SparkPeople Organic, Ethical, Local Eaters and Crunchy People Team Messageboard A place for like-minded crunchy people to get together to chat about organic, pastured, humanely raised, local, sustainable food and cooking. SparkPeople Organic, Ethical, Local Eaters and Crunchy People Team Messageboard For Busy SparkPeople From Left - My <img src="">Breakfast In a Jar; Lunch In a Jar; Dinner In a Jar Sun, 24 Apr 2016 10:16:32 EST Greetings from the great NW! I am a vegan from NW Washington. I am active in local environmental groups and try to live as sustainable as possible. I am hoping to see a little more activity in the group so I can come together with like minds to talk about issues that pertain to the active world of crunchy people! Fri, 19 Feb 2016 14:43:46 EST Greetings From Dayton, Ohio! Good morning everyone! I'm so excited I've found this group. I used to do so much more shopping from my local farmers market and other local vendors, and felt a LOT better when I did. I'm hoping to get back to that! <BR> <BR> Dayton is a great place for eating local and being active. I'm just hoping to be able to tap into that energy. <BR> <BR> So, about me... My name is Nina. I'm recently married and love my job as a hearing aid specialist. I love to read and cook (and eat). My all time h... Mon, 21 Dec 2015 08:32:26 EST Good day from the BC Coast! My name is Leona, and I have been a vegetarian for over 20 years; now, I am transitioning to veganism. I am blessed to live in a rural community where I can grow food year-round in my community garden plot. I also work at the local organic food store, where my job is to source food from local farms and small business ventures. I have always struggled with my weight and my food addictions, so I feel blessed to be part of this team of likeminded people, so that I can give you my support, get... Sun, 29 Nov 2015 23:51:44 EST Hello! I'm looking forward to reading and learning from you. My goal right now is to avoid antibiotics and hormones. I live in Canada, I live in a small northern city. We have limited options on organic and usually not that fresh so I'm not going to worry myself on produce. My main concern is animal goods for now. I'm able to purchase eggs, and dairy products organic here. Organic meat is rare but I decided to eat wild sustainable fish. Thanks for reading! Tue, 10 Nov 2015 12:44:43 EST Hi from the UK! I am reading Joanna Blythman's "Swallow This" which is a real eye opener about the food industry. I've ordered another of her book's called "What to Eat" and have read the intro on the Amazon "look inside" feature. I'm realising I need a total overhaul of what I thought was a reasonably healthy diet. I am going to tackle this one step at a time! I've joined about 10 teams to do with clean eating, etc as I didn't know which one to pick! Looking forward to getting to know you all! :-) Wed, 12 Aug 2015 05:19:27 EST Hello - from the midwest Hi, I am an organic community gardener, and I recently bought a hobby farm. My goal is to get healthy, and eat unadulterated food. I hope to lose 15-20 lbs with the help of this program, and all of you, but I have decided not to weigh myself for 3 months. I want to make lasting lifestyle changes, and I know if I don't see the weight coming off, I will become discouraged and throw in the towel. I want to make these changes regardless of whether I lose weight or not. In the past I have tried to... Sat, 3 Jan 2015 22:36:48 EST Hi! Glad to find a crunchy group :) I have been into whole food eating for 5 years and support my local farms as much as possible. I live a fairly minimalistic life with my family (soon to be of 5). I am an AP, homeschooling/unschooling mom. I have struggled with weight my whole life and much to my surprise still do despite eating well. Wed, 31 Dec 2014 12:28:39 EST Spelt My husband makes breads and has been making Spelt bread. It is very good I just hope it as good for me as I want it to be. We just tried an organic Spelt pasta and we were very pleasantly surprised with how good it was. I was just wondering if anyone had any info on spelt or opinions on spelt verses other whole grains. Thanks Mon, 29 Dec 2014 15:43:09 EST No more fake food! Hi, excited to find this group. I have made a lot of changes in my diet in the past few years, always looking for more creative ways to eat healthy. I promised myself that I would no longer eat fake food over 3 years ago, sad that it was a challenge but has now become a life changer. Mon, 29 Dec 2014 09:11:16 EST back after a long absence I'm back after a long absence as I need the spark people structure. I also like the challenges in this team for a more organic, ethical eating lifestyle. I love coach Nicole's DVDs and am hoping for a new one. Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:32:05 EST Greetings from Georgia! We have a huge garden and eat as much locally as we can. I try to stay away from packaged foods, but I'm not a fanatic. <BR> <BR> I have recently begun to explore my own fermentations. I have just gotten cultures to make my own yoghurt, kefir and natto, which is a fermented soy bean thing. <BR> <BR> Oh, and my garden is overrun with weeds right now. It's raining today and I hope to get out and clean up a bit later today. <BR> <BR> Anyway, just wanted to say hi. <em>41</em> <BR> <BR>... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:03:46 EST What does local mean to you? Hi team, <BR> <BR> For me, local means that someone from my community grew the food. That the farm is near-organic but the farmer may not be certified. That the work is done in a humane way for animals and farm workers. The food is dirtier and has imperfections which make me feel closer to the growing process. <BR> <BR> This hasn't been a question for me when living in Idaho, Alaska, NYC, or New Mexico. However, since moving to California, I've found that "local" means big Ag. Like "local"... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 14:48:41 EST Fed up challenge Hi, I am new here. Leslie in South Texas. I am maintaining (more or less) a 200 pound weight loss (again more or less - give or take 10 pounds). Really wanting to keep my dietary choices quality so I joined this team for support. Along with that I am taking the Fed up challenge in order to try and finally ditch the added sugar in my diet. So far the history of this is Leslie 0 sugar 100. Has anyone seen this, and is anyone trying this? Would also love to hear... Mon, 12 May 2014 09:32:14 EST Hello from a Crunchy Con Hi everyone Becky AKA Quirky Urban Girl & resident Crunchy Con here. I am not your average Crunchy. <BR> <BR> Are there any other Crunchy Cons on this team? I would love to hear from you. <BR> <BR> Sun, 27 Apr 2014 10:38:44 EST I am not sure I am 'crunchy'... ...but, some might disagree. I live in Northern California and we live pretty simply. We raise and butcher our own meats for the most part. I have not been really great about the garden the last few years, but hope to get it together. I am hoping for some inspiration here! Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:35:35 EST HERE COME THE SUN CAN`T HARDLY WAIT ON IT I CAN DO SO MUCH Thu, 9 Jan 2014 14:39:30 EST I need help with Kefir! Yesterday I was given the gift of live Kefir Grains. Today I need some help keeping it alive! Please leave comments on the blog. I check it several times a day. <BR> <link> <link><BR>urnal_ </link> </link> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 06:29:23 EST Happy Holidays! I'm eating alot of kale these days. It's so delicious steamed and keeps so well compared to more tender greens. That and beets and sweet potatoes. I'm keeping an eye on the leeks in my back garden. They weren't large enough to pick in the fall and I've heard they overwinter well here. They've been in the ground for like 6 months now. Being my first year at organic veg gardening it's all an experiment. <BR> <BR> What are you planning on for Christmas dinner? I'd like to try something new thi... Sat, 14 Dec 2013 14:56:46 EST NUTS for health <link><BR>archive/2013/12/02/tree-nuts-healthy-f<BR>ats.aspx?e_cid=20131202Z1A_PRNL_art_1&<BR>utm_source=prmrnl&utm_medium=email&utm<BR>_content=art1&utm_campaign=20131202Z1A<BR>&et_cid=DM34550&et_rid=354613338 </link> Tue, 3 Dec 2013 14:49:20 EST Greetings from Seattle! Hi everyone - my name is Cat. I'm happy to have found this team. Part of my getting heathy strategy is a newly acquired passion for organic gardening. I've always appreciated and known the value of locally grown, organic produce and ethically produced meats and fish, but as a single parent with 2 hungry boys it was just to expensive to shop as I really wanted to. I tried to shop as ethically and healthily as I could for the family but now that both kids are on their own I have more expendable... Mon, 28 Oct 2013 00:59:57 EST WHO DID YOU HELP THIS WEEK I HELPED A FRIEND OUT Thu, 3 Oct 2013 07:48:40 EST fall is here do you have any great fall recipes??? Mon, 23 Sep 2013 02:50:29 EST How do you adjust as the seasons change In my part of the world fall is coming, and fresh, tasty vegetables will soon be gone. I will particularly miss real tomatoes and peaches. My CSA has a winter share of mostly root veggies - but can't live on those alone. <BR> <BR> I thought it might be fun to get ideas about: "How do you adjust your menus, etc. as the growing season ends in your area?" Sun, 22 Sep 2013 08:44:01 EST crunchy momma feel free to add me! Hello friends. I am trying to do this diet thing amidst our organic homestead lifestyle on a budget. lol, i can be complicated to have variety. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 13:02:28 EST Greetings from the Hudson Highlands <em>67</em> <BR> Hi! Looking forward to getting to know everyone. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 21:21:20 EST Hello! I am a nature-loving mom, who forage wild berries and herbs. My husband likes to fish. I am a amateur gardener and bee-keeper in spe. We have access to a cottage a few hours from our apartment in the city where we plan to (re)build a garden and hopefully in the future also keep bees. At the moment the garden is still very overgrown, but there are wild raspberries, wild cherry trees, red currants, gooseberries and rhubarb hidden in the tall grasses. It is a diamond in the rough. <BR> <BR> I ... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 13:55:14 EST Hello from Berkshire Hills Hi everyone from the Berkshire Hills! I am a 32 year old mom and physician who tries to eat locally and support the farms in my area. I also try to grow as much of my own food as possible that is if the deer and rabbits don't get it first. :) Thu, 20 Jun 2013 08:42:04 EST Hello from the Garden State! Hi there! I'm Lucy and I'm excited to have found this team. Hope we can be (crunchy) friends! :) Wed, 15 May 2013 14:56:54 EST A beautiful book on foraging You can still pre-order this at: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> It was a very successful Kickstarter project. I backed it and am eagerly awaiting my book! Fri, 10 May 2013 21:43:52 EST Raise Chickens? Anyone else raise backyard chickens? I'm fortunate that our city ordinance allows them, up to four. No roosters allowed, though. <BR> <BR> I got into raising chickens by pure luck. A little over a year ago, I moved into a new apartment where my landlord kept a chicken in the side yard. A few months later, he moved away and gave her to me. I named her Chica. She's a steady layer, even in the winter, and has a friendly, sweet personality. She gets along great with my cats, too. <BR> <BR> I sp... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 09:22:34 EST Hello from the East Coast of Florida Hi Everyone, my name is Sheryl, I live and play in paradise. I am a leader in our local Slow Food Chapter, I shop mainly at one of our local Farmer's/Greet markets. Our chapter is instituting a seed library and we are purchasing local 100% grass fed beef, antibiotic and hormone free for our co-op. <BR> Despite my eating correctly I am still overweight and I am looking forward to hearing all about everyone's successes. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 18:02:17 EST WHAT ARE YOUR HEALTHY PLANS FOR SPRING PLEASE HELP WELCOME ME TO THIS TEAM,GLAD TO MEET YOU ALL Sun, 21 Apr 2013 09:55:08 EST Hi from Hillsborough Hi everyone! <BR> I am getting ready to grow a healthy garden. I need all the help that I can get! I'm looking forward to Farmer's Market and health food store tips from all of you! Fri, 29 Mar 2013 06:21:21 EST Red Lentils in rooibos tea recipe? A little help, please? Somewhere on SP recently there was a recipe for a breakfast dish of red lentils coked in rooibos tea with chai spices, apples, and maple syrup. Now I can't find the recie. Can anyone help me find it, please? Thanks! Sun, 24 Mar 2013 09:04:52 EST Hi Y'all From South Florida Hi I live in South Florida and have been shopping local for some time. I have made a broader commitment to continue to support local as well as improve my health. <BR> I am glad to be among ppl who are looking to do the same. :D Thu, 28 Feb 2013 12:07:54 EST Hi all! It's great to find you, this looks like a good team for me! I live in Bothell, WA, in a cohousing community with crunchy values - we keep a big organic garden, working toward permaculture, so I can eat VERY locally much of the time. I'm maybe 95% vegan - dropping the dairy & eggs is quite new but I've been vegetarian for years. I must say I'm feeling awesome energy-wise. I'm working on losing my last 10-15 pounds. <BR> <BR> We have shared community meals so I do cook for the whole range ... Tue, 19 Feb 2013 11:30:39 EST TEDxManhattan Anybody besides me watching/ going to TEDxManhattan Changing the Way We Eat today? <BR> <link> </link> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 02:15:06 EST Hello My name is Susan. I'm 46, divorced mother of two who is soon facing the empty nest. I have mixed emotions about this - more time for myself finally, but I'll be alone with more time for I've always been a proponent of eating less processed, more whole foods, but, now that GMO's are flooding the market and open pollinated/heirloom varieties of food are being pushed into endangered status, I am both angry and terrified. I will only eat organic these days because that is the on... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 10:54:00 EST Kombucha I bought some multi-green enlightened GTS Kombucha this weekend from my local organic farm. It's delicious! What are your thoughts? Every crunchy person I talk to says its wonderful, some main stream articles say it is responsible for deaths! <BR> <BR> I'm torn. It's delicious and is giving me tons of energy. There's no other way to describe it except for that it makes me feel GOOD. I don't want to give it up lol Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:28:55 EST Vegetable Broth My family has recently made the switch to organic, and we prefer to eat local when we can! There is no doubt that this food is more expensive, and when you spend more money on food you don't want to waste any of it. My sister gave me a great idea. Every time I cook with organic vegetables, I keep the parts you would normally throw away (ends of carrots, onions, bell pepper, stalks of broccoli, etc.) and put them in a freezer bag. Once the bag fills up I boil them for about 2 hours, and vo... Tue, 5 Feb 2013 12:05:20 EST hello from the western Isles of scotland Just a little hello really, i grow loads of my own veg (when the weather will let me!) here in the outter hebrides, <BR> <BR> glad to meet you all <BR> <BR> Sarah Sun, 3 Feb 2013 10:22:50 EST hi Crunchy Friends! :) I love it when some of my family rolls their eyes at me and lovingly tease, "man, you're so crunchy." I know it means I'm doing something I believe in, even if they don't quite get it! <BR> <BR> My husband and I are trying to learn to live off the land a little more all the time, and live sustainably. We're newbies to it, but enjoying the process! <BR> <BR> I had some co-workers save their bulk-sized coffee tubs for me over the last few months, and now we have turned those in to a small c... Mon, 14 Jan 2013 00:42:56 EST Happy New Year everyone! My name is Sarah... ... and I am here to make a difference from the inside out, and work forwards to where I was 3 years ago - better all round. So, there are 44 pounds / 20kg to be lovingly moved back into the custody of the Universe (rather than my belly), stamina and strength to build up, cycling, sailing and hiking adventures to go on and a lovely wardrobe to fit into once again. Specifics are posted on my sparkblog, comments welcome! <BR><BR>_journal.asp?id=SMARTOAK ... