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Breaking Through

AHHH I LOVE IT!!!   With all the time The Distraction and I have been spending together, food is discussed a lot.  I’ve been feeling really gross lately, as you know I’ve been eating a lot of non-organic food over the last couple of weeks but this week has been a killer.  We went out to eat Sunday night and I ate those left-overs Monday and Tuesday.  I made Halloween brownies for a friend’s shower, they were a last-minute deal and I didn’t go organic; I have a package of chocolate covered graham cookies now that I’ve eaten about 4  (maybe 6!) of.  Yesterday a sales rep bought the entire office lunch from the long-awaited newly opened restaurant across the street.  I got the blackened mahi-mahi which was pan-seared in a wine sauce :/ of course I dipped some pieces of the fish into the honey-butter sauce… and ate most of the mashed potatoes.  That’s 4 straight days of at least one meal a day not even close to GMO-free!  The Distraction bluntly said, “It’s okay, you’re just not GMO-free anymore.”  That sort of turned my stomach.

So anyway, last night I was saying how gross I felt, how at 3:00 I could fall asleep on my desk!  Seriously, I have put my head down a couple of times!!  I feel so heavy and sluggish all the time and there are other things but I won’t go there 😉   After this discussion he was on his phone, looked up at me and said, “This shit is pretty new huh?  Like not long enough to really know what the effects are.  That’s crazy!”  I love that he looked it up, that I’ve given him enough info that he wants to know more on his own 🙂
He hasn’t even watched Food, Inc. yet!  LOL  Oh!  And I forgot!  He was reading through whatever article or site he was on and said, “But wait, are you sure it’s bad?  What about feeding the world?”  UGH!  Such propaganda!  I straightened him out on that real quick!  (and, in support of how the slow-food movement is helping the food crisis, THIS article!)

Round and Round!

My sister called me on Saturday stressing out about food.  I was right there with her.  The longer this goes, the harder it gets?  No, that’s not right.  The more I learn, the harder this gets.  I reread my last post and said “I know sis, I think I’ve been doing bad, but I don’t know! I don’t know what to think!”   We decided we wanted to visit her mother’s garden before going to do food shopping so off we went –  on our way we stopped to get our very last to-go coffee, a very sad day and for my sister, one for the record books! 

We returned with squash, zucchini, cucumbers, lettuce, onions and garlic!  We were too tired to cook when we got back so we went to Chipotle again… no, I haven’t written them to find out where their corn comes from 😦  I almost don’t want to know, I love the concept and I want to eat there – even more so now that I learned there is one just about in my backyard!  That was the one thing left on my to-do list this weekend; I promise, I will get that out this week!  I also wrote a few other emails asking some companies about my favorite foods, including Aldi food stores (I was sent a response asking me which products in particular I was inquiring about, however never got a response to that email) and Emerald Nuts (no response as of yet). 

On Sunday we finally made it out to my friend-from-highschool’s farm, he had invited me over a month ago but with all that is summer, I hadn’t been able to make it out there.  I’m SO glad I finally did!  What a great tour he gave us and what a wealth of information he is!!  We left there with potatoes, red basil, and chocolate mint (how fun!!).  One thing Mike said that resonated was long-term goals are what matters.  So he wasn’t able to turn a full crop and feed himself completely off his land, in 5 years he would be and that’s what mattered.  I also learned many people I graduated with have their own farms and are living this lifestyle already. This is great for so many reasons; makes me feel a sense of community, like I am not the only crazy one; provides me with a variety of foods from produce to meats; and now, not only do I know where the food is coming from but I actually know the farmer and where HE comes from!!  I want to move back to the country 😦   After this trip we went half on a tomato plant and were inspired to move to a farm and start a foster care program there. The mere thought of that plan is overwhelming!

So one thing that helped me this weekend was I bought a 100% certified organic product and it contained many of the no-no ingredients that I avoid; I know this sounds horrible but it was great to see!  Mostly because Trader Joe’s says no GMO’s but uses ingredients like MSG and the such leaving me to wonder if they really mean it.  Now I see you can use those ingredients responsibly which means I can trust Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods once again! (I know, this flip-flopping HAS to stop!)

We’re on a new week and I prepped a great amount of food for the week which will leave me free to prep for the weekend – my sister and I will be staying with family in Maine, yes I am nervous! 🙂