31 Fruit Trees

We moved into our new home in Escondido, CA just a little bit over a year ago. One of the first things we wanted to do was plant several fruit trees knowing that they take several years to mature. So, once we got settled in we went to the local nursery and talked with someone about coming out to survey our property. He finally came out for an initial consultation and then came back again to map out our property and come up with a list of trees they could source. Then, he basically disappeared. We emailed and called him for several weeks and he just never got back with us. Frustrated, we just moved on to other projects such as chickens, clearing the land, and other gardening tasks. After a few months, the desire to get some fruit trees sprang back up again. This time we just went to the biggest nursery in all of Southern California, not wanting to screw around. They have 3 locations in San Diego along and something like 30 locations between Southern California and Arizona. I’m not sure what it is with this industry, but we went though the same issues with this nursery. It literally took 4 months from when we first walked in until we were able to get some trees planted. If we didn’t call and pester them on a weekly basis, I’m convinced it never would have happened. I would have been more annoyed, but it gave me more time to clear additional room in our yard… The property we purchased is a 1.2 acre lot shaped like a...

Flackers by Doctor In The Kitchen

It’s been awhile since I made a post under the “Eating Healthy” category, but I just discovered an amazing product that is a perfect reason to end the drought. The product is called Flackers made by a company called Doctor In The Kitchen. I purchased them at my favorite grocery store, Whole Foods, but you can order them via their website too. What are Flackers? Flackers are a cracker made out of flax seeds and other organic ingredients that not only taste good, but are good for you. Most crackers are made out of bleached flour and other processed ingredients. With Flackers you are eating a gluten free, raw vegan product. Three Flackers pack 7g of fiber (27% of daily value) and 5g of protein. They also only have 110 calories, which is way less than a comparable amount of Ritz crackers or chips. What to do with Flackers The reason I’m so excited to find this product is that I can now feel good about eating the other healthy foods I’ve discovered that taste good on an otherwise unhealthy cracker or chip. Foods like hummus, salsa, and garlic spread. When I read the list of ingredients, I expected a cracker that tasted more like cardboard, but I was totally shocked that these things actually taste good (really good). They taste a lot like cracker bread, but it isn’t fried or soaked in butter. Ingredients Flackers are made from 100% organic ingredients that you can feel good about putting in your body. These ingredients include organic flax seeds, organic apple cider vinegar, vegetable protein from non-GMO soybeans and purified...

Weight Loss Progress – Month One Update

I posted on Jan 10th that I wanted to lose some weight and I figured today would be a good time to report back on that. I strategically weighed myself this morning before pigging out for the Super Bowl get-together we had today. It turned out that was a good idea since I’m pretty much in a food coma right now. What I’ve Done Since I posted on Jan 10th, I’ve been pretty disciplined about my diet. It took a little while to “ramp up”, because it’s difficult going right from eating not so healthy to eating really healthy. I’ve taken several steps over the past few weeks to ensure that I’m eating lots of organic fruits and vegetables. I joined a CSA which made the process a lot easier. The weekly CSA box included wonderful leafy greens such as spinach, Swiss chard, arugula, and more. I also eat a lot of berries, vegan Indian food, and grilled veggie sandwiches. I’ve limited my meat intake to just a couple servings per week. In fact, I didn’t eat any meat this week until today. Another thing I wanted to mention, is I never deprive myself of food. I don’t count calories and I don’t limit what I eat. In In fact, most of time, I eat until I’m really full. In addition to my diet, I’ve also been getting regular exercise. This is also something I had ramp up to, but now I walk at least 3 miles per day. They aren’t easy miles either; all of the walk is on pretty steep grades. My goal is to get to...

JR Organics CSA – Week 4 Report

Today was our last pickup of our 4 week trial membership to JR Organics CSA. It was kind of sad knowing that we won’t be able to enjoy their great food much longer since we’re heading out of town pretty soon. Week 4 Box Contents: This week’s box contents included Lettuce, Broccoli, Arugula, Swiss Chard, Bell Peppers, Carrots, Baby Leeks, Beets, Apples, Navel Oranges, and Avocados. As always, JR Organics lets you swap out up to two items from your box. So, we elected to swap out the oranges (since we have orange trees in our backyard) and the carrots. We replaced those items with a bag of spinach and a bunch of bok choy. Here is what we ended up with: Our Review Of JR Organics CSA: Now that our trial membership is over I wanted to give a review of JR Organics. Overall, I would have to say our experience was extremely positive. The people at JR Organics couldn’t be nicer. I looked forward to going to their stand every week and being greeted by extremely friendly staff. As I mentioned, they let you swap out two items each week; they make that process extremely painless. Plus, they give a discount to CSA members on everything else at their stand. Since we are leaving San Diego in three weeks, we obviously can’t renew our CSA membership. However, if we were sticking around I would renew for sure! The only thing I would do different is switch to a small box versus the large box we had been getting. The large box is simply too much food for...

Is eating healthy finally going mainstream?

Since we work from home it’s not unusual for my wife to turn Oprah on in the middle of the day. From time to time, she (Oprah) will actually be talking about something that interests me. Today was one of those days where I got a “Miiiike, come watch Oprah.” Oprah’s show today was about eating healthier and a challenge she posed to each of her 378 staffers to eat vegan for one week. Most of them had the same reaction I had when I first contemplated eating vegan. Things like “what am I actually going to eat” or “I can’t live without cheese”. The results of the vegan challenge: For those who successfully completed the challenge, without cheating at all, they lost an average of 4 pounds each. She had several of her staff on the show who fulfilled the challenge. All of them unanimously said they hadn’t felt better in years. They also all agreed they were making more regular bowel movements. I know it’s yucky to talk about, but regular bowel movements are extremely important. One staff member on the show said that she typically only made one bowel movement per week! However, while doing the vegan challenge she had a bowel movement every day. Folks, if you aren’t making at least one bowel movement per day then you aren’t eating healthy. Michael Pollan Another one of Oprah’s guests today was Michael Pollan, one of my favorite authors on the subject of eating healthier. He coined a phrase that I use often, “The food most of us eat isn’t food, it’s a food like substance.” Michael’s...

Benefits Of Lemon Water

Since I’m out in California for a couple of months I have access to the dozen or so citrus trees in our backyard. We have a variety of several different types of oranges, tangerines, and lemons. I love oranges and especially tangerines, but one can only do so much with lemons. I felt like the lemons were basically useless until I found out about the benefits of lemon water. Most of us enjoy a nice glass of lemonade on a hot summers day, but the reality is lemonade is pretty horrible for you. It’s not the water or the lemons that are bad for you, but rather the high sugar content of lemonade. The average glass of lemonade has 1/6 cup of sugar. That’s about 3 tablespoons of sugar in a single 8 ounce glass. No wonder it tastes good. We all know that we are supposed to drink eight glasses of water everyday. The health benefits of doing so are pretty conclusive. But did you know, that’s squeezing a little lemon juice into your glass can help even more? The science is quite convincing and here’s why: What’s Inside A Lemon? Lemons are packed full of vitamin C, vitamin B, and vitamin B2. They also contain minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium. The Benefits Of Lemon Water There are over one dozen benefits from drinking lemon water. I’ve listed what I consider to be the 4 most interesting benefits of drinking lemon water. Lower your pH balance – Even though lemons are acidic, they become alkaline in the body. It would take another post altogether to...