Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Things I'm Looking Forward To

There are many things that I am looking forward once the remodel is finished. Here are a few of them.

* No more sucking in our stomachs to get into our only bathroom due to the massive vanity we put in; what can I say, we needed more counter space.

* No more wood dust in my pots and pans because the drawers slide wood on wood

* No more grunting to open or close a window

* No more walking sideways between the stove and microwave cart to move from the kitchen to the guest bedroom

* No more open cupboards because the dinner plates are too big

* A king size bed

I have over a year at least to look forward to all these things being no more. Hopefully all goes well.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

A couple of months ago I read the book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle for book club and it really made me take a closer look at the products I was buying. Since reading the book, I make an effort to buy products produced/grown closer to home and no longer by Dean Foods products, bananas and products with high fructose corn syrup. I've made a few another changes but these are the ones I consistently follow.

I no longer buy
Dean Foods, also the owner of Horizon Organics, because of their practices regarding dairy products. If I am going to buy organic dairy products, I try to buy Organic Valley if I'm willing to spend a lot or I'll by the Whole Foods brand which has received decent ratings for their organic practices.

I no longer buy bananas because of how far they travel to get to me. Is it really worth all that fuel? We'll see if I can go the winter without them though. If Brian didn't like grapes so much, I probably wouldn't buy those either since they usually come from Chile.

Do I really need to buy products made with high fructose corn syrup, which is made by changing the sugar (glucose) in cornstarch to fructose — another form of sugar to extend the self life of processed foods? No. I try to stick to products that have the real stuff.

Sometimes I wonder where to draw the line. Buying organic is expensive and I wonder if it's worth it. Yes, our generation ate regular food, but food today is grown and processed much different today than 20 plus years ago.

I'll save a discussion on feed-lots for another post.


Over the past year or so, I've been thinking more and more about the personal care products I use and the impact it has on my body and the environment. So as I run out of a product, I search for an organic version.

Finding a deodorant that does not contain aluminum, which is linked to Alzheimer's, has been a bit challenging. I did a little research and read that
Weleda Wild Rose Deodorant worked well but it was about $15.

Another tip I had read was to stick to roll-on and sprays. While at Whole Foods, I decided on
Lafe's Hemp Oil Rol-on Deodorant Fresh and it was about $5. I think it is OK for the winter when I'm not so sweaty, but it was just not doing the trick during the hot and humid Boston summer. I took the plunge and bought the Weleda Wild Rose spray. The spray is a little strange and sometimes I miss and end up spraying my arm, but so far so good.