Eating Clean…where do I start?

Whenever my friends hear of the way my family and I eat, they almost always ask, “How do you do that? What does “eating clean” even mean?” While the definition of eating “clean” varies from person to person, for me it simply means eating real food 90% of the time. I am a realist; I know it is nearly impossible for the modern-day working family to eat real, whole food all of the time. I teach first grade and come home EXHAUSTED most days; I completely understand how daunting the idea of cooking for the family every night can be. But if you set a realistic goal each week, such as starting to cook a whole-food meal at least 3 times a week, you may find that the rest comes easily.

We started eating clean roughly one year ago. We had always eaten healthy, or so I believed; I only bought organic dairy, avoided “Lunchables” for my kiddos’ lunchboxes, and bought whole-grain cereal. I cooked homemade meals almost every night, and we ate together at the dinner table as a family. But then I began to research the way Europeans treated children with ADHD, and stumbled across something called an “ADHD Diet.” (Kuddos to http://www.ourfamilyeats.com/the-6-week-challenge/) I decided to try the challenge, as my own baby has ADHD and I wanted to help her in any non-medication way possible (she is a preschooler.) The first challenge on the ADHD Diet is to remove all artificial colors and flavors from your diet. Basically, become a LABEL-READER. I had always shaken my head at the “label-readers” at the grocery store, and now I was one of them! Yikes. But it was absolutely astonishing to realize how many artificial chemicals manufacturers put in our food; it honestly grossed me out. The next week we removed preservatives, nitrates/nitrites, and MSG. This is when I realized that many of my homemade, “healthy” meals were anything but. Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom and Cream of Chicken were staples in many of my dinners, yet they contained MSG and all sorts of nasty little chemicals. Needless to say, I was a bit horrified. And intimidated. The passed-down recipes I relied on for quick and homemade work night meals were bad for my fam! Did I really have to abandon these recipes and learn to cook a new way? This brought me down for a minute… I had to re-think the entire way I looked at meals, and at food in general. This stuff I had been serving my family was not even food; it was made on an assembly line in a factory with ingredients that are nowhere near naturally-occurring. Honestly, I was bummed and overwhelmed. But then I looked at my precious kiddos fighting each other in the den, and knew that I could figure out a new way to cook to keep them as healthy as possible. Hey, they need to be healthy to beat each other up, right?!

So this is where my family’s story began. I started to cook with only coconut and olive oil, and only used real food as my ingredients. Sodas and sugary “juices” were put on the naughty list. Low-fat and fat-free items were replaced with full fat. Our bacon is now uncured. We drink green smoothies for breakfast most days. I buy mostly organic, especially produce on the “Dirty Dozen” list. I started to follow many vegetarian and paleo bloggers on Instagram and Pinterest (follow Robyn Jones Mitchell and me @rayraymichele on pinterest to see tons of wonderfully clean recipes.) Then, after researching local farms and co-ops, I found Manna Market. And I fell in love! My kids are just as excited to get our “veggie boxes” from the co-op now as they were the first time. =)

So, my answer to the above question is to start small. Do what fits your family best. Eating clean is not a diet, it is a lifestyle. We began this journey by trying to help my daughter’s hyperactivity, but our whole family began to feel so much healthier that we all bought-into this lifestyle-change pronto. I am not an organically-trained Chef de Cuisine. And I am certainly not a wealthy momma that can afford to pay someone to cook for me. But I do make time to prepare delicious and whole food meals for my family at least 5 nights a week. I have even learned to enjoy cooking, and the glass of red wine I drink while doing it. My kids have super healthy (and super yummy I must say) lunches everyday. And with careful thought and planning, you really do not have to spend any more money than you did when you cooked with food on the “naughty list.” Does it take time to prepare a whole food meal? Of course. Is it worth it? You bet. =), Rachel

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The Dawn of New Updates

We’re jumping into the world of blogging.

Source: The Dawn of New Updates

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Toasty Oven Chickpeas

Toasty Oven Chickpeas.

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Roasted Tomato Basil Spaghetti Squash

Roasted Tomato Basil Spaghetti Squash.

