I had the opportunity to visit the Raleigh Farmers' Market and was pleasantly surprised by the array of fresh fruits and vegetables sold. From locally grown kale to heirloom tomatoes, there are plenty of seasonal offerings. I love that there are several organic options offered. In addition to these eco-friendly organic offerings, I was impressed by the locally produced offerings. I am learning more about the benefits of being a "loca-viore" (individual who consumes foods that are locally grown and/or produced). A few great discussions with farmers have taught me what are potential plants that I can successfully add to my organic garden.
Please visit http://www.ncagr.gov/markets/facilities/markets/raleigh/.
Remember to bring your own fruit and vegetable baskets or containers. Also, the best value usually comes in a multi-pound option so consider going
To be one with nature is often the greatest gift. I had a chance to spend some time outdoors this week and it's been so refreshing! I am looking forward to spring already!
I wanted to run every day in 2013 but already missed two days this past week. My excuse is that I completed the Disney Family 5k Fun Run this past weekend. It's a great relaxing fun run that is not chipped time. I used my watch to time myself. I am still aiming and training for a full marathon before the end of 2013.
I have read over a dozen different recipe books and have come up with my own favorite vegetarian salad made of: lettuce, cherry tomatoes, shredded carrots, pinenuts, lightly glazed pecans and a tablespoon of italian salad dressing.
Happy new year! Studies have shown that despite the best intentions, new year resolutions are usually broken by the end of January. Among the successful individuals who are able to stick with their new year resolutions, there are often common traits and factors:
- these individuals share their goals with family and friends so that they have a natural support network
- these individuals do not create omission goals (e.g. "stop eating meat") instead, they create replacement goals (e.g. "stop eating meat and replace each meat with a bean/vegetable dish")
- these individuals create interim goals/rewards to motivate themselves
- these individuals do not have an "all or nothing" approach (e.g. "I ate steak last night so I can no longer be a vegetarian), instead, they understand that some setbacks along the way can be expected and that the key to success is to persevere and keep trying.
I have been reading the book, "Eat and Run" by Scott Jurek and have really been inspired by how he has adopted a vegan lifestyle and became a champion ultramarathon runner in the process. Therefore, my 2013 eco-friendly living goals are as follow:
- Run every day (at least one mile at less than 10 minutes/mile) for 365 days
- Train and complete my first marathon for the fall 2013
- Adopt a vegetarian diet (plus fish, because I cannot live without fish), actually I am already 2/3 of the way towards this goal. I already eat a vegetarian breakfast and lunch so I only need to eat a vegetarian dinner.
- Plant and harvest at least 12 different fruits, herbs and vegetables in my garden
Eco-friendly activist trying to make more healthy eco-friendly choices for my family.