Yup, It’s Friday!

weekends

 

Yeahhhhh….it’t Friday! I am beginning to look forward to the weekends more and more these days. When you are so busy with events, work and trying to find a social life in between nothing sounds better than a litter R&R! The weather here in California has been nothing short of amazing although not so good for the environment. I think we have 70’s on the forecast for this weekend which is a little strange for January, but hey, I am not complaining! Anyway, I’ll be relaxing as well as cooking up a storm, visiting my local farmers market and getting a few workouts in. What are you up to??

CSA. Learn it & Do it.

CSA

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. This is something you should definitely invest some money in and be a part of. It requires no extra cost than what you are probably spending at the grocery store already. Every week you can receive a box full of fresh produce including vegetables and fruits that are locally grown and in season.

When considering whether or not to join a CSA, there are a few questions that you might ask yourself. Be sure to answer for yourself and the people you live with since asking other people to change their eating habits is not a  small thing.

  • Do I like to cook and does my schedule allow me to make homemade meals most evenings?
  • Will it be fun to vegetables that are new to me?
  • How will I handle excess produce? (Do you have a neighbor who would like to get some if you get “behind”?) Feeling bad about wasting food is one of the top reasons former CSA members site for not renewing. If anything you can throw the extra veggies in your juicer or blender and get your daily intake of vitamins.

I know for me personally, throughout the week  I frequent Whole Foods daily. Mainly because I buy as I go, and it prevents a lot of waste since it’s only me. I don’t mind considering I love to cook, I love good food and it thrills me to know that I have access to amazing foods. For some people going to the grocery store is a dreadful process. I think in order to change this, you have to take a little time out of your day to look up some recipes and find things you love. If you know how to read, you can learn to cook! No excuses.

Do your research and find a CSA close to home. Why is this important? Because the more local the ingredients the faster it hits your dinner table after being picked. Nutrient value is at the highest value when your food is picked and served in a short amount of time. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t always accessible, but since we live in a community where it is I recommend you take advantage of it!

Have a great weekend!

Here is a link to find a CSA in your area. Good Luck!

California Sunshine

{San Pedro Square Market}

{Iced Mint Mojito}

Wow, what a weekend! 80 degrees in November…is this real? Thank you mother nature for the California sunshine. This weekend was a blast. Started Saturday morning with an FNS workout- and then headed to the San Pedro Square Market in dowtown San Jose. I had never been there before, but am happy to report it will be visited again soon. There is a small farmers market outside and then the market itself was filled with cute order at the counter type restaurants, and a cute patio with outdoor seating (indoor available too). What is better than enjoying the day with some friends, Philz Coffee, Farmers Market and a bloody mary? Hope you guys had a great relaxing weekend and were able to get in some exersise and soak up the sun. Cheers to a great week.

Why wouldn’t you vote YES on Prop 37?

What are GMOs?
GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.

Virtually all commercial GMOs are engineered to withstand direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. Despite biotech industry promises, none of the GMO traits currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit.

Meanwhile, a growing body of evidence connects GMOs with health problems, environmental damage and violation of farmers’ and consumers’ rights.

Ok, so let’s get this straight. Large corporations are rallying together against citizens in our country to prevent GMO labeling. If there was a label presented, chances are people would make better choices against food that has been altered and could cause harm to their health. In November, voters in the nation’s most populous state will decide whether to require labels on food and drinks containing so-called GMOs, or ingredients that come from plants whose DNA has been manipulated by scientists. PLEASE MINDMore than 40 countries around the world already have some requirements for labeling of genetically engineered foods. GMOs are deeply unpopular in Europe, which has strict labeling rules and bans many genetically engineered crops.

To fight the initiative, seed giant Monsanto Co, soda and snack seller PepsiCo Inc and other opponents of the labeling measure have put up $25 million already and could raise up to $50 million. Foodmakers, like car makers, know that what starts in California has a fair chance of becoming the national law, or at least the national norm.

If a company like Kellogg’s has to print a label stating that their famous Corn Flakes have been genetically engineered, it will be the kiss of death for their iconic brand in California…and everywhere else.Money is flowing in from around the country and opposition fundraising is outpacing that of supporters by a factor of more than eight-to-one, according to filings with the California Secretary of State.

Contributions from PepsiCo, Kellogg Co, Hershey Co , Hormel Foods Corp, General Mills Inc, Pinnacle Foods Group, Cargill Inc and ConAgra Foods Inc have come fast and furious in recent weeks.

But the big money is coming from the likes of Monsanto, the world’s largest seed company and the first to introduce genetically engineered products to farmers.

I encourage you to do your research on this initiative if you care at all about what you put in your mouth for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is no reason GMO foods shouldn’t be labeled if they are “not causing any health problems” or if large corporations didn’t see some detrimental decline in GMO foods.To use the excuse of more tax and food costs is ridiculous, considering the fact that if you eat these foods and they make you sick- you now have the medical costs as well as prescription drug costs to deal with.

Make the right choice, Vote YES on Prop 37.

So Ready for Fall.


Happy Monday! I took a mini trip to Sacramento over the weekend and let me just say I am ready for fall to get here. Don’t get me wrong, I love summer but nothing beats flats, boots, skinny jeans, long sleeve shirts and the everyday chambray to keep us stylish. It was a bit windy over the weekend, but not quite cold enough to pop these items out of the closet. These are just a few of my favorite looks and wants for the next couple of weeks.

Are there any items you are wishing for as fall approaches?