Shh… Don’t Tell I Am Becoming A Vegan

VeganOk I am the title of this post may have been misleading I not becoming a full-time vegan, but I am committed to eating vegan at least two times a day and few nights a week. The impact on my health and the planet will be remarkable.

This decision is no small decision it will have an impact on how I eat all my lunches (my only meal where I am completely autonomous from my family. Breakfast will be tough because eggs have become a staple when I cut out bread and cereal. Dinner is the hardest because I eat with my family every night and it is already hard to meal plan with my crew. [Read more…]

What You Can Do To Help With The California Drought

California droughtWith the drought in California you maybe wondering what you can do to help? Here are a few things you can do at home that can help everyone living in California.

Stop buying bottled water from these companies: Aquafina, Dasani, Nestle, Arrowhead and Crystal Geyser these companies may bottle in many different states but they also bottle in California some from water sources that could be used for local water consumption. If we boycott these brands they may cease there bottling operations in California during the drought. We need to see this water available for local residents not shipped out to other states.

Do not buy designer bluejeans. According to NPR 75% of the worlds designer blue jeans [Read more…]

What Would A Climate Scientist Do?

Climate scientist 3Last week I had the unique opportunity to hear climate scientist Kevin Trenberth speak. He is an amazing scientist who has studied the ocean temperature at different depths. He was a lead author of the 2001 and 2007 IPCC Scientific Assessment of Climate Change and currently works at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He also speaks around the country about climate change and his research.

His presentation was interesting and talked about his research on the temperature of the ocean both on the surface and at deeper depths. He showed us charts documenting not just ocean temperature change and its correllation to El Nino seasons but also atmospheric temperature. [Read more…]

Ask Leigh: Kraft Singles Nutritional Seal

Ask LeighSo I have been waiting to launch this series of Ask Leigh for about three months now but a friend emailed me asking me about the recent release of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics making Kraft Singles the first product officially endorsed by the group with the “Kids Eat Right” label… I decided this was the right time to launch.

My friend wanted to know what I thought… did it change my perception of the product? The short answer no way, but I will explain. Kraft Singles were not changed to receive this seal so that is my first issue with Kraft Singles 2% lists the ingredients on their website as: [Read more…]

How To Pick A CSA

How To Pick A CSATis the season to research CSA’s  (Community Supported Agriculture) but you need to be prepared to think about how you want to be part of a CSA. They are not all the same so you need to take a realistic look at what you are willing to do, what you want, and how much you need?

Can you help out? Many CSA’s have a community work approach where you will be required to help sort the deliveries, bag shares or even work on the farm providing manual labor. Think about your time and what you can contribute, if you work late most week nights you may not want to choose a CSA that requires weeknight work. Some CSA’s allow you to pay to opt out of the work requirement, they understand some people just do not have the interest or the time to be able to commit to the service. Be sure to be honest with yourself you do not want to get yourself stressed out over getting home to work your CSA shift, pick something that truly works for you. [Read more…]