Berry Sweaty Yoga

June 12, 2009

Let the weekend begin!!

Before yoga I ran to get air in my tires and to the farmer’s market! There’s one uptown that’s open on Tuesdays and Fridays. It’s a really nice atmosphere with lots of product, but not all of it is local or organic. I came home with mostly local stuff (I only picked it up if it said North or South Carolina on the box) and a few unknowns (the bell pepper for $.99). I really wish I had a fun, reliable, organic market I could go to on a regular basis. There’s nothing even remotely close to my house :( It seems that the Charlotte Regional Farmer’s Market is probably my best bet. It’s not a fun atmosphere (you have to take a highway to get there and it’s in warehouse buildings) but all the local organic farms are there.

Here’s my loot – all for $15. (This is after I ate half of the blackberries at lunch!)

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I met Kelsey at 11 and we did a short, hot sidewalk walk before class – about 30 minutes. I forgot sunscreen on my shoulders and face and was not liking the sun at all.

Yoga was awesome. Still lovin’ hot yoga. I was drenched and shaking at the end. It was only an hour-long class, but I felt just as tired as the others. I think you pack more in in an hour so it’s about the same strenuous wise.

Yoga was over at 1:15 and I raced the loooong 25 minute drive back to my house. I was pretty hungry and needed to shower and had 2 calls coming up fast.

I planned out a lunch in my head, but plans were changed when I found Matt had brought me home a homemade Great Harvest staff slice of pizza –

It was sooooooo good!! Not even sure what was on it.

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Served with a bowl of these

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Popped into my mouth Homer Simpson-style. Gnomp. Gnomp. Gnomp.

And a glass of green juice. I was craving something liquid and refreshing (plan I had been a smoothie but plan II with pizza turned it into a simple juice)

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I could NOT finish this It was not good in taste despite my craving for a green refreshment.

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My body has been weirdly rumbling ever since finishing this lunch. Not sure if it is yoga-sweat related or ingredient related…. strange…

Tea Memories

When I was in Kenya at the Lipton Tea Estate, a team from National Geographic was also there filming and photographing the estate. Their footage is now available!! Along with this extension of their site. This video makes me tear up to think that I was standing just a few feet away during some of this footage. I rode in that safari vehicle, I recognize sites such as the small holder farm, and I hung out with Boyd, Richard and Marc. I can almost smell the tea when I see the shots of the factory! Hope you enjoy the beautiful sights!

It’s been so long since this lunch and I’ve been busy with calls and emails that I’m ready for a snack! Off to hunt one down in a bit.

See ya for dinner. Friday dance!!

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1 JENNA June 12, 2009 at 3:25 pm

thanks for the video Kath!!!! You are so lucky!!

Your produce looks so colorful and fresh!! YUM!


2 Runeatrepeat June 12, 2009 at 3:31 pm

I was hoping you would post when National Geographic aired their version of the Africa trip. All of your pics looked so amazing!


3 Michelle June 12, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Ohhh man, the berries make me so happy. :) hahah it’s so funny how so many things just taste good though you have no idea what’s inside!!! I love that you just went with the flow and didn’t even try to identify ’em…just went along and enjoyed every bite. yay!!

Oh man, what amazing grass product did u use?!?! Sorry it tastes …not so lovely. :( gahhh

Don’t worry, dinner will be better!!


4 Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats June 12, 2009 at 3:36 pm

Oooo TOTAL Friday dance!! Looks like you got some great stuff at the F-market – what a productive afternoon! Now send some of that hot sunshine my way!!


5 Jenn (www. ) June 12, 2009 at 3:42 pm

Berry good looking pizza! We had unplanned pizza for lunch, too. Now I’m carb crashing lol



6 brandi June 12, 2009 at 3:44 pm

what a cool video!

I wish I had a closer farmer’s market, too. the closest one to me is 30 minutes away and it’s not walkable – all highway over mountains.

looks like some good berries!


7 Jenn (www. ) June 12, 2009 at 3:45 pm

By the way, the yellow squash in the produce pics looks like 2 giant “Peeps” lol


8 Erin June 12, 2009 at 3:46 pm

Ah, the ever looming battle of local versus organic. I struggle with it too. Usually I choose to support my local farmers (and the local economies) and just wash wash wash the produce. But who knows what’s right?!


9 Recipes for Creativity June 12, 2009 at 3:55 pm

That video is great, thanks for sharing!

You should move to western NC, we have lots of great farmer’s markets :)


10 Natalie June 12, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Look at all those awesome farmers market finds!! Here in Florida…we don’t have good farmers markest during the summer :(


11 Kristan @ The Stepford Wife June 12, 2009 at 4:02 pm

What a great video! It’s amazing that you got to experience that. You must have learned so much!


12 Kristan @ The Stepford Wife June 12, 2009 at 4:04 pm

And LMAO @ Jenn’s Squash = Peeps comparison. Too funny!


13 Amanda June 12, 2009 at 4:05 pm

Glad you’re loving yoga! I read your latest “Topless” post over at Gather and really want to thank you for writing it! My stomach is also my area – probably even more mental than physical – that I tend to focus on. I find myself “checking” my stomach for weight gain/toning up and it is truly the hardest part for me to feel fine baring! Thankfully, both yoga and the 30 Day Shred have helped me feel a bit stronger and sometimes I, like you, have to remind myself that it is ME who is hung up on my stomach and to others, it is absolutely not a big deal!! HAPPY FRIDAY!


