Monday Updates – July 5

Had a great time camping this weekend. I usually get pretty flustered trying to figure out easy food to bring with us. This time I kept it as simple as possible while still being delicious. I pre-marinated some meats and chopped up vegetables to be roasted on the grill or eaten in salad. Yogurt and kefir are easy to bring, and some eggs and bacon (fried in a cast iron pan) for breakfast of course. I’ll do a full post on camping food this week. Somehow I didn’t take pictures of everything, probably because I was so hungry. What is it about camping and being outside all day that just leaves you ravenous? BTW bacon grease is the perfect fire starter.

While I haven’t been burning nearly as much anymore, I don’t think there’s any way I can be out in the sun all day without sunscreen. I have been using Badger SPF 30 sunscreen this summer and it’s quite nice. It doesn’t seem to make my face breakout any more than it does normally. The spots I missed while applying it did turn a bit red while the rest of me was not. Happy to say the red patches did not hurt, peel or blister and are turning into a nice tan already. It would be best to just cover up with light clothing and a hat, but that doesn’t always work well when it’s 30+C and I’m playing beach volleyball.

Fruit Roll Ups
I went strawberry picking again last week and made fruit roll-ups with the batch. I tried to make some without any honey but they weren’t that good sticky consistency that I like. So best to add a spoonful of honey to each 1 1/2 cups of strawberries and really mix it in. This might not mix in well if the strawberries are cold, so try to start with everything at room temperature. I brought all the fruit roll ups camping and everyone seemed to like them. Now I might try to make some with other kinds of fruit. I think apples would be a good base for anything that doesn’t have quite enough flavor or body like the strawberries have. I’m hoping to try watermelon with apples soon.

Working Out and Soup
I’m in a health pact with my Twitter friend Roger. We have to keep up with workouts and making soup. The two don’t necessarily have anything to do with each other but both are very healthy! I needed a bit of motivation to start working out again. I used to work out a lot, stopped when I got mono and didn’t start up again with any real dedication until now. I did some walking, yoga, and very light workouts for the past few years. Weird thing is, I’m actually probably the fittest I have ever been in my life. There’s some people who say it’s 80% diet 20% fitness and that’s so true for me. So, the workouts now are not really to get fit, but to increase strength a bit, reduce stress, and just be healthy. I started with some running, sprints, push-ups, chin-ups, squats and lunges. Roger had never made soup before and with all the healing I noticed from soup I figured it would be a good health move for him. So far we’ve made a basic chicken soup and ox tail soup. Since it’s summer now I’m thinking of trying to make a cold soup next. Stay tuned for some soup recipes!


I have been following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet since January 2008 to recover from Celiac disease. As part of the diet, I don't eat grains, sugar or potatoes and prepare all my meals from scratch.


  1. Hi Kat,

    Where do you pick up your Badger sun screen, the ingredients do look excellent. My little one is getting a natural tan gradually for protection, but ya those longer days in the sun this would help!


  2. @Undertow I got the Badger sunscreen from Rainbow Natural Foods on Richmond Rd. Other health food stores probably carry it too. I might eventually try making a homemade one, but I don’t use it too often so this brand is quite handy.

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