**Proceeds from the Ventura Strong Fundraising effort will be donated to victims of Thomas Fire, mudslides, Ventura Police Foundation and Ventura Fire Association.**
On December 4, 2017, the Thomas Fire devastated my beautiful city of Ventura, CA and surrounding areas.
The Thomas Fire was a massive wildfire that affected Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, and one of multiple wildfires that ignited in Southern California in December 2017. It burned approximately 281,893 acres becoming the largest wildfire in modern California history, before it was fully contained on January 12, 2018. The Thomas Fire destroyed at least 1,063 structures, while damaging 280 others and caused over $2.176 billion in damages, including more than $204.5 million in suppression costs, becoming the seventh-most destructive wildfire in state history. Ventura's agriculture industry suffered at least $171 million dollars in losses, due to the Thomas Fire. By January 2, 2018, the Thomas Fire had cost over $204 million to fight, and had forced over 104,607 residents to evacuate. At its height, the Thomas Fire saw over 8,500 firefighters mobilized to fight it, which was the largest mobilization of firefighters for combating any wildfire in California history. (from Wikipedia)
Houses one street over from me burned down to the ground, but by the grace of God my home was spared. Some of my friends were not so lucky and lost everything. It was during this time that I was moved to do something to help. I realized on my own I couldn't help everyone, but with the help of our amazing community, we could make a difference, even if we were to help one person. So I reached out to my network of paleo and healthy food companies as well as my local church* and we managed to put together amazing MeeNut Butter care packages for fire victims as well as all six Ventura City fire stations.
However, with the ensuing mudslides and still so much left to rebuild, I was inspired to launch this Mee Eat Paleo - Ventura Strong Fundraiser, with proceeds of shirt sales to be donated to victims of the Thomas Fire and mudslides, as well as support the Ventura Police Foundation and Ventura Fire Association.
Thank you so much in advance for the support! The more shirts we can sell, the more we can donate! Kindly spread the love and aloha! Mahalo nui loa!
Click HERE to support the Ventura Strong Fundraiser! (You will be redirected. Mahalo for your patience!)
Owner, Mee Eat Paleo
Psalm 46:1 "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."
*Mahalo to all these amazing companies that contributed to the Thomas Fire MeeNut Butter care packages:
Primal Kitchen Foods
Nom Nom Paleo
Lark Ellen Farm
Desserts to Die For
Harvest Ventura Bible Chapel
Photo: Ventura County Fire PIO
*Update 1/12/18: After what became the largest wildfire in California history, heavy rains caused devastating mudslides in Santa Barbara County. Currently 17 dead and 8 missing. Please continue to support and keep us in your prayers! Love, aloha and God bless!*
Aloha, it is with a heavy heart that I write this as my beautiful city of Ventura is on fire! Even during this tragic time, it has been so amazing to see our amazing community pull together! So many people have stepped up to volunteer, donate, offer meals & housing, not to mention all the first responders who have worked tirelessly to get this fire out!
My building underwent emergency evacuation on Monday night and when I finally drove off with a car full of "valuables" I thought for sure I would wake up the next morning without a home. By the grace of God, my building survived, but houses on the street immediately behind burned to the ground. Even if I am still under emergency evacuation and unable to go back home yet, I at least have a home to return to, while as of now, five personal friends of mine have lost everything.
In light of this, I have decided to use my site as a platform to be able to help those friends by linking their fundraising pages below. They are 100% legit and I can vouch for all of them. I encourage you all, if you have the resources, to please donate to any of those links or even to any of the other charities who have legitimately been aiding fire victims!
Thank you all for your prayers and all your calls, texts, emails, food & housing, and a special shout out to my Harvest Ventura & BeachSide CrossFit families, stepping up big time while all my immediate family is on the east coast ... I am truly blessed beyond words and I love you all!
Additionally, my home church Harvest Ventura is donating 100% of financial giving for the month of December to aid victims of the Thomas Fire! Link to donate here.
Finally, my home gym BeachSide CrossFit is donating 100% of proceeds from our annual BeachSide Beatdown charity competition to fire victims. Saturday 1/20/18. Link to come throw down, spectate or just chip in here.
"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 'The Lord is my portion,' says my soul, 'therefore I will hope in Him.'" Lamentations 3:22-24
Photo: Dacia Hayslip
The cross at Grant Park still standing, symbolic of the unwavering hope we have in Christ as a beacon of hope and light. So thankful for this reminder during this time! May it encourage you as well! And please keep your prayers coming as this fire is only 5% contained at this time!