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MANNA MARKET ORGANIC FOOD CO-OP and FOOD HUB New Post February 23rd 2015

Next CO-OP Pickup and Delivery Times August 4th and August 18th 2015; September 1st, September 15th and September 29th 2015; October 13th and October 27th 2015; November 10th and November 24th 2015. We will announce the remainder of 2015soon. Please remember the MannaMarket CO-OP for residences & delivery is open for distribution every other Tuesday, always! We are open for businesses, schools and restaurant deliveries daily!

MANNA MARKET LLC., ORGANIC PRODUCE AT ITS FRESHEST

Every item offered for purchase at MannaMarket is guaranteed to be Organically grown, or locally organic grown, or locally grown sustainable or contain Organic ingredients.  A standard sack order contains the freshest organic items available so you can enjoy food as God intended!

Greetings to all:

We have made an improvement with our new shopping cart. We made a new shopping cart webpage change, to be more user friendly and went live online this evening. Address: http://www.shop.mannamarket.net.

You can get to the shopping cart, no matter what page you’re on in several ways:

Direct Shopping Cart: http://www.shop.mannamarket.net

Primary Web Page: http://www.mannamarket.net

Getting Started Web Page for CO-OP Member Beginners: http://www.mannamkt.com

Forwarding Direction Domain: http://www.mannamarket.org

Our Blog: https://amannamarket.wordpress.com

WILLS PLACE: http://mannamarket.co

We have added all Organic Young Living Essential Oils, Hair Care, Skin Care, Teeth Care, Cleaning Products

and we have Added,

All Organic Cosmetic Lines

Remember Free Consulting as always and more!

If you want to order offline, we have added an Offline Order Form on all pages.

Hope you like our new shopping cart. Let me know, please. We are trying to make the experience more user friendly.

Sincerely,

Robyn Mitchell

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Donations Needed

We need donations of copy paper, brown paper grocery sacks and plastic grocery bags, gallon-size Ziploc-style plastic bags, and egg cartons.  Please bring some with you when you come to pick up your fruits and vegetables.

Please Place Orders – no later than the Friday before the pick up date.

We have begun to utilize boxes and we have begun delivery as well.
Box Prices:
Half Box:  $35.00 feeds one person
Full Box: $55.00 feeds 2-4 people
Xtra full Box: $80.00 feeds 5+

You Choose Box – Are a $69.00 minimum order( you pick and choose what you like but there are minimum requirements for certain items.) Juice Box $45.00; Paleo Box and Snack Box – Call for Special Pricing; Specialty “LoLo” Box Order – $75.00

How do I pick up my order?
Pick-up location:
2600 Cherokee Place
Birmingham, AL 35216
1:30 – 3:30 pm on the dates given above.
Delivery is always available within the Over-the-Mountain area for a small charge and outside of Birmingham for additional charges. We negotiate these fees between multiple users to lower delivery charges.

OTHER PICK UP LOCATIONS:

* Valley Christian Church – 2600 Cherokee Place – 35216 – Mt. Brook, Ala – 1:30pm to 3:30 pm

• LakeCrest Chiropractic & Wellness in Hoover – 2:30 Pm to 5:30 Pm (205) 988-9898 – 2341 Hwy John Hawkins Parkway Ste.    125

• Church Street Coffee and Books in Crestline – 4pm to till closing – 81 Church St  Mountain Brook, AL 35213 – (205) 870-1117

• EaglePoint / Greystone – 2:30pm to 5:30pm –  One 2 One Integrated Physical Therapy – 4000 Eagle Pointe Corporate Drvie Birmingham, Ala 35242 – By 3:15 PM., see Kaye Sharp – (205) 677-3007. Every other Tuesday.

• New Merkle Senior Center in Cahaba Heights – 4405 Dolly Ridge Road, Cahaba Heights  35243 (left in stairwell) door code,   4 pm to midnight – Call Robyn for Door Code

* Homewood -* Homewood – NEW LOCATION – 2910 Cresent Avenue Homewood, Al 35209 – Innogrative Therapy Ste. 102 – 4:00 PM till Close – Shannon Preston (205) 871-9088. Every other Tuesday.

NEW LOCATION – Gardendale – Garden Health Food 1082 Main Street Gardendale, Ala 35071 – Call Judy – Store – (205) 631-8816 or (205) 807-3143 .

* Tuscaloosa – New Location – Tuscaloosa, Al Call Laura – (205) 394-1872. Every other Tuesday, – the Coordinator for pickup times.

