I’m obviously not friend friends with all of you, BUT if you do want to send me anything on my resupply (the half way point on our backpacking trip where we can get mail and such), letters would be so fun! I’ll send you some back!! message me if you want (:
y’all the “wifey” guy is in my orientation group. hahahahah.
UNIVERSE, what is this message?!?!?
but in actuality, I think it’s a good thing. lessons in boundaries and like, getting to know people on a totally different level.
I’m really psyched for this backpacking trip in general.
my gosh so so busy. soooo busy. hoping to have some downtime tomorrow to write and do some yoga and just be for a little.
really enjoying it all though.
there is a correct way to layer clothes and i’m sorry but disney channel that is not the correct way
(my orientation is a 3 week backpacking trip in the mountains/canyons/desert of arizona with 9 other students and 2 guides).
anddddd i woke up super body anxious. only sleeping for 3.5 hours. the night before i only got 4/4.5 hrs.
i think i need to make it a point to go to bed earlier, since apparently i can’t sleep late in this place….
BUT GOOD NEWS: i am really enjoying it here. just mentally exhausted from being constantly ON. there will be a rhythm to it and i will fall into it soon. a super practice in figuring out how to balance introvert-claire with extrovert-claire. they are both super important and i got to remember to honor that (aka all of myself).
gonna go do some yoga to get this body anxiety movingggggg
Quinoa may deliver a complete protein—all of the amino acids you require—in a compact package, but rice and beans together actually do better. And like goji berries, blueberries and strawberries are packed with phytochemicals. The only problem is that lacking an exotic back story, food marketers can’t wring as exorbitant a markup from these staples: The domestic blueberry, for example, is periodically (and justifiably) marketed as a superfood, and in 2012, products featuring blueberries as a primary ingredient saw their sales nearly quadruple. But they only raked in $3.5 million—less than 2 percent of açaí-based product sales.
Tom Philpott, "Are Quinoa, Chia Seeds, and other ‘Superfoods’ a Scam?" (from Mother Jones)
Also worth highlighting is this section:
“Worse than superfoods’ origin myths, though, are their effects on the people in their native regions. In 2009, at the height of the açaí berry hype, Bloomberg News reported that the fruit’s wholesale price had jumped 60-fold since the early 2000s, pricing the Amazonian villagers who rely on it out of the market. In the Andes, where quinoa has been cultivated since the time of the Incas, price spikes have turned a one-time staple into a luxury, and quinoa monocrops are crowding out the more sustainable traditional methods.” (emphasis mine)
So not only are the markets for “superfoods” putting the foods out of reach of the people who relied on them as a dietary staple, but there are foods easily accessible to us that deliver all the nutrition at a fraction of the cost, both to our grocery bill and to the social/environmental toll.