The Healthy Junk Chronicles: Bulk items are you friend

Let’s face it…healthy foods can be pretty expensive! Sometimes, I feel like I’m buy Louis Vutton instead of “organic”, “all natural”, “grass fed”, “gluten-free” foods. I didn’t post for a while because I was racking my brains trying to figure out the best ways to get you great food…at a budget.

Today, it hit me in the head. BUY BULK! Now I’m sure you heard this before. As a matter of fact, I know you heard buying bulk is the way to go if you want to enjoy organic food but do you know how many items come in bulk, especially if you know where to look?

I thought of this today. I went into one of my favorite food stores in Manhattan, Integral Yoga Natural Foods, craving their Cherry Vanilla Granola. I got the idea from my boyfriend to eat it like cereal (I also have this late love for Rice “Drink”…we’ll talk about that later). I ended up buying $14 worth of the stuff. At first, I was like, “damn this is expensive.” But when I saw how much I put in the bag (a about 4 lbs.), a huge light bulb came over my head.

This is going to last me a super long time and it won’t spoil. Should I really be upset? Especially when this great tasting food is around $5/lb?

I know someone from Brooklyn is saying, “girl, that’s expensive.” Not for NYC!! It’s a damn good price for the West Village and I’m not mad. I then realized how many things I buy in bulk: herbs, rice, pasta, even organic maple syrup! And at the end of the day, I save a lot of money. Hell, I can even get detergent in bulk if I want too (thank goodness for DIY…baking soda, apple cider vinegar, water, lemon juice, etc)!!

So if you want to find out where you can get items in bulk, here’s a quick guide:

Your local food co-op. You’ll be surprised how many food co-ops are popping up throughout NYC. Click here to find out.

Your local health food store/natural market. Integral Yoga Natural Foods and other stores like it know the power of bulk. Sure, they can sell that expensive stuff but if they want repeat customers, they will have bulk in many items. If you don’t see it, ask for it. Trust me, then will go through hell and high water to make sure they get it for you (or at least tell you where to go).

At the end of the day, when you have to deal with mega chains like Whole Foods (also known as Whole Paycheck), competition among smaller stores makes no sense. Whole Foods doesn’t have much when it comes to bulk because they need the big brands to keep them afloat. So support your local store, save money, and still maintain your health.

Thank me later.

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The Healthy Junk Chronicles: 19 Natural Cleaning Tips (from Wellnessmama.com)

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19 Natural Cleaning Tips (from Wellnessmama.com)

One of the reasons why I created the Healthy Junk blog is to find the best healthy, organic, and all natural “junk” (aka the items and luxuries we usually take for granted, as well as the necessities of life that aren’t filled with preservatives, additives, and all around bad stuff) at an INEXPENSIVE price (no one likes the word “cheap” anymore).

Obviously, DIY everything would fit well into my blog (and my life) but the issue is…these recipes, etc. may not work the way you would like (aka “as well as the expensive, brand name stuff you usually get).

This is where I come in!! I can safely say that apple cider vinegar and lemon juice DOES work well to clean most things (except toilets). I can safely say that using glass bottles are better than using plastic (and I will use my ACV glass bottle with a plastic top to use for my cleaning items)! There are other tips that I haven’t tried yet but trust me, I surely will and get back to you as to whether they work…or not!

Do you have any tips that you want to share…and they work? Please let me know. I’m on a budget (and I’m sure you are too) so I am open to all suggestions that do not hurt my pockets, my health, or the planet earth.

If you’re going to consume junk, make sure it’s Healthy Junk!

The Healthy Junk Chronicles: Noah Wilson-Rich: Every city needs healthy honey bees

Noah Wilson-Rich: Every city needs healthy honey bees #TED : http://on.ted.com/jEwd

I love bees. Not only do they contribute to our food supply but they are a great omen for me, personally. This video not only explains the importance of bees but the incredible potential of urban gardens/beehives. Let me know how you feel and always remember…

If you’re gonna consume junk, make sure it’s Healthy Junk!

Healthy Junk Chronicles: The Spark of Health

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Hi everyone!

I know I’ve been gone for a while but instead of focusing on “what was” and “I should have,” WE need to pay attention to the present moment and be grateful for what we have and don’t have…

Presently, what I now have is a Magic Bullet! As you can see in the picture above (I took it for my instagram page), before I received the green juice, I had to get a lesson in how to create it from my mom.

The funniest things about my lesson are:

  1. My mom talked me through it like she’s the host on an infomercial.
  2. She had this unbelievable energy and passion I have not seen in years.
  3. She’s been doing this for 2 weeks!

