Thursday, March 25, 2010

Going Green!

Lately, I've leading a revolution in my kitchen. I have been trying to rid my cupboards of all processed, unnatural, salty, sweet, oily goo that I used to think was food. This all began with the reading of a book entitled Gorgeously Green and The Gorgeously Green Diet both by Sophia Uliano. She talks alot about all the crap that is in our food and personal products that we don't know about. Also, a great movie, Food Inc. shows how corrupt the food industry is. My research has left me in shock, sadness, and anger over what has happened to our food. It isn't even food anymore, it's processed sugar and fat that has to be fortified with minerals and nutrients so that is can be passed off as "good for us." Why should food have to be fortified? Shouldn't it naturally contain everything we need from it?

I am also appalled by the meat industry. The treatment of animals before, during and after slaughter is horrifying. In the book Skinny Bitch it details about the process of slaughtering. Did you know, sometimes the animal isn't dead when they begin to gut it. I honestly had nightmares about it. I refuse to support the inhumane treatment and abuse of these innocent animals. I have been trying out vegetarianism since February. So far, so good, much to Porter's dismay. I don't really want to even cook it anymore. However, I must say to ranchers who raise animals humanely and do all their own slaughtering at the ranch, I commend you. I think it is a fine way of life to be one with the land and animals if you treat everything with respect.

So....back to my organic revolution in my kitchen. It's been going very well. I've cleared out the cupboards, the fridge, and the freezer. I've began cooking alot more. I make many things from scratch including: bread, granola, almond milk, and candied nuts to name a few. I have discovered mushrooms! They are amazing in so many dishes. Both Porter and I have felt so much better since we have switched over to a more natural diet. And we are satisfied! Did you know that humans don't need animal protein to feel satisfied? It's true! I also feel so much better about knowing that I am reducing my carbon foot print by using less processed food and all the packaging that come with it. I intent to continue to lessen my carbon footprint and become more Eco-friendly and organically minded. Cheers!


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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Spring is in the Air!

First, I must apologize for how long it has been since my last post. And second, I must thank one of my students for finding my blog and asking when I was going to post something new. So, thanks Buddy! Spring is finally here, the weather is warmer, the grass is getting greener, my tulips are starting to appear and I have a cold. A nasty cold, that has held on for 3 weeks! It is very frustrating, especially when I'm trying to perform and teach voice lessons. So, I been trying a new herbal remedy, Kombucha, it's this herbal tea that has been fermented. It's an ancient 'elixir of life' from China and Russia. It was thought to have made you live forever. I sure know I feel alive when I drink it! It has quite a kick to it, it's very tangy. My favorite flavor is the berry and hibiscus. I think the label said the one bottle contains over a billion organisms! So, I'm hoping those little guys will get to work and make me feel better. With spring in the air, Porter has been getting quite a long to-do list, which he is so happy about.... Recently he told me that he would build me a little swinging gate to our garden, so that the dogs wouldn't be able to get in there and dig up all my lovely vegetables in the summer. On Saturday, we went to the Home Depot and bought our supplies. The most expensive item........hinges! $15 bucks a pop! I never knew a good hinge would cost so much, and we had to get 4 of them. However, I am so glad we did, the little gate is perfect and the little swinging hinges work so smoothly. He also put up some lattice for my climbing plants, so they will have some where to climb to. Next week on the agenda: putting new soil in the beds and fertilizing the lawn! So exciting!
Kombucha
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After!