Wilbur’s 83rd Day Birthday

You can click the first photo for a slideshow with a little story of Wilbur’s journey. Click only if you feel like it. No worries, either way.

Morning Mind Seed Curiosity

I’m embracing my thoughts. It’s a whole new world and I’m the carpet AND Jasmine. And Aladdin? Hmm. AND the monkey! Yay! Who is the tiger?

Anyway, I’m letting it all flow free and seed is what I woke up curious about. I’m collecting seed, but I don’t know much about it. Here is a fine mind ramble from Gamble that may come in handy later. It also may just scare/confuse you/me, so if you want to read something more sane, skip to the photo caption below. Also, many of these questions probably have answers. I was just having fun relishing in wonder this morning…

  • Seeds have protein, so wouldn’t strawberries have a bit of protein?
  • Is the protein in a banana in the seeds or the meat?
  • What do you call the banana part of a banana? Other than banana? Or meat?
  • What makes us eat certain seeds and not others? Cashews (big) vs. lemon seeds (smaller), I’d think we’d eat the smaller one… Is it just taste? Or texture? Or some other biological reason?
  • Many seeds are designed for animals to eat, travel around with in their belly, and poop out later to spread the seed. Some scientists think avocados were designed for bigger animals to eat, digest, and poop out the seed. Does that mean I am really over-stepping my boundaries as a small person every time I eat one?
  • Do all seeds have tannins like an avocado seed?
  • How come those large animals could process avocado seeds while to some smaller animals, avocado seeds are toxic?
  • When we chew seeds, doesn’t that kill their chance of survival?
  • And doesn’t that go against this idea of ingestion for poop seed sowing?
  • Is that why seeds and beans are harder for humans to digest?
  • Because chewed seeds are stickin’ it to the man?
  • Are you upset by that bad joke? Is that a joke?
  • I heard that when flax seed is eaten whole, we don’t get its full nutrients so its better to eat ground flax seed. But we end up chewing it when it’s whole, so what’s the difference?
  • But it’s true that when I eat whole flax seeds, so many end up in my poop fully intact. Seems like that would be good for them- why wouldn’t the flax seeds make that option appealing to us nutritionally?
  • Nuts, seeds, beans, peas, and legumes are all seeds. Why do we call them different names?

Seedy Tower TheWholeRuth

#savingseed #cdtower #seedytower #getit?

Avocados are a virtue

I’m bringing the guacamole to the party… in 13 years!

This is the 100 year old avocado tree in our back yard. Beautiful.
This is the 100 year old avocado tree in our back yard. Beautiful.

I just found out that it takes 5-13+ years for an avocado tree grown from seed to bear fruit! Whoaholymybatmanthatsalongtimegoodness!

That made me realize that if we all understood how long it really takes for nature to move, for a tree to run it’s natural course, and we were the specific person that tended to that tree for all of those years, we would respect them in a totally different way. If I cared for a tree for 12 years and it got sick and died that year, the year before it fruited, I would be so attached to it at that point that I would weep.

Continue reading “Avocados are a virtue”

Have an avocado baby

What I’ve learned so far about starting avocados from seed: Stab with toothpicks, stick in water, & love. Just like it happens in nature… 


Avocado Baby 3.9.13

This is Wilbur. He’s my little bacon avocado. I’m excited that he’s inspired some friends to make their own avocado babies. And other friends across the country literally got their avocado seeds the same day I posted his first picture, with the intention to plant their own trees, before even seeing him! Avocados are great and they’re making our minds think alike! Creepy…

Thought I’d share what I’ve learned so far on how to grow your own avocado trees from seed. Continue reading “Have an avocado baby”

Why can I buy avocados?

So I’m hoarding avocados now. It’s really fun. I feel like I get all the beneficial feelings of being a crazy cat lady, without the pre-packaged judgement 🙂 But give it time, the world will soon have a new breed of stereotype: The Hoarding Avocado Woman.

This morning, while cleaning the kitchen, I looked at my pile of four avocado seeds sitting in a puddle of water on the back edge of the sink. I leave them there as a visual to-do list and because this is the best thing I’ve thought of so far to keep them alive until I can plant them. The water from washing dishes each day splashes on them and kinda forms a little life-nest beneath them, giving me the time to come up with another glass jar somehow.

Everything in the store in a glass jar has a new meaning to me. I want to crouch down and surprise-leap onto my prey in Trader Joes, and flailingly leave it’s contents strewn wherever just get to it’s magnificant glass hide and display it with pride along my window sill. Continue reading “Why can I buy avocados?”

That Feels Delicious #2: Quinoa Caprese


Swimming is coming along swimmingly 🙂

• Breakfast: 8 oz green juice, banana, 1/4 organic avocado, 5 organic baby carrots, 14 raw hazelnuts, water, big ol’ handful of ORGANIC KALE! MMMmm! (Dad bought some without me asking! Yay Daddy!!!)

17 laps doggy paddling, scissor kicks & V kicks on the blue floaty thing, Russians in the deep end holding onto & facing the wall, standing on right leg: arabesques, Peake & out to the side, kick front, then limped walking around, squats on side of pool.

• Lunch: Daddy’s Chili Beans, 1/4 org avocado, 1 thick slice beefsteak tomato, bit o minced shallot, cracked black peppere, 1 basil leaf off Jose Tuesta, sprinkle of turmeric, big ol’ handful of ORGANIC KALE! MMMmm!, all wrapped in Alejandro brand flour tortilla

24 oz. Brita water

• Snack: 12 oz. peach juice & 2 slices organic polenta

• Dinner: organic quinoa, tomato cubes, org garlic glove, shallot, 1/4 org avocado, big ol’ handful of ORGANIC KALE! MMMmm!, cracked black pepper, sea salt, TJs pasta seasoning, org turmeric spice, fresh squeezed lemon juice, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, 2 basil leaves off Jose T.

