Posts Tagged ‘organic’

Fresh Basil Plant

I bought an organic basil plant from the grocery store. This thing is awesome! I just pick off the leaves to add to my salad dressing and a few days later more are there in its place! I don’t know why I am so amazed. ūüôā¬† I guess I just love that I am saving money. As soon as we are in a house I plan on planting a large garden.

IMG_0946On another note, I am almost back to normal. My voice is back but I think I have pink eye! Will go to the doctor tomorrow. Meanwhile, I wrote my apartment complex and explained I think the rug is giving me an allergic reaction. The property¬† manager is supposed to get back to me tomorrow. I don’t want to move out but I am not sure what other options there are. I asked them if we could remove the carpeting and was told no. I asked to move to a unit with hardwood floors and they say there aren’t any but I know for a fact that underneath my wall to wall carpeting are hardwood floors so maybe they will make an exception. I’ll find out tomorrow.

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Ethiopian Food

We love Ethiopian food in our house and we were excited to eat this last night. My daughter who doesn’t like spicy food loves mesir wat! (well she is Ethiopian!)IMG_0826It tasted good but I am up this morning with a stomach ache and my fingers feel swollen. I also have a sore throat. What is going on? There wasn’t any gluten in it (injera is made with gluten-free teff flour) and it didn’t have any dairy either (though I did have leftover pizza for lunch!) so who knows? Guess I can’t really blame the Ethiopian food. Maybe I am just coming down with a cold. And the bad news? I am back up to 154. I guess pizza and ice cream will do that! Note to self: don’t spend googabs of money on organic produce if you are going to order pizza! It’s almost 3 weeks into the raw foods cleanse and I can officially say that I am back up to my exact same starting weight of 154 and I feel like crap–but of course that has nothing to do with the cleanse that I am not doing! The one thing that I have learned is that I prefer foods that I make myself and I feel great when I eat raw and vegan. Lessons learned as I move forward.

This morning I made a smoothie with blueberries, strawberries, banana, cucumbers and grapes. It was pretty good. Then we hit the farmer’s market and picked up some organic corn which I was thrilled about. I have been searching high and low for organic corn and haven’t been able to find it anywhere! Corn is one of the most genetically modified crops in the US. Ugh. I did find this app that sounds useful. Haven’t tried it though. We also picked up some cilantro, basil, tomatoes and orange peppers (all organic). I am looking forward to eating our delightful bounty today!

Berry Wash

Don’t you hate when you buy a box of lovely organic berries and the next day you see mold growing on them? That has happened to me one too many times so I decided to try this tip. When you buy berries, take them out of the package and wash them in a vinegar and water solution of 1:10. Use about one part vinegar to ten parts water. Swirl the berries, rinse and pop back into the fridge.IMG_0812

Camp Lunches, Processed Food and Making Your Own Food

This is what I am packing my daughter for camp lunches (and breakfast and snack). I admit is does make it easy in the rush of the morning but it’s going to change come fall. We will have even less time in the mornings so I need to figure out a plan. I will probably pack our lunches the night before. Just looking at all the processed food makes me mad. And the raisins aren’t organic and there’s soy in the granola bars. Ugh! Sorry baby girl. Momma’s going to do better!IMG_0692

IMG_0765Meanwhile I went to Whole Paycheck the other day for dinner and got this lovely, delicious-looking plate of food for $10.00. They were selling the salmon by itself for $9.99 or the salmon with two sides for $10.00. I got the two sides. LOL. So the salmon was grilled and topped with a mango salsa with¬† mangoes, peppers and onions. The sides I got were a mushroom salad with some bok choy and a vegetarian pasta salad. It looked so tasty and was pretty reasonable for that place. I was going to get sushi but that was crazy expensive– $15.00 for six (or was it eight?) rolls. Even the vegetarian rolls were $12.00! What in the world?! Twelve freaking dollars for some rice, seaweed, carrots and cucumber? It probably cost them $0.30 to make it. Crazy mark up I tell you. Anyways, I was really excited to eat my meal and I brought it home, removed the cover and took a big bite. Sheer disappointment. It was so bland and tasteless. I was shocked but I doctored it up. I got some lettuce and avocado and nuts and raisins and whipped up a salad dressing and it was much, much better. I am finding that I really do prefer to eat things I make myself. By the way, I ate some wheat yesterday to see what the culprit was (good excuse to finish up the chocolate chip cookies :)) and yeah, it was the dairy. So disappointing as I LOVE ice cream and cheese so much (and so does my daughter) but yeah, we gotta let go of dairy. She’s had a constant runny nose since we have been in the States and I don’t know if it’s the dairy here or the rug in our apartment but for me it does sadly seem to be the dairy. I will do another experiment eating a lot of dairy and see what happens on another day.IMG_0766

Aha Moment

It can be confusing, all you read about food choices. There is conflicting information everywhere. Vegetarianism is best. No, vegan. No, raw vegan. No, that will make you sick you should eat Paleo. Go gluten-free. Go sugar-free. Dairy-free. Low fat is best. High fat, low carb. Stay away from processed foods. Stay away from GMOs. Eat strictly organic. Eat a clean diet. It’s hard to know what is best and it’s enough to make your head spin!!!¬† For years I went back and forth not knowing what was best until I finally realized that they are all (for the most part) right because what makes one person feel great does not necessarily make someone else feel great. Everybody’s body is different. Some people thrive on a vegan diet. Some feel fantastic on Paleo. And they can both be right. It’s important to listen to your own body.

What I did find though in all my research is one thing that should be avoided across the board: sugar. No one says to continue eating sugar. No one. And no one says to eat a diet of highly refined, processed foods. No one. And I know that I personally feel better when I avoid them. So those will be my two non-negotiables, along with hot dogs, corn and soy. Hot dogs, though yummy, are just downright disgusting when you think about it and corn and soy are two of the most genetically modified products in the US (along with sugar beets whatever those are) so I won’t consume them at all unless they’re organic.

So. clean eating for me will be the following:

1. No corn, soy or hotdogs ever

2. Limit consumption of red meat, sugar and processed foods (will make exceptions on birthdays, Christmas, etc.)

3. Eat as many one ingredient foods as possible, organic for the dirty dozen (see graphic below from environmental working group)

4. Try to make each meal at least 50% raw

6. Drink lots of filtered water

That’s it! I think this is totally doable and what I should be eating. It makes sense for me. I am excited about it actually and I think I will be an excellent role model for my daughter if I eat this way.