For more info on the Thomas Fire go to http://readyventuracounty.org
Just wanted to (re)introduce myself in case you're new to the page! My name is Mee, I am an L2 CrossFit trainer, surfer girl, and I make MeeNut Butter 😄 - a delicious mixed nut almond coconut butter that's paleo, non-GMO, and Whole30 Approved with no added sugars whatsoever! Every jar is handmade fresh in small batches and quality & taste are my top priorities 💯‼️ Over the past six years I've purposely kept the operation small (solo for the first half 😓 and added two helpers over the latter half) in order to maintain those two things with zero compromise. So yes, this entire time, yours truly has ground up every. single. jar. you've. purchased. 😳 I've been contemplating expanding this year but nothing has been set in stone yet ... .
Mahalo to every single one of you who has supported and continues to support this humble operation of spreading the MeeNut stoke! My prayer is that not only would I provide the best tasting and highest quality product out there, but that this social media platform would be one to encourage and inspire others towards optimal health, fitness, and pursuing your dreams as I share my faith, triumphs, struggles and the realities of operating a small business.
Also, I want to reiterate, I do produce a paleo product, highly recommend paleo as a great foundation but not as a one size fits all approach to nutrition as we are all unique with unique needs, and I eat about 80% paleo + rice, some dairy and the occasional donut 🍩. Not all of my posts will be 100% paleo or Whole30 so sub accordingly! I am not a certified nutritionist or health coach so nothing on my page should ever trump doctors' orders or prescriptions from certified professionals.
Because I do wear a lot of hats, including social media, my posts/replies are sometimes sporadic, so apologies for slow response times and such! I promise I am not ignoring you! I thank God for all of you because without you guys and ultimately Christ's unending grace in my life, there would be no Mee Eat Paleo! So from the bottom of my heart, love & aloha! Soli Deo Gloria - Mee 😊
📷 Michelle Ramirez Photography
Just an update that I will NOT be at the Downtown Ventura Farmers Market on the following dates. Otherwise, I am there every Saturday morning from 8:30am-12pm. The market is on the corner of Santa Clara and Palm in Downtown Ventura. Mahalo and see you there!
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Starting a Whole30 next month? In the middle of one right now? Know a friend who is doing one? Be prepared with this Whole30 Approved and Non-GMO Project Verified Paleo MeeNut Butter starter kit, now available in two sizes. Order Here!
1. RX: one 8oz jar of each current flavor: Quadruple Nut Power, Pure Almond Power, *ChoCoco Nut Power, *Pumpkin Spice Power
2. Firebreather: one 16oz jar of each current flavor: Quadruple Nut Power, Pure Almond Power, *ChoCoco Nut Power, *Pumpkin Spice Power
*ChoCoco Nut Power & Pumpkin Spice Power are seasonal to winter and fall respectively and availability is limited and may vary.
Current flavors included in the W30 starter kit as of 3/1/17: Quadruple Nut Power, Pure Almond Power, ChoCoco Nut Power
Each jar is handcrafted fresh as always.
Bundles and Gift Sets cannot be combined with any other discounts, promotions or special offers.
Pumpkin Spice Power is officially sold out for the season and ChoCoco Nut Power is officially back in stock! This amazing blend of almond, coconut, cacao and chestnut is sure to get you thru those chocolate cravings during your Whole30! With no added sugars, Non-GMO Project Verified, and Whole30 Approved, it's a dark chocolate lover's dream come true! Order here while supplies last! Mahalo and enjoy!
Shaka Love, Mee :)
Stoked & truly honored to be a guest on the Honor & Conquer Podcast (http://www.honorandconquer.com/podcast/hc62)- my very first so check it out! I was nervous and, like, left out so many details, like all the wonderful humans who, like, helped me along the way!!! I'll be sure to fill in those gaps next time but hopefully for now y'all enjoy getting a tiny glimpse into my kooky life before Mee Eat Paleo and beyond!
Be sure to check out the podcasts by Honor & Conquer. Dion is such a great dude and host and his podcasts are always informative and entertaining. Y'all can thank me later! :)
Photo (c) 2016 Rudy Loupias
Guys! They wrote a thing about me! In a magazine!
When I left my corporate job at the end of 2011, and began this crazy journey with Mee Eat Paleo on Jan 1, 2012, I had no idea what God had in store for me ... .
