This post is the first of 3 emails we were asked to write for the Wellness Warriors Lifestyle Boot Camp offered by Dr. Jamie Thomure of DuPage Family Wellness. Dr. Jamie first launched a Nutrition Boot Camp in 2017 which Joelle and I have both participated in and seen the benefits! The Wellness Warriors Lifestyle Boot Camp was recently launched to go beyond nutrition into everyday healthy lifestyle choices. We highly recommend checking out these Boot Camp’s along with the many other services being offered at DuPage Family Wellness!
I’ve been fighting it all day – the feeling that I need to be out there shopping today. Black Friday. To boot, I’ve hardly even scoured the ads, so not only am I not there in the thick of it, I don’t even know the potential deals I am missing out on. Can anyone relate to feeling that today is just too big a day to miss out on?
We are just approaching that wonderful time when for the next several months locally grown food will be in abundance. During this time of year, we make it our goal to source as much of our food locally as possible. There are so many reasons why we do this but here’s our top 5:
Composting has gained a lot of ground in recent years. Here in the West Suburbs of Chicago, Joelle recently attended a free composting seminar and we’ve even heard of community composting initiatives. In it’s infancy of stardom, composting still comes in well behind more popular gardening trends like fertilizer, whether organic or chemical. Few use compost and fewer yet have an idea of what it is or how it is made. Until a couple years ago, I would be the lowest up the totem pole in that category!
Joelle recently asked me what the difference was between fertilizer and compost. Never having given much thought to the matter, I pondered for a moment and a familiar analogy came to mind. I likened fertilizer to that of a supplement. Often times we take vitamins, minerals, herbs, etc. to supplement our regular diet. Fertilizer, likewise, is a supplement to the health and vitality of the soil. Compost, on the other hand I likened to a complete, well balanced, fully fortified and nutritious meal. Compost, from my experience, offers the full support system for any living plant to grow in and thrive.
Our Sustainability Story: The Real Cost of Unconscious Living
Living sustainably and the things we write about on this website have not always been on my radar. Millennials are often criticized for growing up with an abundant amount of comfort and convenience, and for me it was no different. In fact, we had not just one, but two microwaves that often ran simultaneously to get everything needed for a meal adequately heated at one time. My closet could have housed a family of three in some parts of the world and was still brimming with clothing and other items that built up over the years. Don’t get me wrong, I had a great childhood. Everything was secure and abundant so why question any of it. All of it was normal.
Life essentially carried on this way through college and into our early married life. We lived on a tight budget so I began couponing for our basic food and household items and could buy them for next to nothing. I didn’t think much about quality or where things came from or why these companies wanted me to buy their products so desperately to basically give them away for free. They were cheap and that’s what mattered to me at the time.
“Put A Face On It”
When I asked the “mitten lady” how much time she put into making each pair of mittens her response of an hour and a half sounded fair. Almost too fair for the $20, very fashionable and well crafted pair of mittens we had just bought for Joelle. It helped put my mind at ease that we had just made a small but meaningful investment, not only in ourselves for the impending winter, but toward a skill, an art, a product, our community…. A person.
This past summer we challenged ourselves to “put a face” on our purchases as a family and this was just one of so many positive, personal, face to face interactions we had.