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Nothing beats growing your own vegetables

In my part of the world spring is soon to be upon us, and this season I bought my first greenhouse

my greenhouse

New season new greenhouse

If you have some spare area for a Vega garden, make the most use out of it by growing your own tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, lettuce pumpkins, sweet corn, it all helps towards cooking healthy meals.

The most economical way of growing your own vegetables is from seeds. I find that with careful handling you can get three or four crops from one packet of seeds, whereas buying six young seedlings will cost you the same as one packet containing twenty to thirty seeds.

It’s generally the spring and summer that we give the most attention to our gardens and with careful thought as to what you will use most of, plant accordingly.

Since we have loads of salads in the summer I tend to focus on growing tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce, sweet corn, watermelons and vegetable that store well like pumpkins, butternuts, late summer you will find me growing broccoli, eggplant and peppers plus a few other crop if I’ve the space.

I’m not a fan of insecticides/ pesticides and for the most part I don’t need them. The one that’s always a problem is the white butterfly, I call these ‘Cabbage White’ as they are white and love cabbages, kale and broccoli and will lay their eggs on the underside of the leaves and once active will soon strip the plants bare. But by interspersing with Garlic, Onions, Sage or Mint you will keep them at bay, make sure the mint is in a plant pot as their root systems will takes over.

10 day old lettuce seedlings

Lettuce seedlings

One other pest is the slug or snail, particularly when it’s wet, one tip I got off another site was to place a small container or a saucer will do, place a solution of 50% water 50% stale beer, apparently it’s to die for! Literally!

This past season vegetable garden was very successful; my only problem was lack of space to grow them. I partly overcame this by using black plastic garden bags and filling them to about 18 inch with good compost soil, in these I grew potatoes, runner beans, beetroot and butternuts.

The season was so good that I managed to grow three crops of sweet corn; I did this by planting a dozen seedlings every 5-6 weeks, giving me a near continuous crop of the sweetest corn throughout the long summer.

Another project I did to overcome the shortage of garden space was to build  an oblong boxed garden, I had an old very long plank  that I cut up, joined together and filled with 18 bags of compost. Man did those crops grow in that mix,

Part of my garden is on a slope covered mostly with brush like plants on this slope I dug several pits, filled with compost and placed butternut seedling in them, harvested about 18 butternut of a good size.

new tomato seedlings

10 day old tomato seedlings

Gardening is very rewarding, it gives you a boost when visitors see your crops or taste the very food you grow.

Make good use of lawn clippings and raw food waste by recycling it, the garden will love you for it.

Sometimes you have failures and you just got to accept and learn from them, mine was trying to grow egg plants too late in the season.

To speed up your tomato plants stake them early, it encourages growth, always ensure they are well watered, but not soaked. Same with cucumbers, both plants will keep growing either up or along a string line, just as long as they and the fruit are well supported.

Runner beans are best grown on a frame of sorts; some growers will make a wigwam frame others may choose an oblong frame of about 2m high and as long as available space and material.

One of the main advantages of growing your own, is you know what’s in them, make it Good health natural foods, it’s the better way to live

 

Simply can’t lose the weight

Simply can’t lose the weight

Healthy foods to eat everyday

Every morning at about 6.00 I start my day with a cup of strong coffee, which I drink at my computer while checking my e-mails. At about 7.00 my wife and I take a fairly brisk walk along the beach. This normally takes about 45-50 minutes. Back home, I shower then have breakfast, which is usually a healthy smoothie consisting of one red apple, two large carrots, half a cup of blueberries and a spoonful of vitamin C (that’s for two people). This natural healthy food drink, taken regularly, adds value to my eyes, brain, heart and immune system.

Snacks

By about mid morning I am starting to feel hungry. Most times I’ll have a healthy homemade biscuit and a cup of coffee. I don’t eat bought biscuits, usually made with highly processed ingredients but I enjoy one with my tea or coffee so I make my own. I use wholemeal flour mixed with brown rice flour, rice bran oil, cinnamon and natural stevia for sweetness. One egg binds the ingredients and the fillers can range from chopped peanuts, walnuts, and cranberries. I DO NOT use white flour, white sugar or salt.JoyBauer.com

Foods to lose weight by.

What is the best weight lose foods

  •  Chicken
  •  Salmon
  •  Fruit apples
  •  Dark Berries
  •  vegetables broccoli, spinach
  •  vegetables carrots, onions

Main Meals

Since my wife and I work from home, we have our main meal in the middle of the day.

Our normal meals would include any of the following: Fish, raw or grilled; skinless chicken. These can be stir-fried or baked using rice bran oil. For salads I use olive oil or balsamic vinegar as a dressing. Vegetables may include broccoli, carrots, spinach, brussel sprouts lightly steamed. Onions and sweet potatoes I usually roast or steam. All meals exclude salt, potatoes and white bread.

The above ingredients can be combined to make countless different meals and are designed to aid good health with a healthy supply of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, protein and a healthy balance of carbohydrates.

