Sunday, December 6, 2009

Green Market, Green Tree!

Yesterday, I went to a green market at a church downtown. I picked up a prepaid ticket for a local kine Christmas tree - a Norfolk pine from Helemano Farms in Wahiawa. By buying it from the Kokua Foundations, $10 goes to their charity. Now I can just take the ticket to the farm, and have my tree cut down just for me! No shipping a mainland tree for me! And these stumps grow back - isn't that awesome!

I also picked up a few fliers about local organic produce. I'm excited that you can call an order a box of fresh produce that's in season, provided locally, and grown organically. And the profits go straight to the farmers!

And last but not least, I picked up some Christmas presents!

Here I am, basking in the glory of a good green market!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Time to Change my Title Again!

I changed it once to add 'in Hawaii'. And now I need to change it from 'veggie' to VEGAN! Yay! Go me!

I thought it would be too hard to go vegan, and that there really wasn't much harm in a veggie diet. But then I watched an episode of Ellen, with Jonathan Safran Foer, who just wrote Eating Animals. I was intrigued, so I went to his website, which was of course linked to many other websites, and soon enough, I found myself watching upsetting, disheartening things.

I did some more research, and decided to slowly make a transition, with the goal of going completely vegan by the time my husband left for deployment, which was still several months away. 

But every time I sat down to eat, I felt guilty. I couldn't shake the images, and no food tastes good with a hefty side of guilt.

So there it is. Overnight, I went vegan. And it's really not that hard. It's been a little over 3 weeks, and I have lost a few pounds, increased my stamina during my yoga practice, and generally felt great. It's amazing what a healthy diet can do for you, and the loss of a hefty load of guilt.

So here's to Kind Diets and Kind Lifestyles! :)