Monday, August 16, 2010

Where does it come from and what's in it?

My boyfriend and I have been trying to eat more healthy. I have been cooking more rather than ordering take out. We have been trying to eat less red meat and chicken. We eat more fish, more veggies and more fruits.

As I learn more and more about food, I wonder where the did this come from and how did it get in my kitchen? The more I learn about red meat, the more I don't want to eat it. Is it true that there are up to a hundred cows in one meat patty? Where are those cows? Are they steer? I'm sure there is plenty of research out in cyberland about these facts, but I just pose it as a question to think about.

My boyfriend studies anthopology. In one of his classes, he had to read about processed chicken. A lot of the pictures and facts were pretty disgusting. His book would probably deter a lot of people from thinking about processed chicken for a long time. Although I do love chicken nuggest every now and then, I hate to think about what I am actually eating.

We bought a gallon of milk last night. My boyfriend noticed that it said it was from a neighboring state. Strange... since there is a dairy farm about an hour away from where we live. I want that farm's milk. It's the same brand, but it came from a different state? Hmmmm....

Then, there is always the comparison of organic vs. conventional. I read an article yesterday about this subject. I am going to try to buy more of our produce organic, but sometimes it is just easier and less expensive to buy conventional. Although, I do love farmer's markets.

I would love to buy all organic and all health food or vegan or vegetarian substitutes, but the problem is how much it would increase my grocery bill. Also, I like a lot of variety. I have read a lot of health food blogs and what people are eating. It seems like a lot of them eat the same things over and over. They like to buy the same spreads, oats, fruits and so on. We get bored of the same things pretty quickly. So, I am always trying to find different recipes. I will buy something because it looks interesting and then figure out how to cook it or put it together in a meal.

I suppose my entire point of this post is...
  • I would love to be more healthy in my eating habits.
  • I like organic produce and food, but it can get expensive.
  • I need more vegetarian/healthy recipe ideas.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A Little Spat and A Pet Peeve

We have two dogs. My dog is a shih tzu named Louis, and my boyfriend has a mix named Jack. I adopted Louis through the SPCA a few years ago. We have had Jack several months now. We adopted him as a puppy, and he is CRAZY! Very hyper! We are still in the process of training him. He still jumps up on people and is very excitable.

Well... Unfortunately.... Jack had a little accident yesterday. He took a little pee on the bed. My boyfriend called to tell me about it. Luckily, it was on his side on the bed. (hehe!) Anyways, I get home and ask him if he has started the laundry. I swear he said he did. Yet around 9:00 p.m., I found out that he had not started the laundry, and all the bedding was just sitting in the bedroom. Needless to say, I was a little ticked. I don't understand why he would not start the wash. He said he didn't know what settings on the washing machine to use, but I fail to believe that. It's common sense! Come on! Put the bedding the dog peed on in the wash! Grr! It's like not putting the new roll of toilet paper on the roll. It's right there! Does he not see it?!?

Anyways, I was a little peeved at him, but as I always do I quickly got over it.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Slumlords on the Rise

I think I am a pretty reasonable person, and I try to get along with everyone. BUT, I cannot stand my landlord. He is the most unreasonable person I have ever met. This is saying something because I meet a lot of different/crazy/unreasonable people at my work.

I think everything in our rent house has either been replaced or worked on. We have lived in the house about four months. In that time, we had our carpet, oven, dishwasher and soon refrigerator replaced. He has had to work on the A/C Unit, shower and washing machine. I don't know who lived in the house before us, but it was in terrible condition. Maybe they were hoarders.

The landlord is not fond of me because I actually want him to fix things. God forbid! He told my boyfriend it wasn't his responsibility. Apparently, he is delusional.

I don't understand why people think they can rent houses and not take care of their renters.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Checkin' In On Other Blogs

I really like to read blogs about healthy living and losing weight.

Here are a few that I like to check in on:

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Punch! Jab! Punch!

I started working out to some of the P9oX videos. I really like the Kenpo (?) workout. There is a lot of punching. My favorite move is the slice to the neck and then a punch to the unmentionables.

Since I have been running around the house jabbing and punching the air and my boyfriend, he decided to help me practice self defense last night. He has Bruce Lee's book for self-defense.

We learned some kicks and soft spots. Always go for the eyes and between the legs. Unfortunately for my boyfriend, I got a little over excited and almost kicked his boys. At least, I'm learning...

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

And a New Blog is Born...

There are millions of blogs out there in webmaster world. There is nothing different about my blog except it is about me, and there is nothing extra special about me.

I don't have a weight loss goal - Although I am trying to lose a few pounds.

I don't have a special food diet - I do try to stay away from meat except fish.

I don't have a fitness plan or running goal - I just try to exercise 5-6 times a week.

I don't have a dream career i.e. this is not a blog about the journey to become the next American Idol.

I don't have any special interests - Sometimes I paint and pursue drawing.

I am not on a quest for love - I have a boyfriend, and I consider him my one and only.

I am especially average.

Nevertheless, I am going to write.

If you are in the mood to hear about my relatively simple life, please read on.