October 17, 2007 at 3:18 pm
On Sunday I could have sworn someone left a truck parked on my head. My neck hurt so bad I couldn’t turn my head and my throat was scratchy. My husband vehemently denied having turned the heat in our house up or down. Turns out I was just plain sick. A virus had caught me (I certainly don’t go around catching viruses).
My kids and husband rallied around me. ”Do you want anything?” Oh boy, did I want some things. I wanted every comforting thing I could think of. First, I called for my vitamin C and my Defend and Resist which contains Echinacea and Zinc. There may not be conclusive evidence that Echinacea, C and Zinc help fend off illness but I’ve had good results and I didn’t think it could hurt.
Next I wanted tea. Not just any tea but my organic Chai (from Yogi Tea, fair trade and organic) with just a bit of organic honey. A few sips and my stomach was calm again. I alternated all day between Chai and Green Tea. Then I wanted my rice bags. Rice bags are like heating pads but they are made from rice and mine contains lavender grown in my own garden. The bag is heated in the microwave until warm and then you can put it wherever it hurts. You must be careful with these just like any hot thing, but when used correctly they are a wonderful comfort.
After some tea and warmth, my daughter was encouraging me to eat. I really had no appetite, but she finally talked me into some organic chicken broth. These last three days I have lived on tea and organic soups, including some from Amy’s Kitchen. I just wasn’t up to making my own and didn’t have any frozen in small batches. Tonight we are having cabbage and onions with organic noodles. I know that sounds a bit odd, but it is definitely a comfort food.
Though I don’t want anyone to get sick, there are times when having some comforting things around you makes it easier to get through an illness. What comforts you when you are under the weather?
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Ever heard of Chia?
October 15, 2007 at 3:17 pm
Well, I certainly hadn’t. I discovered this amazing little superfood at Expo East, the Trade Show we just got back from. Turns out that Chia is a 3,000-year old seed that was a favorite of the Aztecs. They found that it improved endurance and therefore baked it into breads and added it to water to drink before long runs or battles.
Chia is a delicate little seed that packs a huge nutritional punch. Chia has an extremely high fiber content – more than 35%! Chia is also very rich in essential fatty acids – one scoop of Chia (15 grams) contains 3 grams of Omega 3 and 1 gram of Omega 6 in the ideal 3:1 ratio. This makes Chia the richest whole food source of Omega 3 fatty acid. Chia seeds are also packed with high-ORAC antioxidants and are an excellent source of iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, and magnesium. Plus, they’re delicious!
You can now buy Chia in canisters to mix into your favorite foods and recipes. Also, Greens+, a great company that makes delicious, organic superfood bars, has created an all-new Chia Energy Bar! I was able to sample it at the Trade Show and it was exquisitely tasty – the Chia seeds have a slight nutty crunch that is similar to poppy seeds.
Greens+ has a special Chia site that you can visit here. You can buy your Chia there, too!
And, you can visit the Greens+ homepage here.
Chia is a fascinating little food that I highly recommend trying. It’s relatively new in terms of being widely available and it’s fun to mix into foods you’re already eating to give them that extra nutritional kick! So get out there and try some Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia today!
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Vote for Pizza Fusion for Green Business of the Year!!!
October 10, 2007 at 2:51 pm
The 2007 Co-op America People’s Choice Award is upon us and we ALL need to vote! The top ten most popular green businesses (popularity being determined by how many nominations each company received) are contenders for this prestigious award – and the way-cool Pizza Fusion is one of them!
Why vote for Pizza Fusion for Green Business of the Year? I’d be happy to explain.
Pizza Fusion was founded in 2006 by Michael Gordon and Vaughan Lazar out of a desire to create a green business that would really make a difference for the planet. These guys have really taken it all the way in terms of being green … prepare to be impressed.
Pizza Fusion’s sauce is made of 100% Certified Organic ingredients. Their pizza dough is made of the highest quality, all-natural flour combined with only 100% Certified Organic ingredients. All of Pizza Fusion’s vegetables are 100% Certified Organic and if they need to use conventionally grown vegetables for any reason, it is always clearly marked and noted. Their salads contain only 100% Certified Organic greens. Pizza Fusion uses only all-natural deli meats, their beef is 100% Certified Organic, and their chicken is all-natural and free-range.
Impressed yet? Well, here’s the most incredible part …
ALL of Pizza Fusion’s amazing, organic pizzas, sandwiches, and salads are delivered in company-owned HYBRID vehicles!!! Yes, you read that right – if you order an organic pizza from Pizza Fusion, it will arrive at your home in a HYBRID. Isn’t that the greenest situation you can imagine? Organic pizza delivered in Hybrids? Pizza Fusion is the GREATEST.