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 12:18:53 EST Early a.m. Exercise and eating? I hope it's OK to ask this question here; getting up early can be seen as kind of crunchy, right? OK, I am training myself to get up early and hit the gym first thing. have heard that eating an hour or two before exercising is optimal. But what do you early morning exercisers do? Eat first and then work out, eat after, snack first ....? Sat, 5 Jan 2013 10:41:23 EST New Year's Day - good luck and health I am a member of a CSA and a vegan. For New Years I did the traditional kraut and added vegan hot dogs and sausage, but for dinner I decided to honor my Southern roots with some black-eyed peas and some greens. I had Kale on hand and found a wonderful recipe Sautéed Kale with Smoked Paprika. It came from a site called Simply Recipes. It was very good - if you like kale, or want to try it in a different way - this is a very good, simple recipe. I will happily eat the leftovers. Best of all, di... Tue, 1 Jan 2013 17:42:42 EST new to team Hello- <BR> <BR> My name is Elisa and I am a 40-something crunchy granola girl living in the Twin Cities, MN. I'm a newly diagnosed type 2 diabetic and need to get back to exercising regularly and am struggling to find the energy. Oh, and I also have depression and anxiety, but those are mostly under control. <BR> <BR> I'm an omnivore who belongs to two co-ops, a CSA, and has a 9 1/2 yo hybrid car. I do some container gardening in the summer, mostly for the pleasure of fresh herbs and tomat... Sat, 29 Dec 2012 11:01:31 EST Returning Sparker from Indianapolis Hello everyone. I joined back in December 2010, but wasn't as active on my teams. I stuck with SP for a month, then slipped into old patterns. I came back in early November, and I'm not looking back to the mistakes of the past. This time, not only is weight loss a concern, but overcoming health issues including pre-hypertension, pre-diabetes and heart palpitations. <BR> <BR> I've been learning about nutrition and going organic for years, and saw a difference in my health when I put what I'v... Wed, 12 Dec 2012 07:22:39 EST OELC for the holidays That's Organic, Ethical, Local & Crunchy: <BR> <BR> Season's Eating everyone! <BR> <BR> What are you doing to make good OELC decisions for the holidays? Not all of us can afford a free-range, heritage breed turkey for thanksgiving, but I'm particularly looking for "little things" that any of us can incorporate into our lives. Wed, 28 Nov 2012 09:47:32 EST Hello! My name is Chloe. I am a college student in Minnesota. This past summer, I started making my own hygiene and cleaning products. I also am starting to look into ways to reduce trash. We now use a cloth cover for our Swiffer and I use the Diva Cup and Lunapads. I was surprised that not only do all these things work, but they all work better than my old products! My fiance grew up composting and maintaining a huge vegetable garden, so we plan to continue doing that once we get a house. Wed, 21 Nov 2012 16:39:42 EST Hello, from Tupelo Hi, I live in Tupelo, MS with my husband, 2 cats, 2 parakeets, and a Boston terrier. I am trying to change over to everything organic, one step at a time. We would like to plant a garden on our 1 acre in the spring ;-). Wed, 31 Oct 2012 22:21:00 EST Sounds like me! I found this group and it is right up my alley! My husband always calls me a "crunchy granola". I am a gluten free (not by choice) vegetarian (by choice), and my long-term goal is to live the homesteading lifestyle. Sat, 1 Sep 2012 23:12:08 EST sprouted wheat bread recipe help Help! <BR> <BR> This is the 3rd time I've tried and I can't get my wheat berries to sprout to make bread. My organic berries ferment, but won't sprout. Any ideas? <BR> <BR> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 12:18:04 EST New Journey in New Jersey Hi! <BR> My name is Dina; I'm 49 and I live and work from home at the NJ Shore. (It is nothing like the TV show here!) <BR> <BR> I'm so glad I found this group! I'm looking for a way to lose weight while staying on an organic, gluten-free, sugar-free diet. I'm enjoying going to farmer's markets in the summer, but it will be challenging to find organic produce in the winter in NJ. I don't live near a health food store, so I do a lot of shopping on Vitacost (No, I don't work for them or endor... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 09:45:05 EST Hello from Florida! Hi all. Just wanted to introduce myself to the team. My name is Jennifer, and I live in Florida with my wonderful Hubby and our 2 fur babies. I love that I found this team on here because this is something I am truly passionate about. I eat and buy local for everything I possibly can. I would love to be able to own a farm one day, and be self sustaining. <BR> <BR> I try to make everything I possibly can at home, from cleaners to toothpaste, to reduce our consumerism and dependence on mass p... Fri, 24 Aug 2012 23:38:16 EST Hi, I Appreciate You!!! Hi All, <BR> <BR> This Team simply speaks to my heart; it is the way 'we' ought to approach our daily concerns wth nutrition, knowing what will make us feel well -- body and soul, mind and spirit. I'm looking forward to be among like-minded folk that appreciate similar values and share a sustainable outlook. <BR> <BR> Thank you all for being here, Rocky. Fri, 24 Aug 2012 00:03:48 EST Organic for the planet and health Hi guys! <BR> I've been a spark member for a while now, but only just started to reeeally use the site. I've always wanted to do more for the planet, and recently after reading Jillian Michael's "Master your Metabolism" going organic seemed like a no-brainer for my health as well as the environment. My partner doesn't entirely share my view, and we are both as stubborn as each each other, so we usually end up doing two shopping trips.. haha. Mostly I buy organic dairy, grains, beans and legum... Sat, 18 Aug 2012 18:18:28 EST Hello from the heartland Found this site during a search for solutions to my artificial sweetener dilemma. You know, Splenda v. Stevia v. Equal v. "*" and and all of them v. HFCS, Agave, etc.. Reading a bunch of the posts here has provided me added incentive to select what I think is the best answer, "None of the above", so am switching to just that, none. <BR> <BR> I intend to post occasionally as questions come up or if I see an opportunity to answer others. Be warned, I'm not a Doctor nor have I played one on TV,... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 09:48:35 EST Hi from NC Hi all, <BR> I saw this team and it looked interesting! I live in NC, and have been a fan of the farmer's market for a long time. I have a young child so getting to the market is a chore sometimes since it's about a 20 min. drive. We just discovered a CSA that delivers and so far we love it; they have an organic option we've been getting, plus add-ons from local bakeries, creameries, etc. <BR> <BR> I live in a great area for food...which explains part of my weight problem. I work in downtow... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 11:49:49 EST Hello Everyone! I'm new to the group, but so happy I've found it! My husband and I shop at the farmer's market every Saturday in our town; we love supporting our local farmers. While I'm a pescatarian, the hubby and I both appreciate fresh, local foods. I look forward to learning and growing as a part of this "crunchy" group! Sun, 29 Jul 2012 12:49:46 EST What do I eat?? I am having so much trouble with nutrition. I'm sure I'm making it much more complicated than it needs to be but at this point, I've driven myself so crazy with it that I don't know which end is up. I feel like if I was just trying to stay in my calorie range eating conventional and diet food, it would be a bit easier. But I'm trying to eat as clean, organic/local as possible. So I make pretty much everything from scratch. I have 2 kids and I'm about to go back to work full-time next wee... Mon, 23 Jul 2012 15:48:01 EST Greetings from Oly, WA Looks like the NW is well represented. Not surprised. I'm lucky that there are so many local options around here. I work 50 feet from the Olympia Farmer's Market. Anyway, it's always nice to be in touch with others interested in health and sustainability. <BR> <BR> Take care! Tue, 17 Jul 2012 14:03:30 EST low-fat or whole-fat dairy? I've been trying to change my diet to only whole foods - as little processed as possible - for a few months now and I do okay with it. I'm still battling my food addiction demons but I've come such a long long way. <BR> <BR> What's challenging for me now is that most of the resources I find on the internet about this lifestyle aren't really from people who are trying to lose weight. And they all advocate whole-fat dairy products. I already try to limit dairy obviously but for purposes of ... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 09:31:55 EST Remember your choices are powerful! I shared this with my "Organic Living" team and I thought I would post it here as well. <BR> <BR> “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead <BR> <BR> Sometimes we forget how powerful we really are. It feels like sometimes we are alone in a world driven by capitalism controlling our food supply like Monsanto company. But remember, that as we choose to live organically and make our purch... Sat, 24 Mar 2012 14:18:07 EST Laurel in Missouri Hi everyone, I'm a retired (disabled) single farmer in southern Missouri. I raise most of my own meat (pork, goat, beef, poultry), eggs (duck and chicken), my own dairy (LaMancha dairy goats and jersey cow), most (this year, hopefully all) of my vegetables and some of my fruit. I grow using organic methods. I sell eggs, baked goods, goats-milk soap (using my own milk) and handcrafts at my local farmers market and other fairs in the area. <BR> <BR> Now, if I can just shed this pesky weight... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 16:03:02 EST Talk to me about bread We're big bread users in our house. My husband and 2 kids more than me. I want to buy local, organic bread but its pretty expensive. 1 Loaf is like $6.50. We average around 2 loaves a week. <BR> <BR> What do you guys do for bread? Anyone make their own? How hard is it? I'm getting confused about wheat itself. Like some people are talking about grinding their own. Anyone do this? Or understand the reasoning behind it? I mean I know some people say it preserves the nutrients bette... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 09:05:45 EST Greetings from Portland! Hi guys! I just found this group, read some posts, and it looked great so I thought I'd join. One of my goals for the year is to shop more at local farmers markets when they start up in a few weeks. I'm mostly vegan, and you just cannot beat fresh locally grown vegetables and fruit for taste. Plus, I love the idea of supporting our local economy and all our hard working organic farmers. So, hello from Oregon! Can't wait to get to know you all better! Thu, 1 Mar 2012 16:00:31 EST green mama with lbs to lose! Transferred back over to Spark People from a long hiatus with baby#2 and WAY too much baby-fat to lose. Into Traditional Foods (WAPF, GFkids), cloth dipe (not for long!!), extended BF (shhh, but don't tell the mods that ;) I can get enough calories/nutrients without switching back to BabyFit), WOHM with a SAHM goals, the usual "crunchy" mama thing. So I need to get myself back in shape to have energy for my paying 9a-5p job, my no-income 5p-9a job (well, the baby kisses are payment enough!), ... Mon, 27 Feb 2012 11:49:19 EST From the great NW Read some posts, liked what I saw and joined. :) Anyone have any good crockpot recipes? I have found that on a busy schedule it is the best way to continue eating right. I am looking forward to hearing great ideas and getting to know you all! I am thinking about investigating some gluten free foods to see if my fibromyalgia symptoms will improve. I am taking turmeric for the inflammation...just started but I heard sometimes you have to take it for awhile before you see a difference any thoug... Sun, 26 Feb 2012 00:24:14 EST natural detox/cleanse? what are your thoughts on detoxing/cleansing? i feel like my body could really do for some flushing out - i think it would really help my overall sense of well being as well as my weight loss. do any of you out there have a detox/cleanse you do once in a while or a good resource to consult? in the meantime, i picked up some Get Clean tea from Republic of Tea (dandelion, burdock, milk thistle, etc.)... also, i'm hesitant to do a juice fast as i have in the past because i want to continue w... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 10:59:12 EST Homeopathic Medicine Hello, I have recently discovered a store in our local area, The Vitamin Shoppe. I understand they are chain. I enjoyed my experience the people were so friendly and helpful. I ended up getting some things from there including Kali Bichromicum. I suffer from Sinus headaches anytime the weather changes from cold to hot or it rains. I live in Georgia so basically I don't have headaches during the summer when it's not raining (if you've never been to GA our fall/winter/spring goes a little somet... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 10:53:43 EST New to the Crunchy life VERY new. Still in the research phase. I've always been one to go for natural foods. I have ADHD and my nanny helped my mom understand the importance of keeping high fructose corn syrup, additives and red food coloring away from me. My mom was also a healthy eater in general. So I grew up with that mindset. Now I'm trying to go further. My father and step mother are big time environmentalist so I've been exposed to this life thru them. Unfortunately for me I don't have the funds to be ultra o... Fri, 17 Feb 2012 12:28:07 EST I've never considered myself "crunchy"... ...I feel like that word turns people off to what we "crunchy" people are advocating for. <BR> <BR> Happy to meet other likeminded people on SP. My partner and I took a shot last year at our first urban farm plot and farmers market stand. It was a ton of work but I loved every minute of it. We are going to scale it back a little this year and hopefully be able to provide enough CSA shares to avoid the farmers market altogether but we'll see how it shakes out. <BR> <BR> I live in Denver and ... Wed, 15 Feb 2012 23:59:16 EST Organic, local, crunchy lady--that's me How nice to find like-minded eaters on Spark! I love to garden/grow food, and try to make the most ethical/healthy food buying choices I can. We're walking/biking distance from our food coop, which is great. Always looking for new ideas for cooking with seasonal food. Sun, 12 Feb 2012 23:26:14 EST Skin/hair care products Anyone have any vegan, cruelty-free beauty products they love? I'm trying to replace all my skincare, hair care, makeup, etc with animal-free products. Thanks! Sun, 12 Feb 2012 18:00:15 EST Oh the times they are a-changin' I've been a member of this group for awhile but just recently really had the light switch on for me for the first time about this whole foods, local, organic business and I am IN. In the club. Card carrying member. Can't even tell you how enthusiastic I am. I can't believe it took me so long to come around. Usually I'm the type of person that when I hear the truth, I can't ignore it. I have to go with it. And I think I've known for awhile that the way we as Americans eat is not right b... Sun, 12 Feb 2012 09:51:27 EST a few questions Hi everyone, I am new to the group and am trying to start a whole foods, local, hopefully organic lifestyle for my family and myself. I am still in the learning stages since we had a kitchen full of stuff that I can't bear to throw out or donate (we are a very low income family) and honestly I would not know what to do with a kitchen full of healthy food. <BR> <BR> So... I was wondering if anyone could give me some tips or resources on buying local. There is nothing at the farmers market ri... Mon, 6 Feb 2012 12:42:44 EST Hi! I'm new to sparks people and I'm excited to meet others who have similar food philosophies that I do!I live in MI and during our growing season a large portion of our food comes from farmers markets and local farms. I'm a vegetarian but my family eats meat and this past fall we bought a 1/4 share of local, grass fed beef for the first time. During fall/winter months I get most of our food at Meijer and try to stick with their organic brand as much as possible. My goal for this year is to lear... