When I arrived at my hotel in Canton, Mississippi about 10 miles south of Pickens, I was handed a bag of Cheetos at check-in…a gesture I had never experienced before in all my travels. Was this truly hospitality? Or just the food culture in Mississippi?
To get a glimpse on how the rest of my trip went helping one of the most obese counties in America - please check out my interview with Take Part (the company behind Food Inc.)
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These are all the things that make my life complete or that I’m wishing to magically appear under my tree this holiday season…Between the 40 or so items on this list, I hope you can find something healthy to give your loved one or selfishly ask for yourself this holiday season.
I’ve included all the online shopping links and prices to date, to make the craziness of buying presents a little easier… Happy shopping!
- Hurom Juicer ($358) - Juice is medicine, plain and simple. This may be the most powerful and rewarding gift you could give yourself or a loved one. Drinking green juice will awaken you to health, vitality and wellness. You’ll wonder how you ever lived without juice and will certainty thank the person who bought you the juicer until the end of days. Hurom is the best home juicer on the market. It’s quiet, easy to clean and is a slow juicer, preserving nutrients and enzymes much longer than centrifuge juicers. The pulp comes out almost completely dry and will save you money down the road in produce cost making this juicer worth every penny of the investment.
- MOMA Colorful Rings Cutting Board ($25) - The MOMA Store is a great place to find a whimsical inexpensive kitchen gifts – especially this colorful round cutting board that I recently got a friend.
- The Green Pan (Starting at $79.00) - This pan is a must for any healthy kitchen. It is non stick but isn’t coated with toxic teflon and can help you reduce the amount of oil you use in your cooking dramatically – I stir fry things almost dry using only a 1/2 teaspoon of oil or vegetable broth without anything sticking. It’s completely safe and eco-friendly. I have both the Wok and Crepe Pan.
- Lemon Juicer ($27) - Teaching someone about detoxing first thing in the morning will be a lot more fun if you give them this gift. I love this lemon juicer because it is stainless steel, isn’t made of plastic or painted with potential harmful chemicals that can leach into your water or food. Hot Water with Lemon in the morning will be an easy ritual with this!
- Glass Straws ($31.50 for set) - This gift will be perfect for your favorite eco-friendly smoothie drinking friend or family member. The more plastics you can eliminate in someone’s life the better! These ones have a wide hole for easy slurping thick green smoothies.
- Clear Bowl for Kitchen Aid Mixer ($69) - I’ve been eyeing this bowl for a while now – Why all Kitchen Aid Stand Mixers don’t come with this – I just can’t understand. This bowl makes a nice gift upgrade for someone who already owns a stand mixer and uses it a lot.
- Bodum Storage Jars (Starting at $8) - Storing your juice, Hari Shakes or other green smoothies is easy thanks to air tight Bodum Jars. Having these jars are a real luxury, making it a perfect gift. I discovered these jars long ago when I received a wedding gift from my cousin in Louisiana. She filled each jar with the dry ingredients to a cookie recipe. I personally like to fill these jars with homemade trail mix or organic butterscotch and cinnamon candies from Yummy Earth and wrap the outside with a ribbon.
“Life is short, life is temporary, maybe this is a little morbid, but over the years I have had close friends pass away. Time is short on this planet, the best way to get the most enjoyment out of life is to increase your ability to learn, sharpen the saw and learn as much as you can and teach others how to learn too.”
These were the closing thoughts from my conversation with Tim Ferriss, the author of the coolest cookbook I’ve ever seen or read called The 4-Hour Chef… I know this is a bold statement coming from me, being an organic living enthusiast and considering the fact this cookbook contains all sorts of tactics that are not Food Babe approved! (When you get to the chapter with the “Vermonter” you will know what I mean). Am I biased about Tim’s writing? Well – in short you probably could say I am. I’m absolutely fascinated and an avid practitioner of the principles in his previous books 4-Hour Work Week and 4-Hour Body. I’ve bought countless copies to give to friends and family and continue to do so. The unconventional wisdom Tim teaches us is so freaking powerful (do hear my enthusiasm yet?), one that I adhere to and wish more people would embrace.
I am officially back from Mississippi and I have so much to share with you. I’d like to have my thoughts sink in a bit before discussing my all my discoveries and experiences… But overall, the trip was incredible – just incredible!
Before I left on Thursday morning – I made all my food for the 4 day, 3 night journey. Starting from scratch, it took me about an hour and a half to make everything. When I tell people that I made all my food, packed it a cooler and checked it on the airplane – I get looks of disbelief! I wouldn’t have had it any other way though, because my time down in Pickens, MS was precious. I wanted to spend as much time as possible helping the community verses trying to make and find organic food for myself to eat. Having my needs met ahead of time, meant I could really focus my time and effort on the community. It was amazing not to have to worry about where or when I was going to eat… everything was set from the moment I got there. The best part by far though, was sharing some of my homemade food with folks in Pickens…and then hearing “I want the recipe for that!”
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of finally connecting with one of my favorite food heroes – Birke Baehr. We’d been talking for months over the blog and Facebook – but finally we had the chance to meet over dinner at one of my favorite restaurants – Halcyon. Not only did we have a fantastic meal together (and a lot of laughs about me not willing to take his $5 dollar bet to eat pig ears), but we also had an incredible opportunity to give a keynote address to some young adults who are helping their communities fight the epidemic of obesity at the Southern Obesity Conference.
Hope you enjoy the candidness of our talk…You can bet, Birke and I will be teaming up again…
If this is the first time you are learning about Birke – you’ve got to check out his TED Talk and his new book “Birke On the Farm” – especially if you have kids. What an amazing young man he is!