But wait – there’s more! Pizza Fusion also offsets all of their energy – 100% of it – with renewable wind power! They have ALL of their environmental bases covered.
It is NOT easy to start a green business, let alone a green business in the restaurant industry. Restaurants have a hard enough time surviving – but Pizza Fusion has sacrificed NOTHING in their quest to be as green and responsible as possible. They are truly to be commended! And they should win the Green Business of the Year Award for their commitment to environmental excellence.
Support Pizza Fusion by taking 20-30 seconds of your time to VOTE for them TODAY! But remember to hurry, hurry, hurry because voting ends on October 15. VOTE for Pizza Fusion for Green Business of the Year HERE! You can really make a difference by supporting this fantastic green company.
Vote HERE! Vote HERE! Vote HERE!
And be sure to check out Pizza Fusion’s website HERE. It’s another great, fun website to explore.
Happy Voting, everyone! And remember – vote NOW – voting ends October 15!
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Organic Pest Control?
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This weekend we spent the day at the park, not on a picnic eating wonderful organic food and enjoying nature. Instead, 6 children and 3 adults were working hard on an organic pest control project. We puzzled over building plans and heavily perspired as we attempted to screw, caulk, and score our creation.
Most people, when they think about organic pest control, think along the lines of some eco-friendly spray or perhaps a companion planting that will remove or deter some pest. Sometimes the most effective thing we can do is to look to nature to find the original control for the unwanted irritant.
In this case, the targeted pest was the mosquito. Mosquitos can quickly take the fun out of a fishing trip or picnic. Not only are their bites uncomfortable, they can sometimes transmit more serious diseases. There are some environmentally safe methods that can be used, but applying these to a large state park is a big and expensive job.
The next best control is none other than your friendly neighborhood bat. Bats have earned a bad reputation largely because of the folklore that surrounds them. Bats do not attack people, fly purposely into hair, or transmit many cases of rabies. You are more likely to get rabies from your family pet than from bats.
Bats are useful wildlife. The little Brown Bat is recorded to be able to eat 600 insects in one hour! Try doing that with a fly swatter! Not only do bats eat insects, a few are also pollinators. Bats generally produce only one pup (baby bat) a year. Therefore, their population can easily be effected by disturbances. Bats are also sensitive to pollution, making them one of the indicator species for a healthy environment.
Needless to say though, people don’t want bats in their homes even if they are wonderful at eliminating night insects. So, how do you attract bats without having them live with you? You build them their own bat house. For more information on safely moving bats out of your house or attracting bats to your yard, check with your local game commission.
The bat houses we built Saturday will each hold 250 females and their pups. They will use the house as a summer nursery. Male bats usually prefer to roost in loose bark on trees. Once fall arrives, they will migrate back to caves and mines to overwinter.
Achieving an environment free of harmful chemicals takes some work, but in the long run, it is so worth the effort. Who can resist standing outside a bat nursery counting the bats as they come out? We counted over 500 one night as we watched them exit a house for a nightly feed. Oh, and we came home with zero mosquito bites.
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Who wants candy? We ALL want candy!
October 4, 2007 at 10:55 pm
Everyone loves candy, right? Righty-o.
But candy is bad for you, right? Not anymore!
At the Trade Show I discovered the first true candy bar I’ve ever come across that is actually CLEAN and made with 70% – 92% organic ingredients. By “clean” I mean that the ingredients are pure and the candy bar contains no junk, artificial ingredients, or additives. What is this magical candy bar, you may ask? Why, it’s the Crispy Cat Candy Bar, of course!
The Crispy Cat Candy Bar is seriously delicious and really special in terms of what it contains … and what it doesn’t contain. Crispy Cat Candy Bars are gluten-free, dairy-free, non-GMO, all natural, have no preservatives, are vegan, Kosher, and are made with 70% – 92% organic ingredients. How impressive is that? It’s a healthy candy bar that you can actually justify eating! That’s right – you can feel GOOD about eating candy! This is exciting stuff, people. At least for me.
You know what else is cool? The Crispy Cat Team! I had the pleasure of meeting them at the Trade Show and Joel, Ann, and Ari are super fun, good-natured people. What’s so neat about Crispy Cat is that they unabashedly call their product “candy” – not “food bar” or “snack bar” but “candy bar.” That takes guts because people have been so conditioned to associate candy with incredibly poor health – and for good reason. Almost all candy is the junkiest of the junk. But Crispy Cat? The cleanest of the clean. Like I said – you can now justify eating candy thanks to Crispy Cat – something I’m sure we’ve all been waiting to do for quite a long time.
Crispy Cat Candy Bars are available in three spectacular flavors: Mint Coconut, Toasted Almond, and Roasted Peanut. Yum, yummy, and yummier.
