Today is Thomas and my three year wedding anniversary and we are celebrating in our traditional ways. We like to have lunch at a garden we've never been to before, go out to pho for dinner and maybe go see a movie if we like what's playing. I woke up this morning to a new plant for our house, this time a money tree for good luck and fresh air. There was also a homemade card with my favorite little comic characters by Fukari on it. Mostly we are just grateful to get to spend the day together, but I do feel delightful being given surprises! If you haven’t already noticed, Thomas and I are quite fond of one another so everything else is a extra special bonus.
I was planning on telling you all that I'm still not working on any projects, but then two nights ago I realized that how I live my life is a continuous project. I eat a menu exclusively comprised of recipes I invented, I have systems in my home that came into being in a similar fashion and in general I am realizing that no one taught me how to live like this. I think my life is my work and as an applied anthropologist that actually makes a lot of sense. I'm so happy to have a supportive husband and community that appreciates me. I feel inspired to keep going.
Here are some of my weekly staple recipes, I plan to publish more to my website soon -
I am still waiting to work on our next home, whether that is a full on Sapient House production or simply a small space for me and T, until after Thomas gets hired to a new job. His leg is taking longer to heal than we anticipated and we might have to push back his return date to bus driving another week or so again. At this point he's applied to about 40 jobs and is in the interview process for a few of those. I am confident that everything will work out in the right way at the right time, we just don’t know what that looks like exactly. I’m oddly okay with that!
About a week ago I was having a really strong day and I created a small Facebook chat comprised of a few of my health focused friends to help me on my journey. It has been helpful to have a safe forum to talk on as I navigate the sometimes extreme ups and downs that can come on any given day. I'm trying to not get ahead of myself and just focus on the basics - rest, nutrition, hydration, movement and breathing. It's amazing what can happen when you put first things first or so I've heard (and am starting to see). I'm trying to keep my home and body in order before I put much more into anything else. Way easier said than done, but to help focus I have uploaded a few vlogs since my last update. I'm really glad that I'm doing them because I think they document my progress well.
Here are my last three vlogs -
I am ready for the next chapter in my life to begin and I'm truly pleased that I've had so much time to get to this point and feel this way. I know there will be challenges coming from every direction, but I feel strong and I have the best life partner. More later, I hope you are well!
Love + Light
In honor of July being World Watercolor Month I hope to take time to get a little creative over the next few weeks. I'm on a mission to discover what activities really light me up and I remember loving art when I was younger. I've been trying to race ahead so much I've forgotten to stop and enjoy each day.
Being more creative and discovering my favorite things again is all part of my latest healing plan. I'm pretty tired of being unwell and I'm sure all of you would love to see me vibrant and lively again (or ever seeing, as many of you have never known me as a healthy person). The latest from my doctors is that they want to treat my PTSD, focusing on getting my body to a state where I'm sleeping and eating enough. The thought is that my mental unwellness is responsible for my physical limitations. If we can heal my brain, we will heal my body. Sounds good to me.
I'm excited to one day get to have a job again. I’ve been looking at what I might want to do once I'm well because I truly believe that I will overcome my current struggles. One day I will combine my love of events, food and sustainability into something great. I think my first project along those lines will still be the sustainable co-living space (Sapien House) but it's just a bit out of reach based on my current energy levels. Right now I'm simply working to articulate what I think will help in my healing. Part of that is thinking about what I might really want in a new home and what kind of setting I'd like it to be in. If I can include other people and a few teaching moments along the way, all the better.
Thomas is working everyday to find his next job. It's really inspiring to see him find out what makes him light up too! He is applying for jobs mainly in human and community services. Anything where he can use his degree in Business Management to help underserved populations feels right to him. He truly believes that everyone deserves great opportunities, a supportive community and access to healthy resources. I can't wait to see what he does next and into the future. He is mainly aiming for Seattle and King County jobs, but he’s looking at Tacoma and Pierce County opportunities as well.