14 Joanie June 12, 2009 at 4:09 pm

That is sooo freakin’ awesome!


15 jennifer June 12, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Just curious as to why you chose to not just chill before the yoga class and catch up with Kelsey- why insist on taking a walk in this hot weather???


16 jennifer June 12, 2009 at 4:12 pm

and I’m not beating up on you- I can just imagine the look on my friends’ faces if I suggested taking a 30-minute walk in DC’s weather!


17 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope June 12, 2009 at 4:17 pm

I think a walk is a great idea before yoga Kath! I love warming up my body and getting in some cardio before stretching out and working on strength with yoga!

I know how you feel with the Farmer’s Market. We only have it on Saturday mornings and it’s not always the best selection. However, it’s still fun to walk around and see all the foods!

What an amazing video. I can’t believe you were right there with them! That’s such an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience! :)


18 Danielle June 12, 2009 at 4:22 pm

Very cool video, wow…what an experience.

That pizza also looks AMAZING!


19 Rachel June 12, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Have you been to the Tailgate Market? It isn’t far from Uptown, and it is all local.


20 Run Sarah June 12, 2009 at 4:30 pm

Your berries look wonderful – great deal on all that produce too!


21 DmL June 12, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Just wondering about the protein in your lunch…when I meet with my R.D. she always encourages a “whole” protein at every meal. Do you try to do this too? (She also said that although dairy often has protein that this does not count as a “whole” protein). Wondering your thoughts, Kath???


22 Lisa June 12, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Pizza looks great, produce haul is remarkable. I would require some serious monetary compensation before agreeing to down that green stuff!


23 Ann June 12, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Hey Kath, do you ever chat up any of the farmers you’re buying local veggies from at these markets and ask about their growing methods? It turns out a lot of them are “organic in all but name.”

In order to get your produce “certified” organic, you have to pay to have people come inspect your farm and make sure you’re following super strict guidelines (“at least 15 feet between this plot and that item”, or whatever–I don’t know what they are exactly). Some farmers can’t afford or don’t want to bother with that hassle, so even though their produce is basically organic, they’re not allowed to advertise it as such. Just a thought. Local FTW!


24 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) June 12, 2009 at 5:27 pm

LOVE all that beautiful produce! 😀 It’s still a little on the early side for all that great food to be popping up around where I live, but I can’t wait until they do. I swear the best part of summer are the farmers markets! 😀


25 rachel nc June 12, 2009 at 5:46 pm

hey kath–
are you guys still trying to maintain the strict food budget you were back in november? if so, would you be willing to post more tips/comments regarding this? my husband and i have had the hardest time keeping under our goal budget–i think this has to do (mostly) with changes in grocery prices.

also, do you know what the fiber content of the green stuff is? do you think it’s worth the cost?

thanks!!!!! have a great weekend.


26 Amanda June 12, 2009 at 5:47 pm

Have you been to the one in South End? I think it’s only local there.


27 haya (living and learning) June 12, 2009 at 5:47 pm

i had my first local strawberry of the year yesterday and after i put it in my mouth, all i could say was “” so good! i can’t believe i forgot what real strawberries taste like after a few months of the imports, which are just watery and red.

i heart my farmer’s market. i don’t think any of them are certified organic, but the market setup is lovely (in a park 5 minutes down the street from work! how convenient), and the farmers who bring their stuff every week are all super nice.
local always wins in my book.


28 Faith June 12, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Great video! Your produce looks great, and for $15 you can’t beat it!


29 Sarah (Tales of Expansion) June 12, 2009 at 9:00 pm

i recently discovered hot yoga too, and i am SUCH a fan. i want to go all the time! class tomorrow morning, in fact. i can’t wait!


30 Biz319 June 12, 2009 at 11:28 pm

love all your farmer’s market loot! Sadly, I have to wait until about July to get local produce – one thing I hate about the midwest!


31 Holly June 12, 2009 at 11:56 pm

Hey guess what? I gave you a blog award today! You can check it out here!


32 Kath June 13, 2009 at 9:36 am

Michelle ,
I think it was the pomegranate superfood package?

Amanda ,
Thanks! Glad it was helpful :)

Rachel ,
Where is it? The one in SouthEnd?

DmL ,
I think protein is overrated :) I don’t worry too much about it so long as my lunch is balanced and fills me up. Protein is hard to work into every meal, but it’s hidden in lots of things – dairy, cheese, whole grains, beans, nuts. So you’re probably already getting a good amount. But your RD knows you better than I do, so she might have a good reason for this decision.

Ann ,
Yes I do, and I talked to the lady yesterday. She said not much was organic and she didn’t know about the pesticide use because she wasn’t a grower – just a middle-woman. :(

rachel nc,
We’re not being AS strict as during the Thanksgiving Challenge, but we are still trying to keep it low and balanced each week. For tips, search for “Thanksgiving Challenge.” I gave lots of tips as i was going on. #1 is plan, plan, plan and look at sales before you plan.

Amanda ,
No, I haven’t! Maybe I’ll do that this week.

haya (living and learning),
Lucky you! I agree – local wins for me too.

Holly ,
Thanks for the honor, but I’m not one to do chains.



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