My dad and I like growing stuff, for years we have grown tomatoes, onions, zucchini outside and this year for Christmas we got each other raised gardens! Imagine that. Last year my dad received an indoor herb garden which he fell in love with, he still uses it to grow lettuce and tiny tomatoes. My dad got me a book on pumpkin recipes, I actually wanted to grow watermelon with mine but anyway.
I find that growing your own food has the same effect that making dinner with your kid has; because I put so much work into it I feel the need to eat it. So this past year has been filled with fresh salads and side dishes.
Having fresh vegetables is a delicious way to get more greens into your diet. What I have experienced with my friends is that they go to the grocery store and buy all this healthy stuff, like my roommate when I was at school, only to let all the healthy purchases go to waste, rotting in the refrigerator while he ordered take out galore! And did nothing but gain weight.
So you do have to have a plan if you actually really want to be living this new lifestyle, you can’t keep fooling yourself into thinking that by shopping healthy you’ve done the job! You actually have to eat healthy, that’s what looks good. So for us what we try to do is get as much as the dark leafy greens into our diet by growing them because they are packed with essential nutrients, age defiant antioxidants , bone building vitamins, and energizing minerals that I have talked about previously.
The antioxidants are called carotenoids which neutralize carcinogens, they are great for reducing inflammation, bolstering your immune response, and relieving oxidative stress on skin. They are filled with vitamins A and C which conditions for healthy well conditioned skin and shiny hair.
But you gotta have fun too. It’s about taking these leafy greens and making them into fun great tasting recipes. (which we have under recipes)
When I was working for the restaurant, we had a herb garden and we went out and picked dill weed, basil, edible flowers, raspberries, tomatoes, mint and we would garnish the desserts or add them into appetizers. These little additions elevated the dishes to something fresh tasting, and an appearance of luxury.
Also, if you are looking for a soul filled experience, getting in touch with your spiritual side by getting close to the land and are looking for something ‘more’, then give it a try!
Perhaps what you are eating will become more for you than just the act itself.
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