Today is my last post on A Better Bag of Groceries. It is so hard to believe. I’ve been here writing five days a week for 3 1/2 years. And I’ve been working for NuVal for almost 4 1/2 years. However, I have decided (after very thoughtful consideration) to move on and I’ve accepted a position with NuVal’s sister company, TopSource LLC.
Working for NuVal has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. It is so rare to be able to combine your personal passions with your professional life. NuVal gave me that opportunity. And when I went to NuVal leadership in 2009 and said, “How ’bout if I start a Mom blog?” – they said, “Go for it!” At first I had to email my posts out to my friends, my mother, my high school friends, and my sorority sisters to get some readership. Now, A Better Bag of Groceries now has 20,000 readers per month.
Time goes by and your professional goals don’t sync up as perfectly with your personal passions as they once did. I can remember the very day I decided it was time to leave Big Consulting Firm (and Big Supermarket Company and Small Family Business). For me, it’s like an epiphany, the day that it hits me. It’s time for a change. Do you find that you can remember that exact decision point when you’ve made big changes in your life?
The day I decided that I might just belong on a team other than NuVal was the day I went and volunteered at the Greater Boston Food Bank with my friends from TopSource. I truly enjoyed the camaraderie of this smart group of people – and felt that I could fit in on their team. When a position opened up, I applied for it and after interviewing, I was offered the position.
So, what does Topsource do? Strategic sourcing for retailers. They help (mostly) supermarkets buy the things they need in their stores that they do not re-sell. Things like bags, electricity, advertising, benefits, shelving, etc. It’s not as exciting to consumers as NuVal, but for supermarket geeks like me, it’s pretty cool.
SO, WHAT ABOUT THE BLOG?
That has been the number one question asked of me when I’ve told people my news. We’ve been busy re-assigning all of the things that I do at NuVal (work with supermarkets, work with schools, work in education) – and that has gone OK. But figuring out what we do with the blog has been a bit more challenging. You’ll need to come back tomorrow for the big announcement!
My Last Words of Wisdom
As I’ve said from the beginning, I’m not a dietitian, I’m not a nurse, I’m not a doctor. I’m just a Mom who is trying to make the best nutrition decisions for my family – and for myself. Somehow, this blog came to be a place where readers like you visited for a recipe, a new workout, or just a healthy living tip. If I had to sum up this blog in Seven Steps for Healthy Living, it would be these:
- Don’t be fooled by the labels. You know the ones. They are all over the packages of food in the supermarket and they trick you. This weekend my husband went shopping and brought home a healthy-looking Pop-Tart-like pastry that my son conned him into buying. We looked it up. It had a NuVal score of 2. If NuVal is in your area, use it. If not, tell your local grocery store that you want it.
- Make a plan. Without a plan, you end up with too much to do and no time to make dinner or lunch or breakfast. So, you end up ordering take-out or buying lunch again. Healthy eating starts with a good plan. You’ll be so glad you spent the time.
- Cook. Cook with your kids. The more you cook with your kids, the better they get at it. Then, they truly become helpful in the kitchen. You can give them little tasks while you clean up. It’s brilliant. Cook – and try new recipes.
- Eat together. Sitting down.
- Exercise together – as a couple or as a family. Exercise with your friends.
- Shake up your workout routine. Little changes will show big results.
- Always be learning something new. Just because we’re no longer children doesn’t mean we can’t take lessons. What do you love? To dance? A sport? Learn it (or re-learn it) and watch yourself get better at it. It’s so satisfying.
I Want to Thank My Mom…
I really do have to thank my Mom (Barbara) because she visited and commented here just about every day. She even did a guest-recipe post once. There were so many other every-single-day readers – and I’m afraid I will forget someone. So, I will just thank my Mom by name. I appreciate all of you who have commented, guest-posted, tweeted, followed NuVal on Facebook and helped to spread the NuVal word in so many ways. Most of all, however, I must thank my husband and my children. Writing a 5-day-a-week blog is a big commitment and it became as much a part of their life as it was mine.
And – as I told David and Catherine Katz last week, I may be changing careers, but I will be cheering on all of their efforts in the fight against obesity, especially NuVal!
My best to all of you!
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