• Snack: Peanut butter cookie Larabar, 16 oz. Brita water

• 2 Cold Eeze cherry zinc lozenges (zincum gluconicum 2x, corn syrup, glycerine, natural flavors, sucrose)

Stories from Aunt Ruth

There are so many things I’m excited to share on this site! Here a few ideas that I’m eager to write about, as something I can look forward to, and hopefully you will too :)… Continue reading “Stories from Aunt Ruth”

A Delicious Mistake

Tonight I made a super yummy dinner by accident!

 

I had prepped a salad in advance because I’m staying with some friends and it’s easier to eat in a way that makes my body happy if I have veggies ready for salad, or to toss into scrambled eggs, or rice, or whateves. Then I can still hang out with my friends, instead of bringing whole food and chopping the whole time :).

All tossed together in the salad was organic:

  • spinach
  • cucumbers
  • red bell peppers
  • carrots
  • broccoli
  • thinly sliced zucchini
  • avocado
  • fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • olive oil
  • a little bit of raw apple cider vinegar
  • thyme spice
  • dill weed spice
  • freshly ground black pepper

I’m here visiting friends in Burbank to be part of my first Seder Passover Dinner! Continue reading “A Delicious Mistake”

Cause Organic is Wonderful Things

The conventional food that we have easy access to in America is grown in soil with synthetic chemicals and pesticides, and sprayed with the same stuff.  The vitamins and minerals in nutrient rich soil don’t make it into our food.  We feel hungry because our bodies are intaking empty, or nutrient-less, calories.  So we eat and weigh more, but are lacking in the life-sustaining vitamins we need and are designed to absorb.

Here is an article about the benefits of organic food from current.com:

Organic is more nutritious according to the French

A new report by the French Agency for Food Safety (AFSSA) has found that organic foods are better for you and contain less pesticides and nitrates, which have been linked to a range of health problems including diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

Andre Leu, Chairman of the Organic Federation of Australia, says the up-to-date exhaustive and critical evaluation of the nutritional quality of organic food and has found organic foods have higher levels of minerals and antioxidants.’

“The AFSSA study has been published in the peer reviewed scientific journal Agronomy for Sustainable Development ensuring that it has met rigorous scientific standards,” Leu said.

The major points of The French Agency for Food Safety study are:

1. Organic plant products contain more dry matter (more nutrient dense) 

2. Have higher levels of minerals 

3. Contain more anti-oxidants such as phenols and salicylic acid (known to protect against cancers, heart disease and many other health problems) 

4. Organic animal products contain more polyunsaturated fatty acids
(protect against heart disease) 

5. Carbohydrate, protein and vitamin levels are insufficiently documented 

6. 94–100% of organic foods do not contain any pesticide residues 

7. Organic vegetables contain far less nitrates, about 50% less (high nitrate levels are linked to a range of health problems including diabetes and Alzheimer’s) 

8. Organic cereals contain similar levels of mycotoxins as conventional ones 

In 2001, the French Agency for Food Safety (AFSSA) set up an expert working group to perform an exhaustive and critical evaluation of the nutritional and sanitary quality of organic food.

The AFSSA says they aimed for the highest quality scientific standards during the evaluation. The selected papers referred to well-defined and certified organic agricultural practices, and had the necessary information on design and follow-up, valid measured parameters and the
appropriate sampling and statistical analyses.

After more than two years of work involving about 50 experts from all specific areas including organic agriculture, a final consensus report was issued in the French language in 2003.

The current study published in the peer reviewed journal, in English, is a summary of this report and the relevant studies that have been published since 2003.

The conclusions of this study are different from the recent UK Food Standard Agency Study that was widely criticised by international experts for using flawed methodology and a conclusion that contradicted its own data.

The full scientific report can be found at

http://swroc.cfans.umn.edu/organic/ASD_Lairon_2009.pdf

Got this off current.com at
http://current.com/items/90874748_organic-is-more-nutritious-accordin…

They got it from here
http://www.foodmag.com.au/Article/Organic-is-more-nutritious-accordin…

Food Glorious Food

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Mama went from 148 lbs to 125 lbs in 3 months eating this way. Her doc also took her off of her mood stabilizefood glorious food r, Zyprexa, as we started the diet. Over the last 3 years, Zyprexa made her gain ALOT of weight and it raised her blood sugar levels to a near-diabetic state. She lost 12.5 lbs the first month of this diet, mostly due to the medicene change. But continues to lose 2-4 lbs per month with the lifestyle change!  Her blood sugar and her BMI (Body Mass Index) are in the normal range again!

I had gained a few extra pounds on my trip to Utah and LA.  Nana’s cooking is tasty, but not good for the waistline, and Becca eats healthily, but in portions for a calorie-burning yoga instructor, not a motionless spinally-injured me.  After eating according to this paper for 2 months, I lost 7 lbs and am back at my high school weight! (Except in high school, it was all muscle, where as today, I’m still weak. But one step at a time…)

*There’s one change we made to the diet, drink your water separately from your meals.

**And since starting my nutrition program at the beginning of August, my diet has changed even more. But I thought this would be a good start for Clara. Food, Glorious Food