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 10:36:55 EST GMO's Check out this informative website: <BR><BR>-of-Food/455711770056?ref=ts <BR> Very eye opening to me! Wed, 4 Jan 2012 01:42:41 EST Back again from North Texas Been watching Documentaries on GMO foods. Quite an eye opener <BR> might I add! Tue, 3 Jan 2012 22:03:54 EST New From Michigan Glad to see there is a team on here with like-minded folks that care about our planet and being mindful! Our family is involved in a cow share and we get our own raw milk to drink and enjoy and have been for over 5 years now. It's organic and grass fed and full of good things!! <BR> Am interested to see what I can learn on here! <BR> Lisa <BR> Mon, 2 Jan 2012 22:22:04 EST New from DC -- So glan I found this group! Hi -- <BR> <BR> I have lived in Washington, DC since 1994. I'm originally from Upstate NY -- Watertown, if anyone knows where that is, <BR> <BR> We are lucky enough to have several very active farmer's markets (even a few that are year-round), plus Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and other options. A number of restaurants in the area also emphasize local foods. <BR> <BR> Despite all of those options, it took my husband and i until this past year to really get fully on the bandwagon. But I've... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 19:43:17 EST What a nice group idea Hi! I grow vegetables organically and sell them at farmers markets, so this seems like a good group for me. We work hard to grow sustainably and to live that way as much as we can. We're not purists, but we do try to make as many good choices as possible. <BR> <BR> One reason I want to lose weight and gain fitness is that it's a lot more sustainable -- the best health insurance is . . . health! And I'd better represent the benefits of eating the wholesome food I grow and sell. <BR> <BR> T... Sat, 31 Dec 2011 06:10:42 EST Hi everyone I'm new to the team, and have just returned to sparkpeople after being away too long. So excited to find this team! I've been gardening organically for about 20 years, and am now trying to be better about buying locally, and eating healthier foods. After the holidays, I want to switch to a vegetarian lifestyle. Looking forward to walking this journey with you all! Thu, 15 Dec 2011 06:56:03 EST New to the community and ready for Change! Hi All, <BR> My Name is Elizabeth, and I have a 25 to 30 pound weight loss goal plus quiting smoking and making my self healthier and happier, and I definately need motivation. I look forward to interacting with you all! <BR> Elizabeth Sun, 4 Dec 2011 19:37:57 EST It's that time again Hello hello. I am looking to lose about 70 pounds total. We'll see how I feel after 50. I've never lost this amount of weight before. I really hope I succeed this time. Excited to read everyone else's posts. Sun, 27 Nov 2011 20:46:07 EST New to Spark and the team! Hello, <BR> I am a new member from the Midwest. I joined Spark because I want to be a better role model for my daughter and lose weight for my wedding day! While I have always raised my daughter to be aware of the foods she eats and to be active, I have not always practiced what I preached. Now, I am committed to doing so. My biggest challenge has always been consistently making time for myself. I look forward to ideas, advice, inspiration, and great discussions here. <BR> -- Seana Fri, 25 Nov 2011 18:07:07 EST a country girl from MO Hello all, this is my first day on Spark and I have high hopes for it. I am a firm believer in eating local. We raise our own dairy goats(Nigerian Dwarf goats) and our own chickens and we have a couple beef we're raising on pasture. <BR> <BR> While I'm losing weight I also want to get away from processed foods and chemicals. The more I learn about the industrial food the less I like! <BR> <BR> My highest hopes are to produce as much of our own food as possible. Because of the drought ... Fri, 18 Nov 2011 14:26:03 EST Eating Healthy . . . Hooooray!!! Hooked for a better living!!! Mon, 14 Nov 2011 21:28:46 EST New in MN Hi everyone! My name is Rhea, I'm new to the team and new to spark. I have been reading some of the posts here and this seems like a really great team. <BR> I'm 31 and have about 30 lbs to lose. I recently graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in agroecology. Worked on an organic vegetable farm in Wisconsin over the summer, and moved to Minneapolis last month. <BR> Can't wait to get to know you all!! Sun, 13 Nov 2011 09:39:32 EST I just need to know I'm not crazy I guess Hi, I have run across a couple of success stories in the past and found them really motivating, and to be honest, I've never struggles with losing weight -- I have lost weight a ton (yes, pun intended, lol) of times, but always get uncomfortable as people around me start to react to me differently. I retreat into compulsive eating, then gain the weight back, and end up miserable ....but safely in my comfort zone. I think many of us that carry around extra weight do it to protect ourselves. ... Sun, 13 Nov 2011 01:17:33 EST Real Food in Florida I am a 69 year old grandmother of 15 and great grandmother of 3. I have seven children, 5 men and 2 women. All these, and my husband of 50 1/2 years are my reason to live Primal. I am a fan of Polyfarms in Virginia and visit my local organic and local farmers here at the Downtown Lakeland Farmers' Market and at various farmers' stands out on country roads. My daughter also lives next door and raises chickens from which we harvest the best eggs I have eaten since my grandmother's farm in West ... Sat, 22 Oct 2011 07:54:23 EST Organic vs Local? I just read an article that left me more confused than informed. <BR> The writer was confronted by two apples. One was Organic, but came from 3000 miles away. The other Local (New York State) but grown conventionally, with all the pesticides that implies. <BR> She finally went Local, but she wasn't convincing with her reasoning. <BR> What would you do, and why? Mon, 10 Oct 2011 10:05:03 EST It's Me! I just read a blog challenging the readers to post some positives about themselves--5 was recommended, but start with at least 2! So, I'll reveal, here, that I love having a yard. I also love being more-and-more a locavore (eat locally-grown/raised foods) who is growing my own food, seasonings, medicines. <BR> <BR> I tried vegetarianism and even enjoyed being vegan, but I do best with meat--my O blood-type is the meat-eater. So, I raise chickens to keep down the garden bugs, cut the grass... Fri, 23 Sep 2011 05:42:31 EST NW IN Hi All <BR> I've had my ups and downs, right now I'm up-in weight that is...I have started 3 diets and quit all of them for various reasons. This Sat. I am joining a group of 36 people in a 3mo. diet challenge. It will give me a goal to work for,encouragement and accountability. I am still in a quandary as to which methodology to follow. Whatever I am going to stick with it and alter if needed to become healthy, my main goal. <BR> I am having difficulty finding fresh organic food in my area, ... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 12:03:22 EST Turning backyard into veggie garden Hoping to get some help and or suggestions. Hubby and I are looking at turning our backyard into a veggie garden, but not sure how to get rid of the grass. We don't have a large lot but trying to drop off the grid. Thanks! <em>436</em> Tue, 16 Aug 2011 10:08:55 EST Hi from Europe Hi there, <BR> I'm shirley, living in France and currently in the UK. <BR> I live in a rural are so I try to get local products as much as possible and slowly going green Fri, 12 Aug 2011 04:48:48 EST farmers market all the way! Hi! I am new here but am into organic veggies, fruits,chickens, you name it. I am fortunate to live close to a very large Farmers Marker with one barn dedicated to local farmers. I try to buy from and support local. Looking for tips, new recipes and support in my journey from the cow and pig... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 17:35:02 EST Fell off the wagon....but I am baaaaack! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I joined Sparks in February 2006 (wow, has it been THAT long!) I'd peaked out weight wise a few months earlier and was preparing for major surgery in June. I was determined to get off 10 pounds a month and Sparks kept me right on track. By June 2006 I'd dropped 60 pounds and was able to get another 20 off before I relapsed during the holidays that year. I started to lose seriously again in July of last year. Got off another 60, swearing I'd cut the string on the yo-y... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 00:15:16 EST dried milk? dried buttermilk? I like to bake my own buttermilk bread. But I bake less often than once a week - I'm just cooking for one - so if I buy buttermilk (I can only get it in quarts) it often spoils before I use it all up. I just finished off a package of dried buttermilk, and I'm trying to decide whether to buy more. The dried buttermilk makes great bread and it doesn't spoil and I have no problems with drying as a food preservation method. But I've just decided to give the hundred mile diet another go, and d... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 17:16:31 EST Giving up the Grocery Store I had been thinking about posting this here for awhile but never seemed to get around to it. <BR> <BR> Last October 1st my husband, stepson, and I gave up buying food from grocery stores, box stores, convenience stores and restaurants for one year. We've only been buying food from farmers' markets, direct from the farmer, through real butchers that only sell local, sustainably and humanely raised meat, real fish mongers, spice merchants, produce stands, a CSA that delivers locally produced,... Tue, 5 Jul 2011 16:57:53 EST Greetings from New Jersey.... Hey All...don't consider myself "crunchy" at all lol, but I do insist on eating organic, and favor a sustainable lifestyle...Been on Spark People since April, really loving the site and looking forward to the exchange of ideas in this team...I'm from the NYC metro area... Sun, 26 Jun 2011 00:44:49 EST Howdy all! Hi, I'm happy to be a part of this great group. <em>30</em> Sat, 25 Jun 2011 21:03:44 EST Hi there! I'm a film/art student currently residing in San Francisco, one of the centers of Crunchy culture, and I'm looking forward to getting more into the locavore movement. Nice to be here! Sun, 19 Jun 2011 21:34:34 EST Austin Girl Hi, everyone! I'm pretty new to SparkPeople and learning the ropes. I figured a team was a good place to start! Over the past year or so, I have been really interested in learning more about the food industry and processed foods - which has led to me moving towards making sure I'm eating real, whole, organic foods. (And making sure my family is eating right, too!) Part of that shift in my diet has been supporting our local farms and CSAs. I look forward to reading more posts in the forum and ... Fri, 17 Jun 2011 12:38:16 EST Mexican Coke Our local Kmart has started carrying Mexican Coke, which is still made with sugar rather than high fructose corn syrup. Man, what a difference! The taste is just a wonderful treat. Yes, it's still sugar, so I'm not making it an everyday thing, but it's sure good. <BR> <BR> I stopped drinking Diet Coke and using artificial sweeteners during chemotherapy. I still crave the sweet, but have almost totally given up on soft drinks. Having something that's not all artificial for a once-in-awhi... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 11:40:04 EST Hello, I'm back! Well I left this team but I can't remember why. I can tell you why I'm back though. Last night I had a conversation with some very healthy friends who asked if my husband and I had seen the film: In Defense of Food. We hadn't but we've seen "Food Inc.and King Corn" Anyway this morning when answering a spark people poll the question was something like, When you go food shopping what do you have in mind? The answers all had to do with getting a bargain, using coupons, brand loyalty etc. I click... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 10:13:18 EST GMO soybean seeds I'm posting this here and in Hobby farmers: <BR> <BR> Does anyone know the impact of raising GMO soy on your soil? For years a neighboring farmer has used our back fields for raising corn for his dairy cows. This year he is switching to soy. I'm guessing that the seed will be GMO, as that is so prevalent in the soy market today. <BR> <BR> Will this have a residual effect on the soil if a few years from now we take back the fields and use them ourselves? Sun, 29 May 2011 08:05:34 EST Hey crunchies <BR> <BR> I'm Becky, I live in Wimberley, TX. <BR> <BR> I have a bunch of pets-2 dogs, 2 cats, and a parrot. I'm also a Master Naturalist, love hanging out online, and am attempting to plan a "real" garden for the first time solo. I'm lucky to belong to a food coop and I am proud to support local producers, farmers and ranchers. <BR> <BR> I think my biggest challenges on this weight loss journey, aside from sticking to it, will be starting and keeping up a regular exercise program, port... Mon, 23 May 2011 15:47:38 EST Hello from MN Hi everyone. <BR> <BR> I live in St. Paul, MN with my husband. This year is our second year belonging to a CSA. Over this past winter we joined our local co-op to fill in the gap between growing seasons. CSA deliveries started up a couple of weeks ago. In addition to eating more local and organically sourced foods, we have cut back on meats - going veggie only a couple of days a week. <BR> <BR> In addition to buying locally sourced food, I'm also cutting back on driving - using bike a ... Wed, 18 May 2011 09:07:40 EST Nutritional information for Pastured Chicken Eggs Hi all, <BR> <BR> I've been tracking what I eat, and when I eat the eggs from our backyard chickens, I would like to log it as such. I know pastured/free-range chicken eggs are lower in saturated fat and higher in protein and beta-carotene, but I can't seem to find the actual nutritional breakdown. I see that some folks have added "farmers market eggs" the food database but they don't list the complete nutritional info. Anyone know where I can find it? Thanks! Sat, 14 May 2011 16:53:13 EST Fresh 51 Fresh 5 is the closest thing to a "Farmers Market" here in my neck of the woods in Henderson, NV - its kind of a crapfest as far as purchasing organic, sustainable and healthy - but it is fun none the less. My friend just told me our local self pick farms have just opened; they are a bit far (I don't own a car, I bike it) but I think they are worth it if I do it right. <BR> <BR> Is anyone else having trouble with finding a decent "farmers market" or Co-op or source to live this lifestyle wh... Thu, 5 May 2011 13:00:50 EST Tasty Millet recipes I'm looking for creative ways of using millet. I'm not interested in porridges which is what I seem to be finding. My diet is mostly vegetarian but I will occasionally eat chicken or turkey. Any suggestions? Sun, 1 May 2011 12:18:59 EST Hi! Hi, I'm new to SP. I'm a 26 year old grad student and many of my academic (and personal) interests are discussed on this team page so I'm excited to meet people here who share my interest ethical and intentional eater. I'd like to make food my vocation. Not sure what my future holds but right now my dream job would be to run a CSA in the Pacific Northwest but I live in Iowa now. Fri, 29 Apr 2011 22:56:15 EST Hello from BC Hi everyone, <BR> My name's Jen, and I'm from Vancouver Island. I'm starting a container garden on our patio to grow as much of our own food as possible. Since I only buy organic, it's getting really expensive to try and keep up with the rising cost of food. So, I'm hoping to grow as much as I can. <BR> I'm also looking forward to the farmers' market opening soon. There are many wonderful local vendors there, especially the artisan baker. <BR> I also enjoy knitting, I homeschool our son, and ... