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Simple healthy living - it really ain’t rocket science

I went to my local ‘health food’ store this morning to buy a 2-month supply of nuts. I go there because they sometimes beat the supermarkets on price when buying bulk bags (ummm mental note to self: check online for cheap supplies of quality nuts!!)

Anyway, I looked around at the shelves of “Mass Gain Extreme 10,000 Bulk Up Powder” and BCAA’s and Creatine and hundreds of vitamins and minerals, meal replacement shakes, diet pills ‘n’ powders, slimming aids, ‘natural’ fruit and cereal bars (bullshit, since when did fruit grow dehydrated in a bar, wrapped in plastic with a 9 month shelf life?) and the arrays of fruity flavoured waters and nut butters. In my opinion, it’s all bullshit.

They are selling you crap. I noticed an in-store magazine running a feature article “Whole foods versus supplements, which is better?” - as the store sells supplements, I’m guessing which way the ‘science’ is going to go on that one…

Since when was the working of your body and the growing of our food ALL about science and nothing to do with Nature?

These people are selling a bunch of lies and scare-stories, perpetuated by excess science and a lack of common sense.

Don’t get sucked in.

Look at these pictures.

lemon balmI grow lemon balm in a recycled car tyre in my garden.

Every afternoon I pull off half-a-dozen leaves, drop them in a cup and pour on boiled water, once it’s cooled a few degrees.

Why waste money on lemon tea bags?

In the tyre to the right is mint - I do the same thing. And then I’m growing camomile in the tyre to the left.

The mint doubles up as breath freshener too. In my healthy quest to reduce the chemicals in my life, I gave up using toothpaste in the mornings…now I just brush with water, and eat a few leaves of fresh mint.

Save money on toothpaste and teabags, recycle old car tyres, grow fresh organic produce, put your garden to good use and make it look pretty and smell nice. This healthy living thing, it’s really not rocket science is it?

Left - lemon tea.        Right - mint tea.

This NATURAL healthy living thing, really, it’s so easy, and not expensive, not compared to satellite TV, a plasma screen and a fancy new car.

It’s about your priorities in life.

Home grown treats from my garden

Our garden has started producing lots of lovely things for us to eat.

The strawberry patch started ripening this week, today was our 3rd productive day, and it produced a good half-bowl-full today. There is masses of fruit this year, best year ever by the looks of it, and we should get a full bowl of strawberries every day for the next month.

Also today, most people treat dandelions in the garden as weeds - but I eat them.

I had ‘organic’ local (my garden!), seasonal (it’s summer!) dandelion leaves in my breakfast (with scrambled eggs), and lunch (salad) and dinner (salad again) today. Also chives from my garden in my salad to add a little spice, and fresh mint leaves (my mint is in abundance again this year) for making mint tea - just stick half a dozen leaves in a cup and pour on boiled water.

Great day today - I love free food! Thanks Mother Nature!

Herbs

A while back I recycled 2 old car tyres and put them to good use for growing my herbs.

I love to throw heaps of fresh basil and coriander into my cooking, and I have quit chewing gum, breath mints and toothpaste, so I grow mint to make my own mint drinks and just to chew the leaves.

The slugs had the basil in no time, the whole lot was gone in 48 hours, but everything else is thriving. I’ve got plenty of coriander, lemon balm, oregano, parsley and TONS of mint. I love nibbling on mint leaves…and parsley…both good for teeth and breath! The parsley also goes well in juices and smoothies, and is full of goodness. The mint and parsley are even hardy enough to grow through autumn and into winter…only the really cold frosts will finally beat them.

 

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