I just heard about this thing called #bloganuary to help inspire bloggers to post every day during the month of January.
Since it’s already the 21st, I’ve missed out on most of the month. Good thing my favorite saying is “better late than never”.
The writing prompt for today is, “If you could, what year would you time travel to, and why?”
I’m trying to decide on a year, but I would definitely go backward in time. I guess this makes me not very adventurous. The future does not look very promising at this point, and I don’t think I want to know what is coming, even if I’m not here to see it.
I don’t want to go back to relive a wonderful childhood, except that it was pretty nice until about age 10. It really was nice to be young and oblivious. I had a nice house and lots of land and spent all the time I could outside.
I’d want to go back and pay closer attention to family while I had it.
I’d ask my grandmother about her knitting knowledge, and my grandfather about his strawberry shortcake biscuit recipe.
I do think I would go back and try to appreciate my relatives more. I’d love to ask them loads of questions that I can not find an answer to these days. My childhood was the only time I really had substantial family around me.
The prompt does not mention anything about length of stay in our time slot, so that would factor in to my choice too.
I certainly don’t want to relive my childhood, but a few days spent in a good year could be quite fun.
Oh… and it must be winter. I will have to go sledding with my friends.
Worthy Flavors produce review with photos of my delivery box.
Today I received my second home delivery of vegetables from Worthy Flavors. I wanted to love this company and hoped for great vegetables delivered from local farms. Today I was very disappointed in what I unboxed.
What Came in my Worthy Flavors Box?
Here is a look at the box as it looked when first opened, and the products on my counter after unpacking. It feels a little sparse for the money.
This is the organic box, which at the current time costs $47.95. I had signed up for delivery every 2 weeks. Read about my first delivery here.
Worthy Flavors at FaceBook Lists Box Contents
Below is the list of produce which was to be in each of the boxes. I found this on the Worthy Flavors site on FaceBook. I was looking forward to blueberries and pretty much all the rest.
However, not only did I not receive blueberries, peaches, or carrots, I was pretty disappointed in many of the items I did get.
Below is a photo of everything that was included in my Organic Box. I paid over $47 for this….!
First the good. The little bag of strawberries is good. The tomatoes look very good and need to ripen a bit. The green peppers are not “minis” as listed, but look nice. Sweet potatoes are good and the romaine lettuce is a bit wilted, but not bad. The red onion is fine.
Now the bad. I hate blackberries, which is not their fault, but a downside. I threw them in the woods for the animals. The red leaf lettuce was horribly wilted. The cauliflower looked quite old. (I also got cauliflower in my last box, and it was wonderful.) The leaves on this head were wilted, and there were black spots on the head.
The cucumbers are HUGE! One was smushed and I absolutely would not have purchased these at the store. I haven’t eaten an apple yet, but I would pass on apples that come from Florida. I’ll probably make a little crumble using them.
Where are the oranges (good ones- my last box contained dry and tasteless oranges), grapefruit, lemons and limes that Florida is known for? In fact, I had hoped to receive crops that were in season by month in Florida.
On top of the fact that much of my produce was disappointing, I now have four more water bottles that I don’t want.
Not only that, but my water bottles have no ice in them when I unbox. I’ve seen videos where the bottles come still partially frozen. I only live a few hours north of the location of Worthy Flavors in Florida, so why wouldn’t my bottles have ice? It is winter here, so not super hot. What would happen in summer?
My guess is that the Worthy Flavors box is packed ahead of time and the ice melts and the produce wilts. Otherwise, I surmise that they are packing gross vegetables on purpose! The cauliflower looks like it has been sitting around for quite a while.
When I pay good money for a home delivery service I expect very good quality items which goes along with sending in-season food. I know that part of that fee goes toward packing and shipping, which is understandable, but when I open the box, I want produce that looks fresh-picked and yummy.
I want to be eco-friendly and the packing that comes inside the box claims to be recyclable, but my town won’t take it.
Also the fact that water bottles are included in every box is a bit of a minus for me. I understand the attempt to send something that can be recycled, but I don’t want them.
I do recycle the box and cardboard inside.
Cancelling Worthy Flavors
I have cancelled my subscription to Worthy Flavors. I’d rather shop local and pick out my own good vegetables and spend much less money in doing so.
By the way, when you want to cancel your subscription on the Worthy Flavors site, it comes up as a “cancellation request”, saying they will respond in 1-2 business days. I thought, Oh Boy. But, I immediately got an e-mail from the company saying my subscription had been cancelled.
It’s too bad that this didn’t work out. I was hoping to support local farmers and get good quality vegetables at the same time.
The other day I received my first shipment from the produce company Worthy Flavors. They ship from south Florida and since I live in central Florida I figured I’d get fresh produce quickly.