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 11:58:13 EST A Multi Tiered Approach i love the idea of eating local and green, and I do believe that a plant based diet is the way I am headed. Unfortunately, I love me some ribs. that being said, it is all about mind over matter, I KNOW that vegetarian recipes are as equally tasty and better for me, but it is going to be a transition in all honesty. <BR> <BR> SO for May, I am going to limit my animal protein to two times a week (fish, poultry or beef), with the goal of removing poultry and beef by the end of May. In June... Tue, 26 Apr 2011 14:44:55 EST Greetings from the Pacific NW Hellos all around! I just joined SP to keep track of what I'm eating and doing for physical activity. I've gotten really busy and stressed out lately, and I wanted to make sure I'm taking care of myself overall. <BR> <BR> In our urban household we have a large garden and raise chickens, meat rabbits and bees. I thought this would be a good group to join, in part to help get nutritional information for things like kale from my garden, homemade chicken stock or home canned tomatoes. So an... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 18:05:21 EST local food lover in MA Just saying a quick hello. I registered for SP a while ago, but rarely used it other than for tracking meals periodically. I'm back and more committed (thanks to a local WL program that really is more about giving us the tools to find our own path than prescribing any one way to eat). <BR> <BR> That said, we have butter in our house & use it (and am guessing i'm not the only one here)...i prefer whole & organic (when possible) to high-sodium-out-of-a-box (but i do have a 4 yr old so we're... Sun, 24 Apr 2011 01:55:58 EST Fava Beans? The CSA didn't have a great variety this morning, and they were encouraging us to try fava beans. I knew I wouldn't have time to try something new this week, but I might get some next week. Any suggestions or experience with fresh fava beans? Sun, 24 Apr 2011 00:28:53 EST Newb James in Las VEgas here. In my journey physically, mentally and spiritually I am fidning it ever more appealing to eat local, nutrient rich, green and kind. It is difficult here in Vegas, as there are not a lot of agricultural hot spots as there were in Salt Lake City, but I am trying to make the effort DAILY. I am still learning what this means to me, and hope I can learn and grow here. Sat, 23 Apr 2011 12:14:39 EST Thank you!!! I just wanted to thank all of you who choose eat this way. I never realized the huge divide until this particular message board topic came up. The person posting specifically criticized people who eat organically and so forth generalizing that we thought we were better than everyone else. I did respond because no one had thus far said anything who represented "our crowd" and then promptly reported the thread. Very annoying. Then, 90% of the people that responded were also against organic; one... Thu, 21 Apr 2011 08:28:01 EST Any locavores out there? I've always been good about eating local when I can, or I guess I should be more honest and say when convenient (ie. in the summertime when more local foods are available). I am really considering going entirely local this summer, but I do have a few concerns... I live in northern New England, so during the winter months, I would have to rely on canned/frozen/pickled foods for my fruits and veggies. BUT, I gain weight pretty easily, and I am worried that between eliminating all the low cal... Tue, 19 Apr 2011 21:47:19 EST Sea-fearing Mermaid hi <em>41</em> <BR> <BR> <BR> i wanna be in this group...well...i aspire to live like i think the members of the team might live... <BR> <BR> far my veg patch consists of 3 wilted (dead) tomato plants and some rubarb... <BR> <BR> i have yearnings to be veggie...but fear i'd end up just eating cheese (which i can't really digest - no gallbladder)...and i really wanna be part of the lifestyle/attitude change that needs to happen in our society... <BR> <BR> as it is...i'm a w... Fri, 15 Apr 2011 05:35:17 EST Hello from Georgia! I'm 46, have 4 children (2 in college and 2 in high school), and have been married to my high school sweetheart for 25 years.I'd like to lose about 20 pounds but more importantly, I want to develop a healthier lifestyle. Our doberman makes a garden difficult so we purchased Earthboxes last year to grow tomatoes and peppers on the deck. It worked so well that we're getting more Earthboxes and expanding this year! Although we rarely eat beef, we are not vegetarians. We are fortunate to have lo... Thu, 7 Apr 2011 20:49:46 EST First Time Organic Blueberries I had organic blueberries for the first time today in my yogurt...I can't believe how much sweeter they are than other blueberries I've eaten! They're soooo good! I guess what they say about organic is true! <BR> <em>250</em> Tue, 5 Apr 2011 15:54:09 EST Newbie from Northern VA.... ... though originally, I'm from Western NY (near Buffalo). I thought I was a fussy eater until I ate some organic chicken and realized I just don't like the taste of processed food! I dn't grow much or belong to a CSA because it's just me at home.... fortunately, I have several grocery stores nearby that stock various good foods: Wegmans, Harris Teeter, Target, and Martins. Soon, the farmer's markets will start again, so I can go there every week. Looking forward to learning from you all abo... Sun, 27 Mar 2011 07:21:38 EST Raw Foods Diet My boyfriend and I are trying to transition to a raw foods diet, which is supposed to have incredible health benefits, not to mention all the environmental and other ethical benefits. Has anyone done this type of diet before? Any advice, suggestions, resources, etc.? <BR> <BR> For those who aren't familiar, a raw foods diet is exactly what it sounds like--eat only raw (uncooked), unprocessed foods. So fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, sprouts, etc. <BR> <BR> I won't be ab... Tue, 22 Mar 2011 13:51:55 EST Hi, From Utah I feel tired and sluggish and hope that changing over to organic will help with that. One of the biggest problems is there's not a lot of information about how to do it especially on a budget. Anyway I'm excited to join the team. Sat, 5 Mar 2011 03:50:35 EST Scared Organic! Well, not really scared, more like enlightened...but it's a good thing! I read Jillian Michaels' book "Master Your Metabolism" and it really opened my eyes to all of the harmful chemicals that I ingest and come into contact with every day. Even better, it helped me to understand that I have some control over the amount I come into contact with. I'm completely overhauling my lifestyle to get rid of unnecessary toxins. However, I'm new at this, so I'm glad I have somewhere to go to ask question... Sat, 5 Mar 2011 01:17:10 EST Hi from Eastern WA Hi from Eastern WA. <BR> We've been experimenting with organics for several years and have gone mostly organic in 2010. <BR> I'm 47, love minimalist running, horses, dogs and most farm animals. Lately I'm learning about GMO's and how to avoid them. <BR> <BR> Birgit Fri, 11 Feb 2011 21:59:45 EST Vegan Fruit Snacks? I'm a runner...working my way up to a half-marathon in August. As my distance builds, I'm going to need to refuel during workouts, and I don't want to spend a ton of money on it. One idea I've heard from many others is gummy bears or fruit snacks. Does anybody know of any good vegan fruit snacks or something along those lines? Thu, 10 Feb 2011 17:34:49 EST Glad I Found This Team Hi, I'm so glad that I found this Team. It seems like taking care of your body and moving towards a greater awareness of the environment and what we eat just goes together. I am a fortunate person in that I live in Chester County, PA and have lots of access to local farms and growers markets. <BR> <BR> One of the things that I have learned since trying to be more "organic" is that its not as easy as buying things labeled "organic". I like to buy my eggs and meat from a local farmer and ... Tue, 8 Feb 2011 09:31:24 EST Advice on using manure I know. I know... not a very pleasant topic name, but it is what I need to know. I have a family at my school that raises dairy cows, but I'm not sure if they use hormones or not. I would like to purchase some of their manure to use in my garden (lots of clay soil-- have to add large amounts of blood meal, peat, bone meal, etc. to it every year.) I have two questions and I'm hoping that someone on the Team has experience in this area. <BR> <BR> 1) If the family does use hormones with their ... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 11:26:41 EST eating right I'm 52, and have never been able to eat right. I've been on a yo-yo diet for the past 30 plus years. I went on binges where I'd eat ice cream for weeks on end. I'd eat, like 1/2 of a half gallon a night! My Mom and Dad never did let me know how to eat good. So now I'm taking control! I live alone, except my kitties. I've lived in this apt. for over 27 years!! NO MEAT NO DAIRY NO SUGAR!!!!!!!! Started 1-14-2011 and have lost 6.6 pounds in 3 weeks. <em>252</em> Mon, 7 Feb 2011 10:56:39 EST member of Gleaners I'm a member of the Tualitan Valley Gleaners. Every Saturday, we set up tables and load them with food donated from stores. Canned soups, beans, vegetables, milk, soy milk, juice, yogurt, bagged rice, noodles, oatmeal, Trader Joes items, lettuce, bagged salads, spinach, carrots, celery, apples, oranges, pastry item, bread, rolls, tortilla. That is a basic list of what we get. Something different every week. I've been a volunteer for 3 1/2 years and I LOVE it! I get food for me and for a... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 10:17:13 EST Coffee HI crunchers. <BR> <BR> Was given a treat yesterday by a dear definately needs a shout out here. <BR> <BR> The Caffe Ibis coffe roasting company has many great things going for it: <BR> * usda organic certification <BR> * Certified Fair Trade <BR> * Certified Smithsonian Bird Friendly (shade grown and roasted to preserve bird habitat) <BR> And the one that she gave me is called CAFE FEMENINO.....this one supports a coffee co-op that is 100% female owned and operated creating j... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 12:32:56 EST Who Knew I'd Like Kale? Or... Hello from Oregon Hello to all! I'm new to SP and am excited to find this team. I've been educating myself about organic foods and eating locally over the past year or so and am "hungry" to learn more! My husband and I were part of a CSA last summer and were exposed to all sorts of new veggies. You know... stuff you see in the grocery, but have no idea how to prepare. Who knew I liked kale?! Thanks for sharing your knowledge and ideas! Mon, 31 Jan 2011 04:34:54 EST New to team today! Hi, all! <BR> Waving to you all from Fairfield County, Connecticut. Love that this team is here. I've been preparing meals for my family and eating healthily since the 1970's, although I went through a period of high-sugar foods. Glad to say that I'm on track now and have been for quite awhile. 90% of my food is sugar-free, meaning that I haven't quite given up on the occasional Italian pastry! Hey, you can take the girl out of Italy, but you maybe can't take Italy out of the girl... <... Sun, 30 Jan 2011 11:19:20 EST Hi from Utah I'm originally from NYC, spent 10 years in the DC area, 2 in the SF Bay area and now we are in <BR> SLC for 2 years (6 months down). <BR> <BR> Food choices here are more limited than in any other place I have been before and it is a challenge. Coming from SF, especially, it feels very limiting here. If anyone has suggestions for smaller grocery stores, better farmer's markets than downtown & sugarhouse, we would love to hear from you! <BR> <BR> My husband and I do eat meat and we were ... Fri, 28 Jan 2011 11:24:41 EST More GMO News And it's not good <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ticle_22449.cfm </link> Thu, 27 Jan 2011 19:45:20 EST Support the Fair Farm BIll Here's a link from Food & Water Watch with more info: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>better-food-starts-with-the-farm-bill/ </link> Thu, 27 Jan 2011 16:00:23 EST Hello all! From a discerning eater in Seattle :) Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm K. Originally from LA, SF for 5 years, and now in Seattle. Still getting accustomed to my new city (and the cold!). I try to get EVERYTHING local and organic. I still eat chicken, some dairy, and wild-caught seafood in limited quantities - however slowly and eventually transitioning to a diet that consists of items that I'm involved in producing and/or know the full story of - from the earth to the plate. <BR> <BR> As I'm sure some of you can relate, having ethic... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 21:20:40 EST Keep reading those labels! <link><BR>5BE85E7DA8483025962 </link> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 14:46:47 EST Hi all, a crunchy country girl from Montana here! Hello and thank you for starting this group! I am a mother of four spoiled little monsters, wife of one (big pain in the butt) and a part-time athletic coach, aerobics instructor and b-ball referee. In truth, I love my family and my life in Montana. <BR> <BR> I was raised in the mid west by two cool parents that lived green lives before green was popular. My Dad built our log home himself and my mom raised acres of organic produce. We raised and hunted all of our meat and were taught how to... