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affording “real food” might take some work.

Not all food is actually food. Most of the stuff we can buy in the grocery store is chemically designed, processed, and manufactured. In Defense of Food is Pollan’s argument against this type of consumption, describing the reasons why processed food should be avoided and laying guidelines for a healthier diet. The guidelines were the main reason I read the book – I wanted the facts behind what I already believed was a healthier way to eat. Pollan’s simple manifesto? –  “Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants.”

You’re better off eating whole fresh foods rather than processed food products. That’s what I mean by the recommendation to ‘eat food,’ which is not quite as simple as it sounds. For while it used to be that food was all you could eat, today there are thousands of other edible food-like substances in the supermarket.

– Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food

But Pollan’s “diet” could not have been sustained a few decades ago. He admits that “There would have been no way to eat the way I propose without going back to the land and growing your own food. It would have been the manifesto of a crackpot.” But that’s beauty of living today. We have choices. Almost every town, or at least county, has a farmers market – and they’re growing in numbers every year. More small farms are in this country than there have been for decades. The “real food” is there. We have the option to eat it. And if you know anything about the benefits of this type of eating for your health and the environment then you would be crazy not to.

Except for money. 

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2015 Road Trip:


    nat’l park photos – because you asked ;)

    I’ve gotten numerous requests for photos of the trip, the rest are scattered through out my posts, but here are the best photos from Utah parks!

    Grand Canyon:
    (Two pictures… because it’s all one view…)

    Zion National Park:
    (Most from the West Rim trail, because that was my favorite of the whole trip)

    Bryce Canyon National Park:
    Check out those colors. #NoFilter

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    times of transition.

    It’s been an inexcusably long time since I last posted. I’ll blame most of it on the fact that south eastern Utah is essentially an internet void, but the rest is my own fault entirely. In my last post we were at Bryce Canyon. Following that stop we hit Capital Reef, Grand Staircase-Escalante, Arches, Moab, Canyonlands, and the Needles District. Each of those adventures deserves a post of it’s own, I intend to do my best.


    Favorite spot :) More where this came from, I’m working on it!


    At Canyonlands David and I made the decision to head back to Durango. Our wanderlust was fading and the prospect of camping in still-snow-packed Rocky Mountains was less than enticing. So we decided to skip the Colorado leg of the trip.

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    showering on the road, and in life.

    Ask anyone who’s lived with me – I take really fast showers.

    Back when I was a preteen my dad challenged me to take a four minute shower. Today that’s my norm. My showers are anywhere from three to six minutes. Depending, of course, on whether I’m late for something or it’s a winter night so cold that I require time to thaw.

    I just don’t see any reason why a shower should take longer. Sure, it feels great… it feels great while I’m washing, but then it’s time to get out. I don’t believe in wasting water. Four minutes is all I need to shampoo, condition, and wash my entire body – including my ears and my feet (I shave outside the shower, it’s easier to anyways). I lived in a sustainability house in college that allowed an average of two minute showers a day. Now that is a struggle. So, I showered every other day because hey, long hair takes a little time.

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    endearing and useless: splitting with the teardrop.

    I have a soft spot for endearing things. I’m not talking about kittens, daisies, and tiny shoes for infants (though I coo at those things too, don’t get me wrong). Rather, I’m referring to antiques and antique-like-things. It’s a trait I get from my mother. When I was a child my mother used to frequent yard sales and bring home endearing pieces of furniture and decorations. It drove my dad mad. But I get it. I also love creating an environment that’s charming and whimsical. If I can create it from used, cheap items – hey, all the better.

    Especially when I think said items have the potential to be practical. I love keeping and acquiring items that may, eventually, have a purpose. Though, as I’ve previously stated, I’m working on this habit – trying to acquire only things that have actually demonstrated usefulness. Like antique sewing machines… and teardrop trailers…

    But it’s hard.

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    do it anytime.


    Right before we left! Gosh that was a while ago.


    “Do it now, while you still can.”

    This spring everyone was astoundingly supportive when they learned of our coming road trip. Our nerves concerning finances, logistics, and the future were dulled by the constant waves of positive encouragement we received from family, friends, and coworkers who knew of our plans. Repeatedly people told us “Do it while you’re young” and “I wish I could go with you.” But most often we heard, “Do it before you have responsibilities – it gets harder to do that kind of thing when you get older.”

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    bandelier: make-believe come true.

    When I was a kid I had an obsession with Native Americans. I loved Pocahontas and learning about different tribes in school. Josefina was my first (and therefore most loved) American Girl Doll. When my mom found out that my babysitter’s father was 50% native american she set up a meeting so I could meet him.


    I may have gotten the little bro involved…

    I played a lot of make-believe. I had an absurd amount of dress-ups and 20 acres of land to imagine on. For two straight years, or maybe more, I imagined life as a native in Maine. I made a teepee and pranced around the woods pretending every living thing had a spirit. Even though these woods provided me the ability to imagine the impossible I was highly bothered by the fact that I didn’t look the part. This was probably impounded by the fact that my best friend did. I wished my blonde hair and fair skin away.

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    white sands reflection.

    My yoga mat has spent most of this trip in darkness. When we set up the trailer we arranged the bed in layers – first the camping pads, then the extra blankets, mattress cover, sheets, bedding, etc. David, without thinking, added the yoga mat to the camping pad category, and I’ve been too lazy to pull it out. After runs I stretch but we’re usually at crowded campgrounds which aren’t conducive to zen. It wasn’t worth the hassle.

    Which is really stupid, considering one of my original goals of this trip was to do yoga as much as possible. Oops.

    But then… White Sands. Oh my gosh.


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    updates and… I got featured!

    New Mexico has been slow going, which I won’t say hasn’t been nice. We hit White Sands National Monument, Madrid (an awesome art town), Truth or Consequences, Gila National Forest, Santa Fe, Bandelier National Monument, and a beautiful campground at Cochiti Lake. The best part was meeting a couple of Canadians our age who are doing a similar trip, hanging out in Santa Fe with them was fantastic – we were bummed we couldn’t hang out longer.

    We haven’t really had any service, so internet-wise it’s been a quiet week. But while I was mia something super exciting happened.

    I was featured!

    Cindy, also known as Small Footprints, runs a blog called Reduce Footprints. The work she’s doing through her writing is fantastic, I would encourage all of you to check her out. As part of her “meet and greet” series she asked if she could feature me. I was incredibly honored, so of course I said yes.

    Here’s the link to the kind words she said about MyEco20s, and here’s the general link to her work to check it out.

    Thanks Cindy! Keep doing awesome things.

     best, e.

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