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The Healthy Junk Chronicles: My Journey with Junk (Healthy and Otherwise)

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Kitchen counter (Photo credit: lorda)

It’s been a while since I posted on this blog. Heck, I didn’t even wish anyone Happy Holidays on this blog. That sucks. :x

I’ve been concentrating so much of my Fight dis-ease! blog and on my life, I totally neglected this blog. I must admit that I thought about it a lot – the different topics and posts that I could share with you – but nothing ever came to fruition. I was developing that necessary focus needed to maintain all the things I need to do with excellence.

With that said, let’s get to the junk! ;)

My life, no matter how much it seems I am improving on it, is a junk filled mess. I have clutter out the wazoo, I have clutter in my mind and I’m doing so much, I don’t have time to clear the junk out of my body. (doesn’t this sound familiar?) 2010 was filled with all kinds of ups and downs and I did my best to navigate through it with ease of mind.

Unfortunately for me, my ease of mind came in various forms – clutter, chocolate, carbonated sodas (organic of course! :p), wasteful spending (when I get depressed, I don’t eat. I shop) and whatever else ails me that ego doesn’t want to recall – and the second part of last year as spent finding ways to cut down or cut out all this junk!
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The Healthy Junk Chronicles: Talk about Healthy Junk (accidentally vegan foods)

Banana-flavored Banana Split Creme Oreos
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Now I’ll be honest with you…when I was a kid, I was big into Islam. Being from “the hood,” you had the 5 percenters to deal with. The 5 percenters were an off-shoot of the Nation of Islam. They were heavily involved in numerology to some degree and also did their best to abstain from pork.

So things like chicken wings and pork fried rice, Colt 45 (which was said to have pork in it) and Oreo Cookies (rumored to be made of pork fat at the time) were no no’s. (Let it be known that I was NOT drinking Colt 45 when I was 13…that came after at 19…but later for that! LOL)

Fast forward to today….I found out yesterday that Oreo’s are VEGAN! Say what?! I had to ask two of my vegan/yoga friends about it and they surely did verify.

I am still surprised. Even after seeing this information from PETA. It gives a list of foods (not only snacks…click on the links at the top of the website for more info) that are accidentally vegan but NOT necessarily good for you. Even though these foods are considered vegan by a margin, they are still processed foods and not the best foods to be on if you want to acheive and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Bottom line, if you want to induldge in one of these foods ONCE IN A WHILE…then feel free. Otherwise, stick to the good stuff – fruits, veggies, quinoa (hehehehe), you know the drill!

My apologies for making you happy for two seconds and then shooting your Oreo hopes down¬†but…that’s what I’m here for. Balance. ūüėÄ

Talk to you later and remember…if you’re gonna eat junk, it might as well be Healthy Junk!

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The Healthy Junk Chronicles: Junk Fruit II

Hey everyone! :D

10/22/09 Before I start, I want to tell you that I went to Whole Foods last Friday. I went to the produce section and lo and behold! I saw MOST of all the apples listed as ORGANIC! Of course I went to look for my favorite apples, Macintosh, and they were still CONVENTIONAL. Oh well. You can’t win them all! ;)

I’m not going to sit here and act like most Americans haven’t heard the term “organic” – what it is (basically) and where it comes from (ideally). I can create a blog just explaining what this truly is but I won’t do that…what I will do is explain the difference between organic and conventional foods.

Besides the obvious – pesticides and the lack thereof – the difference between what is organic and conventional is manifold. The first difference is skin deep: conventional fruits are usually brighter and “prettier” than their organic counterparts. They’re less prone to oxidation (bruising on fruits – inside and out – is based on the presence of oxygen, especially with apples…that’s why if you cut an apple and leave it out for a minute, it will start to turn brown. It’s not that it’s getting rotten, it’s just the effect of the presence of oxygen on the open apple) and because of this will look “prettier” for a longer period of time.

If you look at most organic fruits, they won’t be as pleasing to the eye because of the effects of their travel time from the farm to the supermarket (or wherever you get your organic foods). Since they don’t have pesticides the enable them to last longer, you’ll have to eat them within a shorter period of time too.

The second problem is that to the average person, who is not familiar to the “organic” lifestyle, the taste of the fruit won’t be as pleasant either. At least, not at first. :) That’s ok…I’ll spend plenty of time (later on in these posts) to talk about that. ;) Matter of fact…I spoke about it in my Fight dis-ease! blog (just a little bit).

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