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 11:19:27 EST Running Away from the City My husband stands to inherit ~15 acres of farmland that has been in his family for over a century. The land currently has a very small house and a barn which we could move to without too much trouble. Unfortunately the family stopped farming the property 50 years ago so we'd be starting over entirely! We're both fairly handy and aren't afraid of hard work. We'll be taking bee-keeping classes this spring to push ourselves closer to our goal. We've looked at the resources and scoured the i... Sun, 16 Jan 2011 14:50:10 EST Howdy from North Texas Interested in gleaning info. from those who have Organic experience! Tue, 11 Jan 2011 14:14:53 EST Uses for Tahini It's been a while since we listed ideas for using Tahini. What a good food it is! High in calcium, potassium, iron, manganese and others. My son and I rarely eat dairy but I make tahini a regular part of our daily diet so that we don't miss out on calcium. <BR> <BR> So do you use tahini? Give us some ideas of how you use it! <BR> <BR> We make hummus, <BR> and use it as a spread in sandwiches, with salad, or honey, or miso, or vegemite. <BR> <BR> And to get you started, here's a sparkrecipe... Sun, 9 Jan 2011 02:45:26 EST Hello from Processed Foodville MD! AKA Aberdeen Hi all! Actually the processed foodville bit is a joke. They do have a lot of farms and dairys here however only a select group of people actually buy from them! <BR> Big (frustrating) example. The Golden Corral is one of the most popular places to eat around here! <BR> EWWWW <BR> <BR> Hubby, son and I are big time veggie and fruit eaters. I guess we'd be called Flexitarians as we eat vegetarian about 2 to 3 nights a week. We currently participate in a CSA near our house where we get f... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 15:25:38 EST Returning Sparkie I haven't been active for a while, so it's appropriate to re-introduce myself :) <BR> <BR> I seem to have misplaced my vision over the last 6 months and plateaued; then the Silly Season hit, I gave up alcohol and now I'm 3 kg heavier than I was when I last checked in on the boards. Thankfully, I have stayed active on Spark People and kept the exercise up, so there isn't too much to make up, and most of the positive habits are still in place. <BR> <BR> So here I am -- pumped, motivated and k... Sun, 2 Jan 2011 02:47:35 EST Hi All. I have been enjoying eating healthier for some time, but have put it all together with a new approach to fitness here on Spark People since last April. I have lost around 75 lbs with 75 to go to my goal. I enjoy eating local, use farmer's markets seasonally (April-December) and am a member of a local food coop. I have done a little organic gardening in the past and would like to learn more about effective ways to do it. I look forward to interacting in this forum as we all work toward hea... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 07:07:08 EST Favorite items from your farmers market right now? For me, this is a big BUTTERNUT SQUASH & GRASS FED BEEF (this season). <BR> <BR> Would love to hear what peoples' favorites are across the country. Sun, 26 Dec 2010 17:24:00 EST Jenmargb Hi I'm Jenny. I live in Christchurch, New Zealand. I have joined this site because I need to lose weight for my health and there is so much information and support I can tap into. I have never chatted on line before so this is a first for me. I have yet to work out how to post a photo. Thanks for the welcome emails and posts I have already received. Merry Christmas. Jenny Fri, 24 Dec 2010 03:42:02 EST Hello from Whitestown, IN! (NW Indianapolis) Hello! <BR> <BR> My name is Abi, and I am currently living in Whitestown, IN.(NW of Indianapolis) I am a mother of a two year old little girl and have a son due to be born in January 2011. (so my weight won't start decreasing for a minute <em>334</em> ) My husband and I have been married for 4 years and I have finally convinced him that organic, locally grown food is the way to go! (although I still get lip when $ is tight...) I'm hoping to be living in a place where I can have my own gard... Mon, 6 Dec 2010 22:17:55 EST A Rocky Mountain Hi! How nice to find other people concerned about conscious eating. <BR> <BR> I first became engaged with nutritive and ethical awareness towards food some 30 years ago when I read "Diet for a Small Planet" <BR> <link><BR>-planet </link> <BR> I was living in the Dominican Republic at that time and was able to encourage the use of brown rice over processed white rice to community leaders. (Rice and beans being a standard dish there) <BR> Sparkpeople has be... Fri, 3 Dec 2010 15:12:27 EST Birke Baehr, 11 year old TED talk on Local Food Check this one out. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>_wrong_with_our_food_system.html?utm_s<BR>ource=newsletter_weekly_2010-11-30 </link> Tue, 30 Nov 2010 13:44:15 EST Hello from Indianapolis! Well, I'm starting my journey towards weight loss and healing my body of PCOS. I've attempted to eat mostly organic in the past, especially when our finances were better. And I saw results! Hypothyroidism cleared up within months just by eating millet regularly, and doctor said there was no longer a need for meds. But soon I was back to destructive eating patterns and choosing convenience foods. Recently I watched some YouTube videos on real people who healed their PCOS through organic/raw di... Tue, 30 Nov 2010 01:10:36 EST Future of Food - watch it on Hulu Check it out, here's the description: <BR> <BR> The Future Of Food offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind engineered foods that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade. Sun, 28 Nov 2010 19:00:49 EST HOT for healthy! Hey! <BR> <BR> I'm Jenn. Glad to be part of this team. It works well with my Nourishing Traditions team. <BR> <BR> Let's do it! <em>224</em> Sun, 28 Nov 2010 17:43:54 EST Hello from SWMO I love my chickens. I have 25 back yard chickens that free-range (as long as I'm home all day), some peacocks and a guinea. I also grow organic veggies, but don't grow a very big variety yet because I've only been doing it for a couple of years. My husband and I are currently working on putting up a hoop house--we got a heck of a deal on Craigslist and have the structure up, just need to wood frame it in and plastic it. Very excited about that. <BR> <BR> I look forward to meeting each and e... Tue, 23 Nov 2010 10:51:31 EST Healthy living without prison raised poultry? I was glad to find this team for fellow sustainable eaters. I would like to live healthy without resorting to cartons of pastuerized egg whites from prison raised poultry. I'm glad to find a group interested in local, organic, small farm-produced foods. I have my heritage turkey thawing in the refrigerator and am looking forward to a healthy and sustainable Thanksgiving. I like your challenges too--today I have three vegetarian meals planned (and two are vegan!) Tue, 23 Nov 2010 10:14:12 EST Cleansing Have any of you ever tried a "cleanse"? If so what did you follow? Did it work? Any comments on the process. I was thinking about trying one but wanted some feedback first. Fri, 12 Nov 2010 11:28:37 EST Allow me to introduce myself Hello! <BR> My name is Kate. I'm a 36 yr old Canadian living in Florida for the past -almost 9 years. What a great site this is. I'm really happy to have found soemthing so positive. <BR> Thank you! Wed, 10 Nov 2010 14:37:14 EST Hello from Ontario, Canada Hi everyone! I'm a member of several sparkpeople teams and I just found this one today.. I've been called crunchy a lot, so this might just be the team for me. :-) <BR> <BR> I'm 41, mom of three boys - 14, 10 and 6. We are vegetarian, mostly vegan, eat local whenever possible - right now that's a lot of cabbage, squash, eggplant, and swiss chard. LOL. Wed, 27 Oct 2010 10:58:54 EST Eating out...... I've been looking for an organic type place to eat out close to where I live and haven't found anything. Any suggestions on what to "google" to locate something like that? Sun, 24 Oct 2010 15:36:47 EST Vacation 10/9 - 10/24 Hi everyone- <BR> I am posting a note in all the Teams that I lead and co-lead to let you all know that I will be out of town and away from computer access for more than 2 weeks (getting hitched Sunday, honeymoon for 2 weeks to follow)! I'll be turning off notifications for posts on these boards during that time, but I am sure that all of the members of this Team will be great at answering questions as usual! <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> <BR> Nicole Fri, 8 Oct 2010 09:16:07 EST Court OKs Hormone-Free Label On Dairy Products In A federal court yesterday struck down an Ohio ban on dairy products whose labels say they're made from milk that's free of hormones that increase cows' milk production. <BR> <BR> That means companies that want to say their products are "rbGH free" and "rbST free" and "artificial hormone free" are now free to do so. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>130270131/court-give-hormone-free-labe<BR>l-on-dairy-products-an-ok-in-ohio </link> Mon, 4 Oct 2010 22:50:20 EST When Ethical and Organic Conflict I recently read a blog post about how livestock aren't necessarily being treated ethically because of organic certification. I thought it was an interesting read and goes to show that you really should know your farmer, esp. when it comes to meat, dairy and eggs. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/09/11/organic-dairy-meat/ </link> <BR> <BR> I raise my own livestock and I would much rather treat them when they do get sick than try and keep them as "organic" as possi... Wed, 29 Sep 2010 09:38:57 EST Organic Egg Scorecard Ranks Egg Producers Hey everyone- <BR> Came across an interesting story from TreeHugger today. <BR> <BR> Shocking Photos Reveal Organic Eggs Don't Always Come From Happy Hens: <link><BR>/09/shocking-pics-conditions-organic-e<BR>gg-farms.php?campaign=daily_nl </link> <BR> <BR> While it's no secret that many companies adhere to only the most minimal organic standards and some label themselves as organic without even doing that, this serves as a great reminder to be familiar ... Wed, 29 Sep 2010 09:30:16 EST Going Gray I'm going to post this in a few teams... <BR> <BR> Are any of you graying? If so are you letting it come out on it's own or coloring? I'm 38 and started to go gray in my 20's. By the time I was 27/28 I had to color every 4 weeks, 3 weeks when I started to do it on my own. I've decided that I'm going to let the gray come in, I'm done with the color and the chemicals that come with it. <BR> <BR> I'm curious to see who else is on the same journey and who's done it and is loving their natural l... Tue, 28 Sep 2010 23:21:44 EST Hello! Not new to Spark (3 years), not new to gardening (10+ years). I've always tried to be organic. I started a worm farm this year. I needed some poop to fertilized my containers. I don't have enough space for cows or horses & couldn't convince my husband to let me get chickens! I participated in a CSA last year, DH didn't want to do it this year- it wasn't very well organized. I miss it and will do some research and sign up for one that is more organized next year (we are at the end of our growi... Sun, 26 Sep 2010 14:17:10 EST BPA-free canning lids that are also reusable! Found this story on TreeHugger today and thought I'd share it. Most canning lids contain BPA, but these don't (although they're still made of plastic). Interesting that they say they can be reused over and over, something that cannot be said of traditional lids. I guess that makes these one greener and easier on your pocketbook in the long haul, even if they do still contain (different) plastic chemicals. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>/09/tattler-bpa-free-canning-l... Thu, 23 Sep 2010 09:31:48 EST Hello I am new to this spark site and just joined this team. I have been switching over to organic food since early this year. My grocery stores are okay. A few have sections for organic which helps me ignore all the rest. <BR> We have a Whole foods Market about an hour's drive away. We take a cooler and really stock up. Finding specific items can be a challenge. <BR> Great to be here and using and posting recipes. I am on day 3! <BR> All the best, <BR> Mona Sat, 11 Sep 2010 18:21:28 EST What's Your Favorite Farmers Market Or Farm? I live about an hour from Baton Rouge and I have a sister living in Washington state, so I've become familiar with a few of the farmers markets in those areas, although I have yet to pick a favorite. I was wondering what any of your favorite markets or farms you purchase from on either a continuous or occasional basis? So that if any of us sparkteam members are ever in your neck of the woods, we'll know where to buy great-tasting, nutrient-dense local whole food. Fri, 3 Sep 2010 12:49:15 EST Study compares organic & conventional strawberries Thought you would all find this interesting. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>la-sci-organic-strawberries-20100902,0<BR>,2328389.story </link> <BR> <BR> Nicole Thu, 2 Sep 2010 12:59:29 EST canning and preserves?? Hi! <BR> <BR> I am thinking about doing some canning soon. I did some jam with a very experienced friend last year, but I wouldn't mind having some local produce handy for the winter. I was thinking maybe tomatoes and tomato sauce. Does anyone else have any good ideas or tips? Tue, 31 Aug 2010 18:36:46 EST New to this... Hi, I am new. I am really new to this whole concept of eating local and organic. I have been eating healthier but now I want to go further with it. I am unemployed right now so I can only go so far with some things in terms of cost. I just watched Food, Inc. and some of the things they said really freaks me out. Like I did not know there are fake tomatoes and genetically modified foods. I currently shop at a produce place near my house...I am not sure if this means I am shopping local? How do... Fri, 27 Aug 2010 21:27:51 EST Looking For Quick Healthy Supper Suggestions My daughter needs healthy options for her family. She works full time and is often very tired after work. She also has a baby. Quick, easy and healthy are what we need. Please send me some suggestions! Fri, 20 Aug 2010 08:09:18 EST *waves* from San Diego Hello, <BR> <BR> I've been a longtime fan of organic gardening and crunchy topics. I'm glad there is a forum for likeminded critters here at Sparkpeople! Feel free to check out my page, add me as a friend. <BR> <BR> :D Thu, 19 Aug 2010 16:11:49 EST Hello from Florida! Hello, <BR> I just recently watched Food, Inc. and once and for all decided to make a much needed change in my eating habits. I'm hoping to find some helpful information on eating local and organic and make some new friends along the way. I bought and have planted 3 earthboxes with herbs, tomatoes and peppers to start with. I'm hoping to expand that eventually, but you have to start somewhere, right? Our farmers markets don't get into full swing here until the weather cools down so I'm stil... Mon, 16 Aug 2010 20:40:55 EST Hello from hot Tacoma! I think it was over 90 today, and supposed to be 95 tomorrow. Yikes! Anyway, my name is Trista and I just got started again with Spark People. <BR> <BR> I've been a believer in going organic for a while now, but especially since I've had my son that is now nearly 19 months old. I've been careful what I give to him. And I just think it's a good thing for our bodies as well as our planet to have organic food. I've dealt with tummy issues for several years now, and it just made to sense to ... Sun, 15 Aug 2010 23:05:17 EST Keeping the chipmunks out of my cherry tomatoes? Does anyone have any advice for how to keep the chipmunks out of my cherry tomatoes? I tried building cages around the plants but the darn chippies still got through. They have gotten more selective as the season as gone on. They used to steal my green tomatoes but now they wait until they are almost ripe and take those :( Fri, 13 Aug 2010 09:39:08 EST Veggies and Bugs. (Xposted) <BR> Hello everyone! <BR> Today the family and I went down to our local Farmers Market to pick out produce for the week. This is new for us. I'm trying to make healtier changes for our family. <BR> I have a real adversion to bugs in/on my food (which I think is pretty normal) and when I was cleaning the organic lettuce I purchased I found all kinds of treasures. Little flies, a tiny slug with eggs