100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 37: What Color is Your Parachute?

Travelling back and forth between Whidbey Island and Oregon has given me a fair opportunity to catch up on some “reading”.  I’ve been listening to some interesting topics such as Animal Welfare, Goal Setting, and now, Job Hunting.  I listened to this book within 24 hours traveling to and from Whidbey Island for my Beach Naturalist Training- “What Color is Your Parachute?”   Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 37: What Color is Your Parachute?

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 35: The Magic of Nature

Before I left home of South Carolina to pursue my career of working with animals, I would have considered myself a deeply spiritual person, and very much connected with the spirituality of Native Americans. I was also connected to the spiritual essence of animals.  I read tons of books on the subject, and was convinced that nature was full of magic.  Part of my belief stemmed from my time studying Native American medicine wheel, and how they revered animals in their culture as guides.  Part of it was the result of my obsession with the King Arthur legend, and Celtic folklore of fairies and magic.  Combining the two to create a spiritual experience helped me through man tough times. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 35: The Magic of Nature

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 34: All or Nothing

I recently finished a book called “Veganist” by Kathy Freston, and I felt the urge to share some of my insights while listening to the book.  The subtitle of “Veganist” is”Lose Weight, Get Healthy, and Change the World”.  Wow, it sounds like this book is right up my alley!  I was very open minded about the idea of going vegan, and even agree with the author’s philosophy of “leaning” into the new lifestyle.   Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 34: All or Nothing

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 23: Books and Owls

While I tend to focus a great deal on physical fitness in my writings, I realize the importance of relaxation, mental fitness, and enrichment.  So, it was a great day to get all three with a focus on books, nature, and one of my favorite animals on the refuge, great horned owls.

I host a book club at the refuge and for our meeting this month we read an interesting book called “Passionate Slugs and Hollywood Frogs” by Patricia Lichen. Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 23: Books and Owls

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 22: Carrots and Sticks

I’m starting an experiment today that goes against what I preach for Zookeeper Fitness.  I just finished a book called “Carrots and Sticks” by Ian Ayres and in solidarity of trying new things, I have decided to enter into a Commitment Contract on their website, stickk.com to ensure that I finish my 75 entries of 100 Ways of EarthFit.   Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 22: Carrots and Sticks

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 19: Indiana Jones of Conservation

Earlier this month I finished a book about one man’s quest to help protect the northern white rhino.  It was called “The Last Rhinos” by Lawrence Anthony and at the very end of the book, something happened to me that doesn’t occur very often.  I cried.   Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 19: Indiana Jones of Conservation

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 5: Healthy Cuppa

Considering my background with Asian animals, it’s little wonder I have something of an obsession with discovering simple ways to protect their homes in the rainforests.  But I’m not just concerned for orangutans, hornbills, elephant, and tigers.  I worry about sloths, tapirs, toucans, and jaguars in South America as well.  I worry about all the animals, as we are making the world increasingly smaller.   Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 5: Healthy Cuppa

Have my Cheese and Eat it, too

I have been looking for a way to eat more animal friendly lately.  I have a few issues with cheese, but for the most part, I actually really love it!  Cottage cheese, cream cheese, cheddar, mozzarella.  But the more I learn about our food industry, particularly hear in the United States, the more I am realizing that I should say farewell.  That is, until I borrowed a book from the library that may have actually changed the way I cook. And now I can have my cheese AND eat it too! Continue reading Have my Cheese and Eat it, too

Thug Kitchen- Eat Like You Give a Frack!

WARNING!!!!!!  INCREDIBLY OFFENSIVE AND EXPLICIT LANGUAGE AHEAD!

This should be the only time I use this type of language on here, but I truly cannot help it.

Truth be told, I myself actually have quite a colorful language in daily life.  But I recognize it as unprofessional in many instances, and try to not let the cursing flood out of me when I first meet a new friend or colleague.well educated sailor

But this isn’t about me anyways.  This is about the Thug Kitchen Cookbook, and their motto, or tagline, is actually “Eat like you give a f*ck”, so with that phrase in mind, I am pretty sure you are aware this post is going straight to hell in a hand-basket. Continue reading Thug Kitchen- Eat Like You Give a Frack!

Do One Green Thing- Produce, Meat, Dairy, Poultry, and Eggs

Embarking on this journey to live fit and green has been empowering, but I am very grateful that I am not going at this on my own.  I have found a plethora of books that have helped me make better consumer choices and create healthier, more environmental habits.

Recently, I have been reading an enjoyable book, “Do One Green Thing” by Mindy Pennybacker.  I like it for its simplicity and positive focus on small changes one can make in their diet, homes, and travels to help the planet.  Do One Green Thing: book by Mindy Pennybacker Continue reading Do One Green Thing- Produce, Meat, Dairy, Poultry, and Eggs