(ABOVE) These duck shoes are great even on days when rain isn’t forecast. They’re cute with jeans and a tee.

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February 22, 2017 / Video Post Notes

Lunch and More with My Brother at Food & Thought Organic Market

What a wonderful surprise to have my brother, Mark, from North Carolina, call me on a Sunday night to say he was in town, can we have lunch the next day. It’s been ages since I’ve seen him.

When I asked if I could include him in a vlog, there was silence on the other end of the line. Then he laughed. Then, although I can’t remember what he said, I knew it meant “not a chance, sister.”

At Food and Thought the next day, he said I could film what he ate–thank you for that bone!–but I only remembered to ask after he was almost finished eating. As you’ll see from the photos, his and my plates are not exactly photo-friendly! I get so caught up in being with whomever I’m with that I often do that!

After lunch, he agreed to me taking a quick selfie video of us, so I could at least capture some cute screenshots of us together. Even better, when I sent him the screenshots and video clip, he agreed to let me include them all on the vlog–and in this blog post. Yay!

Maybe it’s because I look like a complete nut in the video. I make absolutely no sense as I try to direct him to pose as if he’s getting his photo taken–even though I’m shooting him on video. What makes it so funny and endearing, is how patient he is. (He’s awfully good looking, too, which doesn’t hurt.)

But getting back to Food & Thought. It’s an organic market where I’ve been shopping since December 2005. It was a wonderful place then and it’s even more wonderful now. They’ve been so successful that they are much larger today, and therefore able to carry even more terrific, healthy goodies.

I hope you enjoy this glimpse of it–and what I bought.  I also vlogged before and after lunch, while I ran errands all over town, so that’s new for me.

Thank you for visiting my blog today, and if you have a chance to view the video, please let me know what you think of it. It’s a little different for me.


~Janis Lyn Johnson


(ABOVE) Pointing out several beautiful banyan trees at Moorings Park. (BELOW) I pass by them each time I walk from my car to my mother’s place.



(ABOVE & BELOW) At Food & Thought Organic Market in Naples.



(ABOVE & BELOW) Gopal’s Sprouted Organic Almond Butter.

I have been buying this brand of organic, raw almond butter (from either Food & Thought or from Amazon) for ages. I love it on apple slices! It’s currently priced at $13.49 at Food & Thought and $15.99 (including shipping) at Amazon. (It’s currently $14.99 plus $5 shipping to my town from Gopal’s, so I prefer Amazon.)


(ABOVE) Blue Mountain Sprouted Raw Organic Pistachios and Walnuts. (BELOW)  Wilderness Family Naturals Raw Sprouted Organic Mixed Nuts and  Walnuts.

When I’m in a pinch, I buy the Blue Mountain nuts, above, at Food & Thought. But generally I buy the Wilderness Family Naturals Raw Sprouted Organic Mixed Nuts and Walnuts on line, because they are less expensive than Blue Mountain. Currently, a 16 oz bag of either nuts by Wilderness Family Naturals is $21.95 plus $7.90 for shipping (approximate total of $30 for 16 ounce bag of nuts, including shipping). A 14 ounce bag of sprouted organic raw walnuts at Blue Mountain is $30, not including Fed Ex Ground shipping.

Why Raw Sprouted Nuts and Nut Butters?

Nuts and seeds contain enzyme inhibitors that can make them difficult to digest–and cause problems for the digestive system of some people. They also contain phytic acid, which binds to minerals in the digestive track and can contribute to mineral deficiency. Soaking nuts and seeds helps to neutralize the enzyme inhibitors and phytic acid, making them easier for the body to digest them and absorb their nutrients.

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(ABOVE) Gabriel Cosmetics.

I have been wearing Gabriel cosmetics for nearly five years. The ingredients are all natural and more healthy than typical drugstore or department store makeup.


(ABOVE) Hampstead Organic Loose Leaf Green Tea.

For convenience, I order this on line. For a package of three of the above-size tins of tea, I pay $23.32, plus $6.99 for shipping. (Total cost of $30.31 for three 3.53-ounce tins of tea.) Since I drink the tea every afternoon, I like buying it in bulk.


(ABOVE) Lydia’s Organic Raw Sprouted Sunflower Caraway Bread.

I bought this “bread” for the first time and loved it. I will say that it’s more like a small, crunchy “toast” than a bread. It doesn’t taste like traditional wheat toast, but I thought it was delicious.


(ABOVE) Lydia’s Organic Raw Sprouted Cereal in Cinnamon and Apple Crunch.


(ABOVE & BELOW) My brother, Mark, and I in the parking lot at Food & Thought Organic Market in Naples.



(ABOVE) My brother, Mark’s, lunch (what was left of it!) consisted of salmon, sweet potatoes, and mixed vegetables. (BELOW) My lunch was roasted chicken, greens, and a sweet potato. I gave him the skin from my chicken (which you can see on his plate, above), because I wasn’t certain about the seasoning. Normally I do eat the skin, because it contains healthy fat.



(ABOVE & BELOW) Collier County Public Library at Vanderbilt Beach.


What My Brother and I Wore




I have several pairs of these duck shoes in different colors. I love wearing them even on sunny days, just because they’re so cute.



(ABOVE & BELOW) 100% Pure Cranberry Glow Lip & Cheek Tint.



(ABOVE) Heather Gray Polo Shirt ( Also Similar HereHere).

WHAT I WORE (Clothing

(ABOVE) TOP: Talbots (Similar) / JEANS: Calvin Klein.

WHAT I WORE (Jewelry/Accessories)

BAG: (Similar Color Talbots ) / HAT: Lifeguard Hat / SHOES: Chooka / WATCH: Michele (Similar NordstromAmazon) / BRACELET: Gili / NECKLACE: (Similar Ross-Simons) / EYEWEAR:  Kate Spade Prescription Sunglasses.

MY MOISTURIZERS/MAKEUP (Natural and Organic)

MOISTURIZER/FACE: Nourish Organic Face Lotion/ MOISTURIZER/LIPS-EYE AREA:  Nourish Organic Shea Butter / FACE: 100% Pure Crème and White Peach Powder Foundation / LIPS AND CHEEKS: 100% Pure Cranberry Glow Lip & Cheek Tint. (Some links in this post are affiliates. More information here.)

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