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Get in touch with food and where it comes from!


Get in touch w/ what food is & where it comes from!

Did you know you can grow your very own veg & flowers in a small box garden or bucket on the fire escape w/ something called ‘seeds’?!

Most people have never ever grown anything from seed and don’t know many flowers and some vegetables are super easy to grow. Collards, kale etc for example are ridiculously easy…  And growing your own can save you dosh, moola, dinero! This can be done all year round in small spaces, even indoors!

The benefit to growing your own heirloom seeds ( taste filled non gmo seeds, the kind your grandparents and ancestors grew up with) means no nasty pesticides or flavorless but pretty produce.

Recently I was sent the most adorable organic heirloom veg & wild flower seed kits by Ecofarms Organic, the kits are uber kid friendly with the cutest drawings and clear growing directions. I think something like this would make a great educational activity based gift for kids of all ages.

I’m planting the wild flower kit they offer this week in pota on the blacony! Below is their veg kit, check it out.

Get in touch w/ what food is & where it comes from! 😀🌞🍋🍓💦

Source: Amazon.com : EcoFarms Organic Vegetable Heirloom Seeds Kit – Great Gift Box for Home Gardening : Patio, Lawn & Garden

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How to get your veg on!

How to get veg on? Trick yourself! Much like a small child texture is super important to me when it comes to eating. I have no idea why I can eat a pound of thinly sliced jicama but I get bored with and won’t eat more than a few thick slices. So I must trick myself on a regular basis by slicing things extra extra thin.

I’m crap at slicing things by hand, my mandoline scares the night of the living dead out of me because  fingers, and handheld spiralizers are difficult for me to turn,  my solution is one of those spiralizers.

I was sent the  Brieftons Vertico Spiralizer ( thanks, Brieftons!)

 

I really like the vertical aspect of the Brieftons as it’s using gravity to your advantage. I found this sooo much easier than vertical designs as the veg stayed put.  I love making thin spiral slices of beets, yams, or tarrow root and throwing them on the grill or in the oven for a fast cook, skip the oil because they still taste great!

If you do use oil  don’t use olive! It’s delicious, It’s one of my fav oils but it has a low smoke point,  find one with a high cooking point.

Heating oils above certain temperature points turns it rancid and releases a whole bunch of nasty stuff like free radicals which sound like a 90’s band but aren’t,  they corrupt our cells and that in turn ages us from the inside out. No bueno.

Back to getting your veg on… If you’ve never loved a certain veg you’re probably not going to completely change your tune spiralizer or not,so don’t start with that one, try one you already kinda sorta lie.  I’ve noticed a pleasing texture means salads are gobbled down not around the plate.

Try inviting friends over & tell them all to bring a different veg & get to spiralizing. If you’re on a budget try a spiralizer out at a friends house first, to see if it’s worth the investment! Rachel

Feed Your Head Space Links

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”― Hippocrates

Some food & healthier living doc’s, books, blogs… I’ll get a proper list soon.

If you have a long commute, try audio books, I think they’re awesome for this kind of stuff.

Documentaries

Fed Up Geared more at kids and weight in America,  a good starting place if you want the basics on eating for nutrition vs eating what’s advertised as food. Some might find it redundant info.

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead

Forks Over Knives

Good Hair

Books

How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease by Michael Greger  Gene Stone

Salt Sugar Fat  How The Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss This book reads like a thriller and is riveting. You won’t look or think about processed foods the same, you’ll feel too duped.

Be Here Now by Ram Dass

Food

Mercola.com good site for navigating getting started in general healthy living

This Rawsome Vegan Life An easy way to dip your toe into eating more living foods is my favorite food blog is Emily Von Euw’s This Rawsome Vegan life, delicious, gorgeous to look at , easy to follow recipes, plus she’s a wizard with the  cashew cream.

Lovely Lemons

Meet my new best friend, the Lemon.

Years back I was amazed to realize when I drank a bottle of Martinelli’s apple cider on my own in a day…. it was well over a thousand calories and that’s before anything solid even hit my mouth. No wonder I battled my weight most of my life.

Enter the lemon.  As a child I loved lemon anything… cookies cakes, drinks, country Time lemonade… bring it on. My guess is  instinctively my body craved vitamin c and the nutrients in actual lemons, but being a gen-x kid meant for the most part all our food came pre packaged, sugar coated, and fully microwaveable.  I’m surprised we didn’t all get scurvy.

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These days I drink a mixture of one lemon to one glass of water with a little bit of maple honey grade b. I go through 4-6 lemons a day. Some people add Cayanne pepper for a fast, I don’t. I’m just trying to keep off white sugar & stay hydrated. I don’t go too sweet, just enough to make it taste yummy not sour. It helps curb my appetite for carbs. You can make your own throat coat tea for sore throats by heating up water with lemon rinds, juice, ginger &  honey.

There’s a huge debate whether or not lemon juice, an acid,  has an alkalizing affect on the body. Acid foods are dairy, eggs, meat and grains, the Standard American Diet in a nut shell.

Fruits & veg  have an alkaline effect on the body. What does that all mean? Too much of either throws your body out of whack. A body can leach minerals from its own bones if starved, that’s what an awesome machine the human body is… It’s designed to succeed even when not feed the right, or any fuel. while I’m no doctor and my results are anecdotal at best, for me, the lemon is one of my super foods.  I used to down packets of Emergen-C, now I have a fresh lemon, it’s cheaper too!

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Did you crave any fruits or vegetables as a kid? Do you love strawberry pop tarts? or Blueberry or apple pie? Maybe your body is pointing you toward your super food, rather than just the pastry & sugar. Try a real strawberry and clock your bodies response. There are cases of children deficit in vitamins gnawing on things like chalk or rocks that contained the missing minerals etc. Somewhere in us healthy eating is still hard wired in.

What’s your super food?

Rachel