Thursday, August 28, 2008
Amazing. Remember, one day a week with no cars is our goal! That's is completely doable! Use Professor Rinden as an example.
Check out this quote I found about Prof. Rinden:
Nels Rinden encourages individuality,” he adds. “He has an innate ability to translate complex information into an understandable form. Nels (and he insists on being called Nels) is very generous with his time and sincerely cares about every student as if they were family. I would often spend an hour or more with him after class discussing life. I am fortunate to have crossed paths with him.That is seriously the impression I got of him on my first day in his class.
I grew up in a family of foodies. We've traveled everywhere trying the best restaurants and richest foods. I love food. But my mother, being the health nut, enforced a balance. Point being, don't deny yourself anything, but make good choices. Trying to be a purist or perfectionist is not realistic. I feel purists are no different than religious fanatics who are obviously using that as a crutch for something else gone missing. I also believe that perfectionism leads to binge-eating for a lot of people and that's not healthy either. Just eat your raw fruits and veggies most of the time and get your vitamin B12 (avoiding a lot of red meat, but not all of it) in whichever way you can, and then a little dessert. Go outside for a brisk walk, and there should be no reason you can't get down to your desired weight and maintain it. I will say that the more you eat and try making healthy foods in different ways, the easier it gets to choose those options and realize they can be just as tasty as the processed, not-so-good-for-us foods. If you're not a good cook, well duh, it takes practice. That's why I am advertising my lunches on here to show you just how easy it can be! Just try the best you can! That's all we can ever do.
Today is a delicious lunch that took no time at all to make. Why, you ask? Because I made canned soup from Trader Joe's.
Can of soup (Trader Jose's)
Onions - 2 tablespoons diced
Pre-made spicy guacamole (from Trader Jose's)
and to drink:
Martinelli's Sparkling Apple Juice (best stuff and all natural)
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I must say, this might be the best lunch as of yet!
Ok...so today's lunch took about 10 min total to make. Again, was supposed to make it before work, and I actually woke up in time, but was having an outfit crisis which took forever to get resolved. But not to worry, just once again grabbed what I had, and still managed to make a gourmet and easy lunch. This feeds 2, but I'm a pig.
1 Raw Zucchini
6 Raw Asparagus
Wheat Pita Bread
Goat cheese (which I forgot at home)
Olive oil (I keep this in a jar at work)
Juice from 1/2 lemon
Minced garlic (that I keep in a jar at work)
Red pepper flakes
Ok, so like I said, no time to steam my asparagus at home this morning, but I found that doing it at work is a piece of cake.
So basically took a small bowl, filled it an inch with water, cut the hard ends off the asparagus and wrapped the top with saran/plastic wrap (plastic bag or paper towel should be fine) and placed in the microwave for less than 2 min. So quick!
While that was doing its thing, I got my zucchini which has been in my fridge for a couple weeks (ewwww). I cut off the mold and soft parts (never waste!) and it was as good as new. Just cut that in quarters and through it in a salad bowl.
I did the same with the avocado, but add that at the end so it doesn't get mushy.
Once the asparagus were done, I cut them in pieces, added ice and water to cool them off. They were done perfectly and still crunchy. You want them as close to their raw state as possible.
Then I put a handful of raw cashews in a plastic bag, held the bag at it's opening shut, and then slammed the bag against the counter to crush the nuts. Made a lot of noise, but gets them chopped into finner pieces.
Then in a bowl, I put olive oil and just a bit of the minced garlic and with the back of a spoon mashed the garlic into the olive oil so that the flavor comes out.
Then I squeezed 1/2 a lemon into the bowl, added some sea salt.
Mix all the ingredients together, then a dash of red pepper flakes for a kick. Throw on a plate and garnish with goat cheese. Eat just as a salad or make wraps with the pita bread. I noticed that my kitchen at work had leftover pita bread, not wheat, but does the trick. Use wheat if you can.
This was ridiculously easy and cheap!!! No excuses for not eating this way!!!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
So my virus refuses to let me post a pic of today's lunch. As soon as this problem is fixed I will post it.
Anyway, today is Friday! So in lieu of being a celebratory day, for no other reason than it being Friday and the weekend, I decided to give myself a bit of a break and live a little with a bagel! So for lunch today:
Goat cheese (spread on the bagel)
Lox (smoked salmon)
Lemon juice (squeeze on lox)
1 whole avocado w/ sea salt (as a side dish)
1 Essential Greens Veggie Juice (from Trader Jose's)
Thursday, August 21, 2008
So was too lazy, once again, to make my lunch last night. Instead, I sat outside in my garden (in my attempt to be one with nature) in the dark, looking at the sky and enjoying a glass of red wine. I think everyone would agree that's way more fun than spending the time to make lunch for the next day! ; ) And of course, I woke up this morning with only 15 min to get life in order and be out the door. So I grabbed only what I had. And here's what lunch consists of:
Mediterranean humus from Trader Jose's
lentils with a little bit of curry sauce from Trader Jose's*
I was a very paranoid driver when I first learned to drive. It took about a year before I really felt confident. I believe the same will be true for bike riding. But seriously, what a way to discourage people from riding their bike instead of a car. Not to worry about me, though. I'm a dedicated paranoid rider!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
So to continue on my discussion of nature from the previous entry, here is a small segment of an interview with Nathan "Nabob" Shineywater of the band, Brightblack Morning Light. It's incredible insight:
How has living in a wilderness environment changed the way you think about music? Can you talk a little about your experience out at Point Reyes.
