Wednesday, September 21, 2011

"What the Heck Happened to Searching for Sustenance?"

At some point back in June I imagine regular readers of this blog started asking, What the heck is going on? Well, at that point, so was I. There were really two major factors in the hiatus of the Searching for Sustenance's posts - one I am much less proud of than the other.

Happening #1: Summer = Vacation

I went straight from being a student to be a teacher. This last year was the first (since I was about five years old) that I was neither. Therefore, in my mind, summertime  has come to mean time of rest, relaxation and FUN! This is not to say that I do not enjoy writing on this blog, however, it does come with a lot of reading, research and, well, work-like stuff. 

As June pressed on, as the days got longer, and then when my husband was freed from his teaching responsibilities I found myself researching less and less which, in turn, lead to less and less information to share here. Ultimately, by the end of the month, I decided it was summer vacation, but I would keep my eyes open for any BIG stories out there (as you can tell from my archives, I didn't do such a great job of that).

Happening #2: The Summer of Sugar (or "SOS" as it really was a cry for help!)

Two things happened as a result of taking my mind off the Search
  1. I missed out on most of the major foodie news in the last couple of months, and
It's that second one that is really quite terrifying.

If you recall, I can not have dairy, and I have been very good about that. However, as the days got hotter and the ice cream trucks started coming around every day with NOTHING I could buy to refresh myself, one day I finally cracked. I decided I needed Popsicles in the house to maintain my sanity. Not the end of the world, I know, but I remembered this when I was at my most favorite (and at times like these, most dangerous) store, CostCo Wholesale. While there I spotted (please forgive me, I still can't believe it myself) a CASE of FlavorIce Pops and PUT THEM IN MY CART!

My dear readers, it does not end there...

On the SAME EXACT TRIP (a worse-timed trip to CostCo could not have been planned, obviously, I was having an EXTREME moment of weakness) I spotted a CASE of glass bottles of Coca-Cola "Hecho en Mexico" and PUT THEM IN MY CART.

That was, surprisingly, the bigger problem of the two. I say surprisingly because "Hecho en Mexico" means it is made with real sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup and at least the bottles can be recycled, whereas the ices are a disaster on both fronts! So what made the Cokes so bad? Upon first sip (which didn't happen until about two weeks after the purchase, we were really good about spacing them out), it opened up Pandora's box for me
S U G A R ! ! !
It took me most of the summer to figure out what the heck was going on, but without gluten and dairy for over a year I had seriously (albeit, unintentionally) decreased my sugar intake as well. Once I had the taste of the sweetly addictive additive, I was doomed. All summer I was craving sweet things like I never have. Resisting dessert tables at family BBQs became increasingly difficult and I started telling myself things like, "You can't have gluten or dairy, but you can still have SUGAR!" 

Then we bought iced tea mix. You know what I'm talking about, right? The brown sugar-stuff you throw into water and mix around. We told ourselves this was better than soda, so it was OK. We practically inhaled the container in a week's time. THAT IS WHEN I REALIZED HOW BAD I HAD GOTTEN.

In fact, that is when I realized how important the Searching for Sustenance blog is to ME.

What Happens Next?

What happens next is in the works. I don't think I can commit to a 5-post per week schedule anymore now that I have my Rivera Runs Through It blog as well, so in the next couple of weeks I am going to get my planner out and set up a working schedule. I will keep you updated and get this Search back on its feet, because it is needed. I don't know if you need it, but I definitely know I do and I'd love it if you came along for the ride!! 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The REALITY Behind Climate Change

Join me at the 24 Hours of Reality Event where the world is coming together to talk about the REAL story of climate change.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

What The FRACK?!

image from the Green Cupboards Fracking Debate
Sometimes when I open my e-mail I get really disappointed.

Today was one such day, because today I saw an e-mail entitled "Obama's Plan to Frack."

I was hoping beyond hope that I read it wrong, or that it was some twisted play on words, but it was not. The subject line summarized the sadness within the e-mail itself, President Obama is planning to use fracking as a technique to unearth the natural gases his energy plan calls for.

What is Fracking and What's the Big Deal?

It is quite possible you have been hearing/reading this term "fracking" a lot lately, but, perhaps are still not really sure what it means. While I have read lots and lots of definitions for hydraulic fracturing (that's what "fracking" is short for), I think this video by Food & Water Watch does an excellent job of showing us what fracking is and why it is so risky.

Needless to say, this is a big deal. Our land, the cleanliness of our water and our water resources are all at risk.

In this country we are extremely lucky to have the clean water we do. I fear that too many people take that for granted and do not fully grasp the horrors of a tainted water system. The types of things that can result from fracking can not be solved with a Brita filter!

What Can We Do?

As the video explained, you can let your representatives know that you wish to have fracking banned. To raise the bar a little bit higher, why not let the President know? That, in fact, was the purpose of the e-mail sent to me today - not to e-mail the president, or sign a petition, but, in fact, give him a call TODAY. Food & Water Watch has declared today a National Day of Action.

I know you're busy, but you stopped to read this, so stop to make a phone call, please.
"Join Thousands: Make a Call Today to End Fracking!
President Obama needs to put an end to fracking and put clean water ahead of dirty energy and put an end to fracking.

Call the White House comment line


and tell them that President Obama must protect all Americans by banning fracking in the United States."
 from Food & Water Watch

Thank you.

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