Doctors, Daughters & Daily Dozen Food Charts

Daily Dozen Food Chart

If it seems like this blog has been on radio-silence for most of May, that’s because our family has hit so many milestones lately, I’ve been too busy to write until now! The month got off to a great start. After adapting Michael Greger’s “Daily Dozen” into a food chart, I kept a near perfect record for two whole weeks. At least while we were still in town, eating at home.

Our daily dozen habit tracker

My Daily Dozen Food Chart and Health Habit Tracker
[click on image to print]

Greger writes about the “Daily Dozen” in his #1 bestselling book How Not to Die. In it, he examines the 15 leading causes of pre-mature death in America and reveals how a vegan diet can prevent (and in many cases reverse damage already done by) them.

Doug read the book last fall and felt compelled to go vegan as a result. He only lasted six weeks, but several of our children and I have stuck with it fairly consistently for nine months now.

Since tomorrow starts a new month, I’m printing fresh copies of this daily dozen food chart for all of us, Dad included. He’s feeling re-motivated after running into a nurse at the hospital today who switched to vegan on Doug’s recommendation last September. She subsequently lost 50 lbs and got off all her diabetes meds!

An extra-special Mother’s Day gift

We traveled to Dallas mid-month for our son Samuel’s wedding. Most moms get flowers or chocolate on Mother’s Day; I got a brand new daughter-in-law!

Beth, Bekah, and the Bridesmaids
photo credit: Bethany Flanders (AKA “the matchmaker”)

Interestingly, Samuel’s only known his beautiful bride Bekah for a little over a year. His sister Bethany introduced them last April. Never one to beat around the bush, Beth prefaced the introduction with, “Bekah, I’d like you to meet the brother you’re going to marry. I hope you don’t mind.” (Evidently, she didn’t.) 🙂

Samuel & Bekah's Wedding

Graduation celebrations and family travels

We came home just long enough to do laundry and pack our bags again, then headed to Houston. There we paddle boated at the park…

Paddle Boating

and ice skated at the mall (so much easier when you have a brother like Joe to keep you on your feet!)…

and celebrated the newest Dr. Flanders at the McGovern Medical School graduation. Samuel got his MD four days after he got married, and Doug had the honor of hooding him during the ceremony.

Celebrating the newest Dr. Flanders

After graduation, we all went our separate ways. Ben and Mikayla headed home to await the birth of their baby. Grandbaby #7 is due in another week and #8 is due a month after that.

Our daughters-in-law, Bonnie & Mikayla, carrying Grandbabies #7 and #8

That’s Mikayla on the right and David’s wife Bonnie on the left. Aren’t they glowing?

Rebekah, Rachel, and Isaac then headed to Tennessee for TeenPact National Convention. And Mom, Dad, Nana, Joe, Daniel, Gabriel and Abigail boarded the Carnival Freedom for an 8-day Caribbean cruise.

Belize City

We offered to take the newlyweds along with us, but they declined, preferring to honeymoon on their own instead (this, despite the fact we promised not to ask them to babysit more than an hour a day 😉 ).

The next couple of months should be a little slower paced. With the exception of those two new grandbabies, a speaking engagement at FEAST’s Homeschool Conference, and a Cowan Clan reunion, we don’t have anything planned for June or July.

I’ll try to post a little more regularly going forward. Otherwise, to see what we’re up to, you can follow us on Instagram.

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    1. You’re welcome, Susan. I print a new copy every month and tape it to the front of my fridge as a reminder. Although I’ve yet to make it all month with every space filled, I’m making good progress and eating far better than I’d be eating without the visual goal always in sight, encouraging me to make wise food choices! 🙂

  1. Hi Jennifer, I just love reading all your blogs! I feel as though I know you and your family so well ! You are such a source of encouragement to me in the wise choices you make and the wonderful young men and women your children are growing up to be. In today’s world, raising such men of character is indeed an amazing feat. Love in Christ, Shikainah, London, UK

    1. Thank you for the encouraging words, Shikainah. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed our blogs. With regard to our children’s character, God has been very gracious to us, and we pray He will continue to be so. Blessings to you! We plan to visit London this fall and are really looking forward to being there.

  2. I just wanted to let you know that I always love your updates and other posts. Your website has inspired and encouraged me. Thank you!

  3. Congratulations on all of your wonderful accomplishments and scheduled events. It all looks wonderful!

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