Well it was a decision to live rurally, nearby untainted land. There is a decision made to either consider wilderness a hindrance or an inspiration. The choice I made was to participate with wilderness on as many levels as possible. Not only for religion but for entertainment and even for community. Yet to make wilderness a multi-layered experience, I chose to become anti-social, so that my attentions would remain focused. It is still a goal I try & maintain daily, to limit my social interaction so that the "human interaction" doesn't override wilderness interaction. I see alone time with wilderness as a reclamation and a birthright. Too often the "human interaction" is so predictable. Humans need so much attention because generally they are rambling life forces filled with layers and layers of intentions, they only listen to each other, yet there are other life forces surrounding us, with many lessons and gifts. It takes a sincere effort & faith to seek interaction from wildlife over human life. Yet I feel this area of the human experience is worth most any sacrifice.
Amy, who lives in Eagle Rock and has a teepee in front of her house that she frequently sleeps in, is off and away with her teepee travelling the land and living on and off the land right now in Washington. How freaking amazing is that?! In a sense I am jealous, but it's not like we all don't have the choice to do the same, right? Then we have my favorite band of the moment, Brightblack Morning Light who believe that nature should be apart of everyday life. When touring, they live outdoors and transport themselves with their tour van (when not at their permanent niche in New Mexico). Both members of the band, Rachel Hughes and Nathan Shineywater began as environmental activists, specifically with a common interest in watershed restoration, and their music is undeniably a reflection of their love of the earth. Listen to their music when outside looking at the stars - - it's the perfect soundtrack.
So all this got me thinking. What the heck am I doing???? It's not like a quarter-life crisis or anything, but it kind of is. There's so much more to life than having a job, a car and an apartment. Granted, I'm in school... but. Do I give it all up? No I don't think that's the answer. There is so much to see, yet I feel stuck. These are just thoughts in my head, granted, but important ones.
I was raised in West Los Angeles and my parents, while having an appreciation for nature, never emphasized the importance of immersing myself in nature. My mother did do naturey things like wake me up in the middle of the night to watch the lunar eclipse in sleeping bags in the backyard. What a wonderful memory. But I never camped until I was 12 yrs. and not again until 19 yrs. Until college, I had gone hiking maybe two times. It's not that I didn't want to, but it never occurred to me to do so. In college I was introduced to environmental activism through an old boyfriend who was sort of the poster child for all types of activism - - it was definitely an inspiration and eye-opener, but very overwhelming for a girl who was not familiar with these ideas. And while this was great exposure to the wonderful world of nature and environmentalism, I had yet to make those concepts my very own. My connection with nature is definitely there, but not consistent. I want i t to be consistent.
While I love West Los Angeles and consider it my home, it is a challenge to find like-minded individuals who share this same want to be with nature, and I don't mean driving to Big Sur to accomplish this, I mean staying put and making those attempts from our very home. It's so easy to become one of these nature gurus in Humboldt, Portland or even Silverlake and Echo Park, for example. Amy has a friend, Jarred who also lives in a teepee near Mount Washington and wow! He lives literally on the land and cooks his meals on an actual fire. I know people like that live on the westside, but I have no idea where. Actually, why do I need others to make my connection with nature? It would definitely make it easier, but the challenge is finding this on your own.
So you will be definitely seeing more ent ries on my attempt to be one with nature in West Los Angeles. The key for me is to constantly be inspired by those who have accomplished this and use them as examples to fuel my course of action. I don't know where to start, but I did surround my office with pictures of nature (I posted two pictures I just put up), I have a garden in the back of my apartment and a compost pile that is slowly getting more wormy. That's not a bad start. I would definitely prefer to be out with Amy in her teepee, but she's got a lot more experience in that department than I do. But very soon, verrrrrrrry soon indeed.
Mmm. Today's lunch is left over brown rice from take out, salad that I pre-made with dinner last night (but did not add the dressing until today) that includes:
sprouted black beans
sprouted mung beans
spouted mix of lentils and garbanzo beans
1 raw zucchini
raw sunflower seeds
pre-made lentils from Trader Jose's
lemon, olive oil and sea salt dressing
topped with pre-made spicy guacamole from Trader Jose's
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Leftover quinoa from last night's dinner
Pre-made lentils from Trader Jose's (found in the cold section next to the veggies)
Spicy guacamole from Trader Jose's
Sprouts (which I always keep in the fridge at work)
Raw Sunflower seeds (which I keep in my desk at work)
Mix the quinoa with the lentils (as much as you want) and put that in the microwave for 2 min. or have cold. Then add the guacamole, spouts and raw sunflower seeds. Add some sea salt...and voila! EASY!
The first bite tasted like a delicious bean burrito - and I love me burritos.
