Tuesday, September 29, 2009

30 day trail

Yes, I did it…but only for a trial 30 days. As you might recall from my previous blog entry, Vegetarianism...sort of, I have been thinking about becoming a vegetarian for quite some time and I recently decided to take the next step. Now I am not going full blown vegan, but rather a modified vegetarian meaning that I still can eat eggs and fish. 30 days is because I wanted to set a goal and also because I will be in San Francisco then and I wanted to check out a place that serves bacon doughnuts as I am sure that is a gift from God. So I thought, how hard is it to give up something for 30 days? I mean I have done lent before and I know I can go without anything if I just put my mind to it. Well, I can and am doing it, but it is a little harder than I thought. When people call you up and invite you for a dinner at their house and they are serving meatballs (so yummy) and you have to say no. Going out to dinner where the only dish without meat is a margarita pizza. Being at a Giants baseball game and not having a delicious hot dog. It really puts into perspective how much meat I used to eat. It also makes me realize how often I was putting chemically ridden meat into my body. I never want to be flippant about what I put into my body and this 30 day trial is really showing me how bad I have been. It is at the point where I am not even sure I want to eat that bacon doughnut on day 31 (gasp). I encourage you guys to do research about the health effects of eating meat and make your own decision. Either way, eating more fish in general is great for your health even if you are still eating chicken and beef. Below is a sample of my meals for the day.

(Blueberry Smoothie)
frozen blueberries
medium sized banana
peanut butter

orange roughy
spice rub
green bean salad with tomatoes and vinaigrette dressing

chili spiced dried mango
macadamia nuts

White bean pita pocket with pesto, tomatoes, and spinach

Monday, September 28, 2009

Bayer Community Garden

I decided to check out a local community garden last week. The community garden I toured is made especially for people who are in apartments and do not have a place to garden of their own (wish I had that back in Dana Point). At this particular garden they have a teaching section where they show residence how to garden and the fruits and vegetables cultivated are sold to the public for $6 a bag. Nice! Anyway, I talked to a few really cool people there and took these fun pictures that are below. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

White House Garden

As my sister informed me, it has been way too long since I have posted on my blog. I have had a lot going on which I know is no excuse so I apologize and here is a lovely video for you.

Found this video on a blog (can't remember which one now) but I really liked the concept and wanted to share. Obviously it was taken pre-election but I still hope it inspires you!


Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Local farmer's market

Recent phone conversation with my sisters as I was walking around my local farmer’s market one Saturday morning…

ME: “Man, the produce is so vibrant and looks so tasty.”
Sister #1: “You are taking pictures for you blog right? How else am I suppose to know what is going on in your life.”
ME: “Of course I am…” (as I fumble in my purse to find my camera so that she cannot call me liar.)
Sister #2: “Oh yeah, your blog. Should I be checking that?”

If you don’t have a sister I highly recommend getting one. Two are even better. And if you haven’t checked out your local farmer’s market I highly recommend that too. I would occasionally go to the ones in Orange County with my sisters on Saturdays or Sundays. Now that I live somewhere new I have to find all new ones and I hope to find the equivalent of the “bread lady” up here as well. I just did a Google search and a few came up. Turns out there is one literally behind my block that is on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Here are the measly pictures I managed to snap while there. I didn’t stay too long as I had plans, it was 100 degrees outside, and I had no cash to buy anything. TIP: always bring cash as 99.9% do not take anything but.