Tag Archives: environmental

Nutrient Declines in U.S. Produce (and What to Do About It)

Bright green curly lettuce

Over the past 50 to 70 years, the concentration of nutrients in U.S. fruits and vegetables has been declining — by about 5% to 40%, according to researchers at the University of Texas. But the reason for those nutrient declines is where things get sketchy. What is the primary cause of the decline? Is our soil depleted? […]

Why You Need a Self-Care Survival Plan: Lessons from a Badass Chicken

Today I had to enlist my self-care survival plan. After a black bear destroyed our chicken coop in the middle of the night, leaving just one lone-surviving hen — Willie, who I had to place with a new family today — I am now left with zero chickens. And let me just tell you that today has been […]

Mushrooms, Health and Self-Care

paul stamets with a giant mushroom

Before I dive too far into this post, I want to point out that plucking up random mushrooms from your backyard and eating them is a really dumb idea. There are a growing number of known health benefits associated with our fungal friends, but there are plenty of reasons to exercise caution, the most obvious of which […]

Self-Care Activity List: 366 Ideas

8 Dimensions of Self-Care

Having trouble coming up with fun and interesting self-care ideas? Last year, I took on a self-care challenge. For each of the 366 days in 2016, I experimented with a new self-care activity and then blogged about it. What would you add to the list? Be creative and come up with your own bucket list of […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 364): Snowshoeing

orange and black snow shoes

On day 364 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I went snowshoeing. Snowshoes are just plain awkward. They’re big, bulky – Lord help you if you have to turn around or back up. Everything about them makes laughing inevitable. I’ve only been shoeing twice in my life, and both times I ended up giggling like a […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 349): Learning About Gun Safety

West Coast Armory Indoor Range brochure cover

On day 349 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I learned about gun safety. Yesterday’s self-care activity involved taking a firearm safety course at the local armory. While I know this topic tends to stir some strong emotions in some, being prepared is important to me. It’s the same reason I renewed my CPR certification and […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 348): Relaxing at the Spa

Christmas Tree at The Salish Lodge in 2016

On day 348 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I relaxed at the spa. Yesterday morning I spent a couple hours at the Salish Spa, which is just a short drive from my home. I’ve visited many spas over the years, some while vacationing and some in the various cities that I’ve lived, but only a […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 340): Driving Slowly

snow-covered Tiger Mountain

On day 340 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I explored driving slowly as an act of self-care. After admiring the snowflakes yesterday, I awoke to face snow-covered roads when I left the house for an early morning appointment. Our roads don’t get covered very often, so road crews aren’t prepared to handle large-scale weather situations – […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 339): Watching the Snow

trees with a dusting of snow

On day 339 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I watched the snow fall. We don’t get a lot of snow in the greater Seattle area, but several times a year we do get a little dusting, especially at our place, where the elevation is slightly higher. Most of the time, it doesn’t stick. It just falls […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 338): Noticing the Little Things

Inspirational messages

On day 338 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I paused to notice the little things. Just before heading back to the airport for our return flight home from Florida, we had breakfast at Red’s Restaurant, a local favorite. My pancake was two-heads-big, which seemed consistent with the standard portion sizes there. By the end of the […]