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Thursday, June 26, 2008


I am going to challenge you all to start doing three things. It may be a bit difficult for some, but in the long run, it will mean a better, healthier life for you, your family and our environment.

Challenge #1
Go for Gold
I know it is more more expensive, but try purchasing Gold Seal's new dolphin-free choices. By this, I mean, tuna and salmon that have been caught without causing harm to dolphins. The cans will now sport the words "wild" and "dolphin-free" on their labels. It may seem silly, but harming dolphins actually disrupts food chains in our oceans. By making the small change of going with dolphin-free tuna and or salmon, you are protecting the ocean food chain and ours.

Challenge #2
Pop Your Own Popcorn
I am sure people are saying - but I do! What I mean by this, is ditch the Reddenbachers Microwave crap. Microwave popcorn is a convenient and easy way to enjoy a healthy whole grain snack. You can control the amount of fat, sodium and chemicals going into your body and your family's bodies by popping your own. All you need is a paper lunch bag and 1/4 cup popcorn and a microwave. Place 1/4 cup popcorn kernels in a paper lunch bag, fold the bag at the end to keep in the steam. Microwave on high for 2 minutes or until popping slows to 4 secs between pops. You can then lightly drizzle with melted butter and a little salt, if desired.

Challenge #3
The 100-Mile Diet
Do you know how far the food on your plate has travelled when you sit down to dinner? The average is 1500 miles! That's a lot of travel. That's a lot of spoilage, gas $$, and unknowns. So the challenge is to try and consume food and drink produced locally - within 100 miles of your city. Now, here in Freddy, that will become easier as the Farmer's Market fills with local farmers selling their fruits, veggies and meats. I will not lie or beat around the bush. It can be slightly more expensive. But you will be able to sit down to your meals knowing that your food is grown locally, that you are helping a local entrepreneur, and that your food is a lot fresher than what is at the local Superstore. For those who need the conversion, that's 160 km.

So give it a try. See how it works. Even if you do it for the summer. Let me know how it goes!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008


Guess what?

I have next week off! Surprise to me! Yay!

I knew Liv wouldn't be here as she is headed to Newfoundland tomorrow at noon. But Lauren's dad arrived this morning to tell me that her mother is off next week and will be keeping Lauren home.

So all of sudden, I have a week off. What to do?