So that's me this month. It's a pretty simple life right now and I'm really appreciating it. I'm taking the time to just heal myself, support Thomas in his next career move and coordinate our next home. It's nice for once not to be starting any new big project or trying to tackle some major social issue. There will be time for all of that once I'm well and we are settled.
I hope this update finds you well! What are you doing to take care of yourself this month?
Love + Light
Wow! It's hard to know where to begin, there is so much going on in my life. Mostly good, somewhat unexpected and often challenging. Welcome to June! Let's jump right in…
Thomas broke his leg. The technicals are that he has a small fracture right in the center of his right tibia and will be on sick leave for about 6 more weeks. Thomas isn't in much pain, he just has to stay off his leg all the time. This accident has catapulted me into a position of responsibility that I haven't had since before my limbic system injury over three years ago. More on what I mean by that in a minute, but the point I'm trying to make in this paragraph is that I get to do everything around the house and all the errands now. As some of you know, I haven't really left the house by myself in three years and Thomas has been doing all the chores since I've been so tired and weak. Not anymore! Now I'm the driver, I'm running errands by myself and it feels pretty good. I'm getting stronger! Not to say it's been easy and I certainly didn't think I could do it, but I'm doing it and it's having an impact of the rest of my life.
Most importantly, the more I do the more I want to do. I’m trying not to push it, but there is so much to do! My body is noticing the changes, which it mostly interprets as danger causing daily panic attacks, but what's a girl to do? Well, the Dynamic Neural Retraining System of course! I mentioned that I now know that I have a limbic system injury and the impairments from that injury include Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. Limbic system injuries can be caused by a variety of different traumas and create a lot of different symptoms of illness. Mine was brought on by chronic stress and exposure to harmful toxins. Annie Hopper’s Dynamic Neural Retraining System teaches you how to identify the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that reinforce the illness or injury and helps you to challenge and replace those experiences with positive ones. This program can not only help me desensitize from toxic chemicals as well as calm my PTSD, hypervigilance, depression, anxiety and many of the other unpleasant states I’ve experienced on a daily basis for years. Thomas is also using the program to overcome his childhood trauma which has resulted in his low self worth and core belief that being successful means disobeying his parents. He had a messed up experience like so many of us have, but today we are feeling hopeful and I am very grateful that we are healing side by side.
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Sapient House! Okay, I didn't know how to transition there, but that's still the next topic. So… I'm coordinating a healthy, supportive and affordable live/work solution for people with chemical sensitivity and some of our fragrance-free allies. Since starting Annie’s program my thoughts on this project have changed somewhat and I don't have all the words, but basically I want Sapient House to be a demonstration of a lifestyle in alignment with what all chemically sensitive people learn in their battle for life. Namely that the products humans use on a daily basis in our homes, offices, yards and factories are EXTREMELY TOXIC. I was talking with the FDA (yeah I talk to the government now) the other day and they confirmed that because there are no laws to regulate ingredients in most industries, we just don't know what's in the products and there's no reason for companies to tell us. Sapient House will be a place where we use the safest and healthiest products from our favorite brands and show others how to do the same. However, now that I am hopeful of a way to heal MCS I don't want to think of Sapient House as a forever home, but more of a place to live while I continue to heal and for others to do the same. This work is nested in the much larger conversation, namely the homeless crisis in Washington.
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Sapient House will be the way we begin the conversation, but we hope to open it up to the larger issues at hand. Presently, I am putting together the plans for an event. It will take a little while to put together but the idea is to invite people from housing authorities and green building companies as well as investors, community focused humans, policy makers, educators and students to participate in one discussion. I believe that if we can get representatives from all of these areas to come together under one objective we can make a real plan and begin helping people now. There are many reasons why someone could be homeless or struggling to find or keep affordable housing. For me, homelessness and dependance on my family stems from brain injury and disabling symptoms. For others it could be anything else. I will always advocate for the safe housing of injured people like me first, but truly I want to live in a world where everyone is safely sheltered and the risk of future limbic system injury be it from pollution or trauma is diminished or eliminated entirely.