Casserole chicken drumsticks on a bed of baked beans

Casserole chicken drumsticks on a bed of baked beans

Source: Skinless chicken drumstick
Healthy salad of mixed leaves, cucumber, tomatoes and cottage cheese

Healthy salad of mixed leaves, cucumber, tomatoes and cottage cheese. Healthy foods to eat every day

Source: Cottage Cheese salad
e-book full of healthy recipes that can be cooked in minutes

e-book full of healthy recipes that can be cooked in minutes

The sauce is made of milk, blue cheese, and brown rice flour

The sauce is made of milk, blue cheese, and brown rice flour

Source: Chicken rissoles and broccoli
Start with a little water to create a cooking steam, add rice bran oil after a few minutes, keep tossing and mixing. Full of life giving foods

Start with a little water to create a cooking steam, add rice bran oil after a few minutes, keep tossing and mixing. Full of life-giving foods

Source: stir-fry
Nice combination of meat patties on a bed of eggplant, with spinach and plum sauce.

Nice combination of meat patties on a bed of eggplant, with spinach and plum sauce.

Source: Meat patties on bed of eggplant
Lightly steam the broccoli, pan fry the salmon that's on a bed of onion sauce.

Lightly steam the broccoli, pan fry the salmon that’s on a bed of onion sauce.

Source: Salmon and broccoli

To Summaries

1. Eat fresh dark leafy vegetables daily

2. Lightly steam green vegetables

3. Eat fatty fish, salmon, sardines, tuna, mackerel

4. Your enemy is White flour, white sugar, salt, processed package foods and fast foods

5. Your friend is Whole Meals breads, fish, fruits, nuts, green and orange vegetables

6. Include in your meals garlic, onions, herbs and spices.

7. Healthy foods to eat every day.

Healthy Foods Healthy Body and Mind

All foods mentioned in this article are for the real purpose of aiding in the prevention of obesity; disease such as heart and diabetes; eye diseases and high cholesterol plus ageing disorders like dementia and Alzheimers. The foods also provide antioxidants to fight many forms of cancer.

Check out http://www.mindreport.newsmax.com

Weighing up being Over Weight

Being overweight

This isn’t something that happens over night, it’s been a gradual climb adding a little here and a little there and, before you know it, you are no longer that slim  person you used to be. I know because it happened to me. It all started a few years back when I no longer had to run around seeing staff and clients all over the city, burning up energy and thinking I was leading a fairly healthy lifestyle.

Healthy eating

Healthy eating

As time went by my business began to expand and my time was demanded in the office more and more. I failed to notice that my stomach was slowly getting larger. I’m not one to look at myself in the mirror much at all so I suppose I turned a blind eye to the change.

However, one can’t bury one’s head in the sand forever and one day it hit me. I had a pot belly. And I’m not even a beer drinker. I quickly found out that getting rid of a fat belly at my age (mature) was not something that could be done easily. In fact I was told that it was likely to take as many months or years as it took to put it on, to get it off.

Doing some research

I soon found out that I posed a risk of getting diabetes or having a stroke. Needless to say, having done the research I was not about to leave it there. Something had to be done, even though I knew it was going to take a long time.
I went back to the computer and searched Google to see what I could find. You may have done the same and you will know that you soon find loads of sites promising you will lose that belly fat in 10 days or whatever number they came up with. What a load of rubbish, you simply can’t get rid of  belly fat with pills, diet or even exercise, unless you are young and then it’s unlikely you have a big tummy anyway.

Salmon and brocoli

Salmon and brocoli

Research soon made me realise that an immediate life change was required. I would need to exercise regularly, at least a 30 minute walk each day, as a minimum and change my eating habits.

For me the decision was easy. I simply had no choice. It was either change, or risk diabetes or worse.

I’ve always been a relatively fit person and yet I found myself in this position. I told myself it simply wouldn’t do, I needed to change.

I researched cholesterol

Also foods and herbs that would help lower my weight and reduce blood sugar levels and high cholesterol levels. I did not mention that after having some blood tests my doctor said I was bordering on diabetes. What a wake up call that was.

I’ve always been into cooking, and to learn new ways of doing meals and changing recipes, I’d take on the challenge with a renewed enthusiasm for something I really enjoy doing.

One of the first actions I took was to change the direction of this site from being focused on creating a lifestyle to creating a healthy lifestyle through the foods we eat.

My cook book

How to cook healthy meals in minutes

My Cook Book The second action took several months and it was to write an e-bookHow to Cook Healthy Meals in Minutes‘  now available on Amazon.com. this is the cover.
I had a considerable amount of fun trying and testing new recipes using healthy ingredients and each one is my own creation. Pleasingly, the book been doing well and my hope is that it will help others with similar problems to change to a healthy  lifestyle before it’s too late.

I’ve gotten a little behind in writing articles for this site as I have been writing another e-book called ‘How to retire in your 30’s 40’s 50’s 60’s’ which also can be found on Amazon. (Get that bit of promotion in while I can)

One of the jobs that took so long to research was finding enough information on healthy ingredients, including herbs. I wanted to know if they would lower blood sugar levels or reduce cholesterol levels and subsequently improve my healthy lifestyle and that included eyes, brain and immune system. My next book will introduce you to the world’s very best foods, herbs and spices, explaining why they are the best and just what they are doing for you. I look forward to introducing it within the next few weeks.

green and coloured vegetables

selection of fresh vegetables

In the meantime, if you want a copy of either of the above books, just subscribe and when you see my email address drop me a line and I’ll download a copy to you.

Create good eating habits and live a long healthy lifestyle.

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