When we think of healthy living today, exercise and diet typically go hand in hand. Exercise can be as easy as lacing up our sneakers and going for a 20 minute walk 3 times a week, but what about diet? The average supermarket has 47,000 different products, but how many of those products will actually help us grow healthy and which ones should we avoid in order to prevent just growing old?
From Seed to Supper Table
Most of the produce we consume today can be purchased year round. As we see the fresh lettuce in the produce isle being sprayed with light mists of water, we see the wrapped packages of pictures with Farmers harvesting a field of grain or the Sun ripening a cluster of grapes on a vine, because that’s the image the food industries are trying to portray. They don’t want us to know that the tomatoes were picked when they were green and ripened in an ethylene gas chamber, not to mention even under the most ideal conditions, the fruits and veggies on display have travelled anywhere from 1,500-2,000 miles to get to it’s destination and is at least 7-10 days old. Once I understood that, what came to mind next was; “How much nutritional value can there be in food that’s at least a week to 10 days old?” The answer(unless you’re the Farmer) is approximately 40-50 percent, if your lucky. The good news is you can double those numbers if you were to simply build your own Organic garden.
The History of Gardening
The worlds oldest form of gardening is a plant -based food pro-system known as “Forest Gardening”, originating in prehistoric times along jungle -clad river banks and the wet foot hills of monsoon regions when useful tree and vine species of plants were identified, protected and improved on by families in the gradual process of improving their lives, while other undesirable species were eliminated.
Although specific details of the first garden are still not known, historical findings say the enclosure of outdoor space, or the Green house as we know it began sometime around 10,000 B.C. and resembled a make-shift type barrier for excluding animals and marauders. The words yard and garden came from the old English; “geard” denoting an enclosure or fence.
Doing Our Part
Growing our own gardens can be a great hobby, great exercise and a better way to both eat while reducing our carbon foot print. You don’t need a farmers field to get started. I started with a little 500 square foot piece of my front lawn and assembled raised beds. Ever eat an organically grown potato that was 7 minutes old? Let me tell you from personal experience you Can taste the difference. It may also interest you to know studies in the past have shown if you ate nothing but organic food, you would reduce you risk of getting cancer by up to 48 PERCENT! Weather you smoked or not.
I started out with Sunflowers because they can grow so tall and I was attracted to the bright colors, but you can choose what ever you like. Next I got a complete starter kit from the people at my home town garden centre who (for those Green horns by the way. No pun intended) were more than happy to offer me a plethora knowledge and tips for optimum yields.
Reaping What We Sow
Weather you are a Green-Thumb or a Green-Horn, growing organically and consuming our own food will not only serve to enrich our lives with health and longevity ,but is also a great way to bring families together and give us a deep satisfying sense of accomplishment and the one true way you can truly ” Enjoy the fruits of you Labour”
“ Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you sow”
– Robert Louis Stevenson.
*The preceding material was for information purposes only and should not be construed as a substitute for the treatment or diagnosis of any illness or medical condition. Any changes in diet or health regime should be discussed with your family practitioner or dietary Nutritionist.