My amazing brother and sister in law bought me a $2500 commercial grinder and next thing I knew, I was in over my head in MeeNut Butter.
Four year and countless sleepless nights later, I honestly still don't really know what I'm doing haha! But I can look back and take comfort and joy in knowing I took a chance, and the Lord provided. I can also smile at the future because I know He will continue to provide for me. God. Is. Sovereign.
I want to encourage all you dreamers out there to keep on dreaming and work your butts off for what you believe in. There really is no substitute for hard work and hard work always pays off. Not always in the form of a big paycheck (which would be nice lol) but, it always pays off.
"I never really intended to be running a nut butter company!" Really! I still can't believe it! And yet, here I am!
Thanks so much to my girl, Emily Savage, for the amazing writeup, The Ventana for the feature, and Rudy Loupias and Michelle Ramirez for the beautiful pics! Honored and humbled! And to all my family, friends, and loyal customers, love and aloha!
Mahalo and see you at the Downtown Ventura Farmers Market on Saturday!!
For the full article check out: http://www.ventanamonthly.com/article.php?id=1014&IssueNum=121
Photo (C) 2016 Rudy Loupias. (For more info on The Young and Brave Foundation check out https://www.theyoungandbrave.com/)
Say aloha to the new MeeNut on the block! ChoCoco Nut Power will begin shipping right around Jan 1, just in time for the New Year, but you can get your pre-orders in now!
Like all the other flavors, this one is also Paleo, Whole30 Approved, Non-GMO Project Verified, with NO added sugars and is handmade freshy fresh! With a hint of roasted chestnut, this is the perfect treat for the dark chocolate lover in you!
Trying to balance the bitterness of cacao is a very delicate art. I'm not gonna lie - it was really tricky getting this chocolate recipe right without adding any sugars like honey, maple or stevia, and I've had countless recipes tossed out the window. I almost gave up altogether. So glad I stuck with it. I'm committed to providing the cleanest and best tasting nut butters, hands down. I hope you all love ChoCoco Nut Power as much as I do!
I'm headed home for the holidays so this will probably be my last post for 2015. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!
Ingredients: California Almonds, Organic Coconut, Organic Chestnut, Raw Organic Cacao Powder, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Vanilla Beans; Contains: Tree Nuts; May Contain: Pieces of nut shells and/or nut shell fragments
Refrigerate for quality.
MeeNut Butter is housed in heavy glass jars that require extra TLC for shipping and handling.
Oil separation is natural and may occur. Product may harden/settle en route.
Coconut cream/oil will solidify at & below room temperature (about 70-75 degrees F) so depending on where it is being shipped the nut butter may harden and/or settle en route. If this is the case or if you have it refrigerated, you can easily warm it up by letting thaw out at room temperature or by keeping about 3/4 of the jar in a bowl of hot water for about 15-30 minutes (sadly this will ruin your label but oh well ). You may have to switch out the water a couple times if the butter is extremely cold and hardened. I don't own or use a microwave but if you do, a few seconds in there will work too. Once warmed up, stir and enjoy!
Pictured above: #tbt to my first official MeeNut event ... This May 22-24 I'll be a vendor at CrossFit Calfornia Regionals at the Del Mar Fairgrounds!! Please come find me and say aloha, sample some paleo yumminess and take some home! So grateful for the continued love and support!!
When this pic was taken, I still had a full time corporate job and I was making the MeeNut Butter at home one jar at a time in a Vitamix blender. The motor would burn out every five minutes. Needless to say it took a long time to make. I managed to make a couple hundred jars in time for the event and we sold out before the first day was even over!
Much has changed since this day. I have since quit that job and have been working on my humble little business full time since 2012. The Vitamix has been replaced with an actual commercial grinder to speed things along a little bit and I now operate out of a commercial kitchen. However, every single jar is still handcrafted fresh, start to finish!
California Regionals is my first larger-scale event and I am anxious but stoked at the same time! My business has been growing at a muuuch slower simmer than the vast majority out there, but I wanted to remain small and purposeful in the early years to build a reputation of excellence in quality and service. I firmly believe I have achieved this goal to the best of my ability. Your loyalty over these years proves it!
I couldn't have made it to this point without the help and outpouring of love of amazing family and friends. So grateful for all of you! Words do not do justice.
It would mean the world to me to have your support at Regionals! Please stop by and say aloha, sample some quadruple nut power and bring some home! I plan to make more than a couple hundred jars to bring with me this time. :)