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8/27/12 8:26 P

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Hi Lynn,

Thanks again for your email! I'm so excited--you speak my language! :)

I belong to an organic CSA in South Jersey for my produce. There are a few organic produce farms in South Jersey, but if you can find a farm where I can buy organic meat, eggs, and and dairy near Tuckerton NJ, then PLEASE tell me where it is! I have been looking for years! Thankfully, I can get fresh local seafood in the summer.

If I'm lucky, I can find store-brand organic chicken at the local Acme, but that is rare. The closest health food stores is about 40 minutes from me, and by the time I get out of work, they are closed. I guess I'll just have to keep looking, or make a pilgrimage with a cooler somewhere in North Jersey or PA on the weekends.

Once I find a place to get organic meat, I'll be able to experiment with recipes. I generally eat very simply. I cook everything in a ceramic non-stick frying pan with olive oil, salt & pepper. Sometimes I get crazy & add fresh lemon & herbs. :)

Thanks again for your support. I sincerely appreciate it!
Dina

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8/27/12 6:33 P

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Hi Dina,
well, I just googled organic farms in Southern NJ... and there was a list of them.
I started eating total (well almost completely) organics at the beginning of the summer, fo some of the same reasons; my body was sick. I was bogged down and wasn't feeling well and was working and making other healthy changes in my life so this was a natural one for me to make.
I made a list of farms and dedicated one Saturday to visit 4 farms, I called and made appointments. I wanted to see how their farms run when they were operating and not when they were being inspected. If I was going to be buying their product to feed my body then they were going to be the best I could afford.
I found one farm had a beautiful layout for their cows, pigs, and chickens... total grain fed, no hormones, no antibiotics (not 30 days before slaughter anyway... the cuts were lean and not a lot of fat adding weight to the scales. The chickens were gorgeous running around on the farm and the were grain and grass fed, and their meat was a pure yellow color, through... it was fed corn and other grains, no by products or genetically modified fillers. As were the porks, they wandered around in a huge open space with plenty of grass. When I chose to buy my meat products there I bought selectively... not sure how it would all taste. I also bought my milk, eggs, butter and two types of cheese.
I got home and measured everything out into one serving containers. THEN I sat down with a list of what I had purchased... and started making a list of foods. Spark people doesn't have a lot of organic recipes, but there is a good amount online. As well as what to look for in the farms you look at.
SO as I made my menu for the week from what I had purchased, as I don't like meat substitutes, not a soy fan, tofu, etc, the texture just isn't for me.

BUT This meat, oh, it tastes so good. I never salt, and am modifying seasoning amounts as the meats are so tasteful, you don't want to cover up the flavor. THEN add organic veggies from another farm or farmers market, local if you can...
and you can just cook some beef tips and steam or roast some veggies and you've got a well balanced meal right there.
But since you aren't a big cook, the first place I would suggest is to start thinking about what you want to try and then look online for organic recipes... you'd be surprised at the number of people who contribute their modified recipes. And they can be so flavorful. But start simple and keep your meals simple. Don't forget to get beans and grains for your own consumption also.
But there is a shopping list that you can use as a general guide.

I am rambling here, because I am so passionate about this new way of feeding my body. I've even changed my attitude about food, it's to nourish the body and heal and grow the muscles ... it to repair that which is broken.
I love greek yogurts also, and add my own locally grown fruits so I don't get the "syrup" but the whole berry. I love seafood, and there you are right here so close to the shore in southern NJ.. you've got to have plenty to choose from. Learning to cook the different fish and seafood .... as the guy behind the counter and again look online. I have found a few really good sites for organic foodies. My favorite cereal right now is hemp granola. GO figure. I was eating rice crispies for the longest time. Now it's blueberries or strawberries and the hemp granola (really inexpensive but really good and great for you). You've opened a new world and you just need to find a few simple things to do to get you started in enjoying cooking your meals, since you will know that your food is going to really good for you and was treated well and raised respectfuly. I hope I have helped. I am cooking dinner now and the smells from the kitchen have my taste buds gushing, so I am sorry for the "rant" but it is really excited and if you can make eggs taste food, then you can make broil a chicken breast and eat some raw veggies and perhaps some beans. for dinner.
Yogurt can be substituted for a whole lot of things. Or you can buy organic sour cream, and butter as I do. Just look around,
There are some recipes that have been entered by members of Sparks but you have to look carefully and make sure they aren't using prepackaged parts, like onion soup, or canned soup.... where you can use yogurt.
I hope you have fun and are able to do some research and look around southern NJ for multifamily farms or a coop of farms, where you may be able to volunteer a few hours a week and get a big discount off your goodies.

be authentically you...
it's journey, not a one day hike.

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8/27/12 5:06 P

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Hi Lynn,

Thanks for your response!

At home, I eat mostly organic produce, Greek yogurt, eggs, tofu, seafood, and cereal. I'm not a vegetarian, but I usually avoid eating meat because I don't like the way animals are fed, raised, handled, treated, and injected with hormones before they get to our plates. I'll eat meat and seafood if I know it is organic, or occasionally if I go out to dinner at a restaurant or a friend's house. So my problem isn't so much that I can't find recipes, it's that it's hard to find organic ingredients, and that limits my menu choices.

I've been eating a lot of eggs lately--usually three a day!--because that is one of the few sources of protien that I can find that is organic. They are also easy to cook, and since I don't like cooking, that's a plus.

I think I'm going to have to experiment more with tofu, tempeh, and other meat substitutes since I can't find any organic meat where I live. Know any good tofu recipes?

Thanks again,
Dina

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8/27/12 5:05 P

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Hi Lynn,

Thanks for your response!

At home, I eat mostly organic produce, Greek yogurt, eggs, tofu, seafood, and cereal. I'm not a vegetarian, but I usually avoid eating meat because I don't like the way animals are fed, raised, handled, treated, and injected with hormones before they get to our plates. I'll eat meat and seafood if I know it is organic, or occasionally if I go out to dinner at a restaurant or a friend's house. So my problem isn't so much that I can't find recipes, it's that it's hard to find organic ingredients, and that limits my menu choices.

I've been eating a lot of eggs lately--usually three a day!--because that is one of the few sources of protien that I can find that is organic. They are also easy to cook, and since I don't like cooking, that's a plus.

I think I'm going to have to experiment more with tofu, tempeh, and other meat substitutes since I can't find any organic meat where I live. Know any good tofu recipes?

Thanks again,
Dina

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8/27/12 4:21 P

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Hi Dina, I guess the first question to be asked is what do you eat now and what do you like to eat?

be authentically you...
it's journey, not a one day hike.

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8/27/12 3:45 P

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Hi,
My name is Dina, & I live in South Jersey, where it is NOTHING like the TV show The Jersey Shore! I'm divorced, work from home, live alone, & really hate to cook. I'm hoping to find friends here who can give me some healthy menu ideas that involve something other than scrambled eggs.
Cheers!
Dina

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