Starbucks…I’m OUT.

Sarita at Chumash AidTechnically Starbucks doesn’t directly support the fight against GMO Labels.  They are part of a group that does though: The Grocery Manufacturers Associationthe GMA.

The GMA says GMOs are safe and they’ve got big regulatory organizations supporting this:  US FDA, WHO, Health Canada, The US Dept of Agriculture and National Academy of Sciences“they are safe and no negative health effects associated with their use.”

Now, I don’t know about you, but SOMETHING is wrong when I personally have 6 people I know  battling cancer, 3 people dealing with Diabetes 1, 10 people fighting Auto-Immune disorders…IN THE LAST 5 YEARS.

So, believe what you want.  But seriously look around.

If these big regulatory organizations were helping us, don’t you think there would be LESS BAD HEALTH than IMPROVED HEALTH?

Sorry, “living longer” doesn’t mean a BETTER LIFE and HEALTHIER LIFE. I hear horror stories of people taking handfuls of pills to handle ailments, side-effects of those initial pills, can’t sleep pills, can’t stay awake pills, pain pills…oh my GOD I feel so sad to think that might be my future.

No, I’m no scientist and I’m just me. I am sort of a vegan.  Can’t say 100%.  I don’t like to even tell people I’m vegan because most everyone I know thinks it’s bullshit.

This week I have sincerely decided I do not want to eat foods made with GMOs.

I want to be able to choose!  How am I supposed to know what is considered “traditional” and “organic” if the people the produce these food products don’t let me know?

It’s sad to think we are all being forced to accept these “facts”.

I go to sleep at night worrying about those people I listed above.  I hope they are getting better.  I wonder what the source of their illness is and if nutritionally better (packed with nutrients) foods would help.

Supporting Starbucks (for me) may as well be supporting the GMA.  And the GMA doesn’t give a flying F___ about me, my health or quality of life.   Do they care about yours?  You be the judge.

I for sure know that all of those “regulatory organizations” do not care if I’m doing OK.

They all care about #1.  Themselves and their investors.  WHICH IS FINE, I DON’T CARE – but how about doing it without taking the skin off of my back.


I feel better at least trying to make a little difference in the right direction.

I write this blog post today to MAYBE rally the few people I know that also feel strongly about this topic.

Now I’m investigating a coffee to replace the Starbucks Guatemala Blen I’ve enjoyed for the past few years.  I tried 86’ing coffee altogether because, yes I know, coffee isn’t good for me.

I thought about this.  A lot.   My memories of my mother keep this habit stuck for me.  I would rather have those few moments every day thinking about my mom and our coffee love.  Before she passed away OF BREAST CANCER AND THE COMPLICATIONS she gave up coffee.  I wonder if the coffee was part of the downward spiral of her health.

Either way, I want to enjoy a cup of coffee every day – that is GMO free, Organic, hopefully local and Fair Trade.

Wish me luck.  I’ll take any and all suggestions.


UPDATE: I found a coffee, wrote to the company and got a reply within hours.  Coexist. I’ve ordered The Diplomat Roast.    UPDATE JAN 2016 IT WASN’T VERY GOOD

I FOUND IT!  The best coffee!  Five Sisters.  See my REVIEW HERE.




SHOES – Road and Trail Shoes


The main difference you will see visually are the variety of coordinated color options…JUST KIDDING.

When we have a brand new camper head out to a professional shoe store for a pair of shoes (Foot Pursuit, Road Runner or Future Track) we prepare the owners of those stores to PLEASE fit our clients properly.  We actually visit an make eye contact because it’s THAT important!

We also know that sometimes you just won’t listen to us (or them) when it comes to clashing with your cute outfits!

For the love of Pete: get the right shoe figured out FIRST then PICK ONE of the color options that exist on planet earth right that second. 

The number one reason for ignoring this sage advice: “they didn’t have the colors I wanted.”

New Shoes Aasics Koyanos PinkI get it though. 

Who wants to look like a closet that has been through a tornado of color?

There are a few very important parts to a safe, injury-free (or reduced) and productive camp that have to do with apparel.

#1 – The correct shoe for your body
#2 – A SPORTS BRA for the gals, no matter what size, HIGH IMPACT READY
#3 – COMPRESSION SHORTS for the fellas

Looking OBNOXIOUS could actually save your life. 

We WANT people to see you on the road!  Wearing bright and obnoxious colors to camp is a way to BE NOTICED ON THE ROAD.  

Steer clear of colors that blend into the environment whenever possible.

Look at the bottom of your shoes. 
The tread is the biggest difference in a road or trail shoe.
Nisa's BRAND NEW beautiful running shoes!
On a trail the surface is never certain. 
You want a sole that will give you stability and grip. 
The road shoes should be sturdy, not flexible.
We wince when we see the sales person at a bargain place convincing a buyer of the quality of the shoe by bending it at the arch “see how flexible this is!?”.
In our 10+ years of experience, you need a STURDY SHOE that supports your foot strike.
Going to a professional running store and having someone with MILES AND MILES of experience running is what you need!
Once you find the right shoe you will LOVE ruNEW SHOES always a good thingnning a lot more.  You won’t feel aches and pains in your shins, ankles, calves or hips!
Good question and one of the top at camp.
– If you are an aggressive camper you will begin to wear out the toe box of your shoe quickly. 
– If you are suddenly experiencing a pain “you never had before” anywhere in your foot, your ankle, shin or knees.  Personally when I get a pain from my pinky toe across the top of my foot into my ankle then up my shin it’s time to replace!

-300-500 miles (a full time camper will run about 3 miles average a day on our program) so a brand new pair of shoes can last 2 to 3 camps.

Still Life - shoes all lined up  (7)

Don’t wear your camp shoes for bopping around in unless you have multiple pairs.

The compression portion of the shoe needs to refill with air and when you leave them alone it gives that a chance to replenish and cushion up!

Hose it – no washing machines.  If you can stand it, take a hose to your shoes and lightly scrub brush them. 
If they stink, submerge them in a 5 gallon bucket with soap and dunk/rinse a lot.  Use a detergent booster to help get the smell out and let them dry toe down or heel down in the sunshine (a natural disinfectant).
Use a washing machine on a delicate gyration setting with beach towels (they absorb a lot of water and today’s washers are so sensitive they do not put enough rinse water in – my opinion.)

Exercise and Good Nutrition Rx

Leah at camp with Joseph 1Rarely – if ever – will you find a medical doctor against adding regular exercise and good nutritional choices to help you feel better if you are dealing with ANY sort of ailment.

Imagine your body WITHOUT activity and movement on a regular basis.  You become weak, floppy, tired, depressed, anxious, irritable, heavier, slower. 

It’s JUST THE OPPOSITE when you stick with a plan and keep moving.

I’m always concerned about our kids and what they observe as a “happy and healthy” lifestyle.  The smaller the child, the more absorbent they seem to be.

This is why I’d like to give a big shout-out to Leah for all she makes happen as a new mother.  She has really put her son at the top of the list of priorities and includes him in pretty much everything.  He will only understand this is “normal”.

If you are not already the DRIVER of your Health Bus, please put that hat on and rally your family.  They will likely kick and scream if they’re used to a lazy, no-time, exercise-isn’t-THAT-important life.  Just hang on to the wheel and TRUST THE PROCESS.