I think and some weird little white bug. Is this normal for organic foods? There wasn't a ton... Sun, 8 Aug 2010 20:25:53 EST Hi! I'm Amber! My husband and I own a "farmlette" (only 5 acres) in Montgomery, TX. From spring through fall we grow about 60% of our food, including free range chickens for eggs and meat. We buy grass fed beef and raw milk from a local rancher and LOVE farmer's markets :) <BR> <BR> We are working on a goal of being self sustaining, and do have well water and solar heat, though we are still a long way from being off the grid. <BR> <BR> Can't wait to meet everyone! <BR> <BR> Thu, 5 Aug 2010 08:08:10 EST hi from Ontario Hi! I am excited to find this team. I really enjoy the farmer's markets in my community, which are just full of good things this type of year. My attempts to grow lettuce this year did not go so well... But, I am getting better and better at gardening on my apartment's garden. Wed, 4 Aug 2010 19:06:20 EST What new veggie/food have you discovered? I got my delivery from my CSA yesterday and got several tomatilloes. I had seen them before in the store, but had never bought them. I just made a great salsa using them along with fresh corn, other peppers and lemon basil. It had lots of other things in it too....bottom line is that I've "discovered" tomatilloes. Yum! <BR> <BR> I was wondering what other people have discovered through their CSA, farmer's market or other source. Things that I've learned to like this summer through my C... Wed, 28 Jul 2010 16:35:53 EST Probably a silly question - re: Farmers Markets Hi all - <BR> <BR> I am TRYING to buy more organic for all the same reasons as most of you. Here is my question though - everyone says to go to the farmers market for cheaper organic -fresh fruits and vegetables. But how do you know it is organic? Just cause it comes right from the farmer doesn't mean they didn't use pesticides when farming it.... ???? What am I missing :-) Thanks! I just want to make sure that farmers market DOES always mean organic...... Wed, 28 Jul 2010 15:05:21 EST Howdy from Oregon Howdy, everyone! My name is April and I live in Eugene, Oregon. We have a fabulous farmer's market and my family and I have discovered the joys of CSA. Since we currently live in an apartment, we have turned our back porch into a container garden. We even have tomatoes! I'm looking forward to eating healthier & local, not just for myself but for our boys too. <BR> <BR> ~April Thu, 22 Jul 2010 10:18:07 EST Hi! Hi everyone! I'm Erin. I live in near a large city in south TX, and surprisingly there is a limited amount of farmers' markets and locally grown food here. I'm trying to get my own organic foods grown, but I also own goats and they like to eat EVERYTHING! I'm hoping to learn some new things, give some tips and meet some great new friends on this team! <em>252</em> <em>432</em> <em>210</em> <em>45</em> <em>485</em> <em>69</em> <em>258</em> <em>267</em> Wed, 21 Jul 2010 10:26:46 EST Natural Skin Care The company I've been using for skin care (face) has gone out of business and I'm finding myself in the inconvenient and slightly panicked place of having to find a new skin care line. I figured this might be a good time to find natural products that work. <BR> <BR> Do you have a skin care regime? If so, what products do you use? Wed, 14 Jul 2010 06:20:58 EST Farmers Market I am looking for farmers markets in the Sacramento area. Anybody have any favorites, are there certified organic growers, non-truck farmers, ect. Trying to get some general info. Thu, 8 Jul 2010 18:48:48 EST Yea, I wear Birkenstocks . . . What of it? Hi, I am a 47 year old teacher who is battling his weight. I learned about organic gardening and food co-ops in Berkeley when I was in college. It was the 80's and as I watched the landscape change around me (more corporate chain stores, fewer local choices) I realized that part of what haunted me was the desire for the "easy" not the "best". I still battle that every day, but have committed to living the best life I can for me and the planet. I look forward to help from the group. I am ... Mon, 5 Jul 2010 11:13:08 EST Hi Everyone I am new to SP an have been trying to be as local as I possibly can. I visit the organic farm on my bike at least twice a week, and I get my eggs from my friend down the road. My daughter is a vegetarian and I am mostly a vegetarian. Any meat we get is also local and grass fed. I would like to meet other locavores. Sun, 4 Jul 2010 21:22:38 EST cherry tomatoes out my ears Help, I have red and yellow cherry tomatoes coming out my ears. What are some of your favorite ways to eat and fix them. <BR> Thanks <em>24</em> Tue, 29 Jun 2010 15:03:13 EST Hello! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Amanda, and trying to eat more locally and organically is my new health goal. Sparkpeople has helped me lose almost 50 pounds, and so now I want to concentrate on making my WHOLE body healthier. I am lucky to live in a small mountain town that has a local, 100% organic ranch that produces cheese, beef, pork, eggs, raw milk, and limited fruit and veggies. I am hoping to make the ranch my new partner in health! I look forward to learning new things from the me... Mon, 28 Jun 2010 22:29:12 EST Any foragers out there? While out walking my dogs this week, I found my first chanterelles of the year!! A beautiful big bunch of them which will become an omelet for breakfast today. I've never found them before July before, but everything is early this year. Sun, 27 Jun 2010 05:38:45 EST BP & Sea Turtles <link><BR>ngered_turtles/?rc=homepage </link> Sat, 26 Jun 2010 11:04:04 EST Fake organic foods proliferate from China I figured this would interest you guys. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>nt/fake-organic-foods-proliferate-from<BR>-china2055.html </link> <BR> <BR> I recently shared a story about frozen "organic" veggies from Whole Foods being grown in China and highly questionable, so I've been being much more diligent about reading country of origin labels on frozen foods, while I already NEVER buy fresh produce from China. I've found some great organic alternatives from US grow... Wed, 23 Jun 2010 15:45:09 EST Good Day all - new here Unfortunately got a little bogged down about the little activity in this group - but none the less, I support the idea and will stick it out in hopes something exciting will happen. <BR> <BR> Hello, I am ZarkyLuna - College kid from rural Wisconsin. <BR> I work at an Organic Naturally certified grassfed rotationally grazed raised with love and no nitrates or msg meat farm, where we have sheep! goats (for milking and meat)! cows! pigs! guineas! chickens! turkeys! and a annoying dog named ra... Mon, 21 Jun 2010 11:14:07 EST Raising layer chickens I plan on raising layer chickens for eggs and was wondering if anyone has any advice on books to read or how to learn more about it. Sat, 19 Jun 2010 16:34:31 EST Certified Humane I searched this team's entire site, and didn't find anything on Certified Humane. <BR> <BR> Is anyone else trying to only purchase Certified Humane? Thankfully, I have one grocery store that carries Certified Humane chicken and eggs, but no beef or pork. How are your searches going? <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>age=where-to-buy </link> Sat, 19 Jun 2010 13:55:52 EST Hello! Good morning. I'm a former SP member, who stopped tracking in 2007 after losing 30 lbs and promptly gained back all her weight. Go me. <BR> <BR> So, last week I decided I had better get off my duff and start tracking again. SparkPeople has changed a bit, but so have I. <BR> <BR> While I was on SP before, I realized the sodium in processed foods were bloating me and used this to start cutting them out of our diet. This was before the media started in on HFCS. Actually, I think it was be... Wed, 9 Jun 2010 08:36:49 EST purrz. hello SP! i'm just starting out here, trying to remember how everything works and starting to try to improve my health. i'm really hoping i can stick with the changes i've been making, and see some sort of progress. it's good to be here and i'm excited to change myself for the better. :3 Tue, 8 Jun 2010 18:36:25 EST purrz. hello SP! i'm just starting out here, trying to remember how everything works and starting to try to improve my health. i'm really hoping i can stick with the changes i've been making, and see some sort of progress. it's good to be here and i'm excited to change myself for the better. :3 Tue, 8 Jun 2010 18:35:41 EST What's at your CSA or farmer's market? Here in Massachusetts our growing season isn't as long as in some parts of the country. I belong to 2 CSA's (Community Supported Agriculture) My winter one isn't all local, but it is all organic, but now is my favorite time of year because my summer CSA is starting. The greens are in full force already. Lots of arugula, spinach, mustard greens and alll kinds of lettuce, not to mention fresh herbs. Strawberries are in and look wonderful, but I'm allergic (sigh). What are other people finding a... Sun, 6 Jun 2010 05:33:42 EST Good Kale recipe I got kale in my CSA box this week. It's a veggie I don't normally buy on my own. SparkPeople has a great recipe I just tried if you found it in your box this week too! <BR> <link><BR>l.asp?recipe=370 </link> <BR> <BR> What is your favorite way to fix kale? Thu, 20 May 2010 14:51:25 EST Hi All! I just closed down my own Locavore sparkteam when I found this one. Check out my sparkpage for a link to my newest team, Chili Heads. Of course they're local, the peppers are a part of my 10-foot diet. Wed, 19 May 2010 04:06:02 EST raw milk I don't know how many of you are raw milk drinkers, but Massachusetts is trying to pass legislation to prohibit milk buying clubs. Right now, it is only legal to buy raw milk directly from farms in MA and many people team up and take turns transporting it. this is what they are trying to prevent Wed, 12 May 2010 21:32:40 EST What did you do or buy local this week? Hi Crunchies, <BR> <BR> I've gotten so many great ideas from many of you already, so I thought I'd start a weekly thread on doing and/or buying local, ethical, organic, and/or otherwise crunchy. <BR> <BR> What's available in your area right now? What did you do to eat local or support local sustainable agriculture in your area this week? Mon, 10 May 2010 06:59:00 EST Not much happens on this team... So, occasionally I go through my teams and sort out which ones are heping me, and which ones are doing nothing for me. It seems as though the lack of participation on this team (with the exception of ANIDUCKTHISTLE's posts)has prompted me to oust this one from my list of teams. <BR> Nothing personal... Good-bye everyone! Just doing some spring cleaning! Sat, 8 May 2010 12:52:43 EST Another attack on the supplement bill; take action <BR> This is a new attack on the "reform bill" that if allowed to be amended to the bill, will take our supplements away. This is so scary! Take action to save our supplements! <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>lips-obscure-anti-supplement-measure-i<BR>nto-wall-st-%E2%80%9Creform%E2%80%9D-b<BR>ill-passed-by-the-house-please-take-ac<BR>tion-to-prevent-same-thing-happening-in-the-senate/ </link> Sat, 1 May 2010 00:09:54 EST Hi, I'm Tracy I'm just starting my 3rd week of SP today and recently saw Food,Inc. <BR> My husband and I are trying to make some changes to the way we eat. We can't afford all organic, but we're trying to make the most important of those changes. For us that means limiting our meat to only organic/free range, etc. and buying all organic as far as the dirty dozen. <BR> We have already been buying a lot of the organic processed snack items for our kids b/c I like the idea of being able to understand WHAT i... Fri, 30 Apr 2010 08:30:47 EST Take Action to ban Triclosan There is a dangerous substance still being widely used in the U.S. despite evidence that it is a real and imminent threat to public and environmental health. Most products labeled as "antibacterial," "antimicrobial," "Microban" or "Biofresh" contain this dangerous chemical called triclosan. <BR> <BR> Triclosan is a pesticide that has been popping up in products we use everyday like soap, toothpaste, deodorant and even baby changing stations. It is so dangerous that it was banned in Japan an... Thu, 29 Apr 2010 12:35:05 EST Non-Organic Omega-3's in "organic" milk products Hi eaters! <BR> <BR> I thought this recent WSJ article would interest you: USDA Cracks Down on Synthetic Fatty Acids in Organic Milk <BR> <BR> <link><BR>1424052748704464704575208752164666686.<BR>html?mod=dist_smartbrief </link> <BR> <BR> Another reminder that it is important to read those labels! And yet another reason why I never buy Horizon "organic" milk products--they have long been suspected of not adhering to many organic standards despite keepin... Tue, 27 Apr 2010 13:26:35 EST Stop the attack on food labeling. <link> gmo/?r=5489&id=8832-69868-yyjbf0x </link> Tue, 27 Apr 2010 00:13:38 EST a locavore lunch Well, almost. My lunch today was so local and so yummy, I had to share it with someone who might care. <BR> <BR> I'd purchased all of the ingredients from our indoor farmer's market. Well, except the tomato. Still, it was 90% local! <BR> <BR> Two slices of a high-fiber multi-grain bread from one of the stands. <BR> 4 tablespoons of goat cheese from another stand. <BR> Kale from a 3rd stand, which I steamed. <BR> <BR> Slather the bread with the goat cheese, and top with tomato slices and ka... Sat, 17 Apr 2010 12:00:55 EST new here Hi I am new here, and a fairly new almost vegetarian, I still sea food, really limit my dairy which I want to eliminate and eggs. I am more interested than ever in raw foods. Also I am in another group of Coach Nichles and hers groups are great Fri, 16 Apr 2010 01:54:32 EST FRESH the Movie Saw this last night. It's all about organic, family farming, urban farming - safe food. <BR> <BR> They are really trying to promote this movie on a grass roots level. Please check out the film locations near you and go see this movie! <BR> <BR> <link><BR>emovie/event/events-display.sjs </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> It's the epitome of what all the organic/gardening groups are about! Please feel free to cut and paste this to any of your other groups. <BR> ... Thu, 15 Apr 2010 13:55:21 EST Hello! I just joined the team and am stopping by here to introduce myself. <BR> <BR> I have recently recommitted myself to trying to eat as much of my food organic as possible and preferably local whenever possible. I am also trying to really focus on eating as many raw vegetables as possible and it's been working out really well for me. <BR> <BR> It looks like this team will be a good resource and place for support. <BR> <BR> Cheers!! Thu, 15 Apr 2010 00:13:28 EST new and excited to be here! hi everyone! i'm faith, and i just joined this sparkteam today... very excited to find you all on spark. i watched food, inc. the other day, and found myself less shocked than i thought it would be about what the movie said about food in america. i try to steer clear of processed foods as much as i can-- weirdly, i am allergic to corn, and i should probably be steering clear of the majority of items in the grocery store! eating corn has all sorts of ramifications for me including skin issues,... