The Challenges of Living Green with a Roommate (and what I can do better)

In my short-ish life, I have never lived all alone.  I’ve lived with my parents and with roommates.  There was a brief stint where I was between roommates for a summer, but that was before I decided to become greener and I spent my freedom watching Netflix and eating ramen. And wishing my apartment allowed dogs.  I still wish for that.

Through the years, I’ve discovered some things–mainly, that living green is hard with a roommate that doesn’t share your views or passions.

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Dehydrator Adventures!

Hoo boy, I just read through all my blog posts (it wasn’t hard, as I hadn’t written many), and it’s embarrassing how long it’s been since I’ve done a blog post. I have some excuses, but none of them are very good.  Suffice it to say, only a couple of days after I wrote about running as the greenest form of exercise, I was in a car accident that totaled my car, gave me whiplash, possibly an untreated minor concussion, and required that I buy a gas guzzler as a replacement because (in another unrelated incident) I would have to probably save money for a deposit and a whole month’s rent because my roommate decided to have a mental breakdown and attempted to evict me.  And, to top it all off, my chiropractor banned me from running for several months.

In other words, I wasn’t feeling very green or crunchy, and it was fine by me if the whole world burned.

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Running: The Greenest Form of Exercise?

Hello, blogosphere! It’s been far too long since my last post, and I am dreadfully sorry.  I have no excuse.  It’s not that I haven’t thought about blogging, I just, well, haven’t. So, without further ado, I give you my latest post:

Exercise, for me, is a peculiarity.  I don’t do it too often, and I get bored when I do most forms of it.  So when I first started thinking, “Oh dear, I am not in the best shape in the world–not terrible, but definitely not the best,” I decided that I had to find something that I could afford and that would keep my interest throughout life.  I’ve tried gyms, lots of gyms, with lots of different exercises.  I get bored halfway through a weightlifting sequence, a run on a treadmill, or halfway across a pool and end up just sort of…floating.  Just staring, just looking at all the other gym members running like hamsters on wheels, and I realized I was one of those hamsters.  Then I thought about my brother, about how he has run in track since junior high school and how he always posts pictures of all the wonderous trails and spectacular vistas he’s run across. So I decided running would become my thing.

I’m still working on it.

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Review: Rosemary Gladstar’s Hot Ginger Balls

In my quest to become greener and crunchier, I have peddled around in educating myself on the use of herbs for medicinal purposes. Some people swear by herbs, saying that if you use herbs you’ll never have to go to the doctor–ever. Me, I see herbs as a first line of defense. If we use herbs properly, then we are more likely to be healthy individuals. However, when you-know-what hits the fan and you catch that superbug or get that ear infection or need that life-saving antibiotic or procedure, doctors are te way to go.

Rosemary Gladstar’s recipe for Hot Ginger Balls, from her book Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide, is one of those “I don’t need to go to the doctor but I want relief for something in a natural way” sort of recipe. It is a recipe for making ginger pills to use for upset stomachs, be it general nausea, motion sickness, or those lovely monthly womanly problems. They are made using ginger root powder, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and honey, and the recipe makes about thirty tiny sticky pills (whose stickiness reduces dramatically once they dry).

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Healthy Foods? Where?

We live in a culture that loves food and hates being told what to do. I am part of that culture, as can be seen by the fact that for one dinner this week I had ice cream and pasta, even when I told myself that was a bad idea. Then, when somebody besides ourselves tells us Americans what is healthy and good for the environment, some of us lose our freakin’ minds and say, “The Big Evil Government is trying to take away our freedom!”

Our country thrives on individuals believing that they are right, regardless of what facts may show. Some turn their backs on scientists, others on members of the “opposite” political party, and still others on members of religions that don’t match our own. I recently read an article posted by a friend on Facebook claiming that the government was trying to take away our rights to eat giant steaks and fatty foods whenever we want. What was that “big bad government” action? It was a report by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) basically saying that we Americans need to change the way we eat or die and take the planet along with us. And you know what? The HHS is right. We are swimming in a sea of gluttony, with two-thirds of adults in the US being overweight and one-third of adults being obese. Obesity is an epidemic, and we can’t get off our high horses long enough to see that maybe, just maybe, the HHS is trying to do the right thing in releasing this report.

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