Mmmmmm. Inventive, cheap and delicious.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Have a wonderful weekend and I encourage you all to be one with nature!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
cheap cheap cheap
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
1 whole avocado - cut into cubes from the skin
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
(you gotta just play with it until it's to your liking)
Mix in a bowl-
Juice from 1 or less lemon
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 garlic clove minced and smashed with a fork in the olive oil to get out the flavor
Salt (add to your liking)
Pepper (add to your liking)
Red Pepper Flakes (just a few flakes for a bit of a kick!)
Monday, August 11, 2008
It is just one of those days where I just might not get to a blog entry until later tonight at home! There is so much I am so excited to write about, but it might just have to wait.
But, for a hint of what's to come, let's just say I got all nature-inspired this weekend!
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Aaaaanyway, for those of you who have nothing to do this Friday night, come out to the HollyShorts Festival to see Natural Rhapsody. And for those of you who do have something to do Friday night - - cancel, and come out to see Natural Rhapsody. Make sure to RSVP at the info below.
Song by Jonathan Wilson
Video directed by Ticket Magnet Babe, Michael Graham
HollyShorts is an organization devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panel and forums. The HollyShorts Film festival showcases the top short films produced 30- minutes or less. For more information, please visit www.hollyshorts.com.
Well, first read this David Wolfe book, Eating For Beauty.
And here's a list of top organic makeup brands.
I did purchase Physicians Formula Organic Wear blush, but it doesn't really show up on my face too much, but does the trick of giving the subtle appearance of sunkissed-ness. At least it's organic and affordable.
I did the whole Bare Minerals, but it made me break out, so no likey. I just need to find a good organic mascara - so if anyone knows about that, please email me!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
This event will take place live from San Diego,
TODAY August 5th at 5pm PST/8pm EST.
To register now go to this link and sign up!
So I learned a lot at the In-class session of the Bicycle Street Skills Class on Saturday — but didn’t make it to the On the Road session on Sunday due to a bad hangover….
Luckily, I — and everyone who wants to be a safe urban biker — have another chance. The same in-class and on the road sessions are going to be offered thanks to Antioch LA — this time with snacks and beverages. Best of all, the in-class portion is free!
In-class: Saturday, Aug. 9, 9 am - 2 pm in room A1000 at Antioch University, 400 Corporate Pointe, Culver City. No RSVP required. FREE!On the Road: Saturday, Aug. 16, 9 am - 3 pm in room A1000 at Antioch University, 400 Corporate Pointe, Culver City. Bring your working bike plus helmet. The class will be capped at 10 students, so make your reservation at the August 9 session OR RSVP to Andrea Richards at 310.578.1080×206. Cost: $25
The classes will be lead by League of American Bicyclists certified instructor Ron Durgin, who was one of the instructors for the class I took over the weekend. For participating, I got a “Bicycling Street Smarts” booklet by John S. Allen, a wallet-sized guide AND a AAA booklet of California Vehicle Code stuff relating to bicycles, and a Medical Information Carrier System with my info in case I pass out from bike-related injuries.
The med info’s now been stickered into my helmet; the wallet-sized guide’s been put into an old plastic name tag holder and taped into my bike basket for easy reference in case of future skirmishes with motorists.
Article taken from green LA girl - http://greenlagirl.com
URL to article: http://greenlagirl.com/2008/
If you don't know what critical mass is, read about it here. There's one in the San Fernando Valley tonight!
- August 5, 2008 @ 7:00 pm
- Victory Blvd. & Woodley Ave. Van Nuys (southwest corner)by the bike racks and lockers off the Orange Line Bike Path. Orange Line Woodley stop.
If you want to know more information, read about it on Streets Blog.
That being said ... read the next entry about critical mass.
Well, Girl Potato and Boy Potato
Had eyes for each other,
And finally they got married,
And had a little ,
Which they called 'Yam.'
Of course, they wanted the best for Yam.
When it was time,
They told her about the facts of life.
They warned her about going out
And getting half-baked,
So she wouldn't get accidentally mashed,
And get a bad name for herself like
And end up with a bunch of .
Yam said not to worry,
No Spud would get her into
The sack and make a rotten potato out of her!
But on the other hand
She wouldn't stay home
And become a Couch Potato either.
She would get plenty of exercise
So as not to be skinny
Like her Shoestring cousins.
When she went off to Europe ,
Mr. And Mrs. Potato told Yam
To watch out for the hard-boiled guys from Ireland .
And the greasy guys from France
Called the French Fries.
And when she went out west,
To watch out for the Indians
So she wouldn't get scalloped.
Yam said she would stay on
The straight and narrow and wouldn't associate
With those high class Yukon Golds,
Or the ones from the other side of the tracks
Who advertise their trade
On all the trucks that say,
Mr. And Mrs. Potato sent Yam to Idaho P.U.
(that's Potato University )
So that when she graduated
She'd really be in the Chips.
But in spite of all they did for her,
One-day Yam came home and announced
She was going to marry Tom Brokaw.
Mr. And Mrs. Potato were very upset.
They told Yam she couldn't
Possibly marry Tom Brokaw
Because he's just.......
Are you ready for this?
Are you sure?
OK! Here it is!
A COMMON TATER