God for giving me such a steadfast friend as Ryann!

    And I’m twelve now. Yikes. Time flies doesn’t it?

    Anyhoo, have a great day and, again, thank you so much!

    God Bless you and yours!


  17. UndertheSky said,

    on September 25th, 2006 at 12:37 pm

    Fake Food!

    What do you mean Doritos are not a food group!? GREAT. :+)

    I had a very odd dream the other night too and it involved your husband sending us a letter telling us he was moving on in friendships and we were being left in the dust. He was not very nice about it either. LOL THANKS, GEOFF! Is there a message in that dream!? Joseph dreamed dreams and look where he ended up – in an Egyptian prison! Should I be concerned? :+)

    LOVE you,


  18. JenIG said,

    on September 25th, 2006 at 1:06 pm

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    oh man kate, that is CRAZY. as *if* !!!

    I think your dream means “stop smoking crack”. That is my official dream interpretation on that one, sister.

    Me and Coie watched Emma yesterday. I always think of you when I see anything Jane Austen.

  19. JustGiveMeStarbucks said,

    on September 25th, 2006 at 2:53 pm

    Well, this is a little unrelated…

    Okay, usually you have me in stitches, but today you’ve got me in tears. Not from this post, but from today’s Crosswalk Homeschool email with your article, “What to do When You Think You’ve Lost Them.” I wasn’t that much of a rebel, though I had my times, so that wasn’t what got me going. What made me cry was just the reassurance that flowed from what you wrote. I have some really, really good kids, but I worry (who doesn’t?). Not just that they might rebel, or that I’ll do something to make them hate me, but also that THIS might happen or THAT might happen, or … (fill in the blank). We moms worry. What a good reminder to all of us that God is always listening, that we can pray and cry and beg and pound on Heaven’s doors, and He will answer and wrap His arms around us and our children in love. I know that kind of prayer –right from the depths of our hearts– works. I spent 10 long years doing that, and He gave us our baby, Bethany.

    Thanks for being so transparent with your life. I’m sure that article will help more people than you could ever know. I would love to see it posted on your blog, if possible, in order to reach more hurting people.

    His blessings to you today, Jen! 🙂


  20. CTdittmar said,

    on September 25th, 2006 at 9:12 pm

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    You’re so funny. Doesn’t fast food just hit the spot somehow sometimes? I love whole wheat bread too, but the Big Bacon Single at Wendy’s has found me calling out to it on a number of occasions in recent weeks. I noticed when I let my guard down, it comes down big time too.

    So can I come to your commune too when the US goes into its next depression? I promise I’ll bring my last jar of canned tomatoes.

  21. douglashomeskool said,

    on September 26th, 2006 at 4:30 am


    Thanks Jen I actually have a blog at the homestead blog (even though I don’t have a homestead) I appreciate you sending me a message back. I have been looking through blogs over there and found alot of great stuff.


  22. EEEEMommy said,

    on September 26th, 2006 at 9:33 am

    Totally Out of the Loop

    I just can’t seem to fathom the idea of life without sugar enough to even investigate and research. I’m more content living in peaceful oblivion on this one!

  23. KarenW said,

    on September 26th, 2006 at 11:02 am

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    I am addicted to junk food and feel a serious need to get off of caffine! Oh help!

  24. His4life said,

    on September 26th, 2006 at 4:17 pm


    I hope that you are having a BALL with your sis!! When I fall off the healthy bandwagon, I usually leap off just like you.:):) It seems to be feast or famine with me, not much of an in between. But, even when on it, I still have a hard time turning down Doritos.:)

    Love ya!


  25. Isaiah5513 said,

    on September 26th, 2006 at 5:15 pm

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    On junk food, I love chocolate and Lime Coke. But when I have been on a healthy kick and then eat unhealthy I get the worst stomach ache.

    On your article, I too was one of those kids raised in a Christian home doing what I wanted. I know I am where I am now due to the faithfulness of my mother and my mother in law. Dh and I met in high school and ran around in the same heathenisitc group. Praise the Lord for faithful moms.


  26. iluvmy3chickiesandtheirdaddy2 said,

    on September 26th, 2006 at 9:45 pm

    I love "faux" food too…

    I had a big ol’ bowl of Capn’ Crunch with Two, yes that’s right TWO percent milk and it was sooooo yummy!!!

  27. HeartnSoul said,

    on September 26th, 2006 at 10:10 pm

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    Hi Jen;

    I can relate… I started the “idiot proof diet” and well… I guess I’m even worse than that lol. Then DH splurged and bought chocolate covered espresso beans while we were out on Sunday 😮

    That dream is interesting. I’ve been thinking about preparedness for awhile. I finally bought 2 emergency /medical kits for 8 ppl at Target, and am slowly adding things here and there to my closet stash. The things happening with the mid-east and america are concerning that’s for sure. I keep reading the scripture that says the only One that we should fear is God Himself. We hope to move out of CA in 2 years. Are there any acreages left over your way?? 😉


    Denise T

  28. Suzanne said,

    on September 26th, 2006 at 11:45 pm


    never cease to crack me up!

    Just stopping by to see what you’ve been up to. (I like the dorky glasses – lol!) (I’m allergic to bee stings, too, but fortunately, I’ve not been bitten since I was a child.) (Goodness gracious, girlfriend! Talk about a fast food fest!)

    Okay… I have *got* to go to bed. It’s 12:45 a.m. for Pete’s sake! (BTW, who is Pete? My 6 yo dd has asked me that before.)

  29. eyecorn said,

    on September 27th, 2006 at 12:28 am

    An analysis and remedy

    Ok, just analyzing your diet from my armchair here, I’d say the TacoBell was probably the kicker last week. Malted milk balls, McDonalds and Doritos …well, by themselves or together don’t pose MUCH of a threat, but the refried beans tend to act like hot glue ahering the calories and cholesterol beasts together into one mass.

    Of course, nothing a bag of Cheetos chased by a large vanilla milkshake couldn’t dissolve.

  30. KayinPA said,

    on September 27th, 2006 at 9:40 pm

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    I can totally identify with falling off the band wagon and having crazy dreams, but dont be suprised if yours is actually prophetic, I keep hearing these stories about how we are to be prepared!

  31. tatertots said,

    on September 28th, 2006 at 7:31 am

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    Well, sometimes dreams are like that. I hope you have a GREAT day.


  32. sprittibee said,

    on October 14th, 2006 at 12:44 am

    Holy Cow, girl!

    That was some dream! You are too funny with the run-ons. I am so bad with elipses, run-ons, and terrible spelling. Don’t know what I’d do without spell-check!

    I laughed about your foodie addictions. I am a health-nut WANNA-BE. I ate almost an entire stupid cake this week. Ok, the cake was not stupid and my kids would be mad at me for saying a bad word…. it was ME that was dumb! I mean, really. Why whine about your JEANS SIZE if you are forking in loads of icing and eating entire bags of Milano Double Chocolate Cookies?

    Why walk a mile or two and then eat lunch at TACO BELL? I’m just such an irony with all my health nut talk and bad eating habits. 🙂 I feel for you.

    Wish you lived next door… you and Gena-cakes both. We could all have blogathon weekends and take long walks… and swap breadmaker recipes (ok, maybe not the breadmaker recipes… not sure I’ll ever be a prairie muffin 🙁 – although I do have such high esteem for those people!).

    By the way, thanks for being my “friend”. 🙂

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