The Health and Garden Wellness for Business, Family and Dog

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The Health and Garden Wellness for Family, Business and Dog

By: Carol Giambri

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 Squash or a Bat?

Living from a container garden, ground, supermarket or farmer's market all seem so confusing when we talk about eating healthy and more plant based foods.  Have you ever wondered which is greatest and best?
The greatest wealth is health.  ~Virgil

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Let's hear it from the doctor…

Dr. William C. Roberts, editor of the "American Journal of Cardiology" writes:

"Human beings are not natural carnivores. When we kill animals to eat them, they end up killing us because their flesh, which contains cholesterol and saturated fat, was never intended for human beings, who are natural herbivores."

What about the bad fat…

-dark chicken meat contains 15.8 grams of bad fat

-pork roast contains 21.5 grams of bad fat

-pasteurized cow milk derives 50% of its calories from bad fat
Eating well, but …

I used to work for a great cable company that had fabulous benefits.  I was in the wrong slot. It was like planting me in a foreign country plus working for a boss that was proud to be a devil to those he thought he could "eat" up.  It was six short months and my prayers came true with the sign my voice was gone without talking to anyone or being on phones.  I closed down my computer, packed up and ran out fast.  No regrets.

See the sign…

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Know when to "stop"

The killer called "stress"…

The key to eating healthy is also find ways to manage your stress level.  Exercise whether it be with expensive equipment, at a gym, walking, or doing yoga may be helpful. 

STOP eating…

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The Warning Sign

Stop Animal products and dairy…
Keep your hard earned money for yourself without sharing it with a doctor. I am not implying I am your medical adviser.  Read books, magazines and see benefits of eating closer to the garden –yours or stores, all year round. Take up gardening even on a small plot inside or out as a hobby. Discover the fun. Not all weeds are bad.  Some edible ones may be growing in your garden. Free and fresh for the taking!  
Eat what…
Can you eat weeds, flowers and dirt and be sustained calling it a meal or a diet?  No for the dirt, but eating flowers and weeds can enhance your pretty colorful plate.  Eating from the garden which implies more fruits and vegetables and avoiding or reducing your "traditional" way of eating is my suggestion. What about growing your own sprouts for pennies?  Alfalfa please.

Know where to plant….

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Live + Love = Better Health
What's "LOVE" have to do with it?
You may not be able to shift gears totally with your garden, but what you can do is one day a week devote to eating healthier, the next week try to include two days till you can work your way up to eating better all week, month and then year.  Feel better when you change but be prepared for some detoxing going on. It's like confusing your body to start eating differently and it is rebelling and confused. 
This can be like the flu. Start slow and get through the process but at your pace. Perhaps adding in an extra fruit a day.  You can do it! Remember the kids for eating healthy and gardening. Yes dog, cat too.  Health to all!

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P.S. My free kids 7 keys ebook is still available.
Let's stay connected this way. Wishing you spring in the air fast. Let these flowers bring a happy day and give you new life into your seconds, minutes, hours as you live out your dreams. May all your dreams come true fast! Stay well and healthy! Still on time to work towards regaining your health.  Start with laughing–ha..ha..haha…

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Carol Giambri is a gardening expert, a health nut, photography addict and frugal shopping supporter of recycled buying.   She hunts for rare and unique shapes of fruits and veggies.  From worm composting, which is a new desire, to homemade cleaning products, eating edible weeds, coaching programs, speaking, copy writing content for blogs, green/recycle talk, dogs and helping her hubby, she loves encouraging people.  Carol plans to write several books on healthy living and gardening.

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Corinne Rodrigues January 24, 2012 at 8:46 am

Hi Carol – This is very interesting. I have recently moved to an (almost) vegan diet and I can see the improvement in my health and the weight loss I'm experiencing! 

Carol Giambri January 25, 2012 at 10:28 am

Hi Corinne, Congratulations. That is great you are experiencing improved health going vegan and seeing results. It is fun preparing food. Play with the food. I go very simply and don’t buy processed foods in the stores–hardly ever. I want to know how stuff is prepared. Let me know how I can help ya. Been doing this for decades and still love it but mainly raw vegan plant based.

Liz Maness January 25, 2012 at 1:26 pm

I need to do better with this. My mother grew up on a farm eating mostly what they grew and she and all her siblings are lean people with good health!  Good advice I love fresh produce! I just don't get it as often as I should I'm afraid.

Alexandra McAllister January 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Hi Carol!  Love the article and the pics!! As you recall, I live in an apartment…no garden BUT next summer, I will have a garden on my balcony! I, too, would love to have some veggies & herbs!  You convinced me! I have, for a while now, started eating "healthy" and it shows! I feel better and my skin looks much healthier!  Love all your posts and photos! Can't wait till summer.

Mona January 25, 2012 at 5:16 pm

I have to retweet that quote from Virgil! "The greatest wealth is health."

Di Davis January 25, 2012 at 7:10 pm

You've inspired me to plant a garden in the Spring- and now is a good time to prepare.  

Mandy Edwards January 25, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Great information in this post.  I love to eat meat, but I do it in moderation.  A nice salad is always my first choice!

