Herb Gardens

Today is Tuesday April 15th

The topic or question of the day is:

Have you thought about planting an herb garden this year?

Many of you may already tend your own herb garden and would join me in encouraging someone to plant one this year. Growing your own herbs can provide more phytochemical power and less chance of eating pesticides because many herbs have more medicinal properties than many fruits and and vegetables.  Herbs only need a 3 foot by 3 foot area, easy to start and will yield a plethora of goodness. All you need is:

*  Good soil

*  Plenty of sunshine

*  Preferably right outside your kitchen door

*  Herbs do not grow well in window boxes

Planning is important and drawing up your plan first is recommended. For example, Mint will “take over” and it is wise to plant it away from the other herbs. Rosemary can ultimately grow into a bush and shade all your other plants.  The difference between herbs and spices are: Herbs are from leaves and stems of young plants and spices are made from seeds, roots and bark.

Tips of the Day:

*  To dry herbs: hang upside down in a brown paper bag and leave undisturbed for a few weeks until dried.

*  Do not store near a high oven.

*  Store in dark cool place in air-tight bottles (life of 2-3 years).

*  Fresh herbs can be stored in water in the refrigerator or frozen in ice cubes.

Take action today:

*  Think about planting an herb garden this year.

*  Do some research on designing your herb garden.

*  Get to work.

 

Think!

Today is Monday, April 7th

The topic of the day is:  

Think!

Another new book came out touting “the secrets” to a body like the author’s physique and the same day I heard of an app you can purchase that makes you look skinny in your “selfies”.  I encourage you to think about this craziness.  We are all different and supposed to be different.  

Some “secrets” from the new book we are told is to drink green tea, and take probiotics/prebiotics.  Does everyone have to drink green tea?  Is it the fountain of youth or answer to health problems?  Will it really make you thin as many suggest?  I am not saying green tea isn’t good because I know it has some wonderful properties.  I want you to think and be careful not to fall into panaceas for weight loss and health claims.  Remember, what may be helpful for one person, may be like poison to another.  I think it best to encourage someone to try green tea, see if you like it and how it affects your taste, GI tract, and general well being, but don’t believe it is going to make you skinny.  The same with probiotics.  Has anyone seen the recommended amount that is safe for each age group, weight, gender?  Where is the research for dosage? (found it WIDE range)  Does it translocate?  In other words, do you think it just stays in your gut?  Prebiotics are nondigestible carbohydrates that act as food for probiotics.  Probiotics are living bacteria.  They are naturally found in foods such as yogurt, kefir and sauerkraut and can be added to various foods as well.  Whenever we take in too much of one type of food or drink, I always see a problem.  Remember a past blog about drinking too much water, eating too many carrots or celery and what happens?  Please think!  Tomorrow I will begin sharing what I learned this past month, and how these experiences may help you to eat more intelligently.

Tip of the day:

Do not believe everything your read in diet books.  

Plan of action:

1.  Do some of your own research on these topics and ask yourself questions.

2.  Try some real green tea.  Take good notes how you feel.  The best way to know what foods work well for your individual body is to keep a good food record, even down to the times of day.  For some people, many foods that can be tolerated in the morning, may not be tolerated in the evening.