* Cullman – NEW LOCATION – Shay Vincent (256) 507-0314. svincentfms@yahoo.com. – Schedule with Robyn – (205) 566-2533. Approx. 4:00 PM or call. Every other Tuesday.

* Alabaster / Montevallo – Call Marla Parker – 664.6963

* Pelham – NEW LOCATION – Oak Mountain Emporium – 240 Oak Mountain State Park Road Pelham, Ala 35124 – Pick up approx. 4:00 PM. Every other Tuesday. (205) 664-4333.

* Decatur, Al – Approx 5:00 PM / 2205 Country Club Road SE –  Decatur AL _ Jill Barran 256-318-1154

* HUNTSVILLE, Al. / MADISON Al. NEW LOCATION: 875 Jeff Road 35806 – Appox. 4:30 PM call Stephanie Frazier (256) 603-2570 for exact pickup times! (205) 566-2533. Every other Tuesday.

** GREAT NEWS!  New drop offs are in: Huntsville and Mobile, Alabama. Call Robyn for details!!

We are looking to expand drop off locations in Anniston, Trussville/Clay/Chalkville, McCalla, Huntsville, Gadsden, Montgomery, Russellville, Selma, The Shoals, Wetumpka and more to South Alabama.  Please let your friends know that we are looking for businesses that will allow us to create drop off centers.

*** Adding new Pickup Sites Weekly

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We are a Non Profit Organic Cooperative (CO-OP) and Food Hub. We are now a Food Hub recognized by the USDA AMS, and soon we will ship nationwide. We are Licensed by the Alabama Department of Agriculture as a Cooperative; we have a Growers Permit Issued by the State of Alabama and issued Farm Number 2316 Tract # 9475 issued by USDA – National Resources and Conservation Service. We affiliate with over 60 growers throughout the USA and South America to bring All Organic Produce and Organic Specialty Products to our CO-OP Members year round.

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aMannaMarket Updated Posting August 10, 2013

 

MANNA MARKET LLC., ORGANIC PRODUCE AT ITS FRESHEST

Every item offered for purchase at MannaMarket is guaranteed to be Organically grown or contain Organic ingredients.  A standard sack order contains the freshest organic items available so you can enjoy food as God intended!

Donations Needed

We need donations of copy paper, brown paper grocery sacks and plastic grocery bags, gallon-size Ziploc-style plastic bags, and egg cartons.   Please bring some with you when you come to pick up your fruits and vegetables.

Next Pick-up dates are:   August 20 2013; Sept. 3 & 17, 2013;  Oct 1, 17th & 29th 2013;  Nov.  12th 2013; We will announce remainder of Nov and Dec 2013 soon. Orders must be placed no later than the Friday before the pick up date.

We have begun to utilize boxes and we have begun delivery as well.

Box Prices:

Half Box:  $35.00 feeds one person
Full Box: $55.00 feeds 2-4 people
Xtra full Box: $80.00 feeds 5+                                                                                                       You Choose Box – Are a $69.00 minimum order( you pick and choose what you like but there are minimum requirements for certain items.) Juice Box $45.00; Gerson Box – Call for Special Pricing; Specialty “LoLo” Box Order – $75.00

How do I pick up my order?
Pick-up location:
2600 Cherokee Place
Birmingham, AL 35216
1:30 – 3:30 pm on the dates given above.
Delivery is always available within the Over-the-Mountain area for a small charge and outside of Birmingham for additional charges. We negotiate these fees between multiple users to lower delivery charges.

 

OTHER PICK UP LOCATIONS:

* Valley Christian Church – Mt. Brook, Ala – 1:30pm to 3:30 pm

• Crestwood Coffee Shop in Crestwood – 4:00pm to 8pm 

• LakeCrest Chiropractic & Wellness in Hoover – 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm 

• Church Street Coffee and Books in Crestline – 4 pm till closing

• Hannah’s Garden Shop in Greystone – 2:30pm to 5:30pm

• New Merkle Senior Center in Cahaba Heights – (left in stairwell) with door code, 4 pm to midnight with code

