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Learn About The Teal Pumpkin Project

**The TEAL PUMPKIN PROJECT and the Teal Pumpkin Image are trademarks of Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE).**

When it comes to food allergies in children, Halloween can be a scary and dangerous time. Since trick-or-treaters are often treated with candies that are not typically safe for those with food allergies, it may be hard for those kids to participate. Luckily, the Teal Pumpkin Project exists.

The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages food allergy awareness while making all children feel included during the Halloween season. Teal is the color of food allergy awareness and by leaving a Teal Pumpkin out or posting a sign, you are informing others that you support those with food allergies and have non-food treats available.

Some great non-food treats include glow bracelets or sticks, stickers, temporary tattoos, noise makers or even bouncy balls.

Another option for children with allergies is wearing a sticker that reads “non-food items only” to eliminate the need for an explanation at each stop. Or, instead of refusing the candy, you can take it in a separate bag and find a Halloween Candy BuyBack program near you.

If this is the first time you are hearing about the Teal Pumpkin Project, there’s still plenty of time for you to participate this Halloween. You can find more information and free resources online at the Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) website.

What are some other non-food treats that are great for kids? Share with us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

Visit the Brick Your Neighborhood Deli for a delicious breakfast or lunch. If you have any food allergies, please let us know so we can accommodate your needs. We are open weekdays 7:00am-4:00pm and Saturdays 8:00am-4:30pm. Stop by, call ahead, or order online. And we are now offering delivery via DoorDash and UberEATS!

Food Waste

Food waste has become a burgeoning problem among our society. Did you know that roughly one third of the food produced in the world gets lost or wasted?  From improper use or storage to discarded “ugly” produce, we must find a way to address this issue.

This was the task at hand for students at the University of Florida’s Innovation Academy. They were asked to create a business concept or invention that could tackle the food waste problem. Ideas included a household composting device, participating in food drives, and donating to food pantries. These bright young students were onto something, however, they all seemed to assume that food waste is inevitable. We need to take a closer look at what causes us to create food waste so we can stop it at the source.

Take, for example, the standards that fruits and vegetables must meet in order to be on display. We have these ideas of what produce should look like in our minds and if they do not match what is available, we likely will not buy it. Thus, “ugly” produce that do not meet the standards is often discarded or wasted. Also, because of our attraction to abundance, we are more likely to choose from a large pile of apples as opposed to a small one, even if they were identical apples.

So how can we proactively decrease food waste? Imperfect Produce is a company that offers affordable fruits and vegetables to consumers by sourcing the produce rejected on farms for cosmetic reasons. Whether they are too small, misshapen or the wrong color, rather than being wasted, they are salvaged  and help offered at a lower price, also helping to decrease food insecurity.

Another proposed idea is to get people involved in food production. When students plant a seed and watch it grow into sustainable food, they get to experience firsthand all the hard work that goes into food production (energy, time, labor, water). Their investment in the production of food could lead to a better understanding that when it comes to food waste, we lose much more than just food.

Do you have any ideas on how we can prevent food waste? Any thoughts on how to make the most of our food waste? Share with us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and LinkedIn. You can also find us on Instagram, Vine, and Pinterest.

Visit the Brick Your Neighborhood Deli in Pomona. Come in for a yummy sandwich, fresh salad, or tasty dessert weekdays from 10:30am-7:30pm and Saturdays 10:30am-4:30pm (closed Sundays).

Stress Relieving Practices

We all know there are times in our lives when we feel like the weight of the world is on our shoulders. Whether your schedule is full or you’re simply going through a tough time in your life, you must remember to take care of yourself, too.

Even with a little bit of stress in your life, you can begin to notice the effects. Stress related health issues come in many forms, including headaches, stomach problems, anxiety, and even depression.

Coincidentally, April is Stress Awareness Month. Take note of what triggers your high stress moments and do your best to keep those triggers at bay. When you feel the stress coming or building up, try to find time for these stress relieving acts to make sure you are the best you can be.

Sleep
As we sleep, we give our bodies a chance to rest and replenish. When we are busy, we may not have much time for sleep, or stress could affect our quality of sleep. Though unintentional, depriving our bodies of this necessary rest can have negative effects on our health and mood.

Try to tune out worrisome thoughts and practice breathing exercises to help you calm down and ease into a good night’s rest.

Exercise
While it is important to make time to sleep, squeezing in some time for exercise can help relieve stress, too. This may seem impossible, especially if you are on a time crunch, but a quick walk or yoga session can do wonders.

Trying getting to work a few minutes early, or take a short break during the day for a brisk walk around the office or the building. Or you can kill time at the gym as you wait for traffic to die down.

Food
The vending machine can be tempting, but try to stay away from junk food and opt for real food when you can. Prep meals for the week, or pack fruits or healthy snacks for yourself. It will help to promote your health and immune system than junk food will.