I chose the organic box and it is set up to ship bi-weekly. I was told my box would ship on a Tuesday and I got it on the following day.
I did not take immediate photos, but the pictures on this page are of products that came in the box. Mostly, I loved the items.
The box is filled and shipped according to what they want to send. I did not get to select anything.
This is a little bit fun. If you like surprises, and basically like all types of fruits and vegetables, you may love this. I am more pleased than not. I look forward to seeing the contents of my next shipment.
Here are photos of some of the things that came in the box. I got much more than this. See the list below.
What Came in My Organic Box
First delivery box contained the following – everything is organic:
1 head of iceberg lettuce – Unfortunately I do not eat this kind of lettuce. My son ate it.
1 head of Savoy cabbage
1 red onion
3 Roma tomatoes – one tomato is not good. They came unripe, which is good but one tomato is already rotting because it appears damaged.
4 Golden potatoes
Cherries – DELICIOUS! Ate them so quickly I didn’t get a photo.
Brussel sprouts – one of the few vegetables I really don’t like. Gave to my son.
1 red pepper – very good, ate immediately chopped on my pizza
3 oranges – one was beginning to rot – it had an obvious problem so don’t know why it was even packed.
3 pears – all look good
Holiday Herb Medley, including sage, rosemary and thyme – smells wonderful and will freeze what I don’t use.
2 huge carrots – not on the list of ingredients that arrived with the box
Big gorgeous head of cauliflower – also not listed
All in all I am pleased with the vegetables and fruit. The cauliflower is perfect. The cherries were wonderful. In fact most of the items were great.
The pros are that I will be eating things I normally don’t buy. Variety in the diet is good. Although I basically follow a Keto diet, I do eat potatoes occasionally. I will eat everything that arrived and nothing will go to waste.
The box comes packed with water bottles – I guess they began frozen – to keep everything cold. It is December and not exactly cold here in Florida but there was no ice in the bottles. This makes me wonder how a summer shipment would work. On the other hand, I don’t like all the water bottles because I don’t drink bottled water, but I understand the concept of replacing ice packages with recyclable bottles.
I love that they offer an organic box as I only buy organic vegetables. I love that everything in the box is recyclable.
On the down side, two items in my shipment were not edible. One tomato was damaged as well as an orange. If I were choosing vegetables at the store I would not have chosen those. Also, I may still have to go shopping for things that did not arrive and I usually eat.
After I turned sixty, I began to feel old. It was an age when I knew I would have to make a real effort to get healthy.
My life was pretty depressing at that point. I’d had to sell my house in New Hampshire, where I loved living, and move back to Florida.
Life wasn’t what I wanted it to be, so I turned my focus onto myself. I couldn’t control my lack of income, or even the place I lived, although I had certainly tried, but I could control some things. I could choose the food I ate and the exercise I got. I could focus on me for the first time in my life.
My Mistaken Beliefs in What is Really Healthy
I have an open mind and I like to keep learning. That has certainly been a requirement while doing my online job.
Without a family to cook for, I could now eat however I pleased and I was determined to eat healthy. After a few years I discovered that many foods I thought were “healthy” were actually not helping me.
I was eating toast and eggs for breakfast, or yogurt with fruit and oatmeal with apples. I was drinking lots of unsweetened juice and making smoothies. Potatoes were a regular part of my diet. I had cut down on eating bread, but I wasn’t against having a sub now and then, and every burger I ate was in a bun.
There were no desserts, ice cream, cookies or cake in my diet. I’d given all of that up, yet I did not seem to be benefiting from a “no sweets” diet.
I didn’t go to MacDonalds, or eat out at all very much. Vegetables and fish were a big part of my diet too. What more could I do?
When I went to bed at night I would be kept awake with heartburn. I’d never had trouble with heartburn before. I couldn’t lose a pound, no matter how much I walked (which wasn’t much) or how little I ate. I kept gaining weight and going up in clothing size.
My blood pressure has been high for years because of my kidney disease, but I desperately wanted to be medicine free and fix that problem myself. It was a big fail as my BP stayed too high.
The Road to Making Good Changes
Everyone begins down the road to making good changes in their lifestyle in some way. Sometimes (maybe often) it’s a wake-up call health-wise. I was feeling really lousy all the time. I felt like my body was dying slowly.
This was my journey.
First, I watched two documentaries that opened my eyes to new health information. The first, “Fat Fiction” showed me that good fats are necessary. It also showed me that carbs are bad as they turn into sugar, which I knew, but I did not realize where all those carbs were hiding. The show focuses a lot on Type 2 diabetes, which I don’t have, but the overall changes to diet certainly can help everyone. Everybody should watch that show. It will open your eyes to how food has changed to the point that it is killing us slowly.
