Month: January 2017

 

GROWING your own FOOD!

This is an interesting topic that is very related to health and healing.  It is that of gardening or growing your own food.  I will admit that I am a newbie at this activity but I did successfully grow a few things last season.  Among these were a few good zucchinis and cucumbers, one or two good kale plants, a few cherry tomato plants, and a mammoth swiss chard.  There are several reasons to get into growing plants.  The first for me is a very practical issue.  It is very cost effective.  Let me explain.

A packet of high quality seeds will run you around 5-10$ depending on your source.  This packet will have anywhere from 15-100 seeds usually.  Sometimes much more.  From your original 5-10$ you have the potential to grow much more $ than you spent.  It really is almost like GROWING MONEY.  Most people’s budgets are largely spent on FOOD.  Whether this is groceries, restaurants, snacks, or whatever; we spend a lot on food.  So this allows you to grow high quality food that is usually better than stuff at supermarkets for very little cost.

The kicker is that it requires discipline and a little start up!  It is another thing to remember or take care of.  You may have to purchase some simple supplies like containers, pots, or dirt.  You need to water the plants correctly over a hefty time span.  You need to learn and make sure that they have proper sun/shade.  The good news is that this is usually outside, and there is something about working with plants that is good for most of us.  I will leave you with a quote I remember from a gardening book I read a bit from.

“Time spent in the garden will not be deducted from your life.”

I take this to mean that whatever time and effort you put into your growing practices; you will get back in watching things grow, eating healthy food, saving money, and learning to become more self-sustaining.  A few good seed companies that I have used are “Johnny’s Selected Seeds,” and “Territorial Seeds.”  Even if you just start with a cherry tomato plant or a little bowl of spinach; it’s a great way to get into it.

-JOE

 

Cheap or Free “Health Strategies.”

Sometimes it seems like our attempts to live well and eat good are often thwarted by the price of certain foods or supplements.  Real, high quality food can be a bit pricey.  In fact, it is probably THE major expense in a health lifestyle.  It comes down to priorities.  People like to say that it is too much, but we spend millions and millions and fast food, restaurants, alcohol, cigarettes, and many other things too mind boggling to discuss.  Just random things that add up to large amounts of money over time.  Anyway, this article is going to mention some cheap or free health techniques that more just take time or participation rather than money.  By no means a complete list.

-SLEEP

-REST

-PLAY/LEISURE TIME

-SUNSHINE

-EXERCISE (sometimes money required but not for the basics.)

-MUSIC

-FRESH AIR

-STRESS RELIEF and MENTAL/EMOTIONAL TIME

-SOCIAL LIFE/COMMUNITY LIFE

-SELF-DEVELOPMENT

-IMPROVING FAMILY LIFE

-IMPROVING SPIRITUAL LIFE

-COMPLEX THINKING/PLANNING EXERCISES

-CREATING/FOLLOWING A LIFE PLAN

-HOBBIES/SPORTS

The list could go on for a while, but you get the point.  Remember that nature spends no money.  So try to think of things that you can do without spending a lot.  You don’t need a bunch of expensive supplements or equipment to improve things in your life.  We haven’t had this stuff long anyway.  So, the basic premise here is to TAKE CARE of yourself the old-fashioned way.  I really think we have gotten sucked into this modern-day age of marketing and media telling us that we NEED all these supplements to be healthy or happy.  The truth is that we populated the planet without any of these things and in general were much healthier before.  So be creative, do what feels right and makes sense.  Don’t let not being able to buy everything get in the way of doing something for yourself in the present.