Halloween is just around the corner and I therefore find this information to be especially pertinent. Why not pass out Crispy Cats to your favorite little monsters, ghouls, and ghosts? I’m sure their parents would take note upon seeing a Crispy Cat bar in their kid’s candy stash. As a big sister, I would certainly take note … and then I’d demand that my brother split it with me! Cool big sisters can do such things.
Why not pass out Crispy Cats to your favorite adults in the spirit of Halloween? All adults like – nay, love – candy, and they’ll be very receptive to these candy bars because they’re nice and clean. Every adult should receive a Crispy Cat Candy Bar this Halloween if only to restore their faith in candy. Don’t you think?
Check out Crispy Cat’s website here – it’s fun and funky! Guaranteed to entertain.
Happy Halloween to you all and Happy Candy, too!
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We’re back from the Trade Show and …
October 2, 2007 at 3:40 pm
… it was the best ever! Judy, Jill, and I attended Expo East, an enormous Natural Products Trade Show held this year in Baltimore, Maryland. It was my first-ever Trade Show and my oh my was it amazing! The word that I feel best captures the true essence of the show is “mecca.” Yes, a mecca it was … a true destination for those seeking a natural, edible world of wonderment and enlightenment. If you can’t already tell, I thoroughly enjoyed myself – it was practically a spiritual experience for me. The Convention Center was transformed into a maze of aisles and booths, each featuring countless different natural products, each more inspiring than the last. I cannot even begin to explain how overwhelming the show was in terms of size and variety of products. Everyone and everything from the world of natural and organic products was there. And we were there too, with the greatest booth in the history of space and time! Yes, the I’m Organic booth was large and in charge. We had superb traffic and tons of interest – and hey, can you blame people? We have the best products out there!
We did have some pretty fabulous neighbors, however.
Next door to us were Larry Bodkin and York Chiou of White Rock Beverages. I completely fell in love with their line of Organic drinks – every few minutes I found myself wandering over for a delicious sample. I simply could not get enough! White Rock’s line of Organics features delightfully refreshing, lightly carbonated beverages brewed with natural fruit extracts. They are SO good, SO refreshing, and SO reasonable in terms of calories! That’s a win, win, win in my opinion. Plus, York and Larry are the coolest – such nice guys and they do a great job. Check out White Rock’s website here!
Our other absolutely fabulous neighbor was Michele Halle of Dakota Organic Products. Dakota Organic Products is a specialty grain company that produces high-quality, organic grains for both human AND animal consumption – how cool is that? Cows and horses need organic love – and food! – too, after all. It’s great to know that there’s a company out there supplying organic feed for animals. Michele is a babe AND a hero to animals far and wide. She’s one of my heroes, too – a super lady with a fantastic sense of humor. Check out Dakota Organic’s website here!
I discovered quite a few new and incredible products at Expo East that I definitely want to share with my readers. I’ll blog them separately so as not to overwhelm. These are great products that you’ll definitely want to know about and I’ll tell you why … so keep your eyes on the Organiblog in the next week or so and be prepared to get informed!
Ta-ta for now …
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Too much of a “good” thing?
October 1, 2007 at 4:05 pm
Well, today is the big day. I get to clean the goat house. This is not a job I look forward to but it has to be done. This is also part of the organic gardening experience for us because this goat by-product becomes our garden fertilizer in the spring. I’ve always looked at our manure production as a good thing.
Yesterday over lunch, I had a conversation with a young man from my 4-H club . We were, believe it or not, discussing manure, climate change, and water pollution. Manure in large quantities produces some deadly gases. And due to big agribusinesses, manure is a contributor to climate change. The methane produced by manure traps 21 times the heat that CO2 traps and accounts for 8 percent of warming caused by US greenhouse gas emissions (according to the epa). Manure pits and ponds are the worst offenders because while methane is produced by animals in the field, it has far less impact than the amount produced by manure pits.
My friend and I were discussing the proper way to store our “fertilizer”. He mentioned he had his pile located near a small stream. I explained to him that while he might not be producing significant amounts of CO2, he was still causing damage. Runoff from manure contains nutrients that encourage algae growth. Once there is an increase of algae, stream oxygen levels decrease making the stream unable to support fish like trout. Sediment from manure runoff covers the stones used by macroinvertebrates (things like mayflies) so the food supply for fish is decreased.
We came to the conclusion that allowing our animals lots of space to roam lets them spread their waste themselves, thus reducing methane production. Also, my friend is planning to move his pile far from the stream, place it on a plastic tarp and cover it to reduce run off. My pile goes into our composting system.
Sometimes organic gardening is less than glamorous, but the results are worth the effort.
We can reduce methane in other ways. One way, eat less meat and dairy and more vegetarian meals.
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