The other show I watched was about fasting and how it can (sometimes) cure diseases. I don’t recall the name of the documentary, but it put that idea in my head. Short fasts seemed quite possible.
Not long after I saw those shows, I read about a study being done in California by scientists who were working to cure the type of kidney disease I have, where cysts grow uncontrolled all throughout the kidneys. They’d had success with treating rats and cats by using a Keto (low carb) diet combined with intermittent fasting.
As I checked further into the Keto diet and IF (intermittent fasting) I was convinced it was a good idea to do this myself. I could possibly lose weight, and maybe even cure my incurable disease. This was hope!
No Slacking Off, Keep Making the Effort
I’ve written about my journey into switching to the Keto diet and the mistakes I made in the beginning. Fasting every morning until noon is working very well for me and my carb consumption is low. I try very hard to stick to that.
If you are feeling lousy even though it seems you are eating the “right” things, it might be time to re-think your diet. Tell yourself you CAN make changes. Take small steps, and keep making the effort until it becomes effortless.
The best change I have made is walking every day. When I visited New Hampshire this past Spring, I began to take regular walks. When I returned to Florida I kept that up and I’m so glad I did.
Being over sixty means I lose abilities quickly. If I sit around for a week, it’s back to ground zero when I start moving again. There is no slacking off because my body simply loses all the good.
I know how hard it is to get moving when your back aches, or your knees hurt, but I encourage you to do something. I only walk about a mile to mile and a half and I do it first thing in the morning. I had to work up to this! At first, any walking was very uncomfortable.
Walking first thing in the morning is very important because I can talk myself out of it if I wait! Here in Florida it can get too hot if I wait to walk past 7:00am. This is a motivator. Sometimes I am out on the street walking and feel like I am only half awake… but I do it.
Exercise first thing in the morning sets me up for a good day. I feel good that I walked. It sends me into my day with health in mind, which carries over to the food I choose to eat. Believe me, I don’t love walking here in Florida! I have to make myself do it. A big motivator is remembering how lousy I used to feel.
No Excuses, Sometimes I Must Yell at Myself
I’ve had many excuses to tell myself which have kept me sitting and not moving. “If only I had someone to walk with”, “It’s too hot”, “Walking the beach would be nice, but I hate that drive”, “It might rain”, “I have a lot of work to get done”, and “The walk is boring and ugly”.
Mostly I am just feeling sorry for myself because I don’t like where I live. Then I must be tough on myself and say, “Stop being a wimp and take an umbrella if it looks cloudy. Yes it’s humid and gross, but you only walk for 20 – 30 minutes so suck it up! The AC is waiting at home. Forget the beach, just walk the neighborhood or get on the treadmill.” Gosh, I can be such a baby.
And while I’m walking I have to urge myself to go farther and faster, a little at a time. I tell myself, “Pam, you are already out here doing it, so do it right”.
Only two things stand between your present state and a better state of health, in my opinion. The first is food choices. The second is to be sure and move every day.
Of course there is more to being a healthy person overall, but for me, these are the two biggies. I’ve seen improvement in myself by changing these two things.
Fending Off Dementia
Here is a story and something I think about often.
My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimers in her mid-sixties. She was just about the age I am now.
Last year my sister, who is younger than I am, was diagnosed with dementia and she has gone downhill fast.
There is no other history of any type of dementia in my family for as far back as I can see. All my grandparents, and great-grandparents, lived into their nineties, except one grandmother.
When I think about both my mother and my sister some similarities come to mind when it comes to their lifestyle choices. Neither one ever made dietary changes for the better during the course of their lives. My mother was a big sweets eater. She didn’t like to do new things either and was a home-body who read books, played the piano and saved her money. She was definitely not active and I would say a very sedentary person. In all fairness, she was not exposed to this diet and lifestyle information either.
My sister liked to try new recipes but they were not necessarily healthy meals. She drank cheap beer and lots of it. She did very little moving and considered walking in her back yard, while her dog ran around, exercise. I took a walk with her once and she walked very slowly. Even though I always tried to get her to open her mind to new things, she was very stuck in her ways. Even though she worked a lot and made lots of money, she never used it to have fun, travel, or visit her sister, nephews and niece. She liked to sit around at home.
I do not want to be like either of them and I don’t think I am. If a low-carb diet and moderate exercise can keep me from having dementia, I will definitely make the effort.
The benefits I see to eating low-carb and exercising are all good enough to keep me on track. Unless, or until, I learn something new, this is my life.
Many thanks to the photographers at Pixabay for the use of the photos on this page.
My son had collected a couple of big white barrels to use for rainwater catching from the roof. He cut one in half crosswise and built stands for both halves to create raised garden beds for growing potatoes. I’ve grown potatoes a few times, and fresh dug potatoes are delicious. Now, I have no yard…