Tea on a Rainy Day, Changing the World

 

Traditional MedicinalsIt is a sit by the window, watching the rain fall, sipping tea kind of day. The wet drops from the sky we’ve so badly needed in West are finally here, and here to stay for a while. The weeks packed with early mornings rushing to school and work, then at a turn of the hat to music lessons, soccer, rock climbing, football, or laughing with friends over a good book.

In one week I get to fly to sunny LA and meet with many like-minded people from all over to escape just a little into the world of change makers. I imagine this will be quite the experience and I hope you follow me on Facebook and twitter as I update as often as possible with the great information that will be presented.

 

I was given this box of tea goodness from Traditional Medicinals for my participation in ShiftCon. My opinions are my own as they can never be bought.

Hold the World in Your Hands

Responsibility for the Planet - Almost All The Truth

 

For every issue this planet has, there is a solution. Will you choose to be a responsible part of it?

Top 7 Reasons to Use Eco-Friendly Cast Iron

Eco-Friendly Cast Iron Benefits

I grew up in the era of nonstick cookware reigning supreme. My first set of pans in college were all coated in, what we know now to be, toxic chemicals that are found in the bloodstream of almost every American. This includes newborns.

Yet, I continued to buy several more sets because that was one did when the coating inevitable became flaky, pieces coming off into our food, and became sticky. Why I thought pans needed to be replaced so often I am not really sure.

Now I have realized the wonders of cast iron and will never go back. What are the benefits of cast iron, why should you use it too? So glad you asked!

Top 7 Reasons to Use Eco-Friendly Cast Iron 

1. Safe from potentially harmful chemical nonstick ingredients. This includes PFCs (perfluorocarbons), like Teflon (PFOA, or perfluorooctanoic acid), chemicals linked to endocrine disruption, liver damage, cancer, and developmental problems among others.

2. Inexpensive and lasts a lifetime (sometimes longer!), plus you can often find great used cast iron. A typical skillet will cost you only $20 or so and last long enough you may be able to hand them down to another generation. Treat your cast iron well and it will do the same for you. 

3. Easy to clean and maintain. All it takes is a little hand scrubbing after use and dry immediately. Seasoning, and repairing seasoning, is simply baking vegetable oil on your pans. Simple. Even rust is not enough to bring down a cast iron pan, just scrub it off and re-season! 

4. Made in the USA. This is a big one. How great to support a company that still manufactures here and produces heirloom quality products?

5. Well seasoned, it is nearly as nonstick as any manufactured nonstick surface. It is better in this regard than stainless, aluminum or even copper pans, plus you won’t need as much oil to cook with making it a healthier alternative.

6. Additional iron intake. Globally anemia is a larger issue, but even in North America there are many who need more iron. Cooking with cast iron, especially in combination with certain foods (acidic and higher moisture), can increase iron content by as much as 20 times.

7. Emergency and camping-ready. You can use cast iron over any heating source, so even in a natural disaster, you’ve got a way to cook your food even over a fire. Perfect for car camping for the same reason as well (you definitely wouldn’t want to lug one of these guys too far). 

 

Are you ready to switch to cast iron yet or are you already on the bandwagon?

School Days: The Good, the Bad, and the Environment

School is back in and so am I!  Almost All The Truth - School Days Whether the first day of school snuck up on those of you with school-aged children or not, I fully recognize how quickly the time goes as I get older. Summer did not last nearly long enough this year, although even in the “rainy” Willamette Valley we desperately need to see some of that wetness fall will surely bring. 

Speaking of rain, or lack thereof, let’s move on to this edition of The Good, the Bad, and the Environment. The Good, the Bad, and the Environment  The Good

  • The ALS Association has received overwhelming support during the Ice Bucket Challenge, including large donations from my favorite eco-conscious actor Leonardo DiCaprio among others.
  • The United States is celebrating 50 years of The Wilderness Act. A group defends against the road building expanse toward our wild lands and National Parks. It has grown more since then and look at the glorious results!

  The Bad

 

The Environment

 

Do you have any good, bad, or environmental news or stories to share?