Thank you for reading my extra long update this month. There is so much more to say I could go on forever. I hope to create more videos on my YouTube Channel and post more content to my Blog in the coming days and weeks. With so much going on I can barely keep up, but in general it feels like no matter how chaotic, I'm headed in the right direction.
If you have any questions, comments or want to get involved in any of my projects please let me know. Take care of yourselves and I hope to hear from you soon!
Welcome to May and Happy Beltane to all who celebrate the turnings of the year. I am SO looking forward to this month. First and foremost, my lovely husband Thomas turns 30 on the 7th and he was able to get the whole week off from work so we get to have some adventures. Also, we are hard at work putting together our next home. I’m sure it doesn’t surprise any of you that it’s going to be more than just our home.
We are currently in the process of organizing a healthy, supportive and affordable live/work space for people with environmental illness and their fragrance-free allies. We call this project Sapient House and it will be dedicated to all of the people that we have met along our journey in search of answers, of which there are far too few.
Ideally we will create this oasis in the Seattle area, but the set up and management of the space is what is most important to us so we are willing to relocate for the right opportunity. If during the process of production we find a place to live, we will move there until we can create our own space. People with environmental illness have a nearly impossible time of finding safety and often don’t have the experience to navigate towards a revolutionary solution. Luckily, we have my degree in modern applied cultural anthropology and experience as a producer as well as Thomas’s humanitarian spirit and business management degree to pull from, but we know we still need a lot of help to make Sapient House a success. Presently we are working to secure the right location, people and funding as well as some key partnerships. If you would like more information about this project please visit me at RebeccaEWebber.com/Sapient-House.
This week I am starting a mental health program called the Dynamic Neural Retraining System ™ which I am both excited for and apprehensive of. It is the only known cure for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, but of course it doesn’t work for everyone so I don’t want to get my hopes up. It will be a lot of work and I need to dedicate at least an hour a day to the program for the next six months. At this point I am so done being sick and tired all the time. It would be amazing to have a healthy life again.
Even when I find a way to heal myself I still plan to live a natural, fragrance-free lifestyle. Sapient House is currently a necessity which makes it stressful, but it is also the jumping off point from which I can do my other work. The very ambitious part of me keeps noting the connection between my goals and that of the UN. When I have more time and energy (a goal for every member of Sapient House) I hope to get to a point where I officially get to demonstrate a lifestyle that is in alignment with the UN Global Goals, specifically goals 3 (Health), 11 (Community), 12 (Products) and 17 (Partnerships). I want to dream big, but today, like most days I have very little energy and so much just has to wait. At least I have plenty to look forward to.
I hope this update finds you well. If you are interested in helping with the production of Sapient House, know someone who might be or have any advice at all please let me know. Every day I learn just how much community is key to everything. Thank you for being in mine.
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Six years ago today I woke up after a late night on Tumblr with an question - if there were un-photoshopped images of happy women on Tumblr, would they help my friends who were struggling with disorders that made them want to be as skinny as possible? I had long suffered with under-eating, but had never lost weight in the process. I have never wanted to, but there was a group of young women on Tumblr called the pro-ana community who desperately did. I am not sure what compelled me to them specifically, maybe I just wanted to find people who understood what I was going through. When I reached out and told them that I was relapsing into my under-eating and I needed help, they were the most supportive people to me. They said that if I could eat, I should eat. They insisted that I was healthier both mentally and physically than they were, that I was stronger and could do it. See, they had given up, given in and banded together with others that understood them. They could be together without anyone being harsh or ignorant about their struggles. Unfortunately, that bond didn't make them better able to heal, it made them have more tips and tricks to stay in their anorexia. I didn't know if it would, but I was inspired to at least try and help.
So, I woke up the next morning with my question and a few hours and many texts later Middle Women was born. It took a long time for us to get to the mission “to cultivate self esteem and promote positive body image” but that was in our work from day one. I'm not even sure when we realized we were a socially conscious production company, but we totally were. After the successful launch of our Tumblr blog, it was only a few months until we had MiddleWomen.com.
