Should I go Paleo?
Raw? Gluten-free? 8-hr diet? Organic? GMO free? Vegan? So many choices…who is right?
Do we eat too many refined carbohydrates as a population? Yes.
Are the additives, packaging and GMOs causing disruptions to our genetics? Uh huh.
Are pesticides and poor soil quality affecting our produce? Duh.
Is animal cruelty a part of most meat/dairy distribution? Sadly, yes.
There is no one right way to eat, because there are so many issues with our bodies and our food supply. We are all individuals with unique genetics (some of which cause food allergies and intolerances), distinct passions (animal rights, human rights), and unique talents (cooking, gardening, athletics) that will dictate what foods we choose to put into our bodies. What is best for your body may not be what is best for your neighbor.
Whatever way of eating you choose, eat with sensibility and compassion. By sensibility, I mean moderate portions and variety of nutrient sources. By compassion, I mean think about how the food you purchased got to you (did it come from a company that widely used pesticides or GMOs, traveled across the world and left a large carbon footprint)? Animal rights is a huge part of compassion, follow your heart with however you feel lead.
We can all eat better. In turn, we can help our bodies, our animals, and our earth.
April, what do you think about a paleo diet?
Sunday My boyfriend and I took a little day trip to Ojai.
We had talked about spending the weekend at the Ojai Valley Resort and Spa, but because I live an hour away from Ojai we decided do a little day trip instead.
First stop was the New Oak Ranch in upper Ojai Valley to Pick Lavender.
Who knew there were acres of lavender growing a few miles outside of downtown Ojai!
The lavender season is short.
mid-June to the end of July- (weekends only).
It costs $5.00 per bunch of lavender (that you cut yourself). They supply the cutting shears and twist ties.
This is about as much as you can fit into the twist tie. Its a great deal! Take a deep breath of that…ahhhh!
The ranch also has 1,400 Tuscan olive trees, which produces a olive oil that they are very proud of!
Aww…baby walnuts…aren’t they cute?
You’re welcome to bring a picnic lunch and savor your lunch on a walnut shaded table.
You can also purchase quite a few items made with their lavender.
Everything from body care product to honey, and even a tomato jam!
(sounds weird, but it was quite yummy!)
Yours truly, Big floppy hat and all…
Next stop, downtown Ojai to visit the Farmers Market.
We bought lots of amazing items, like flavored goat cheese, lemon cookies, strawberry pie, fresh basil, pixie tangerines, olive oil. All the great looking fruits and veggies made me so hungry, I forgot to take pictures!
We decided to get something to eat at a quaint little health food store called the Rainbow Bridge Market.
Me, pigging out on a de-lish avocado- veggie sandwich.
I eat one whenever i’m in Ojai.
I bought a organic olive oil while I was at the Farmers Market. They have a tour that will be in part 2 of day tripp’n in Ojai.
Move over Rover
and let Jimmy take over
Humming the song
The much anticipated, much dreamed about, much talked about…has finally happened.
The Birth of Vivian Rose, my first Grandchild!
This is Vivian one hour old, she weighed 7lbs and is 19 1/2 long. She is Grand ma ma’s perfect little princess!
A few months ago I posted a story and ultrasound picture of her. I thought she was already adorable at only a few weeks old. Grand ma ma went a little crazy buying things as soon as she knew for sure her first grand child was going to be a girl.
I bought a chandelier for Vivian’s bedroom…Grandma ma doesn’t even have a chandelier in her bedroom…at least not yet!
I’m so proud of my daughter April, she had a 100% natural birth just like I did, NO meds of any kind. I was shocked to know that things have changed so much in the past 20 years or so. Back in my day we did everything we could not to take any drugs of any kind, now everyone tries to talk you into taking medications for the pain, it’s even hard to find a doctor that still believe’s in a natural birth. April’s doctor still believe’s in natural births but said he has delivered only 4 babies natural (that is without drugs) in the past year.
April’s birth plan is very rare indeed!
This picture was taken 6 hours before April went into Labor.
24 hours later……
What we lovingly called the ”baby dance”.
When April had a contraction she would lean into her husband Chad and sway from side to side till the pain was gone.
Vivian was born, Sunday December 4th at 8:28 pm
after approximately 24 hours of labor.
This is what a baby born without drugs looks like.
Wide awake, and taking in her new world!
I hope anyone reading this who is pregnant, or knows anyone who is pregnant, Please consider giving birth without drugs. Don’t let your doctor or nurses try to talk you out of it, women have been giving birth for thousands of years without drugs. Yes, giving birth is painful, but it can be done without drugs!
Grand ma ma
Making My List
Checking it Twice
I have been Very Nice!
Faux fur Jacket, I ordered it, I couldn’t wait for Santa.
Last year I bought the black fur version of this, and i’m so glad I did!
I love anything Brocade!
I guess i’m going to have white fuzz stuck in my eyelashes.
Can we say Ice Princess.
New Years Eve Outfit?
Where’s My Hot Chocolate?
Dear Santa baby
I have been a Very Good girl
So Please bring me everything on my list