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4/23/08 2:43 P

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I know what you mean about local farmer vs. store bought though - I buy my chickens and my beef from a local farmer, and even his stew beef you can cut with a kitchen knife it's so tender, and tastes really good.
The problem with produce is the winter, so most of our winter produce comes from the southern U.S. or Mexico or one of the islands.
In the summer, I frequent the local farmers markets to try to buy from people close to home - I haven't read that 100 Mile Diet, but I plan to. I find I might pay a little more at the market, but I am then supporting the local economy.
I would love to have a "farm co-op" here.



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4/23/08 2:21 P

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The service I use is organic and transitional (farms moving toward organic.) We find the quality so much higher than regular food from Safeway or Lucky or and other supermarket. I don't think that the "organic" part is the big difference. We have huge "factory" farms that are organic. but this service concentrates on small holistic farms that really work on different principles. And we knew really quickly that things were better.

The first change came a few years back when we started eating "Rocky" free range chicken. The taste was very different than standard chicken. I told some friends about it and they ran out and got some. These friends are much older, from a time when everyone had a few chicken running around in the yard. And they said "I remember that taste, that is how chicken tasted when we were growing up" That lead us to eggs from chickens that get out and scratch around in the dirt. And it has just kept going from there, the difference it real.

My skin has improved, and my doctor my husband and several of my friends have commented, my hair has also gotten thicker. I have also been walking more so it is hard to say exactly what caused what. But I really think that better food has been part of it. Real food grown in high quality soil, in season and local when available. I believe in what Alice Waters has been saying for years. I love her book "The Art of Simple Food".

I wish everyone had access to the food we have in San Francisco, I don't know what to do in Canada. Maybe you want to try what is available an pick what you think is best of your choices.

Farm Co-ops are really big here. You buy a "future share" of crops from a farm or group of farms and the farmer plants accordingly. The price is set in advance and you get whatever the yield. You may get a slim crop or a bumper crop, you share the risk with the farmer, but they are growing for quality not size or durability. For example the gala apples we are getting are to me really small, about the size of a tangelo or smaller lemon not the softballs we get in our markets. But the flavor is really great, one bite and you know it is different. My son came home from college and took all the produce with him -- cleaned out the whole drawer and now I am mailing him a weekly box. What is a mother going to do when they look at you and say "this is so much better than the dorm fruit"? emoticon

Edited by: FLYGAL5 at: 4/23/2008 (14:21)
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WENBEATTIE's Photo WENBEATTIE Posts: 243
4/23/08 1:34 P

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So sorry about your Grandmother, you had quite a week.
Do you find a big deal between organic or not? Here in Canada, sometimes I feel that either way some food is spending too much time on a truck either way, so how fresh is it? (Especially out of season)



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4/23/08 12:25 P

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Wow WenBeattie you really had a rough time. I am so sorry, I am glad that you are taking good care of yourself.

It is funny, I was able to keep up pretty well with the exercise. It was the best part of my day. But it was hard to go shopping when we were lurching from crisis to crisis. (My grandmother died last week while we were still thinking we might lose my nephew).

Now it is all about moving forward again, I am glad that this did not derail me. It really reinforced how important it is to eat well, good times or bad. If you eat well in the good times you will have more to carry you over the bad.

I am sure this is obvious to many but to me it is really a new thing. The produce we are having it so much better than food from the average grocery, I am thinking it is time to buy shares in a farm, (this is a trend here in California). Even when I thought I was eating well before, I was not, because while the food choices were good the quality was really lacking.

I have to admit that I used to chuckle at the "organic crowd", things can go too far in Berkeley (sometimes know as bezerkeley). But sometimes the proof of the food is in the eating.

I do worry that I might become one of the folks who refuses to eat anything other than my "special" food. I am getting really demanding about food. I hope I am not turning into one of the "nuts" (you know California - the breakfast cereal state - fruits and flakes and nuts)

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Edited by: FLYGAL5 at: 4/23/2008 (12:28)
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4/23/08 12:08 P

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Every time I feel the stress coming on, I hit the treadmill again now. I've actually made some good decisions while covered in sweat.......I wish I hadn't quit the gym when all of it started - I gave everyone all my time and energy, and nothing to myself.

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4/23/08 11:38 A

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Hi, WenBeattie:

I'm so sorry you and your family suffered so many losses in such a short period of time. No wonder your body went goofy! I hope you're on the path to wellness, again.

big hugs

Alysia :)

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WENBEATTIE's Photo WENBEATTIE Posts: 243
4/23/08 10:03 A

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Juggler,
I've made a lot of mistakes for myself in the past couple of years - in 2 1/2 years my family lost my Dad, both of my in-laws, and a grandparent as well. During that time, we lived at just grabbing food on the run, and I never got to the gym at all, and I gained about 40 pounds in the process.
I have learnt now, that you MUST look after you, even when the world feels like it's going to end - I believe that if I'd have made time for myself, I wouldn't have gained the weight, and I probably would have dealt with all the pain much better.
Keep plugging - I know how stressful having someone sick can be.



