My Happy Guilt Free Compromise

I have been working hard to fix 2 things in my life. 1) Eating whole healthy food that will nourish my body. 2) Eliminating plastic use in my life (ok well and technically 3) learning Norwegian – but that is a whole ‘nother complicated mess of a story).

In some ways these 2 compete with each other, but not how you are thinking. I am not trying to split my time between them like 2 friends wanting to hang out with me but not liking each other. No. They just kind don’t like each other. Sadly. You see the thing is that I want to be able to buy certain products/foods that I know will make me healthier – but I am unable to find them plastic free. So for example, then I have a decision to make: Don’t buy Spinach, because it comes in plastic.Therefore you will not get this amazing nutritious dark leafy green that you need and love because there is plastic. OR, Buy this yummy and vitamin packed powerhouse green and have 1 plastic bag in your collection. (ps. My home town – Alma Arkansas – is the spinach capital of the world)

Most of you probably think I am crazy for even having to debate this. I really REALLY am rather equal in my quest on both issues. But I have to say that I am finally to the point that I am picking nutrition. I am very good about not collecting plastic. We have 100% bamboo toothbrushes (finally just got them, post coming soon!), we use a bar of soap that comes in paper for our teeth, the shower, our hands and the dishes (obviously all different bars in those areas), we take our own shopping and produce bags to the store/market, our own bags when normal shopping, we store all our food in glass, I now make our own ice cream so avoid the plastic box and be healthier, ect, ect ect. We have a great plastic recycling program here in Norway- so that is nice to know it is helping keep the plastic we do make out of the dump!

So I have been a rebel to the plastic cause these past few weeks. I have bought a few vitamins that I have been wanting. I learned that we are just not getting magnesium anymore in our food from the earth, so I decided that it was time to get nourished (Read about that here and here). Since I have moved to Norway (read: since I meet Ole) I have started to think differently about supplements and medications. I moved here with a ‘arsenal’ as Ole called it. But now, I prefer to heal naturally and to get my vitamins from foods the natural way. But those articles really convinced me about the magnesium. And it makes total sense, we don’t respect the earth anymore in the way we grow. We just throw chemicals at it and go about. The same is true for K2, we just don’t get enough pastured animal fat – if you are interested in that read this and this. So every month, for my healths sake, I am buying a bottle of magnesium and a bottle of K2 – guilt free. The brand of K2 I am ordering is the best and it only a plastic bottle. I am searching still for a glass bottle of magnesium – share if you know a good one!

[Side Note: Selection sometime is limited in Norway on things like specialty vitamins. The best brand of K2 in my opinion is a Norwegian brand called MenaQ7, but hilariously I can not buy it on it’s own here. I can buy in only mixed in a multi. So I order mine from iherb.com. If you are looking for a good source for vitamins, I really recommend iherb. I have been hearing about them for ages and just thinking it was silly, but they are great and fast and have good service. I have a coupon code that you can use your first time to get $5 off – SOG981 – and if you use my code I get to build up rewards, so that is why I am telling you this ๐Ÿ™‚ ]

There is a middle ground of course, I am not going back to buying my ground beef in plastic of course. I know that is bad and bad ground beef and leaching chemicals from the plastic. I still feel strongly about the fact that when I someday have kids that I want them to be plastic free too – glass bottles, cotton bed, wooden or silicon toys, ect. No funny face plastic dinner plates here! However, those are areas that the plastic is avoidable. I think I am writing all this more in a way to say to you – If you are like me and trying your hardest to avoid plastic but have let your health go to the wayside because of it .. then take a step back and have a good think about it.

So I still have a goal to make out own potato chips. We have some unnecessary plastic consumption there. That is one I obviously can cut out and it will not hurt our health – surely it will help us since we will be cutting out the last place we get industrial oils. We have the occasion chocolate bar, but I have just found this yuber yummy brand that is in foil and paper – I think they are worth the switch. They were a tiny bit more expensive, but they have better ingredients too! Basically now, nutrition is taking the front seat and plastic is going to have to sit in the back – and I am ok with that!

12 Responses

  1. EcoCatLady January 28, 2012 / 21:50

    I am TOTALLY with you. When forced to choose between evils, choose your own health! I’m also totally on board with the magnesium supplements. It’s made a huge difference for me. I’ve never heard of K2 though, so I’ll have to go investigate.

    And in terms of learning Norwegian, my advice is to find yourself someone to hang out with who either can’t or won’t speak English. When I was an exchange student, my host family had a 9 year old girl. She had studied English in school, but was too shy to attempt to speak English with me. Nevertheless, she viewed me as her “big sister” and wanted to be around me 24/7. So she basically taught me Norwegian.

    I remember one day we were riding our bikes together. We went down a big hill and she turned to me and said: “Dette var veldig spennende!” I didn’t know the word “spennende” so I asked her to explain it. Her response (in Norwegian, of course) was “well, it’s like when you’re at the movies, and you’re sitting on the edge of your chair because you don’t know what’s going to happen.” I thought it was amazing that they actually had a word for this concept! It wasn’t until many months later that I learned the word “spennende” actually meant “exciting”. But my point is that I got to learn the language by learning the meanings of the words rather than the translations, and it made it much, much easier.

    Lykke til! Jeg er helt sikkert at du kan gjรธre det!

  2. Fonda LaShay January 29, 2012 / 00:35

    Awe that is cute! I really wish I was around kids more. When we are in ร…lesund and around Ole’s nephew I pick up so much Norsk because he is so patient with me and only knows things like ‘so cool’ and ‘no way’ in English ๐Ÿ˜› I am in school 8 hours a week right now in the evenings. It is helping and I am learning – just very slowly. It is hard to get the attention I need when I am fighting for the attention of the teacher with 20 + other students. Then when I get home I forget my questions so I can’t ask Ole. I think I really need to get better about writing down my questions to ask him ๐Ÿ˜› And we have to start practicing at home more ๐Ÿ™‚

    Takk for oppmuntring!

