I have come to realize that I like challenges. I have completed several physical challenges that keep me wanting more. Simple marathons have turned into Trail Ultra Marathons, Ironmans, and Crossfitting throughout my second pregnancy. In January, several of my friends were up for the Whole30 Challenge – a “clean eating” 30 day program that dwindled down the foods you eat to those that “have no ingredients.” Eat as much as you want of meat, vegetables, and fruit but forget all the processed foods and the food items that have ingredients that you can’t pronounce. As a relatively healthy eater, this challenge was more difficult than I imagined, and it was very interesting to see how it affected my life and my health. As a designer, it is interesting to see how the materials that we use in construction have become modified much like the foods we put on our plates – and not necessarily for the better. (See, for example, my blog post about Lumber Liquidators.) Much like the food on the grocery store shelves, the ingredients and processes to make building materials have been reduced to include such little value that we end up poisoning ourselves simply because we are looking at the price over the product content and manufacturing process.
Are you up for a challenge?
Before you begin your remodeling project, I want to challenge you to do your homework up front and simplify your “ingredients” to include the basic elements that will give the most “nutritional value” in the project. Spend the up-front time working with your designer to compose the perfect result for you and your family – for many years to come. If you are looking to revamp your eating habits, start here: Whole30.com And if you are looking to revamp your aesthetic environment, start here: MeadowlarkBuilders.com
By Melissa Kennedy