I didn't know this until much later, but truly I just wanted to help people be happy and feel like they are meant to be here. Two experiences I hadn't had much up until that point. Eventually I realized that my work at Middle Women - 3 years, 200 students and interns, dozens of meetings and events and countless lives changed forever - was to help humans have the foundation they needed to go out and do what they truly wanted to do. I noticed too many beautiful people going out to save the polar bears without knowing how to take care of themselves first. Many of these vivacious modern activists, only equipped with the tools of traditional activism went out to save others before they even truly loved themselves. Of course, this was also going on with me.
After three years as the founder and executive director of Middle Women my body completely shut down. It was mostly just stress and I had been going down the express lane to burnoutville for so long I wasn't even surprised. I am happy to say that after an additional three years of work, this time on myself, my marriage and my sustainability methodology I have figured a lot out. Enough that I really want to start testing and teaching my new theories. Everything I have built post Middle Women has been to learn how to live with the chronic environmental illness I have as a result of the strain my unbalanced activism and other work put on my mind and body. In essence that means that under a lot of constraints I've built up methods of living that are not only streamlined, but holistically sustainable.
This leads me to my announcement… I have officially come out of retirement and begun work on an innovative and future thinking community focused live/work space in Seattle, WA. My growing team and I hope to have it move in ready this summer. First and foremost this will be a safe home for me. Because of my multiple chemical sensitivity, finding suitable housing is nearly impossible. Unsurprisingly this is again a very personal project for me, but this time I hope to do things differently. Not only will I be promoting my post-burnout lifestyle through this platform, I'll actually be benefiting from a set of systems that will keep me safe and healthy even in the face of so much uncertainty. So much to test and learn! I've seriously never been so excited to work on anything in my life.
Hoppy Easter Fools! Today was a good day with family and now I’m beat, even though I love putting on events with Grandma Mary. It’s always wonderful to get so many people here, fed and sent home happy. The calm after the storm and the satisfaction of a job well done are both part of the reasons I love event production.
Speaking of production, it’s just about time to get really serious about the Environmental Health House and Education Center. Just as soon as I’ve taken a good long break, that will be Thomas and my next and only project. We still think it will be in Seattle and we are eager to officially put the plans together and see who we will get to collaborate with.
Real talk, I'm working through a pretty brutal bout of depression. It’s forced me to take a full stop break from all work related projects to just see to my mental and physical health. I’m doing Inner Family Systems (IFS) therapy, meditation, journaling, yoga, stress management via recreational cannabis, spending time with my family and community. Thomas and I now believe that a lot of my negative and challenging physical health concerns are closely tied to my mental health and overactive social anxiety. My cousin Alexis (8) is fond of my “therapy” where we run around the woods behind my house singing Disney songs. I’m also just spending time alone for the first time in as long as I can remember. It’s been pretty wonderful realizing how much I enjoy my own company at this age.
So, I’m taking everything I’ve learned and even taught and mostly using it on myself. Getting things at home sorted before the next wave of production, networking and meetings. I’m also working on my relationships and (shockingly) asking for help. I’m realizing that someone can truly love and care about me but have no idea what to do. So, I’m working on explaining Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) and how people can accomodate me, what supporting me actually looks like and other things I really don’t know how to talk about yet. It’s well worth the effort.
This all still ties in with my promotion of fragrance free products. I’ve been accepted to a few new affiliate programs so just as soon as I feel up to it I’ll have more to share. It’s really fun finding people, products and companies that are already doing so much to lead humans onto a more sustainable path. I just get to tell people about them! I’m also having fun trying out new things.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot - I've been off Facebook for 11 days and I don’t know when I will be back. It's been a trip. I was talking to 30-40 people on messenger everyday, scrolling through the feeds, sharing great content to my own wall. It felt like I was getting a lot done but really I was distracting myself from the alone time I really need. I'm truly blessed to live in a time of such artistry and activism, it’s easy to get caught up in it. I am so eager to jump in and throw my weight behind all that I love and want for this planet. But right now, I have to give myself time to heal. I actually want to get to this future I'm trying to build. Major overhauling of time, energy and spirit going on at Camp Webber.
