How your next meal can help you avoid holiday stress

By Adrienne

The holidays can be a hectic and stressful time for families. From stretched budgets to stretched patience, many people find themselves falling into their very worst food habits come the holiday season – eating a lot of sugary, processed and packaged foods. It’s the very thing that sets you up for the cycle of nasty colds and flus you are trying so hard to avoid.

So what if you could pick just one thing that would slow everything down, keep the kids more grounded and less likely to get their annual holiday season flu and would help everyone feel just a little…well, saner.

Good, grounding food can keep everyone happier and healthier during the holidays.

Here are a few simple slow food ideas that can help you stay in the headspace many of us actually yearn for over the holidays- healthy, happy, focused and filled with gratitude.

  • Make a meal plan: This will most definitely save you time and money and you will almost surely boost the quality of what your family is eating. If you have never done this before it will be transformative. I promise. Sit down on Saturday or Sunday. Bust out your favourite cookbooks/food blogs/recipe sites. Be sure to allow your children some input in this process.
  • Take time to bake with your children. This can double as quality time and they will be learning a food skill.
  • If you have a crockpot, dust it off and use it. Simple dishes likes sauces, stews and soups can be slow roasted all day so when you get home there is minimal prep waiting for you (along with a nutrient-dense meal).
  • Make sure kids have a good, hearty breakfast each day to keep them in tip top form over the holidays. Try substituting hot cereal like oatmeal for processed, boxed cereals. Or scrambled eggs, toast and fruit.
  • And finally, make sure your child is well-fed BEFORE going out to holiday parties. Processed, convenience foods are easier to resist when you are well-nourished. You may also consider contributing a healthy dish or snack. In a pinch, even a box of mandarin oranges will do.
You can replace pop with fizzy probiotic drinks like kefir water. Find out more at

You can find great holiday recipes, articles and videos here, at my brand new site Domestic Diva and at (where you can try the Wild rice cranberry pecan salad, sunshine cookies, Gluten free applesauce pumpkin muffins and homemade chicken nuggets (to name a few!). You can also find a list of local, sustainable farmers you can connect with for quality, made-in-Manitoba foods on the Dig In site.

*I wrote this article for a provincial not-for-profit called Food Matters Manitoba. It’s part of the Dig In Manitoba initiative I helped launch earlier this year. Dig In connects parents, children, educators and farmers.Each month, these articles are circulated to member schools.

Adrienne Percy is the mother of 2 active, young children who are alternately budding chefs and food critics. Her passion is finding new and simple ways to bring nutrient dense, sustainably grown foods into her family’s life. You can read about her kid-friendly, culinary adventures at



Reclaiming your domestic diva-ness

By Adrienne

It’s been a long time...too long since I posted.

But here’s why.

I’ve been working on something big. Really big.

Something I think is going to help change lives. It’s a brand new project called Domestic Diva and I’ve been oh-so-blessed to be able to partner with someone who follows the wise woman healer path. Her name is Sherry Rothwell and she’s a Registered Holistic Nutritionist who has been connecting women with wisdom about their bodies, birth and health in a really gifted, unique way.

Me and Ms. Rothwell after a 'Cultured Kitchen' taping...

We were both sharing our work and our own excitement about the power of REAL foods when our paths crossed about a year ago. We’re both mommas and we’re both really passionate about what we’re doing and what it offers the community. YOU are our community and we thought we could offer you MORE as a team than we could separately.

And that’s how Domestic Diva (.ca) came to be.

Now HOLD ON! Just because you see the word DOMESTIC, don’t go thinkin’ I am going all subservient housewife on you.

Uh uh.

Domestic Diva is all about reclaiming domestic arts and traditional wisdom.

In a powerful way.

Think matriarchal. Think feminine divine. Think Red Tent.

Yup. It’s time to reclaim it. Live it. Breath it and support one another on our transformative journey through girl, women and motherhood.

The first, most practical way we want to pass on that gift to you is to reclaim skills like culturing foods. That’s a gift that transformed my health and can for you too.

But there are so many other ways we hope to build community with you too. We looked at what we can share that has been transformative on our own journeys. Health built on a foundation of nourishing and traditional foods. Rhythyms that help managing your home feel GOOD not draining.

On a practical level that looks like:

So come on over. Take a look. Browse. Enjoy the free gifts. There’s much more to come…

“Can you imagine a world in which the expression of feminine creativity, nurturing and visioning was an honoured, cherished and upheld contribution to society? A world where the invisible work of women was valued because we acknowledged its impact on the future of humanity at large? A world where the choice to nurture a family, a creative project or a cause is considered equally valuable and more than enough. A world where a woman just being her self is enough…” ~Domestic Diva~