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October 3 - October 24, 2018
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Marcia Asari

Slow Food


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    meatless or vegan meals
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    spent exercising
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    spent learning

Marcia's actions


Forage for My Food

I will use the 'Learn More' resources below to find where I can forage for my own food locally.



Go for a Daily Walk

I will take a walk for 20 minutes each day.



Know My health

I will get my Core Four Biometrics tests (blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and BMI).



Reduce Animal Products

I will enjoy 5 meatless meal(s) and/or 2 vegan meal(s) each day this week.



Find Local Recycling Depots

I will spend at least 15 minutes finding out where to recycle the recyclable items that I can't put in my curbside bin.


Create Your Own Action

Install a Bat House

Instead of using chemicals to fight mosquitoes, I will install a bat house in my yard to attract bats to come eat the mosquitoes. Bonus: I also get to see bats flying around!


Participant Feed

Reflection, encouragement, and relationship building are all important aspects of getting a new habit to stick.
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To get started, share “your why.” Why did you join the challenge and choose the actions you did?

    Waste Find Local Recycling Depots
    Our ability to recycle certain things ebbs and flows based upon many factors. Luckily there are places that accept uncommon things to recycle or dispose of in a less harmful way. What did you find when looking for places to recycle items that can't be recycled in your curbside bin?

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    Marcia Asari 10/24/2018 6:23 PM
    I found a car mechanic shop that accepts used cooking oil.  They centrifuge it and use it to heat the building in the winter.  I wish more places would find resourceful ways to recycle.  It can be a big benefit, not just an obligation.
    Nature Forage for My Food
    Amongst the motivations for foraging are: a source of food; means of income; connecting with nature; cultural tradition; or transmitting "local ecological knowledge, and a means for stewarding local and native plant populations" (McLain et al. 2012, 13). Which of these would be your chief motivation and why?

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    Marcia Asari 10/24/2018 6:22 PM
    I enjoy becoming familiarity my local environment. It is neat to find a plant and watch it grow from week to week. I also enjoy learning about native species and what adaptations they have to give them an edge in their environment.  Finding something I can eat is fun!  I hope to pass this knowledge on to my children.

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    Marcia Asari 10/23/2018 6:59 PM
    I made butternut squash soup with my husband for dinner.  It was a great warm and satisfying fall meal, without meat.

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    Marcia Asari 10/22/2018 5:53 PM
    I did not complete a specific activity today, but I did take time out of an unusually busy day to go outside to look at the full moon.  What a calming and humbling activity!

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    Marcia Asari 10/20/2018 2:08 PM
    Great fall day outside! I enjoy feeling the sun and wind as I work in the garden.

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    Marcia Asari 10/06/2018 4:42 PM
    I participated in a 5K walk this morning.  What a great way to kick off the weekend!

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    Marcia Asari 10/05/2018 12:38 PM
    We collected crayons to recycle from the local elementary school last spring.  Instead of shipping across the country, I found a local place that will accept all 100+ lbs to recycle.  Yippee!

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      Marcia Asari 10/06/2018 4:45 PM
      The local facility melts crayons down into molds and uses the newly shaped crayons as prizes for a children’s scavenger hunt at the nature center.

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      Monica Martin 10/05/2018 1:51 PM
      Wow. That's a lot of crayons! Had know idea this many were left over at the end of a year. Any idea what they turn them into and/or how they recycle them? 
    Simplicity Go for a Daily Walk
    Fresh air and movement are good for our entire being and can help us think more clearly and creatively. How does taking a walk each day affect yourself and/or your work?

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    Marcia Asari 10/04/2018 5:31 PM
    Going outside helps me clear my head.  Using my muscles to walk helps stretch out my body and get the blood flowing everywhere....especially my brain.  I get great ideas when I am out for a walk!
    Food Reduce Animal Products
    What do you think contributes to people in North America eating more meat than in other places, and what does this say about North American values and ways of living? How do we start shifting a meat-focused food culture?

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    Marcia Asari 10/04/2018 5:30 PM
    North Americans have been blessed to have an abundance of resources including land and water. This has allowed them to create huge farms for animals and crops. Understanding the drain on resources and improving knowledge of how to prepare vegetables would help shift to away from a meat-focused food culture.
    Health Know My health
    How do you deal with the physical and emotional stress of the big problems we face? How can you help others cope?

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    Marcia Asari 10/03/2018 2:09 PM
    Take walks outside and breathe.  When it seems like there is too much to do, reflect back on what you have already done.  Title steps over time can add up to big results.