* Newly added location:   Homewood – Corporate Center – Call for pick up times

* Cullman – Schedule with Robyn – 566-2533

* Pelham – Farm – Berry Lane – after 5:15 PM

* Alabaster / Montevallo – Schedule with Robyn 566-2533

 

Company History

Near Death Experience Brings Organics to Birmingham
by Robyn Mitchell

In 1994, I contracted a case of Toxic Strep-A which left me in a coma for a week, and had doctors and family members preparing for my death. Through some miracle though, I did survive. During my nearly year-long recovery and rehabilitation, I sought information on healthful living and eating. My research led me to the benefits of eating organically, and sparked a passion that spawned a business as well as an informal consulting service. I started eating a diet of raw fruits and vegetables, gradually leaving off meat and dairy. At that time, I was eating 85% of my food raw, and almost all organically. Within 6 months, I felt incredibly better. Even though I have gradually reintroduced meat and dairy to my diet, I continue to benefit from the improved nutritional value of organic foods.

At a time when organic foods were largely unknown in the state, I set out to introduce the community to the health benefits of eating organically. Starting on my porch, with the help of a friend, I began a small Co-Op. The initial participants, like me, were primarily those who were recovering from a serious illness. They saw in organics the potential for renewed and sustainable health in their lives by cutting out the various pesticides, preservatives, and other contaminants routinely found in commercially grown foods.

The MannaMarket Co-Op was started in April 2000 with just 12 families. We are now serving families all over the 4 county metro area, and will ship nationwide. There are many benefits to eating organically.

Why, well here are just a few facts:

Just a few reasons why an organic lifestyle is important � not only for adults, infants, and children, but for the general health of our world as well.

  • Consider the fact that pesticides rarely occur by themselves and that multiple pesticides may be used on a fruit or vegetable. Pound for pound, children eat more fruits and vegetables than adults do. They have less detoxifying enzymes than adults, making it more difficult for them to break down the toxic chemicals that enter their bodies. They breathe faster and have immature organs. Their playing habits put them into contact with toxic chemicals more frequently (down on the carpet and the lawn, or hugging pets doused with flea and tick sprays or wearing chemical collars).
  • Organics are the products of an environmentally sustainable agricultural system that protects farmlands, water supplies, wildlife, farm workers and consumers.
  • Because organic farming builds soil fertility, by using naturally composted fertilizer to feed and keep soils balanced, foods grown this way are generally more flavorful and nutritious.
  • Certified Organic acreage has doubled in the last three years, increasing its ability to offer year-round availability with a greater level of consistent quality.
  • Dietary fiber acts somewhat like a brush, keeping your intestines clean and promoting a healthier digestive tract. Experts agree that eating 20-30 grams of dietary fiber per day (almost double what the typical American now eats) may reduce the risk of certain types of cancer.
  • Pesticides are poisons designed to kill living organisms, and can also be harmful to humans.
  • More energy is now used to produce synthetic fertilizers than to till, cultivate and harvest all the crops in the U.S.
  • Although more and more large-scale farms are making the conversion to organic practices, most organic farms are small, independently owned and operated family farms.

The logic is inescapable. Eating organically not only promotes health in humans, it also promotes health in the environment, and ultimately health in our economy as resources are redirected toward food production rather than the eradication of poisons intentionally introduced into our soils and waterways.

Diet Information

Articles about Diet, Food, and Health that we think you will find interesting!

* What do wine, green tea and blueberries have in common?   ANTIOXIDANTS

Berry Well:


What do wine, green tea, and blueberries have in common? ANTIOXIDANTS

Berries contain large quantities of antioxidants. Studies have implicated these Berries contain large quantities of antioxidants. Studies have implicated these antioxidants in slowing the aging process and lowering one’s risk for many diseases, including certain cancers and heart disease. Antioxidant-rich berries are now being recommended to treat specific medical conditions, including bladder infections, arthritis, and visual problems.

Recent studies confirm that dark red and blue berries help stabilize the collagen in the cartilage of major joints. Cartilage is better known as the “cushion” of the joint. Thus, improving the integrity of the cartilage will most likely reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation that often accompany the ravages of arthritis.
There are many different varieties of berries in the United States. The most commonly used include blackberries, black currant, blueberries, boysenberries, cranberries, lingonberries, raspberries, and strawberries. It is known that the darker the berry, the more antioxidant it contains. These berry antioxidants, also known as anthocyanins, are specific pigments found abundantly in plants. Blueberries have the most anthocyanins of all the berries.