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4/23/08 6:51 A

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I've really just started paying attention to what is in season. Of course it is cheaper to buy fruits and veggies in season, but it also tastes really good because it is fresh. I am living in Germany right now and there are stands everywhere with fresh strawberries and asparagus at the moment. I know I'll be adding those to our meals for awhile. I love the idea of fresh organic fruits and veggies delivered to your house. It sounds like it was a real life saver for one of the team members. I know I'm going to check it out when we move back this summer. Would love to get more ideas of how to use seasonal produce.

So glad things worked out for you juggler and everything is going to be OK with your nephew.

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4/23/08 2:46 A

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Alysia

We are so glad that it all worked out, it was really touch and go for a while.

Now I just need to get back to my routine. And I need to learn some new dishes. I got some of your success brown rice today. So I will try your recipe for lunch tomorrow.

It's not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. Epictetus

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4/22/08 9:48 P

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I started making my own ice cream in my Blendtec, and it's fast and tasty, and not terrible for us. Otherwise,it's tons of fresh, raw food!

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4/22/08 4:47 P

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Juggler:

I am SO happy to hear your nephew is out of hospital and on the road to recovery, that's great news!

Edited by: ACORALSEA at: 4/22/2008 (16:46)
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I have been under unusual stress, my nephew was near death in a military hospital. Good news today he got out of the hospital and looks like he may make a complete recovery. Since he was ill since 30 March I have been hit or miss on food. I did a good job on exercise but the food has been harder. For me real food still takes more time, I am sure after a few years the prep will get easier but for now it still takes me more time.

The delivery of organic produce has been the lifesaver in all this. Without it I think it would have been weeks of drive through, literally. But Every Thursday the box of nourishing produce showed up, what a help.

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4/22/08 3:46 P

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The only thing I've allowed my family to keep is icecream, I got rid of all the chips and popcorn and dips, and coke, and pepsi etc. They weren't very happy at first, but they've gotten used to it now. I have one teenager working at Burger King and the other at MacDonald's - they've been told if they want crap it'll be on their dime at work - the only problem is that they work there but really don't like to eat there - so they're still not getting much then.

It will be hard in a few weeks though, our trailer opens up again, and all that crap seems to be the norm when you're camping - I've been searching for side dishes and treats that are better but still "camping worthy" - you need things easy when you're camping.
Tomorrow is garbage day for me - always do a clean out on Tuesday nights.



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Our trash pickup is on Thursday, so, I'll be clearing out both the inside and outside fridges tonight and tomorrow. I was lamenting to my mom that the shelves are usually so devoid of "junk:" - LOL! I've even labeled one specially for my own use - haha!

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4/22/08 1:45 P

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Our Trader Joe's has this great blend of couscous, baby garbanzo's, spelt and orzo, and I made that up, used some ceasar salad dressing, and lots and lots of cut up fresh veggies. I served it as a side to a lean cut of beef, and my kid and DH loved it!

Our Farmer's Market is tomorrow. I cleaned the fridge (turned it off, emptied it out and scrubbed that sucker!) yesterday, and it's all ready for new, healthy foods!!

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The past couple of weeks have been more chaotic than usual for me, and my eating habits have suffered. Whereas I'm normally so particular about what goes in, I've given in to abject laziness and whatever my daughter or mom felt like eating.

For example, one night, after trying to beat the rush hour traffic home, my daughter popped in and requested chicken fried steak. Now, for you none-Southerners who haven't the foggiest what that is, trust me - it's NOT healthy, and I haven't created a healthy version, LOL!

On another night, my mom was over, DH was home and he's a meat-and-potatoes kind of guy. My mom keeps asking for things I don't keep in my fridge - like sour cream, whipped cream, whatever creamy stuff that is pure cholesterol, sugar or just plain junk, LOL! So, what does she do - she runs out to the quick store to get some. No, I don't eat it anyway, but I did cook something that I should not have eaten.

Whenever I make some lovely couscous with spicy steamed vegetable stew, or brown rice pilaf, or anything that isn't beef, my DH won't eat it. That's okay, I get to put portions aside for my lunches. But, the other night, I made some wonderful lamb chops. Did I need that fat? Of course not.

So, this week, feeling lethargic from all the "junk" I've put into my body over the past couple of weeks, I've made a conscious decision to get back on my normal track. Besides, my 30th anniversary is coming up in June and I want this body to be more ready for the beach than it is now!

Where is that blimp shot of me to stick up on the fridge...

How have you all been doing with your Spring season eating habits? Are you taking advantage of seasonal produce?

Alysia :)

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