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 17:30:31 EST Hi I'm happy to have found this team at spark! I pay attention to what I eat & buy & try to make better choices each day. Having said that I have plenty of room for improvement! <BR> <BR> One of our daughters is an ovo-lacto-vegetarian so we are all kind of veggie. sometimes i feel like getting healthy & fit is a part-time job but one I like. <BR> <BR> We belong to a CSA, shop at farmers markets, try to have a vegetable garden (but I'm not very good at it), recycle, reuse, don't buy, eat v... Wed, 14 Apr 2010 14:08:27 EST First Post Ever.... They always say that getting involved in a team, and posting to their site will help with your goals... I hope so! <BR> <BR> Hi! Nice to meet you all! I'm Alicia, I'm a graduate student in Soil Science, and I have also been working at a farmer's market for a local organic farm for the past 8 years. I go out of my way to eat local, organic food that will nourish my body and support the world practices and economics that I find the most important. <BR> <BR> One of my largest goals is to cook... Sat, 10 Apr 2010 12:39:20 EST Federal Food Control out of Control Incredible lecture on what is happening in our culture concerning money and food and how the degrading of food is all about chaotic federal <link><BR>-folks-and-funds </link> <BR> <BR> We REALLY need people like Lawson in government if we are ever going to get our food rights back! <BR> --annie <BR> <BR> If you don't have much time start with video 2 Thu, 8 Apr 2010 15:06:28 EST Great Book to Read and Give <link><BR>nts-in-the-kitchen-got-some.html?utm_s<BR>ource=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_<BR>campaign=Feed:+Enviroblog+(Enviroblog) </link> Thu, 8 Apr 2010 10:54:30 EST Hello, new to the group Hi, I have been on Sparks for a few months now and am still exploring. This is how I came across this group. We have eaten organic off & on for the past 25 yrs. Much of it ordered through AzureStandard. Our eldest son (his pic is on my Sparkpage) had all of us watch Food Inc. (his last visit). He's an "organic" guy (fits right in @ Portland, OR). I love it that he sticks to his beliefs & we are coming around also. Currently, we aren't living in the best place to grow our own food, although ... Wed, 7 Apr 2010 18:30:45 EST Greetings! My first post ever... Hello! I've never been one to post messages or get involved with others online, but I'm trying to change my lifestyle for the better, so I'm trying something new here. From what I see, Sparkpeople could be a good thing for me. I have been wanting/needing more support in my healthy-lifestyle efforts, so we'll see how it goes! <BR> <BR> I just finished reading Tosca's Eat Clean Diet book and it resonates with how I've been thinking for a long time, so I'm gonna try it out. <BR> <BR> I li... Mon, 5 Apr 2010 11:45:16 EST Another Problem Caused by Deforestation Time to laugh: <BR> <link><BR>ead.php?t=331081 </link> Mon, 5 Apr 2010 01:18:28 EST Drug Companies too big to prosecute!! JUST INCREDIBLE!!! Where and when will the corruption stop??? <BR> <link><BR>.bextra/index.html?hpt=T2 </link> Sat, 3 Apr 2010 15:13:17 EST GMOs... For lack of a better title. LOL. I have this long, well researched article about GMOs and exactly what the issues are with them. I figured a lot of you would be interested in it. <BR> <link><BR>s-deal-with-gmos.html </link> <BR> <BR> One of my friends, who is kind of pro-GMO tried to argue his point on FB so I have lots more info too that I looked into if anyone has any questions. Fri, 2 Apr 2010 13:52:11 EST Organic "Cheaters" exposed Here is a list of companies to boycott according to Organic Consumers Organization: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>roducts_shampoo.html </link> Fri, 2 Apr 2010 12:37:38 EST Glad to be here! I work for a local organic farm and therefore have access to some of the best food that my valley has to offer. <BR> <BR> When I am sorting through food I would never eat in the nutrition tracker it is so comforting to know that their are like minded folk here. :) Wed, 31 Mar 2010 18:46:23 EST Greetings From a Greyhound Lady Hi all! <BR> <BR> I'm an artist, a traveler, a sighthound-lover, and a breast cancer warrior/survivor. I'm out of shape and overweight from the last couple of rough years, so am trying to clean up my act. I'm studying as much as I can about whole, local, organic foods, as well as foods that can help prevent a recurrence of cancer. <BR> <BR> I've already made significant changes to my diet, and no longer crave over-processed white foods. Yay!!! My newest favorite dinner is brown rice with le... Wed, 31 Mar 2010 17:57:31 EST Lovin' local food Hi All. I'm Sue, and I've been on SparkPeople about a year, but just joined this team. <BR> <BR> I do my best to eat locally, organic, and ethically. I live in southern Indiana, and my town has a pretty strong commitment to local food--great farmers' market, restaurants and one grocery that buy from local sources. We're even starting to see more processed food (like tofu, and frozen soups) produced here. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to the team discussions! Sun, 28 Mar 2010 12:13:24 EST eating whole foods I have recently switched to eating/buying absolutely NO processed foods, eating whole grains, fruits, veggies and nuts/seeds (and the occasional seafood) <BR> <BR> Anyone find this hard to stick to, if anyone sticks to whole foods?? Fri, 26 Mar 2010 15:37:37 EST Hey hey everyone I'm Pooky, and this is totally the place for me! I'm rather obsessed with eating ethically and healthy. <BR> <BR> I'm a lacto-ovo veggie - would love to go vegan but too many allergies (including the vegan form of B-12) have made my efforts futile. I try to keep to organic dairy and local eggs - but I do allow myself some leeway when socializing. Other obsessions include buying foods with minimal packaging and staying far, far away from anything made with chemicals. <BR> <BR> I live in... Fri, 26 Mar 2010 12:21:40 EST Raw Milk Hello, <BR> <BR> I am new to the group, but for about 4 years I have been buying much of my meat, most of my eggs, and all of my milk from an Amish farmer practicing sustainable agriculture with pastured animals. I enjoy the raw milk, and I am a firm believer in its safety if it is from a trustworthy source. I am a big fan of Sally Fallon, Michael Pollan, and Nina Plank. <BR> <BR> However, I have a question about using raw milk when trying to lose weight. Is it acceptable as long as I ... Wed, 24 Mar 2010 21:46:01 EST What made you go vegetarian? (Should I?) I've stopped eating a lot of meat in the past few years. I'm basically down to just chicken, salmon and shrimp. And I buy free range/ line caught 95% of the time. <BR> <BR> My problem is, recently, I've been kinda grossed out by raw meat. It really bothers me if I can see some sort of link to the actual animal. Especially anything containing a bone, skin or a roasting chicken, that kind of thing. This is a really new development for me. I used to be just fine cooking chicken. But now... Wed, 24 Mar 2010 20:11:15 EST Earthy crunchy and proud! Hi everyone! I'm katie from arizona and i'm proud to join this group! Thanks to those who started this group! Wed, 24 Mar 2010 19:08:00 EST Ask Congress to Take Back the Tap <link><BR>ction/public/?action_KEY=2671 </link> <BR> <BR> You might have to click on the "please click here" button if my email address is in the field Tue, 23 Mar 2010 20:53:52 EST Take Action to Preserve Supplement Info <link><BR>to-protect-your-right-to-know-about-th<BR>e-science-behind-supplements/ </link> Tue, 23 Mar 2010 20:07:34 EST Another newbie! Hello! I am kind of new to all of this, not sparkpeople, but to the organic stuff:-) Been testing stuff here and there, but now am really trying to make a way of life. I could use some help on finding which stuff is good and which is just silly. For example, is it better to buy name brand organic milk over store brand organic, or does it not matter? Also, do you guys talk about household cleaners and such or is there another group for that? I hope this transition is quick and enjoyable ... Tue, 23 Mar 2010 14:07:47 EST Monsanto ad I was just watching the PBS News Hour, and at the end of the program there was a Monsanto ad witht he tag line: "Monsanto--that's sustainable agriculture." <BR> <BR> I feel betrayed by PBS! Has anyone else seen this travesty? Mon, 22 Mar 2010 20:00:34 EST News video: Whole Foods "organics" from China I thought you guys would be interested in this story. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>02/whole-foods-365-organic-made-in-chi<BR>na-an-abc-expose/ </link> <BR> <BR> Goes to show why improved legislation for organic foods and labeling is needed so badly. <BR> <BR> Nicole Fri, 19 Mar 2010 12:01:18 EST Another Crunchy Member Here Hi All: I was so excited to see that this team exists! My name is Linda, and I live just outside Yosemite National Park in Mariposa County, CA. My husband is retired and I work part time as a advocate for children in foster care. We have 14 acres and raise heritage breed turkeys. We also have chickens for eggs and meat, as well as a garden and orchard. We don't eat a lot of meat, but when we do, it is grass-fed beef and free range poultry that are treated humanely. I look forward to ge... Thu, 18 Mar 2010 15:58:39 EST I love crunchy people! Hello, <BR> I'm Jennifer from Vancouver. How could I resist joining this group? Looking forward to getting to know fellow ethical eaters! Wed, 17 Mar 2010 14:55:16 EST Low-Calorie, Organic/ Socially Responsible Cereal! I am a cereal LOVER! However, I have been having a hard time finding lower-calorie cereal that are organic and made by socially responsible companies AND fit into my daily caloric intake. <BR> <BR> I currently love the Three Sisters cereals, but I wish they packed more vitamins, minerals and protein. <BR> <BR> Suggestions? :D <BR> <BR> Also, nut-free options would be best because I have an allergy. Tue, 16 Mar 2010 17:36:26 EST Organic seeds? I want to plant some veggies. I am currently in a rental and I hope to have my own house/property before the end of the summer, but that will be too late to get a garden started up here in the Great White North, lol! <BR> Anyhow, I got a great book on organic gardens in pots. So, I think I will start this years garden in pots and baskets that I can put out on my deck and in my yard... <BR> <BR> Anyhow, do you think if I start with seeds that are NOT organic, BUT grow them in an organic manne... Mon, 15 Mar 2010 19:33:01 EST Hi! I'm Lisa. I'm brand new to sparkpeople, and really happy to find this group. <BR> <BR> I've been (slowly) increasing the percentage of locally grown/ethical/organic food that my family eats. I love how it just gets easier and easier each week. <BR> <BR> I'm eagerly awaiting the opening of local farmer's markets here in the mid atlantic area, as well as the start of my CSA. <BR> <BR> My goal for this summer is to freeze or can as much produce as possible so that I don't have as dreary a January and ... Sat, 13 Mar 2010 09:43:17 EST Hello crunchy SparkPeople! I am working on month two of Spark People and I am love, love, loving it! I just joined this group. I hope to make some friends here who have similar philosophies about food and healthy living. Feel free to check out my page! Fri, 12 Mar 2010 16:54:27 EST Soaking grains??? I have posted a similar thread a couple of other places, but I am wondering if anyone can help me with soaking my grains! I follow a lot of Sally Fallon's diet advice - eat almost everything organic, absolute minimally processed foods, no refined sugars or grains, and so on. <BR> <BR> I have not been soaking my grains, though, and wanted to start doing so. Can anyone enlighten me on how to do this, and how it may effect the recipe? For example, how much whey or yogurt per how much flour? Ho... Fri, 12 Mar 2010 03:38:46 EST Beef! Since I've switched to "ethical" eating, I've not eaten much beef at all, since it's SO expensive. The other day I cooked a pot roast, for the first time in ages (grass fed, free range, all the "good" qualifiers.) It is SO good, I'm finding myself eating at least 3x what I should! I'll eat the palm-sized serving, then go back for more, and more . . . Maybe I'm making up for the time away from beef. Oh well, the roast is finite, so this too shall pass - until next time, in a month or so, ... Thu, 11 Mar 2010 11:53:13 EST News story tougher rules for organic meat and milk I just wanted to pass along this story that I'm sure other eaters of organic milk or meat would be interested in: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>i-organic3-2010mar03,0,5484244.story </link> <BR> <BR> Nicole Wed, 3 Mar 2010 13:38:38 EST 23 coupons for organic products Just passing along a little link I saw on Twitter today. Looks like several links to coupons for varioius organic and natural brands. Enjoy! <BR> <BR> 23 Coupons for Organic Products <link><BR>eries/blogs/coupons-coupons-coupons </link> via mothernaturenet Thu, 18 Feb 2010 16:47:46 EST Ethics and Health: Kangaroo meat Hi all! I was wondering what Team opinions were out there on eating kangaroo meat. It's not farmed, rather wild-hunted during Australian government-mandated annual culls. <BR> <BR> Some states, Victoria in particular, hold antiquated laws that forbid processing the culled animals into saleable food, theoretically based on the original white settlers believing it to be unclean. Other states allow it only for petfood. Here in South Australia, Kangaroo is commonly available in most stores as g... Thu, 11 Feb 2010 01:59:37 EST Hi, I'm Florrie Florrie here, from Maryland. Been a vegetarian for 10 years, fix most (all) of my food at home from fresh stuff. No processed food here - freezer full of food. I buy local produce from a CSA or grow it myself, eggs from a local farmer. <BR> <BR> This lifestyle can be time consuming, but once you get in the groove, it's simple. <BR> <BR> This time of year, I'm eating a lot of soups prepared from vegs I froze this summer. Beans added make it wonderful! <BR> <BR> Florrie Wed, 10 Feb 2010 10:13:04 EST Ethical eating Yesterday I bought a cage free chicken (a special treat,they're so expensive!) and then was caught by the fact that they also had turkey thighs. This thing was HUGE, I can't imagine the size of the turkey! The chicken went in the freezer and I baked this instead. It will feed me most of the week, and was SO good. My mantra is that my food shouldn't have to suffer before I eat it - and it sure helps that free range natural meat tastes so darned good!!! Mon, 8 Feb 2010 15:56:43 EST Trying something different Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I always thought I was more health conscious than the average person...I ate whole wheat products, limited the processed foods when preparing dinner, etc. I've tried going organic/local in the past but the money factor was quite convincing otherwise. Now after watching 'Food, Inc.' I am determined to eat organic food no matter the cost (although I am still recovering from initial sticker shock!) I welcome any suggestions you may have and look forward to being part o... Sun, 7 Feb 2010 22:41:27 EST ANOTHER Important reason to eat ORGANIC!! !!!!!!!! How many times have I heard the excuses. <BR> "I cannot afford to eat organic. My DH just got laid off. I live on social security. I'm a student. Blah, Blah, Blah." <BR> To tell you the truth, I don't care to hear any of it. There isn't ONE SINGLE excuse that is good enough to at least try and eat an organic diet. At least organic produce. The stuff that is sprayed with toxic chemicals. <BR> <BR> If not for yourself, then for our EARTH. The decline of the honey bee is something I think abou... Sun, 7 Feb 2010 15:14:54 EST What did you buy? The more I'm learning, the more I'm trying to buy better. The biggest issue is cost. So this week, here is what I bought that is organic and/or ethical (I'm slowly going vegetarian, but not there yet...and my husband is not). <BR> <BR> Organic produce - lettuce, tomatoes, carrots <BR> <BR> meat - ground beef, cold cuts (turkey breast, roast beef, chicken breast) <BR> <BR> Eggs <BR> <BR> I wanted to buy the chicken breast, but honestly..I just could not pay $20 for 3 small chicken breast... Sat, 6 Feb 2010 19:30:46 EST Amy's Organic Frozen Entrees Just curious - what do folks think about Amy's Organic Frozen Entree's. I like them and have eaten them for years and I don't see tons of processed stuff in there. Any opinions? Fri, 5 Feb 2010 20:38:24 EST Interesting Website <link> </link> <BR> <BR> This is a link to a website called the 10 in 10 diet. It's not really a diet per se, instead it's a site created by a woman who is trying to reduce the carbon footprint of her diet by 10% in 2010. She advocates eating simple (and inexpensive) meals cooked at home. She has some good recipes. Fri, 5 Feb 2010 08:38:19 EST New to team Hello! My name is Holly. I'm looking forward to being part of the team. Thu, 4 Feb 2010 22:06:55 EST edamame I recently noticed that almost all brands of frozen edamame are grown in China. Does anyone know of any brands that are US grown? I've had fresh edamame from the farmer's market, so I know it can grow here-- plus, it's just young soybeans, right? and aren't soybeans one of the top US crops? