First the food!
On Saturday morning we watched Food Inc., a movie that I have been waiting to see since it came out, but forgot about until now! I know that a lot of bloggers have already reviewed this movie, but I think it raises a lot of important issue that we should be aware of as consumers. I loved that two of my favorite authors, Eric Schlosser and Michal Pollan played important roles in the movie. I'm kind of a groupie of these two authors and highly recommend you read any of their books!
Food Inc. has a comprehensive website that eloquently explains this, much more so than my goofy ramblings, but here are my takeaways from the movie:
- We all have the right to know where our food comes from. If the information is not available, then ask.
- We have the right to food safety. Measures need to be taken to make sure that the government is protecting us, not just the interests of the lobbyists and organizations stuffing green in their Gucci wallets.
- Poor nutrition is causing obesity and many other health conditions like diabetes. The correlation between poor nutrition and socioeconomic status is staggering and it should not cost more to buy a vegetable than a burger!
- Read labels, ask questions, and vote with your dollars!
I discovered some new food finds this weekend, one of which includes nut butter:
Sunland Inc. sent me this sample of Organic Vanilla Cranberry Peanut Butter. The color of this peanut butter is more yellow than other kinds and this is my first flavored peanut butter ever! It was a bit sweet, but I tasted the subtle taste of vanilla and some kind of berry too! I think that kids would love this and it's a wholesome product with only 4 all natural, organic ingredients. I will definitely keep this for a special occasion (OK, who in the world keeps nut butter for a special occasion??) and will try to not finish this jar off in a few days! Thanks again for letting me sample this! Also, check out the Recipe section of the site. I have my eyes on the peanut sauces- and apparently you can make doggie treats too.
I also finally got to try and attack my Foodbuzz Festival samples from Frog Hollow Farms!
After dreaming about the Ferry Building Farmer's Market, I forgot that we had a perfectly good one right in our city! I met a man who kicks my Marketing degree's butt with his convincing "5 pounds for 5 dollars" sales pitch (in English, Spanish, and Spanglish)! I went right to him and grabbed my persimmons:
Also in food news, I got 2 B-nut squashes and roasted one up with dill, red pepper, and some sea salt:
Abby is right!
In fitness news, I got in 2 fun workouts this weekend. Yes, I'm the freak who takes a picture of her workout stats:
This was 30 minutes of walking hills and a few sprints in between. It has hot and I wasn't feeling it, so I decided it was a perfect time to throw in some weights. Since I haven't lifted in a while, I did 2 exercises each of chest, tris, and shoulders and stretched really well afterwards. I did have an incident in which my balance ball rolled right under me, but nobody seemed to notice!
Today I attacked the old Torture Chamber ('mill) to get my distance up. I set the time for 45 minutes and busted out 3.8 miles. If you do the math, it wasn't fast, but at 5'4", I practically sprint at 5.3 MPH! I am also having some minor hip pain, which proves my hypothesis of being roughly 79 years old. I cooled down with some stretching and sun salutations and called it a day!
Great Company and Wedding!
We spent Saturday afternoon celebrating Hubby's mom's birthday! I of course forgot my camera, but it didn't stop anyone from having a great time. We went to a Persian restaurant and my spinach salad was awesome! We also came home to have cake:
I also discovered the first chocolate item in the world that I didn't like because it was a whipped cream cake. You may not understand how shocking this is- it may be like foregoing oxygen for a day, or something like that. I don't think anyone really would have wanted me to eat that cake if they knew the consequences! We also had a great time watching the video that our new Step-dad, Stan put together for us (STAN- if you are reading, I have now said your name twice, so keep going!) including photos and a video of our wedding! It was so nice to actually see how things went down since I was in my bridal stupor and could not really remember most of the wedding. Look how cute the CD covers are:
Oh- and in other news- hubby got the surround sound working! I have spent half of the evening wondering why people are yelling at me and also had a living room dance party (just me) testing out the woofer. We can throw a mad party now!