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Monday, October 11, 2010

Convenience, Part 2

 "Remember when we used to lug a Thermos jug to the beach with us? Good lawd, what a drag that was. Had to fill it up, then wash it out and all...that's what I love about plastic water bottles. You can buy them anywhere; you know, even the Seven Eleven sells good flavored waters now. And they're just so safe on the beach. Well, sometimes I recycle, if it's convenient. We don't have recycling capabilities at the beach house, though, so we put the bottles in the trash with everything else. I hate it, but we don't have room in the car for recycling."

If this is your line of thinking, it's time to pull your head out of  the sand, take a look around, and become revolutionary in a way that protects your best interest. Here's what I mean: if I had access to a beautiful beach house, and the largest freakin' collection of plastic trash EVER was floating around in the sea somewhere out beyond my porch, I'd be thinking more about how to protect something I dearly love - like the ocean and every little living thing in it - and less about the convenience of plastic bottles.
A couple of suggestions:
Invest in a stainless steel or BPA-free water bottle, and travel with it. Buy your kids one in their favorite color. The bottle pictured above cost $12.

For more information about the dangers of BPA (and you want to know this if you have children, or if you've been chronically sick and can't figure out the cause), visit the Natural Resources Defense Council by clicking here. Type BPA in the search box, top right corner of the page.

Keep a mason jar on your work desk. I love drinking water (and wine) from glass jars. Makes me feel rugged and self-sufficient. Do it; you'll find a challenging column of numbers less daunting when you pretend to be a moonshiner figuring your books.

Those silly old plastic-makin' artificial flavor-lovin' revenuers gunning for your income will be SOL because you're drinking plain old water out of a glass jar. This crazy thought will make you smile, and the smile will activate the water, and the water will create rainbows of gratitude in your body! Now, that's convenient.


  1. I'd suggest filtering the water you put in that Mason jar. My faith in municipal water supplies is limited.

    Not all filters are equal. Personally, I want to filter the pesticides, the VOC's, the chlorine, and the fluoride out of what the city pipes in. Berkey, a company apparently run by engineers with a touch of OCD, seems to make a pretty good line of them.

  2. Good advice! For a list of the cities with the best quality tap water (Winston Salem NC is listed as 28 of 100), check this link:


  3. [...] You'll find a challenging column of numbers less daunting when you pretend to be a moonshiner figuring your books.[...] ... ROFLMAO!

    I never did find any one gallon old fashioned apple cider or cider vinegar jugs for catching my Mt. Vernon Springs water - the way to keep your spring water pure! They seem to have gone the way of wooden buckets.