Also, I cut my hair. It’s shorter than I’ve ever had it - just below my shoulders. So much change! Anything new in your life? I hope this message finds you well.
- Rebecca E. Webber
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I am a swirl of ideas, emotions and possibilities today. After submitting my latest business idea to a handful of people and getting some great feedback, I have a lot of thinking to do. As you know, this is nothing new for me. I just want to get it right! I'm so excited to be the lady that I am becoming.
My dream is to own a sustainably built house where I host private parties, produce online content and promote eco-conscious products as a way to show what luxurious sustainability can look like. I want to connect with clients with a bit of spending capacity to help get the brands I love attention and ultimately more clients. The question now, is how to ramp towards making that happen. I'm sure it will be challenging and fun whichever route I take to get there. It's very exciting to know that I've already started and will continue documenting best I can every step of the way!
Whatever the future holds for me, I am most grateful for the extraordinary people who hold space for me in their lives. My community is a top priority for me and I can honestly say that I've never felt more loved and supported. It's incredible to have a family that helps me direct my energy in a way that is truly “Rebecca”. Ever since I started working on events again if feels like they have all noticed that a part of me is “back”. Namely the dreams I had before I got sick. Being myself more everyday just feel right. Because let's face it, no matter what I end up doing I'm the center if it so my health is what matters most.
I've been going on more outings lately. I'm less symptomatic than I have been in the past. Thomas and I have been spending a lot more time in Seattle, attending gatherings in the city almost every week. I love that I am getting to spend time with people again. Most of my friends are using fragrance free products now. It's so nice!
I love living with my grandparents and I think we've really helped each other out over the past year and a half. I appreciate them and their hospitality tremendously! That being said, I'd like to move to Seattle and be closer to our friends as soon as we can swing it. It will be a minute before that's possible, but we are working towards this goal every day.
I'm going to continue all my efforts leading humans on to a more sustainable path! I feel so close to making this lifestyle provide for me and my loved ones, it's great. I think the keys will be documenting my journey and adding to my network all the time.
I hope this letter finds you well!
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I'm am so ready for it to be 2018 - I know this year will be an amazing adventure. I turned 27 just a few days ago (on the 27th). Thomas says this is my golden year! I thought it was just the day, but I'm inclined to agree with him so year it is. Also, 8 is my lucky number. Only 10 years until I can become president!
Thomas and I had a really nice vacation last week and I miraculously had enough spoons (energy) to go to 5 parties. Today, I am paying the price and I no longer have any energy (I am spoonless). Totally worth it. I met some great people, spent time with friends and family, bonded with Thomas and generally had a great time. Now I want to hunker down at my desk and get to work. That will start tomorrow.
Seeing as it's the new year I've set a few personal goals for myself. Some of my favorites are:
The last goal (forming a house) is my main focus right now. I have a lot of ideas on this, but basically I am looking to create a fragrance free, sustainable community in Seattle. The house will be the location for collaborative focused events known as salons which I will produce to the best of my abilities and with a lot of help. The members of the house will be working to create a guide and different models of best practices. We will be answering questions like how we can best live together, if sustainable development can become part of a community culture and how can we best support each other and help save the planet. We won't be the first to try out these ideas and I hope to learn quite a bit in the coming weeks just researching and writing my proposal. If you are at all interested in helping with or participating in this project please let me know.
I recently started a YouTube channel and have begun producing a series called Exposing Isolation where I seek to shed some light onto my illness, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). I too am still in the dark and am only working with theories at this point. I plan to continue creating more videos as I work to improve my health, build a career within my limitations and find the right next home. Thank you to everyone who has already started watching.
I will also be making videos explaining some of my different business and social science ideas. My plan is to use these as practice while trying to get better at talking about what I'm working on. I also want to share them and see if I can connect with people to partner with. It's going to be a year full of sharing what I know and seeing who wants to talk with me about it. I don't know why this is so hard for me, but it really is. Please send help and chocolate.
