Going Back to Green

Hello all!

Can you believe I have some free time? Well I thought my car was about to do some crazy stuff so I took some time off work to take it to the mechanic. Turns out nothing is wrong with it. Well nothing that will stop it from driving. So here I am. Just completed an assignment. Roaming the webs and looking over some footage that I created in iMovies.

I have been playing with the idea of creating video content. Eek! Scary thought. I am a huge Youtube watcher. There is a video for just about anything on the Tubes. For years I have been encouraged, inspired, and motivated by some fabulous Youtubers. These people pour out all their energy to create useful footage for folks. Some love them others hate them, but they are not deterred.

Simply fantastic!

So maybe I will not be a fabulous web personality, but I’d like to get involved; however little, in this movement. I have things I’d like to share. Hopefully I can build a community who would like to listen. Ultimately, my goal is to learn. I do not know it all. I want to be able to connect with people who can teach me something new.

In this video I talk about some of the green products that I use in my house. I have always been green conscious, but I have laxed a little. So recently I have decided to return my focus to living as green and earth conscious as possible. Clearly, consumption is NOT at the core of green thinking. In fact, I believe spending less is quite possibly the greatest act of green thinking. Think about it. Spending less means less use of emissions, and less paper and plastic waste. Most of all, you save money! However, as I am returning to green, I am not that savvy. Of course I want to get into making my own products, but as a busy young professional and grad student, homesteading does not fit into my lifestyle just yet. So I’m taking small steps to becoming more green. Typically I prefer local over big box stores. But I sometimes have a hard time rebelling against them because they carry the products that I need. So I work within my options.

I say all this just to say, I’m learning. Or relearning because I’ve forgotten everything. I’m no green certified maven that got all the answers. But I am a librarian so research is my thing. And as I learn I share.

So enjoy the video.

Share your thoughts. What changes are you making to be more environmentally conscious? Can you offer some practical tips?

Live well! Be well!

What’s in My Kitchen?

I had yesterday off. So I did my favorite pastime, grocery shopping! For reals, I love going grocery shopping. I’d do it for people if I could.

So what did I get?

First stop Whole Foods.

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I got a package of organic power greens, walnuts and raisins, and organic strawberries. I could have gotten these items from Trader Joe’s where I did this weeks shopping, but I like these specific items that are sold at Whole Foods. Picky much? Yes. Yes I am. Besides I had to go to Whole Foods to pick up a vitamin supplement. I have been slacking in this area. Shame, shame. So I decided to get on a good foot. These vitamins by Mega Food are vegan friendly made to supplement a vegan diet. I’m not vegan, but I need all of the nutrients that are packed into this tablet. Specifically iron and B12.

They are a little expensive. Even the sale price for $38.99, marked down from the original $48.99, is steep. But this is my health. I’d rather pay this much now than face major hospital fees later.

Then I headed to Trader Joe’s. Well, I got a cup of Starbucks decaf first, then I went to Trader Joe’s.

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I got the bulk of my groceries from Trader Joe’s this week. I alternate between Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s depending on what of my favorite products that I need most.

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This week’s grocery list:

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Frozen edamame, frozen pineapples, frozen Very Cherry blend, frozen Blueberries, frozen sliced leeks, a red onion, shredded carrots, zucchini, squash, cucumbers

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Multigrain bread, a bag of gala apples, almond butter, super fruits jelly, tempeh, baby bella mushrooms, cauliflower, coconut milk, bran flakes, kale, grapes

And of course I could not help but creating fabulous meals. For lunch I had a fresh green salad.

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and for dinner I found a fabulous recipe for beet burgers from my favorite site Sweet Potato Soul. I did a few things different, but the meal was just as tasty.

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Stay tuned for my recipe and a complete breakdown of this meal including the honey glazed heirloom carrots.

Eat well! Be well!

Farm to Table

Last week I visited the Whitelock Community Farm. This may not be so abnormal, a health conscious person visiting a farm. But there is something unique about this farm; it’s in the city. Yes the actual farm is in an urban inner city community. I’ve been following this trend for some time. I’ve read about city farms in Chicago, but I was most pleased to learn that there is a farm in my city. This is such a dope concept! Not only is Whitelock an urban farm, but they are 100% organic. I have plans to volunteer for them. I can’t wait to get my hands dirty in some organic dirt! LOL!

This veggie was in heaven selecting produce. I got turnips (first time eating turnips. They have a great flavor!), garlic chives, a bunch of arugula, chocolate basil, mint (grown wild from the community garden), and Thyme. Just like a creative cook, I was flooded with recipe ideas. I made an arugula pesto with mint, basil, olive oil, juice of one lemon, and seasoned with sea salt and pepper. Blend and done! I served it cool atop sobo noodles, and sliced cucumbers and peppers with toasted sunflower seeds.

Eat well! Be well!

Be Well!

I woke up this morning feeling great. I actually got up a half hour early to prepare and eat breakfast, and watch CNN. For breakfast I had half a grapefruit, 1 slice of whole grain toast (plain), scrambled eggs (1 whole egg & 2 egg whites) with a little cheese and olives. Instead of coffee I had a potent cup of green tea flavored with a kumquat. All tasty and fulfilling.

Today I will be conscious of my dietary weaknesses. I know that in a few hours I will be hungry. I need to prepare now to head off that hunger so that I will not binge on empty calories and nutrient depleted foods. To guard myself I have prepared orange slices and carrots. I also have a powerful kale and cucumber smoothie.  For lunch I have a protein rich dark leafy green salad with a humus and lemon dressing. The only other thing that I need to add in today is water. Most of the time I’m thirsty not hungry, but instead of hydrating I go for the junk. Hopefully all of this will help to keep me on track.

Eat Well! Be Well!

Tara Stiles on being healthy

Hey veggies!

I was roaming through my Youtube subscriptions and was inspired by this post by Tara Stiles. She is an internationally known yoga instructor, author, and YouTuber. I watch her channel quite faithfully and practice the yoga routines that she introduces. She is a great inspiration for a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Be sure to subscribe to her channel TaraStilesYoga.

In this video she discusses what being healthy means to her. Her thought process is quite practical eliminating health food gimmicks and diet fads. At the core, the healthy lifestyle philosophy is to listen to your body and eat not just for fulfillment, but also for the nutrients that your body craves. This is something that I am still learning. I know the foods that my body absolutely does not like. I feel the rejection of refined sugar and caffeine. The headaches and the lack of focus, acne breakouts, sluggishness. Sometimes, however, I find myself eating, and over-eating, these things. Through my healthy journey I have learned that having and practicing a healthy lifestyle personal philosophy helps me to stay on track. If I get off track, which does happen, I am able to consult my simple philosophy so that I can make my way back to healthy living.

Watch this video and be inspired to live a healthy wholesome life!