Friday, September 11, 2009

Information Overload???

Okay, I'll say it. "Too much information" has the potential to be unhealthy. I do think humans have an amazing capacity for invention, understanding and creativity. But is there such a thing as information overload?

Have you ever thought that if you have one more thought your mind will burst?

So, in the interest of your healthy mind... let's talk about Health Begins With Mom. I don't want to be another source of superfluous chunks of information that only add to the clutter in your mind. I'd like for this blog to be sincerely helpful.

In pursuit of that goal, can I ask what you would like to read? What specific health topics would help you to lead a healthier life -- without overloading your brain? What do you hope to get from Health Begins With Mom?

I've created a poll to jumpstart your thinking. Of course, I would love for you to leave comments telling me specifics... so, please take the time to do that too!
[Note: I am not having success with this poll service AT ALL. If you don't mind, would you leave your thoughts in the comments if the poll does not work. I'll keep trying to figure it out...I am working on this crazy space here...]

What do you want to read more of here at Health Begins With Mom?
More recipes, please.
Tips... I need some health tips to make things easier!
More about Amy Ellen's daily health pursuit - with commentary.
More information about specific health issues.
More information about good (and not-so-good) food choices.
Weekly Meal Plans.
Links to helpful articles and websites.
Other topics (which should be specified in the comments!) free polls

Thanks for sharing your thoughts,


emily said...

I'm not sure if it's my computer or not... but the poll isn't working for me...

Amy Ellen said...

I am so sorry Emily. I can't figure out what is wrong with the poll service. I'll keep working on it, but I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments if you are able. Thanks, ae

Sara said...

The poll showed up for me but it wouldn't submit.

I like recipes and specific health topics.

I was recently diagnosed with having Polycystic ovary syndrome. I am overweight and these lead me to be at risk of developing type two diabetes. A post about any or all of these things would be great. I'm kind of lost on what to do. My doctor told me that I need to lose weight, but he also said women with PCOS have an extremely difficult time losing it. That has been the case with me. Thanks.

lady m said...

Dear Amy Ellen,

Yes, you can certainly have an information overload. You begin to get a bit dizzy from all the websites and the links, etc...

But what I have enjoyed from your blog is the recipes part. I truly enjoy reading and trying new recipes that are easy to make with ingredients that are not hard to find where I live.

I live in the country and the next "city" is 18 miles North of me. When the winter gets here, I will not be travelling much, so the fact that your recipes are easy to make is a bonus.

Also, sharing your tips and what has worked for you is also encouraging. I am now in the process of loosing 20 more lbs. I have not been this "healthy" since I was about 21 yrs old. So, your tips are most welcomed.

I try not to focus too much on what other people are doing. But if a tip works...I certainly will give it a try!

Many blessings to your day,

lady m

Shawntell said...

Hi there,
First of all, I want to say that I enjoy reading your blog. I've been reading it for a little while now. It's been helpful for me. I'm not sure if you have done this or are doing this, but I'd love to get more cheap, health-friendly recipes, particularly school lunch ideas for my preschooler. I'm trying to get my family, and myself, more healthy. We are a one-income family on a tight budget, and it is so hard to try to prepare healthy foods within our budget. Thanks!


Juliet said...

I couldn't get the poll to work either. I will say that easy steps toward being healthier and fast recipes would be great. I don't hit the health food stores often because their prices scare me. I'm on a budget and go to local grocery stores or even wal-mart. My husband and I are starting to think about children and I want to start making these changes now. We both work full-time so quick recipes are best. Thank you and your information is very helpful!

Tara said...

One of the reasons I keep reading your blog is because I love how you simplify. It gets so overwhelming trying to decide what is right for MY family, you know? Poll didn't work for me worries tho... :) I like it when there are links to other helpful sites/articles (not too many, that gets overwhelming, too), I like reading about how to do this lifestyle simply, and how you make your choices on a daily basis (weren't those three of the options?). Really, Amy, anything you write I enjoy and find helpful. Thanks for all you do!

Sarah G said...

First let me say I really LOVE your blog. I discovered it a few months ago when you did a guest post on money saving mom and I'm so glad I did. For awhile now myself and my family have pursing a much healthier lifestyle as a whole so it is SO encouraging to read your posts and know that there are other moms out there not feeding their kids a diet of fruit snacks, hot dogs, mac n cheese, and loads of fruit juice.
From your poll above I really like the recipes, your personal comments/stories, and the articles you post. There were other things on the poll I checked too, but can't remember what they are now.
I'd love to hear more about you and your families triumphs and struggles with eating healthy in today's world. It's hard sometimes choosing healthy things without people thinking you are a nut case. :)
Thanks again for your blog and sharing with all of us. It's great.
Oh, I love hearing about your homeschooling as well and how you are taking care of yourself while you are pregnant.

Kathryn said...

Well, i rather like your blog like it is.

I'm mostly looking for healthy ways of living & having dialogue/discussion with such folks.

I will be honest, most of what you share is stuff i know, but it is always good to have a reminder. And the post with the 60 minutes thing on MSG the other day was outstanding. I'd not seen it before.

We don't have children, & it looks like we won't be blessed that way, so i'm reading your blog mostly because i'm so impressed with the info you provide on healthy living.

Thanks for asking. It is your blog to do with as you wish. :)

Anonymous said...

I voted for more recipes and more tips (is it okay that I voted for two?) Love your blog - thank you for asking for our opinions!

Kristie said...

Your blog has been such an encouragement to me! I would love to see more recipes (my family LOVES the salmon and broccoli pasta) and your day to day tips on living a healthy life. I would also like some information on feeding a one year old. I made all of his baby food and now he eats with us for the most part. However, I need some ideas for snacks for him that are fast,nutritious and portable. Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Love the blog!!!

My vote is for:
1. Healthly living tips - LOVED the MSG video link (we avoid most processed foods but loved to know what else to look for.)

2. Healthy eating- recipes, meal planning.

3. Anything GREEN/HEALTHY in and around the Altlanta area- farms, good co-ops, where to buy farm raised cows/chickens, places to take kids. (or just links to this stuff)

you are very informative and I will always read!!!

Anonymous said...

I definitely want more recipes, please! :)

Other than that, I'm interested in most of what you write about, so I'm good with whatever topic you pick.

Michelle said...

I'm gonna echo the other requests for more recipes. (I voted for that and weekly meal plans)Especially cheap recipes. We are in Seminary and are learning to live very cheaply.

I love your blog and visit it basically every day, looking for whatever tip or encouragement you will be giving us. It has really helped me to think through a lot of food and eating choices. Even now, I'm sitting here ready to meal plan for the week, but wanted to check your blog first for ideas.

Thank you for all the time you put into your blog! It is a blessing.

Becca said...

I'm always on the lookout for more recipes. :-) Thanks for asking!

travelingstacey said...

I have really enjoyed your blog,too, and when I haven't necessarily needed some the info personally, I've recommended it to those who do and they've started following your blog! I personally enjoy the recipes and meal planning (especially when you do birthday meals and things for kids). I also like anything that is simple and that is doable for a low budget. I appreciate your "take baby steps" comments. It reminds me that if I can change one or two things at the time, over the years it'll add up to big changes. Thanks!

MMS said...

I would love to see more easy tips on how to have a more healthy family. I don't have the motivation, time, money to go extreme like some other blogs that I have been reading but I would love some easy steps to make good choices for my family. Healthy cheap recipes would be awesome too!

Thanks so much for doing this blog. You have so much great information!