Carol Giambri January 25, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Thanks Mandy. Glad you still over salad. That is my first choice over most every foods. Glad you know what to eat and what you love. Great fiber always a fabulous thing to the body. Appreciate you sharing as I never judge others food choices but love knowing more about them.

Carol Giambri January 25, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Yeah to the garden. Thanks for sharing Di. Start with great soil prep. It doesn’t have to break the bank, but surely want to add good soil that has compost in it. If worst comes to worst add some bags of soil with compost — organic best. Nursery may have names of great brands local. Let me know how it goes. Share pictures on your wall. Invite me over! Plant tomatoes, cukes, peppers, zucchini for sure. Can use recycled garden boxes with holes. Ask away. Here to help. Container gardening rocks too. Square foot too. Little space is awesome as well.

Carol Giambri January 25, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Mona, glad to share the quote with your world. The price is sickness “sucks” you dry from the bank or any assets if very sick!

Carol Giambri January 25, 2012 at 8:22 pm

Can’t wait to hear more about your balcony garden Alexandra. Include some carrots for the pups. They will be happy. Molly just started at 12, 13, or 14 eating small ribs. As vegan not happy but she is not a weed or grass hunter with her disposition. I do my best taking her care under my wings like you do. Thanks for sharing. Happy gardening. Grow heirloom tomatoes–all varieties rock.

Carol Giambri January 25, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Wow, Liz, grew up on a farm. I would be dangerous to live on a farm where fresh organic veggies grew. I would do more eating than working the land other than the garden. If you need inspiration come on back. I’m an addict. How many can eat close to a pound of salad nightly and their husband has a small bit? You know one–me!

Bridgette January 25, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Thinking I  may need a garden and start eating healthier, mmmm!
Thanks, Bridgette

Carol Giambri January 25, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Brigitte, if not your garden, maybe health food store or farmer’s market. Organic best. Can do container gardening if limited on space or even in doors grow herbs. Save money, have fun and eat fresh. Eating healthier pays big dividends.

Andrea Beadle January 26, 2012 at 5:39 am

Thank you for a lovely post. We turned our garden into a vegetable patch last year but need to start thinking about what to plant this year! I don't eat dairy and very limited animal products – it is so nice to eat a meal when you have grown everything in it. Very satisfying!

Anita January 26, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Thanks for sharing your wisdom with us :) I was raised on a farm too so I can relate to some of the earlier posts. I do eat meat but I eat organic. Now what your talking about but better than I was before. Small steps…

Antonina Geer January 26, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Carol, you've shared a lot of great wisdom in this post, thank you so much for sharing! I have to get better with eating more foods from the garden.  While, I will probably never be vegan, I do know that my body responds better to fruit and vegetables.

Carol Giambri January 27, 2012 at 12:44 am

Andrea, I find it so rewarding to eat healthy. It feels great not having to depend on medicines to sustain me. I'm glad it does work for others, but for me life out of the garden is fun to pick from, even if at Whole Foods, and preparing it is always a surprise to me. I just never do anything the same.  Come closer to the garden when ready and increase your time there too if possible.  Thanks for sharing. It's your journey.

Carol Giambri January 27, 2012 at 12:45 am

Anita, you are taking small steps. I believe for some that works best. For m e jump in with two feet and see what happens works best for me. Still you are in movement. You and my dog are big are good on organics only.  Yeah.  Thanks for sharing.

Carol Giambri January 27, 2012 at 12:49 am

Antonina, You don't have to be a vegan, but maybe you will fall in love with this lifestyle changing faster than you can believe.  Eating closer to the garden is a great thing.  Get the toilet paper ready as it may be the evidence "sludge" as I call it is moving out.  That's a great thing. Try to add at least one more veggie to your meal daily if you can.  You can do it!  Thanks for sharing.

Solvita January 28, 2012 at 7:34 am

Great tips Carol! Especially I like that you mentioned the "killer stress", it is a killer and food is important for our well being, especially the quality!

Dr. Daisy Sutherland January 30, 2012 at 9:23 am

Love your posts and photos always so inviting…working my way to a vegan diet..not sure I can maintain 100% of the time..but enjoying when I can..thanks for your encouragement:)

Carol Giambri January 30, 2012 at 10:19 am

Thanks for the “love.” Dr. Daisy, the good news is that you can be whatever % vegan you wish and then build your way up. Start where you are at and then it will rub off going higher. It takes times and what’s time but a journey. Here if I can support your movement!

Carol Giambri January 30, 2012 at 10:24 am

Solvita, the stress is figuring out which foods to eat, if sprayed, if organic, healthy or for just "junk" pleasure. Who knows but a challenge always at hand.  Thanks for sharing1 x0x

Carl Mason-Liebenberg February 1, 2012 at 10:57 pm

I'm vegan-esque…having been a die hard Vegan for 15 years. In fact, veagn is what saved my life, healing me of incurable cancer…there is power in this lifestye. Struggling with it here in SA but stil a firm believer…thus vegan-esque. lol Great post, Carol!

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