Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
No worries, I’m not trying to convert you into a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle, even though I very much support it, being a vegetarian myself.
If you live close to Montclair, swing by the go lightly store on Fullerton Ave on Saturday May 1st from 11am – 4pm to be part of a fun global event that helps people, animals and the planet. All proceeds from this bake sale will go to for the animals sanctuary in
- Skip animal products for at least one day per week
- Buy only organic meats, dairy and eggs
- Buy from local farms, if possible those that you can go visit
- Especially when it comes to baking, be open for vegan recipes, there’s a ton out there and they’re really delicious and in most cases healthier than their non-vegan counterparts
Monday, April 26, 2010
- Buy local produce rather than that which has traveled thousands of miles
- Think about joining a local food co-op
- Visit your local farmer’s market as often as you can (click here for a NJ guide)
- Compost whenever possible (ask friends or family with a garden whether you can join in the fun if you don’t have your own back yard, or check with Trina (see information on the right under Things To Do Around Town) if you live in Montclair
- I want to stress how important it is to ONLY buy organic meats and dairy, if possible grass-fed and free-range
- Try to cut down on meats. Just one meatless meal more per week per family would do so much for the environment
- When you shop in a store, buy as much from the bulk section as you can: not only does it save you money, it also minimizes waste
- Try to do your shopping by bike or walking every once in a while. We do most of our shopping walking which means we do it more than once a week (there’s only so much that fits in a stroller…)
- Avoid processed foods altogether and learn how to read labels. My rule of thumb is if it has more than 5 or 7 ingredients, depending on the product, it can’t be healthy
- When it comes to cooking, don’t overheat and turn your fan on over the oven
- Prefer unrefined oils over refined oils (my top choices are olive and coconut oil)
- Save glass jars and use them for storage rather than buying more and more plastic containers, especially for liquids
- Avoid paper napkins and use cloth instead (also at work or school)
- Eat a balanced, healthy diet full of whole foods and enjoy!
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
- a glass container that holds approx. 8 cups, cloth napkin and rubber band
- plastic strainer or cheese cloth
- plastic measuring spoon (for 1 tablespoon) and measuring cup
- plastic or wooden spoon
- large plastic bowl
- plastic funnel
- some glass bottles with lids
- 6 tablespoons of kefir grains (which you can buy or get from a friend who’s doing it. I got mine from wonderful Trina Paulus, the butterfly lady, who also attended the workshop and who had some extra - they multiply!)
- Organic sugar and organic sucanat (don’t be turned off by this – about 85-90% of the sugar gets removed due to the fermentation process)
- Dried, unsulphered fruit such as raisins, apricots, figs,…
- Fresh fruit or organic juice if you like to flavor your kefir
- About 10 minutes every day
- Fill glass container with 6 cups of filtered water
- Add 4 tblsp sugar and 2 tblsp sucanat and stir until dissolved
- Add the kefir grains
- Add about a handful of dried fruit of your choice
- Cover container with cloth napkin and secure with rubber band
- After 24 hours (or so J ) strain the whole content (keep liquid in bowl, grains and dried fruit in strainer)
- Rinse container and grains (pick out the fruit and throw out) and start the process again with fresh filtered water, sugar and dried fruit right away
- Fill kefir in glass bottles and put in fridge (up to 3 days)
- The kefir is ready to drink, but you can flavor it if you want by adding juice to it and let it sit for another 24 hours (we love organic grape juice). You only need a little bit, so one bottle of juice will go a long way.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
- Putting garbage of any kind into a bin or flush it down a drain doesn't make it go away - it will stay on earth forever
- Recycling is good, avoiding is better
- We only have this one Planet Earth and our children and grandchildren will only have this one Planet Earth, so will their grandchildren and great-grandchildren...
- Even the slightest change towards a greener lifestyle does good
- In celebration of Earth Day, why not think of something special to do that day (and maybe once a week for the future?)
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
- If you haven't already, use a water filter at home and reusable water bottles (our filter is from aquasana and we use SIGG and Klean Kanteen water bottles)
- Use cloth napkins at home and at school/work and outside the house never buy disposable cutlery
- Recycle and make yourself familiar with recycling procedures in your town (my town for example does only accept plastics 1 and 2 - but there are other ways to recycle the others, click here for more info). Here's the guidelines for recycling in NJ
- Turn off electronic devices and lights when not in use (this is a biggie. Try to watch out for houses at night where there seems to be a light on in every single room!)
- Switch to energy-saving light bulbs (but be very careful not to break them at all. If you do, you have to follow a very strict protocol to not pollute your living space!)
- Reuse packaging, paper, envelopes etc. for personal use or art projects (in our family we save almost everything. I started a project with our 4-year old son Liam where I put tons of stuff like toilet paper rolls, magazine papers, envelopes, wool and fabric rests etc. in boxes that we had decorated with stickers before and called it his "Krimskramsecke" (German for "This-and-That corner). For quiet time, Liam loves to go into his room and just starts to make something out of. I was astonished to see how creative he can get!)
- Wrap presents in fabric and wool or packaging paper that kids (or you!) can decorate. Get creative! Think out of the box - like unused clothes, funny magazine pages, newspaper,..
- Please avoid styrofoam at any cost! BUT WHAT IF I HAVE A PARTY??? I hear you scream. Well, either just use your normal stuff (most of us have a dishwasher for god's sake :-) or try to use biodegradable products that decompost. Another option if you're having a lot of parties and not so many dishes and cutlery is PRESERVE (sold online or at Whole Foods, it's made of recycled #5 plastics)
- Pass outgrown and unwanted clothes and toys on to somebody who might need or want them. This is also another form of modern recycling! We get most of our stuff used at either garage sales, swaps or from our friend's kids. Saves money and helps the environment
- Take a fabric rest (approx. 8 1/2 x3") and fold it in half.
- Figure out where you want to sew the name if you want that and take a much lighter thread. Stitch the name in on the outside.
- Then turn the fabric and sew around the edges (obviously this is easiest with a sewing machine, which I still don't own :-(, leaving one of the short sides open.
- Turn your sack inside out so the name is visible and the sewing unvisible.
- Now fill your little sack with flax seeds and sew the last side tight shot as well. And voila!
- Put in freezer (it won't get freezing cold like regular booboo packs) and use whenever needed.
Monday, April 19, 2010
- cut out wheat of any kind completely
- reduce any bready, doughy stuff (breads, crusts, pretzels, crackers,...)
- cut out dairy of any kind (milk, yoghurt, cheese)
- reduce processed soy to a minimum (tofu, soy milk, soy yoghurts and puddings,...)
- minimize processed foods
- minimize sugars