  3. Maria April 2, 2012 / 17:43

    Hi Fonda

    Let me see if I can finally leave my comment here ๐Ÿ™‚ it has been a bit difficult ๐Ÿ™‚

    I have seen your comments on “The Healthy Home Economist” about Butter.
    I currently live in Norway (Stord) and I am having a really hard time finding real butter. Not the one from supermarkets (as they are a mix of palm oil and butter or worse) but real butter! Can you please tell me where you find yours?

    I am eagerly waiting for your answer!!!

    Mvh,

    Maria.

  4. Maria April 5, 2012 / 13:31

    Hi Fonda ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for answering me. I am having some problems in posting my answer in your blog ๐Ÿ™ It simply does not accept them (recognising them as either spam or duplicate).
    Yes, I’m an expat from Portugal ๐Ÿ™‚

    I am already familiar with smรธr from supermarket. It’s done with pasteurized and homogenized milk. I tried real butter from raw milk once in a farm and I guarantee you that it was the most lovely thing I have ever tasted in my life – I could feel that taste for 2 straight days or so! Nothing to do with TINE’s products for sure. The farmer explained me then how TINE makes their products and the difference between real smรธr and supermarket’s smรธr.

    If you get to know a farm that sells real butter remember me ๐Ÿ™‚

    Are you familiar with Nina Planck’s books?

  5. Fonda LaShay April 5, 2012 / 22:24

    You can always try Rorรธs – it is not homogenized.
    http://www.rorosmeieriet.no/index.php/okologiske-produkter/roros-smor

    It is the closet to ‘real’ you are going to get in the market. If you want anything more real you will not find it in the market. You should look for a local farmer in Stord to sell you cream to make your own. I only know of a few farmers in the Stavanger region – and they are abit skeptical of selling for reasons unknown since it is legal for them to sell to individuals.

    I have read Plancks first book – wrote about it some time back on this blog.

    ** sorry you are not able to comment easily – there is nothing i can really do to help that. Might try a different browser.

  6. Layla May 21, 2012 / 06:30

    Glad to see I’m not the only one ditching plastic use ๐Ÿ™‚ One quick tip: bring a recyclable cloth bag with you everywhere you go – you’ll never know when you’ll need a shopping or grocery bag!

    In the subject of k2, I get mine from http://products.mercola.com/vitamin-k/ since I’m in the US. Mercola is a good brand and I hope someday it will be available in Norway too ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Elis August 6, 2012 / 15:53

    Hei Fonda!
    Found your blog through some “Paleo Norway” Google-ing ๐Ÿ™‚

    I thought I’d tell you about a Norwegian brand that has a great K2 vitamin (with D3 to aid absorption). It’s called Eqology, and I’m sure you would like their brand as they think very much about the environment and keeping things in balance (although most of their vitamins do come in plastic bottles, maybe I should ask if they have thought about changing that!) ๐Ÿ™‚ You can watch a nice video here:

    Hit me up at emeinarsson@gmail.com if you’re interested in knowing more, or just use my code: 1153776 if you decide to try it out ๐Ÿ™‚ http://www.eq.no

    You should keep blogging btw! =)
    Cheers!

    • Fonda LaShay January 3, 2013 / 20:49

      thanks for the tip! Always good to have a local source!! Are you Paleo in Norway?

  8. Amanda December 18, 2012 / 01:33

    We think and research alike, I think. I’m really glad I stumbled across your site! I’m almost afraid to watch that GMO video you just posted…. By the time I got to the end of this post my anxiety was through the roof. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sounds like you’re doing an AMAZING job of weeding the junk from the good stuff in life. For me, worrying too much and trying to control too much only deteriorates my health via stress – ironically enough. However, I do what I can with what I know… eliminating plastics is certainly something I’m interested in… Also, do you have a list of recipes for household cleaners that I could reference? Never made my own but sounds like a good idea. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks!

    • Fonda LaShay January 3, 2013 / 20:57

      Hi Amanda! Glad you found me ๐Ÿ™‚ I would suggest that you take one thing at a time.. in the beginning when I started this I wanted to do everything at once. While I though that maybe I could handle it, I did not want to do that to my family so I decided to take one thing – like taking my own shopping bags – and once it became a habit for us, then I would move along to the next. I have made a list of Goals http://www.mintandchili.com/goals (though that is not all of them, haha) that I would like to accomplish, and try to tackle a new one every few weeks or at least once per month. It really helps on the stress end and also will help you get through each goal and stick to it!

      As for cleaners. I have a very small arsenal – you really only need baking soda, vinegar, and soap ๐Ÿ™‚ Vinegar for windows/glass, a mix of baking soda and vinegar with some soap for all purpose spray topped off with water (not recipe really, I’d say in a windex sized bottle maybe 2 T of b.s., 1 T soap then 1/2 water), hot water on other things, for my floors I have a steam mop (it also has a hand attachment, so I get to use it on other hard to clean things), and besides that hot water. I have had a few times where I have had to break out the old chemicals from the basement for a hard to get off oven burn.. but normally baking soda with vinegar sprinkled over does the job.

      Just let me know if you have any other questions, I am always happy to share ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Barbara Osebni Trener September 11, 2013 / 17:53

    Hi, Dear Fonda, just letting You know, that I just joined iherb under You ๐Ÿ™‚
    Tnx& Keep up the good work! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Kind regards, Barbara

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