Eating Insanely Healthy on Next to Nothin’

All things come with a cost of some kind. If you want your house clean, you have to roll up your sleeves and do it; or you work hard to earn money that you can give to a cleaning service. If you need some relaxation, you likely will need to give something else up; perhaps earning money, working on a project, or being there for others. If you want to strengthen your relationships with people, you’ll need to invest your time and attention with them.

And making your body a strong and healthy place is no different! Assuring you can access healthy food requires you have some legal tender. Food ain’t getting any cheaper! And it can become very discouraging when trying to obtain the best food for yourself.

There is one way, however, that reaps many rewards and doesn’t demand a ton of paper:

Gardening!

Gardening is a rewarding experience. It does take time, frequent attention, energy, strength, and some money. But gardening delivers so much more than than selecting the best zucchini out of the bunch at the grocery store.

Growing your own food delivers a greater perspective:

Providing a plant with enough care for it to thrive and produce food takes time. At any time of the year, you can take a trip to the grocery store and grab a tomato. But imagine yourself removed from this luxury…

…You’ll need to plant several tomato seeds in the dirt during the spring. You’ll want to plant several because it’s possible not all of them will make it. You’ll watch them begin to poke out of the dirt within a couple weeks (cue the excitement!). From there, you’ll watch them grow from an eighth of an inch to at least a foot, if not several feet tall within three months. During that time you’ll have ensured the plant had enough water, support, and weed-free soil.

Finally you can pluck your first sweet-smelling tomato from the plant!

Breathe that intoxicating scent in!

This time, attention, energy and strength given to a plant not only cultivates something edible and life-sustaining; it cultivates appreciation. It is an INCREDIBLE JOY to grow, pick, and eat your own food! And if you are looking for ways to eat more fruits and vegetables, this is one of the loveliest ways of doing so.

I have a few questions for you:

1. Are you gardening any vegetables or fruits?

2. Do you relate to the same benefits I experience?

3. Are you thinking of starting a garden?

4. What food would you love to have at your fingertips?

Below are a few images of the edible fun happening in my backyard. This is our second year yielding blueberries and raspberries. The amount is not yet substantial, which increases that appreciation for the fruit. There truly is excitement with having the opportunity to enjoy just four raspberries and five blueberries at one single time (see my daughter in the last one below)! In our small yard space we are looking forward to a nice yield of peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, lettuces…. and MORE in the weeks and months to come!

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5 comments

  1. I love my tomato plants and my peppers but I wonder if I bought the wrong kind…my tomatoes are not cherry tomatoes but they are not very large either. There are so many varieties!

    1. Were you hoping for a larger variety? The first ones that come to mind when you’re saying they aren’t very large but they’re not cherry: something like a campari? It is amazing how many there are! I was introduced to “ground cherries” at one of the farms here. Now I’ve seen them in the store, but they’re called golden berries. It’s confusing!
      So at the end of the day, if something grew out of the ground and is edible, let’s eat!

      1. Agree wholeheartedly on the let’s eat! I just am continually surprised at how many different but tasty varieties of tomatoes there are. I guess I was hoping for a bigger tomato to put on sandwiches, but I know I can make some great sauces with less sugar and that are much more healthy with these

      2. Ahh yes, I feel ya! You’re a master gardener and healthier eater in the making!

        If you’re looking for something else to do with those unexpectedly small tomaters, drizzle them with truffle oil, balsamic vinegar, a little sea or kosher salt and freshly ground pepper…maybe some fresh basil…eat them like that on their own or with minimally processed bread or crackers. That’s heaven for me…

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