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Unschooling Myself

In the spirit of unschooling, I’d like to share with you the journey I’ve begun on the road to a healthier me. It began here, with a rant about finding healthy food. With some encouraging posts from you all, my attention turned to learning what I could about organic food and mindful living and let […]

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Stephanie - September 5, 2007 - 11:21 pm

I’ll be extremely bold and say –
I take it that you’ve read up on chickens (the egg laying ones) that are literally stuffed 10 per cage in an eighteen inch square box?
And that cattle are stuffed in stalls and are given hormones to promote their muscle/meat tissues because they never see the light of day and don’t get to exercise their muscles? – and fed antibiotics to get rid of the diseases?
Chicken is the only meat that’s outrageously higher (other than steaks, but I don’t eat steak), and I meant to say that organic quarters – thigh and leg- goes on sale all the time for 1.79/lb.
Boneless skinless breasts is the kicker – at $9/lb.
Ham (and pepperoni and roast beef -nitrate free) is not much more than a gourmet deli ham – such as Boar’s Head, if that’s national.
That’s what I meant by the local/organic thing is a political decision for me – it just seems the right thing to do.
I mostly think in black and white, you know. :)
We have a friend whose Pop raises a few cattle – he gets his meat from him. I need to see if the option would be available to us. Or find local ranchers.
Chickens would surely be swell, too.
Bowing out.

whimsigal - September 5, 2007 - 11:46 pm

Girl! How about the fact that the cows that are grain-fed for years were eating chicken poop as a part of that feed? Ewww! I think that’s had the kibosh put on it now but, damn!

When we were little, my mom wouldn’t let us eat veggies from the old man across the street because he used his dog’s poop as fertilizer. It just gives me the willies to think that cows have been eating a glorifed version of that.

I can buy a whole organic chicken at the grocery store for around $10. I’m cooking one right now that was on sale for $8 and it almost weighs 4lbs. If I can keep my eye out for sales at least it will help with the financial side of things.

Seriously, I feel like moving to Europe where the food standards seem to be higher. I have French ancestry, do you think they’d still regard me as an Ugly American? lol

We have a lot of farms around here that offer an incredible variety of foods, everything from grass fed beef, pastured chickens, homemade breads and organic fruits and veggies. We also have a lot of farms that participate in CSA’s (community supported agriculture) where you buy a share of the crop for a certain number of weeks and we’re also considering doing that next year. The only drawback of course is that you get whatever they’ve grown and if it happens to be something you don’t like, too bad. But, as you said, at least you’re supporting a local farming family.

It’s been quite the educational experience let me tell you. Watch out, I might just turn into Ed Begley. Without the penis of course.

Thanks for your comment! I’ve been wondering where you were!


Stephanie - September 6, 2007 - 1:08 am

(grin) I’ve been cleanin’ my carpets! :)

Sheri - September 6, 2007 - 1:41 pm

It’s amazing when we make the choice to look beyond the norm what we can see. It’s so empowering to feel like you’re making a change. How very interesting about Ryan. We have limited junk food with our children and have noticed extreme differences as well. Bravo to you for looking into what most people take for granted! :)

KMDuff - September 6, 2007 - 3:21 pm

I think what is fascinating is how some organic is no better than conventional as organic becomes big business. Michael Pollan called it “supermarket pastoral”. His book “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” and also the book “Fast Food Nation” were enough to make me avoid the conventional meat industry.

Its certainly harder to obtain good quality food when you can’t just go to the store though. I have to go the farmers market or call the farms. Thank goodness for sites like and such.

whimsigal - September 6, 2007 - 4:19 pm

Sheri, you’re so right about change being empowering. It just feels like the right thing to do! I wish I could get the rest of my family on board because I think everyone of them could benefit from making some changes.

whimsigal - September 6, 2007 - 4:28 pm

kmduff in regard to your comment, I think that is one of the things I found most fascinating as well. Through all the reading I did it became evident that we’re going to have the same issues with Organic and Natural as we did in the 80’s with Light, Lite, etc. You can’t have confidence in picking up a box off the shelf that says a product is organic and trust that it’s 100% organic. I really hate that.

It’s so much more complicated to choose good food than I anticipated and it shouldn’t be that hard! You know what I mean?!

Quiet Morning – Collecting My Thoughts

Today I’m taking full advantage of my two boys who are upstairs sleeping and two dogs who are curled up at my feet doing the same so I can organize all these thoughts in my head on Mindful and Minimal Living. For the past few days, my thoughts have been consumed by this and trying […]

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childsplay - August 23, 2007 - 8:23 pm

Can’t wait to hear what you find when you go shopping! I’m really with you…rather than cutting out entire food groups and ‘dieting’, it’s so much more fun to simply eat mindfully with portion control.

People still can’t let go of the standardized tests, can they?! Sometimes I feel like I’m living in “The Emperors New Clothes” and am the guy going, “But he’s naked!!!”. I think it was a really brave thing you did to offer your family as part of teh story and think it turned out GREAT! It opened up lots of peoples eyes and I just think it will be one step at a time!

whimsigal - August 23, 2007 - 9:24 pm

Well I went to the store and I think I did all right. Got some healthy snacky things for the boys and some good whole food for me to fix. It was still $138 though! Well, I did buy Gourmet magazine but that didn’t add too much to my total.

The standardized test thing really kills me. This year when we test, I’m going to administer it myself and then when the results come back I’m not even going to open them. I think they plant negative thoughts and doubts and cause unnecessary worry. I wish our state didn’t require them.

Thank you for thinking what we did was brave. It was a little nerve-wracking. I’m going to post something tonight or tomorrow about my grandparents reaction to the article. Not supportive, just to give you a hint of what’s to come!



KMDuff - August 27, 2007 - 5:09 pm

I am interested in that book. :) I recently read “Nourishing Traditions” by Sally Fallon and it had some of the same ideas and was fascinating.

I enjoyed the newspaper article btw.

whimsigal - August 27, 2007 - 5:36 pm

Oooh! I’ll have to look into the book you mentioned. I love to read about that way of eating.

Glad you enjoyed the article! It seems to have started some interesting discussions around these parts!

Living Minimally

So my research into living green continues and on my quest I came across Green Guru, Sara Snow’s blog. One post was describing a green wedding and how the bride was embracing the idea of organic flowers but she had to let go of her vision of a large bouquet to carry down the aisle. […]

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childsplay - August 23, 2007 - 5:33 am

It’s funny you post this at the same time we’re making a leap into simplifying over at chez childsplay. It has nothing to do with unschooling, and yet everything to do with it.

I find it interesting that at the moment when I opened up the possibilities and choices in my family’s lives, we all started wanting better…to eat better, learn more, live purposefully… not just me, but my wee kids! The total opposite of what is expected by others who just don’t get it.

Have fun on this path of green!

whimsigal - August 23, 2007 - 11:47 am

Thank you, we will try our best to enjoy it and not make it a chore!