In addition to antioxidants, fresh berries contain significant amounts of fiber, vitamin C, and folate. Vitamin C is a well-known antioxidant. Fiber is good not only for colon health, it also helps maintain low levels of cholesterol and stabilizes blood sugar. Folate, known also as folic acid, is well known for its use during pregnancy in preventing spina bifida. More recently, folate has been shown to lower the level of homocysteine, a protein by-product now thought to increase your risk for heart disease and stroke.

A surprisingly good source of antioxidants is jam and jelly. In cooking studies done with raspberries, baking or jam making, which involves high temperatures, does not seem to deactivate the antioxidant ability of raspberries. Enjoying one to two tablespoons with your favorite toast, muffin, or scone will provide an excellent source of anthocyanins.

Juice made from berries is not as rich in antioxidants and should be consumed in moderation given its sugar load. People with diabetes should take extra care in monitoring how juice affects their blood sugar.
When buying berries, choose fresh berries in season when possible since these fruit are among the most perishable. Keep berries no longer than 2-3 days as their taste and antioxidant potential will decrease rapidly thereafter.
Berries are truly Mother Nature’s gift to us. Enjoy in good health!

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CO-OP Rules

By definition, a Co-Op is a member organization where individuals join together to make bulk purchases and share in the savings. One of the ways to generate these savings is for members to volunteer to help with the weighing, bagging, and distribution of the produce. MannaMarket asks that each member volunteer at least 3 times per year to help on pick-up day. Since many of our members have work schedules that prevent them from doing this, we ask that you help in other ways — distributing flyers, recruiting new members, delivering produce, etc. There are other volunteer needs as well, and I can work with you to identify one that fits your schedule.

As a member organization, participation in the Co-Op presumes a commitment to placing, and paying for, your orders. Most Co-Ops require a 4 to 6 month commitment. MannaMarkets has no upfront fees and it’s policy is that you must notify us in writing 1 month prior to skipping a pick-up or resigning from the Co-Op.

Much of our work is done ahead of time, and this commitment allows us to seek out the best produce at the best price. If circumstances prevent you from providing at least 1 months notice, you are welcome to request that your order be donated to Grace House, a home for disadvantaged and troubled girls located in the western part of Birmingham, or Lovelady Center located on the Eastern Part of Birmingham. Donations to Grace House or Lovelady Center are a regular part of the Co-Ops effort to give back to the community.

You are also welcome to have a friend or neighbor pick up your order on your behalf.

We must have guaranteed payment for each order.To do this, we request that each member provide credit card information as a backup to other payment means. This information will only be used by us in the event you fail to make payment for a scheduled pick-up.

By the time you receive the email directing you to place your order on the internet, our order has already been placed. Therefore, it is too late to change the size of your order. This notice is only to give you the opportunity to order Extras. If you need to change your order size for some reason, notice must be given at least 1 week in advance.

We want your experience with MannaMarket to be positive, and have tried to keep rules to a minimum, and make them as simple as possible. You may contact Robyn Mitchell at the Contact Information Below: if you have any questions or comments.

Please print this form, keeping a copy for yourself, and bring a signed copy with you to the next pick-up.

I understand the rules of the MannaMarket Co-Op, and agree to abide by them.

ORDER AGREEMENT

NAME:______________________________________

DATE:_______________________________________

Credit Card Info:

Name on Card:________________________________________

Card Number:_________________________________________

Exp. Date:__________________ 3 Digit Code on back of card:_____________

Billing Address:____________________________________________________

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Phone Number: ______________________________________________

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CONTACT INFORMATION

To receive additional information on how to adopt an organic lifestyle, please contact us:

Manna Market LLC                                                                                                                             Robyn Mitchell  Managing Member                                                                                                 9340 Helena Road Ste. F – 122                                                                                                         Birmingham, Alabama 35244                                                                                                             Tele: 205-566-2533

Primary Web Page: http://www.mannamarket.net                                                                                 Getting Started Web Page: http://www.mannamkt.com                                                                         Order Page Direct: http://www.mannamarket.org

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More Green MannaMarket Grown Tomatoes – Wow, Yummy!.

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