Most of my projects will be amplified through affiliate marketing and other ways that I can boost the green economy. I believe that by promoting everything we really like, the products that are best for us and the planet, we can truly change the world. I call it solution based problem solving and all I want to do is focus on the good. Easier said than done but always worth the effort. If you are looking to upgrade to sustainable products I have a lot to recommend and would be happy to help you make the switch.
Even though today I am low energy, in general I am feeling much better. I'm looking forward to this year! I hope that it's all up from here but I'll be taking things one step at a time as always. I hope this message finds you in good health and high spirits.
Happy New Year!
What a year it has been and it’s not quite over yet. Are we all still in one piece? Mostly. Water has been an ongoing issue in my home for some time now, but since my dad replumbed the house and the barriers and ditch are keeping the rain out of the basement I hope that is behind us now. Personal issues aside, the world seems to be teetering, but at least we haven’t fallen over the side yet. There’s still hope!
Last month I worked every day to organize my ideas and begin my work assisting modern activists with their efforts. Thomas and I are doing our best to figure out how to equip active humans with the core beliefs, key skills and shared vision they need to be successful. There is so much work that needs to be done! We want to support everyone working to create a sustainable future we can all enjoy together and invite more people to join in. I just started working on a website called The Modern Activist which I hope to fill with all my work and everything yet to be completed. The idea for this presentation is to create an ever evolving love letter + care package for leaders and organizers. Too often those who take care of so many are the last to receive the care they need.
I am focusing on my one-on-one advising practice and Thomas is working on curriculum for online classes. We know what we want to do! It’s just taking way too long (in my opinion) to figure out how to do it. This website came after another I build last month just about Rebecca E. Webber, but I am working so hard and so fast that it is already somewhat outdated. Don’t forget that I also built Unscented Living a few months ago. What am I doing?
Over the past 6 years as an activist I have gotten burnt out and watched many others buckle under the weight of their work. It’s never easy, but I hope that by teaching Principles of Modern Activism we can help enough to progress in the right direction. Truth be told, I’m really tired. I feel like every day I try to figure out what we are going to do and sometimes I feel closer than others. I’m definitely talking about my own future and those around me, but I am also talking about humans in general.
I have learned a lot over the past 7 weeks facilitating an online group/class called Systems Based Living. I started with 75 students and although participation has pretty much dropped off completely, I am still taking the time to find and create content to post which feels good. The key takeaways are that it’s hard to stay motivated to participate in a free class and 8 weeks is too long to commit to a personal development opportunity of this style. The classes we launch in the future will be in the form of short modules that can be done in your own time in whatever order speaks to you or relates to your specific need-set.
By supporting thought leaders and other global influencers I hope to make the most impact, as opposed to relying just on my own voice. Right now I am spending a lot of time reaching out to these people and asking them about what is working, what isn’t, where they could use help and what they are hoping to accomplish. I love these conversations so much! If I could just talk to people every day and help them achieve their sustainability goals I would be so happy. It feels like there are a million steps before just setting up those calls.
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So much uncertainty in the air, but as I sit here at my desk listening to the rain I am most grateful that the water is out there and not in here. At this moment I am also learning that the Senate is set to pass a tax reform bill that would make it even harder to make a living wage as a small business owner. Where is the hope hiding? I promise I won’t give up no matter how many times my ideas don’t work the way I want them to or how many issues I realize I have no control over. I know I want to help and I love the work so I will certainly find a way to do it. I just know it!
I hope you enjoy the holiday season!
I put a lot of time and energy into researching what I buy. Thomas and I have an ongoing list of what we need and want as well as a system of research, purchasing and use or storage. Getting ready for the latest shopping experience I decided to keep track of everything and share it with you all. I will be direct linking you to the products we bought through Amazon. If you decide to purchase any of them (or anything at all during your session) I get a small compensation. Let's get started!
