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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Day 3

Wild Rose Cleanse and I are getting along quite nicely this afternoon I am happy to say. Feeling alive again, happy to be cleansing and not yearning for my bed like yesterday. I think for me, the decision to purge my body of its unholy inhabitants for 12 days really gives me a sense of control.

My next step is going to do 12 days of yoga straight! I used to be a yoga-aholic! Never ever missing a night of yoga. No matter what I had planned in a day, there was guaranteed to be a 1/2 hour that I practiced yoga naked in my living room. I think I had that sense of control in my head then. That feeling of calm that I feel lately I have been scrambling to find. Again, like cleansing, starting it is the hardest part.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Cleaning out tha' old pipes!


Im cleansing! I have been kinda ill lately and I figure I need to really have a clean out. So I dug The Wild Rose Cleanse, that I bought.... 6 mos ago or so, outta the back of my cupboard and set to work!

Today is day 2 and my brain is fuzzy. I have a slight headache and a few waves of nausea. Obviously I was pretty toxic inside!! Cleansing feels great to me and gives me an opportunity to reassess my bodies needs. The hardest part of cleansing is starting the damn thing!!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

To cluck or not to cluck...

Ok, so I have chickens on the brain.

I love chickens! For pets that is... and eggs! I am really quite terrible at eating them... tho I have attempted many times. Killing is a whole other story, that I know for a fact I would not participate in on my own free will! Not that I raise issue with eating chickens as food. I might not choose to do so myself, but if you raise chickens for your own families consumption... I see no harm! If your neighbor raises chickens/beef/pigs... etc... for there own personal consumption and sell a bit to you, I also see no issue!
Small scale local butchers and meat producers should be allowed to produce the meat of our communities.

I grew up with backyard hens. We had various different chicken coops in various different backyards and they always were a complete and utter pleasure to have around. As a kid, not only could I name all the hens, pet them, chase them and collect their eggs, I also had the fine pleasure of introducing myself to the barnyard mice that lived in the chickens food! I loved to open the chicken feed and giggle while the lil' grey mice scurried up my wee arm into the hood of my jacket. My mother enjoyed this game less than I, but in the end, the chicken bond grew between her, myself, the chickens... and the inevitable mice.

There is certainly plenty of chatter out in the world right now about the security of our food and what kind of 'foot print' our families leave on the face of our earth. My own awareness of my addiction to 'foreign' food is now measurable. The nutritional density of food is also becoming very easy to measure. Some nutritionally dense food can be harvested and raised in our backyards. Some comes from far off countries that need the fair trade support of strong, economic power-houses like Canada. I am not wanting to stop purchasing food that is nutritionally dense and now embedded in my families diet, I just want to be smart about it! Food that is shipped from abroad once a year, is much more reasonable than say lettuce shipped once a week!

If having 2 hens in my backyard provided me with approximately 10 (at least) eggs a week, 30 weeks as year... that is 300 eggs from happy, healthy hens that my family had to enjoy that year.
25 dozen eggs that I didn't have pay $4.00/doz for @ the grocery store. Of course I have to ensure my chickens are healthy and I need to give them safety and security in order for them to produce for me. But the fear of backyard chickens needs to be put to rest. Feeding chickens kitchen scraps and letting them scratch the earth for grubs is a great start. Throw in some grain and corn in the winter and pop a heat lamp and a bail of straw in their roost and they will thrive!
Love goes along way these days.....

Backyard chickens don't stink, they don't carry bird flu (unless they are trapped in a barn never seeing the light of day with 15 thousand other hens) and the mice??? Well... that's is up to your discretion.

I am not going to run out and get myself a couple hens for my backyard right now.... tempting.... adding to 'Wild Kingdom' always is! I simply want to openly discuss with myself the pro's and con's of what we eat.... and where it comes from.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Creative Creations~Sometimes so simple!

So tonight for the lil' radio jingle I do with Eryn, we did our lil' talk on kohlrabi. I always associate kohlrabi with my momma cuz as soon as she could get it outta the garden or on the rare times you found it in grocery stores, she would rush inside with it, peel it, slice it up, put salt on it and revel in its deliciousness!!

I thought it tasted like radish, personally. And until today, that's what I thought it was. A type of radish. Well, nope! It is actually a type of cabbage! Who woulda thunk! So I like kohlrabi for the fleeting couple days that we had it every year, but not that much. Much like my relationship to radishes. Good but no big deal! Getting them outta moms garden is one thing, but buying them? Forget it!! Until now!

This year, with this new radio fun thing I am doing, I have had to branch out and actually experiment with these two short-seasoned veggies and find de'lish ways of making them taste good!!

I thought because kohlrabi is actually a type of cabbage and NOT a radish, I might actually try making a Kohlrabi Slaw and I was THRILLED with the results. My friend Enaunda told me a while back that she liked cabbage, lemon juice and feta together and I have also become quite smitten with that marriage so instead of traditional coleslaw I went with simple. Traditional Coleslaw to me reminds me of the gross lil' clump of mayo gunk that they slapped on the side of your Pirate Ship at Whitespot. I'm not a mayo lover unless I make it. So this recipe don't got no mayo!!

You will need:
1 large bulbous fat kohrabi
2 fat juicy radishes
4 scrawny, farmers market fresh early carrots
1 juicy lemon
1 tbsp of olive oil (or any kinda good oil that makes things taste good)
Some crumbled feta
A few gorgeous sprigs of cilantro
A generous handful of sunflower seeds (slightly toasted is always nice but not necessary)
Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Get out your grater and grate the kohlrabi, radish and carrots into a bowl. Might as well slip in a bit of the lemon zest as well while your at it. Juice your lemon and add it in, sans seeds, of course. Toss in everything else, toss and serve!

Soooo good! And for all you weirdos out there that don't like cilantro, you can add dill instead! Ha.

So here is to Kohlrabi and Radishes Everbody! *Cheers*