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 4 Feb 2010 08:45:57 EST Wishing you happiness & health - hi everyone Thanks so much everyone for the warm welcome. Just getting going on my 3rd week ... and am finding all the advice, tips and community goals to be energizing and fun, too. Lost a few inches so far, and am learning much more! Sun, 31 Jan 2010 13:50:15 EST I'm RE joining the team I was on this team a long time ago and am joining again. I do a pretty good job of eating whole foods, but there is room for improvement. It will be great to share ideas and learn from others. <BR> <BR> Sat, 30 Jan 2010 17:56:07 EST Coconut Is coconut just organic by nature? I mean, when I buy a coconut from the grocery store, does it have to be LABELED organic, to BE organic? I am thinking that there most likely aren't a lot of pests that can get through that thick shell/rind, so is SPRAYING pesticides redundant? A waste of time? Money? <BR> Anyhow, I try to only eat organic food, and I am trying to eat more raw food. I just wonder if buying ORGANIC, RAW coconut for outrageous prices from specialty stores/websites is silly if ... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 12:37:02 EST Ok. WHAT is CRUNCHY? Just askin'... <em>24</em> Wed, 27 Jan 2010 21:09:54 EST New to team. Not new to organic! Hi, TEAM! I am new to the team, but have been eating an almost 100% organic diet for a number of years now. I am also a clean eater (link to my team is below if anyone is interested), and have recently decided to eat a OMNIVOROUS RAW FOOD diet. 70-80% raw, anyhow... <BR> Anyhow, my dad cured hi,self of terminal, pancreatic cancer by eating an all organic, mostly raw food diet, and I believe that MANY diseases and chronic conditions can be avoided by doing the same thing. <BR> So, here I am; I... Wed, 27 Jan 2010 12:30:47 EST Introducing Myself Hi there. I am new to Spark and so happy to have found this SparkTeam! We have eaten organic and non-trans fat/non-high fructose for quite a while. Now I'm concentrating on trying to feed my family "real food" instead of "food product". <BR> <BR> I was worried about the Spark ready-made meal plans because they didn't always fit in with this idea. I turned the meal plans off, and I love reading that others on this board have done the same. <BR> <BR> Again, so glad to have found this te... Tue, 26 Jan 2010 10:58:37 EST Red Wigglers coming soon! Any advice? Woo Hoo!! I haven't been so excited in awhile! I'm getting 250 red wigglers to start an indoor vermicomposte. <BR> <BR> Do any of you use this method? Do you have any advice or suggestions? <BR> <BR> Have you ever put something in there that killed your worms? <BR> <em>436</em> Sat, 23 Jan 2010 21:47:08 EST How can I be sure that the label is correct? So I'm a med student and right now one of my classes is microbiology. Here's what I've learned-we're never going to win the fight against microorganism, just give it up. There are ten times more living on you than comprising your body. <BR> <BR> What we can limit though, is the type. Resistant strains of bacteria are one of the biggest problems facing medicine and it's a problem of our own creation. I'm talking about Staph Areus that is resistant to everything we can throw at it and C-... Sat, 23 Jan 2010 12:30:02 EST Vegan Protein Sources Hi, <BR> <BR> I usually can get about 20-25 grams of protein a day when I'm not cutting calories. Now that I'm cutting calories I'm finding it impossible to get protein! I would love to get 45 grams per day and the 60+ that spark recommends would be a dream. <BR> <BR> Obviously I don't eat meat or dairy or eggs. I also avoid soy because of some medication that I take. Do any of you have any suggestions? I'm going to try some Seitan and Tempeh. <BR> <BR> Does anyone have a brand of rice/... Fri, 22 Jan 2010 22:13:40 EST Non-stick pans linked to thyroid disease Did you see the article in today's Health News section? Here's a link: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=635190 </link> <BR> <BR> Only preliminary, but still.... I've been gradually moving toward eliminating all nonstick pans from my cookware for a while. I only have one left and use it very rarely, usually only for really delicate things like fish, eggs, or pancakes. <BR> <BR> I have an All Clad stainless steel skillet that works pr... Thu, 21 Jan 2010 12:35:17 EST Greetings! This is a great group! I am fortunate enough to live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, where farms and natural/local food is the rule rather than the exception. <BR> <BR> Several films have inspired me to go more on the natural path, namely The Future of Food and Food, Inc. <BR> <BR> Just wanted to say hello! :) Tue, 19 Jan 2010 14:07:16 EST Castastrophe in Haiti today--PLEASE HELP!! A horrible earthquake has killed thousands. Many people in this very poor country are suffering terribly. Read about it in the links below and give. <BR> <BR> Any amount even if 100 people each sent $5 it would be so fantastic!! If you don't have a favorite international charity organization check out Mercy Corps. It has a very high integrity rating. <BR> <BR> Give here: <BR> <link> </link> <BR> Read more: <BR> <link> </link> Wed, 13 Jan 2010 13:56:00 EST Rolled Wheat? I recently tried the Nature's Path Multigrain Raisin and Spice Oatmeal, which has rolled wheat in it. I had never had rolled wheat and it was really good. Ever since I have been trying to find it with no luck. Any ideas? I also wonder what else I could use it in, once I do find it, LOL. Tue, 12 Jan 2010 13:27:03 EST My 2010 Goal: To give up one possesion per day Hi everyone- <BR> I have been meaning to share my BIG goal for 2010 in some of my relevant teams, and now is as good a time as any. It is to give up one item I own every single day for a year, for a total of at least 365 items by the end of the year. I'm super excited for this for many reasons. <BR> <BR> I also started a blog to keep track of all the items I get rid of. Feel free to check it out and follow along if you'd like. I hope the stories behind each thing as well as the difficulty fo... Mon, 11 Jan 2010 22:40:47 EST Eat Food, Mostly Vegetables, Not Too Much I'm starting this thread for people who want to challenge themselves to eat according to the advice in Michael Polan's books. Sat, 9 Jan 2010 14:52:04 EST Parsnip Recipes/Uses Please My CSA provider loaded us up last night with parsnips. I've run out of creative uses. So far, I've roasted, mashed and used in soups. Any other ideas? Thu, 7 Jan 2010 11:30:02 EST Newbie One of my major goals is to eat local,fresh and organic. Sounds like the team for me!! Tue, 5 Jan 2010 14:27:47 EST Greetings & Salutations Greetings & Salutations! <BR> <BR> I’ve been around a few weeks now, but haven’t gotten around to introducing myself. I’m interested in eating more sustainably, and I figure this team is a good place for support and interesting conversations. I’m currently focusing on making mindful decisions about how I live my life; educating myself about the tradeoffs I make everyday, about what the costs are, and who pays them. I’m not new to environmentalism, but it’s been awhile since I paid attenti... Mon, 4 Jan 2010 03:42:04 EST Newbie and a Wannabe Hi everybody. I'm new to the site and I'm an Organics Wannabe. I watched that movie Food,Inc and the more I read, the more I am a wannabe. My lifestyle doesn't support this goal very well but I'm interested in making even small changes and starting to buy more organic groceries. I'm hoping to get some tips here and make some progress towards healthier food. I joined SparkPeople to win and so far it's working!!!! Sun, 3 Jan 2010 01:51:02 EST Recommendations for raw/organic cat food? Hi everyone- <BR> <BR> The cat food I gave my cats for years (Pet Promise) has been discontinued without notice! I bought them an organic option from whole foods (no antibiotics/hormones/biproducts), but they are not taking to it well and it cost twice as much as my old food. <BR> <BR> I am looking into organic and other raw options for my cats, which I think is a lot healthier for them. Has anyone tried this? Are there any commercially prepared raw cat foods you know about or simple recipe... Mon, 28 Dec 2009 20:59:34 EST Canadian Scientists Linked HFCS with Gout I heard this on the news: researchers in British Columbia found a link between the consumption of high fructose corn syrup and gout. This adds HFCS to the list of foods already associated with gout: alcohol, meat & seafood (shellfish particularly). <BR> <BR> Historically, gout was known as "the rich man's disease" because in the past only the rich could afford to glut themselves on the foods that caused it. Not so, now. <BR> <BR> More about gout on wiki: <link> <... Thu, 24 Dec 2009 15:52:56 EST New to Spark but a crunchy person from way back I have been an organic gardener for many years but am now taking it more seriously. Attempting to become much more of a locavore. My fairly new stay-at-home lifestyle finally makes this more do-able. Formally a professional chef, I can see that I will be spending a good deal of time entering recipes. Sun, 20 Dec 2009 13:21:47 EST I'm new here 45 yo mom of 2 boys. Always looking for great ideas about eating healthy local foods. We grow organically at home eat mostly vegetarian diet (occasional fish and free range poultry from a farmer we know) <BR> <BR> Just learned about SparkPeople through work. <BR> <BR> Thankful to find this team. The posts here are really interesting... <BR> <BR> Thu, 17 Dec 2009 12:50:33 EST Just joined, looks interesting I'm an old fogy who's been into natural foods and nutrition practically my whole life (my mother, born in 1922, was a fan of Adel Davis...LOL! but it was a good start.) and I can be a bit fanatic sometimes. Being on sparkpeople is teaching me to be...uh...more tolerant and graceful about asserting my views. Thu, 17 Dec 2009 12:37:10 EST Omnivore's Dilemna Omnivore's Dilemna - Read the book or listen to at <BR> King Corn Net flix watch now selection. <BR> The Future of food... Will Monsanto own us all? <BR> No comments without listening reading or watching at least 2 of the 3 please. <BR> Tue, 15 Dec 2009 23:55:21 EST Suggestions pls, for buying new bed I remember reading "green" mags back in the 80s, to buy organic cotton beds/bedding. I'm sure things have improved since then. I've read to not buy flame retardant beds. I don't know the availability of "green" beds in my market. I'll try to buy as healthy as possible, but wondered what "at least" I should consider when shopping locally. <BR> <BR> Can anyone share their experience re: organic beds? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>.html </link> <BR> WoW - on... Fri, 4 Dec 2009 13:46:39 EST New to the team - Old to Orgainic Eating! Hi Team, <BR> <BR> I just found this team and am very excited. I'm a slow-food, organic vegetarian. I'm looking forward to learning from you and will share when and if I can. <BR> <BR> Jocelyn Sun, 29 Nov 2009 18:05:57 EST New, need help getting started! Hi! I've been hearing a lot lately about preservatives and pesticides and how these can build up in your body over the years and cause health concerns. I'm 45 years old with a body that feels a lot older than 45 and it was suggested that if I started eating right regarding the above matters that I'd probably have less pain, etc. I'll just explain my lifestyle a bit and maybe you can give me some pointers on how/where to get started or point me to the appropriate resources. I'm 45, 5'5", a... Sat, 21 Nov 2009 22:55:36 EST Hi I'm new Hi I'm new to Spark and new to this team. I joined 2 of the goals and have done both of them for today... yay... I have ALOT of weight to lose and I really just want to have more energy and live a more active, healthy peaceful lifestyle Sun, 1 Nov 2009 20:48:23 EST What did you get at the Farmer's Market? We have a great Farmer's Market in my town. This weekend I picked up onions, potatoes, English muffins, bagels, apples, and jalapeno jelly. <BR> <BR> What have you picked up at the local Farmer's Market? Mon, 19 Oct 2009 16:58:10 EST yeah, I'm crunchy! Hi! I used to be more active on SparkPeople, but fell off when I moved a couple of years ago, came back for a while, then I had surgery, blah, blah. Fell off the wagon as far as the exercise but I've progressed big time in regard to greening my family's lifestyle. We've recycled since the 90's, but now I actively working on reducing the stuff we buy and the packaging that stuff come in. We've belonged to a CSA for two years and I supplemented a bit this year in my own organic plot (bad ga... Sun, 18 Oct 2009 00:31:26 EST Glad I found this team I've been on Spark for a few months, but just joined this team. Hope to learn a lot and meet new people! A little bit about me: <BR> Been vegetarian for 9 years <BR> Easing eggs out of my diet <BR> Been gardening for 2 years - would love more tips there! <BR> Started a compost bin this summer - hope to use my compost this spring! <BR> Also trying to reduce my carbon footprint by buying locally at my Farmer's Market and food co-op, and love reusing and recycling family treasures and thrift st... Fri, 16 Oct 2009 16:43:49 EST Hello! Hi I just joined this Sparkteam. I love going to my local farmer's market and lately I have been putting a lot of thought into where I want my food dollars to go. My goals are to eat locally and, if something is not available locally (I live in an area with a relatively short growing season) I purchase organic. <BR> <BR> I feel like it makes a difference in the taste and also in how I "value" my food. I know it's psychological, but I feel like a beet from my local farmer's market has mo... Fri, 9 Oct 2009 12:36:47 EST Today kicks off World Vegetarian Awareness Month!! Hi wanted to introduce myself to the team and ask what you might have done for World Vegetarian Day which was today? I am getting myself and my parents into a vegan lifestyle sloowly but surely. If you want to know more about this month go to <BR> Thu, 1 Oct 2009 22:10:44 EST May I join you? :) Even though I don't currently live where I can grow my own food, I was born and raised a country girl where we grew all our food, and these days my life is all about eating whole, healthy, and organic foods. Many of the groups I've found talk about healthy eating but still use artificial sweeteners, sugar, white flour, MSG, etc., etc. I look forward to learning from and sharing with you. Fri, 25 Sep 2009 19:59:26 EST New to the team! Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Just joined this team, glad to be here! <BR> <BR> For a few years now, we grow our own veggies and some fruits, and they taste soooo good! :) I especially love our tomatoes, they have so much taste! Looking forward to reading tips and healthy recipes! Sun, 20 Sep 2009 07:52:19 EST