Chlorella Spirulina Tablets 80-DAY-SUPPLY Non GMO by Good Natured - Sunlight Grown - Deep Green Color - Cracked Cell Wall - Alkalizing - High Protein - No Other Ingredients Added - $29.88
Chlorella and Spirulina are really nutritious algae with vitamins and minerals that we need more of in our diet - namely iron. They also have a small amount of Omega 3 EPA + DHA which we are always looking to get as much of as possible. I chose this one specifically because tablets are cheaper and more easily absorbed than capsules. Also, Taiwanese chlorella and spirulina is some of the cleanest in the world.
Set of 8 Stainless Steel Straws FDA-Approved Ultra Long 10.5'' Drinking Metal Straws For 20 30oz Stainless Tumblers Rumblers Cold Beverage (4 Straight + 4 Bent + 2 Brushes) - $7.99
On my journey to less waste, straws were not high on my list of purchases because I don't really use them at home, nor do I go out to eat. That changed when I started brewing probiotics at home. I find myself in need of a way to taste testing my concoctions right out of the jar. So here are some lovely stainless steel straws. They'll last for the rest of my life, right?
BV Bike Rear / Safety Light 2-Pack – Waterproof Red LED Flashing Taillight for Cycling, Dog-Walking, Running - $7.99
Thomas bikes to the transit station in town and then buses to work every week day. It's pitch black by the time he's biking home so these are to keep him a little safer. Pretty simple stuff.
Yomandamor Best Mens Bamboo Mid-Calf Diabetic Socks With Seamless Toe,6 Pairs L Size (Socks Size:10-13) - 16.99
Thomas needs more socks. These are the only brand he likes. I wish I could say they were more sustainable - we do like that they are bamboo but we don't know much about the company. He likes them because they are stretchy. If you feel like your socks are too tight then these might be the socks for you! Also, you can tuck your pants into them if you are biking.
Just some new underpants. Same ones I always get. On the hunt for a sustainable brand to patron soon, but I'm a creature of habit. Probably my least exciting purchase this week...
Premium Fish Oil Omega 3 - MAX-POTENCY - 3,600mg + 1,296mg EPA + 864mg DHA + Immune Support + Heart Health + Brain Health, Joint + Skin Support + Burpless + Natural Lemon Flavor - $16.23
By far the most stressful and exhaustively research product this week and I'm not satisfied. Both Thomas and I need to take enough Omega 3 EPA + DHA every day or my depression takes over and his arthritis symptoms come back. We had been using the same brand for over a year when we got a bottle in the mail with different ingredients than we were used to. It is unclear if they changed the formula or if the other bottles we've purchased lacked the full information. I haven't found a way to contact that supplier so we are trying something new.
In general, we'd prefer to be full vegan, but until we can afford vegan EPA + DHA from algal oil (about $50.00+ a month per person) we will be sticking with fish. Unfortunately other plant-based sources of Omega 3 like flax, chia and hemp seeds are packed full of ALA, not EPA and DHA. Humans can't convert enough to make do. I don't like resorting to fish because I know how unhealthy and depleted the oceans are, but I have to stay healthy to do anything about the issues in the world. It's a conundrum that I will continue to try and solve. This specific supplement has a really high does and no soy or other random ingredients.
Pea Protein (84% Protein) from Germany by Anthony's (2lb), Gluten-Free x 2 - $14.99 each
I'm super excited about this find and I am falling more in love with this brand every week. We use a lot of pea protein. It goes in our breakfast shakes and baked goods. We were buying NOW Brand Pea Protein which is great, but this one is cheaper so we thought we'd give it a try. We also buy our Camu Camu powder from Anthony's.
Fiber, what can I say? We take 1.5 g every morning with breakfast. It helps and this is the version we have used for years.
This week we shopped at Fred Meyer:
We only go grocery shopping once a week so it is important to me to stay organized. Because we eat basically the same things every day it's not too difficult to plan. Even so, sometimes we do forget things. This week we learned that it's fine to try new brands and products, but we shouldn't go without the ingredients we know we like just in case the new stuff isn't great. I am SUCH a picky eater that this can mean me having a hard time eating enough.
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My name is Rebecca Elizabeth Webber and I am a practicing anthropologist working to show humans how to achieve their sustainability goals.