Unplug
Does your inbox get flooded with texts and emails? Step away from your desk, computer, and phone for a few minutes. Take a deep breath and just focus on having a moment of peace.

Take A Break
Give yourself a break. Whether you want to listen to music or take a short walk to unwind, even a short break can alleviate some stress.

Take It Easy
When your schedule is busy, try to keep everything else simple. Plan your outfits for the week, or make a large batch of food and have leftovers for a few days. Don’t try to take on tasks that might overwhelm you, save those for when your schedule clears up a bit.

Cry It Out
Expressing our emotions in a constructive way can be very helpful. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and tired, go ahead and cry it out.

Connect
Take time to connect with a loved one that you trust. A meaningful conversation, whether you are seeking advice, venting, or simply catching up, can help you gain some perspective on things. And it will likely make you feel better.

Write
Grab a pen and pad and start writing. Writing can be therapeutic, giving you a way to get your emotions out in a more private manner. Bottling your struggles and emotions can wear you down. Anyway you can, as often as you can, let it out.

Fiction
If the real world is getting you down, escape with some fiction. The easiest way is to carry a book with you at all times, and start reading when you have a moment. Whether it’s a book, short stories, or even a movie, escape your reality for a bit and enjoy someone else’s life.

Prioritize
Sure, these sound good in theory, but if you’re already short on time, how on earth will you make time for this? The key is to prioritize. It’s true, your other tasks are important, but all those tasks rely on you. If you’re not your best you, you won’t be able to tackle them in the best way. Make yourself a priority and you’ll see you can handle anything that comes your way.

How do you deal with stress? Share your own tips with us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and LinkedIn. You can also connect with us on Instagram, Vine, and Pinterest.

Take a break at the Brick Market & Deli – Your Neighborhood Deli in Pomona. Relax with a yummy meal in our dining room or on our patio weekdays from 10:30am-7:30pm and Saturdays 10:30am-4:30pm.

Happy Veganuary!

It’s a New Year – how are your resolutions holding up? It’s never too late to make a change in your life, so why not try something new? If you haven’t gone vegan already, take the Veganuary pledge and go vegan for the month of January.

In 2013, husband and wife Matthew Glover and Jane Land founded Veganuary, inviting people to adopt the vegan lifestyle for the month of January. The pledge allows people to try vegan food and learn about how a vegan lifestyle can greatly impact various aspects of our lives. Going vegan is like taking vegetarianism a step further. Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or poultry, but vegans avoid all animal foods (meat, dairy, eggs), animal derived products (leather, wool), and products tested on animals. According to the Vegan Society, “Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing or any other purpose.” 

By going vegan for the month of January, you will be practicing healthier eating habits while reducing your carbon footprint and saving animals from inhumane treatment. You will be trying something new and learning about how your dietary habits can affect your health. The pledge encompasses giving up meat and dairy and only buying animal cruelty-free products and clothing.

It may be hard to get started, but once you take the pledge at Veganuary.com, they will supply you with various resources, including tips, shopping lists, recipes, and more. You will also have a support system at your fingertips, with others who have taken the pledge offering encouragement and advice.

This pledge could potentially lead to a permanent lifestyle change. Many have reported that going vegan has helped improve other health issues, thus leading to a permanent vegan lifestyle. Making the pledge is a commendable act in itself, whether you decide to continue the vegan lifestyle or not.

If you decide to take the pledge, let us know! Post on our Facebook wall or Google+ page, tweet us, or tag us in your photos. You can also visit our Pinterest pages for some delicious and creative vegan recipes.

At the Brick Market and Deli, we offer a vegetarian Lentilicious sandwich that can be made vegan, and many of our soups are also vegan. If you have any questions regarding our foods, please ask one of our employees. We are always happy to help. Visit us in store Monday-Saturday 10:30am-7:30pm, or check us out online.

It’s No Shave November – Help Raise Cancer Awareness

The year has flown by and we’re inching closer to the heart of holiday season. Cold weather, family gatherings, and Christmas music will creep up on us. You may also notice more men growing mustaches and beards around this time. While they may be growing them to keep their faces warm, it is also No Shave November.

Never heard of it? No Shave November is a unique way to raise cancer awareness. How does it raise awareness? Men and women are urged to embrace their hair and let it grow freely. Cancer patients often lose their hair, which can take a toll on them physically, mentally and emotionally. Instead of spending money on shaving or grooming, you can donate that money to help educate about cancer prevention and help those currently battling cancer.

Not really into “letting it grow”? You can purchase merchandise or simply make a donation to support the cause. Or if you are interested in letting it grow, you can join a team, start your own, or go solo. Fundraising goals depend on how you register. For the rest of the month, promote No Shave November to reach your goal, and remember, don’t shave.

Bottom line – cancer sucks. No Shave November provides a simple and fun way to raise funds to support cancer prevention, research, education, and continuing care for patients. For more information, you can visit them online or find them on social media.