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Your Own Organic Garden: Saving and Earning Money

Saturday summer mornings in Ohio are a great memory for me.  Our family went to the local farmer’s market.  There we could purchase freshly picked produce, bread, cheese and meat.

The farmer’s market has a fair-like atmosphere.  One summer the director of the farmer’s market asked our son to play his keyboard at the market.  He propped up his keyboard and played throughout the morning.  He earned $80 in tips toward his college tuition!

Our senses came alive with the aromatic herbs.  When you go to a farmer’s market, some vendors cook food right in front of you, or offer you a generous sample in hopes that you will buy a supply to take home with you.  We loved the Amish booths that carried everything from organic milk and eggs to ripe red tomatoes and cabbages to homemade zucchini bread.  Delicious!  Arms full of treasures, we would go home and enjoy healthy meals the next week.

Some of you are old enough to remember–or your parents have told you about–the Victory Gardens that people planted during WWII.  These gardens provided their owners with healthy fresh food options and stretched the family dollar.  Gardening provides an outlet for stress, a creative outlet, a connection with the earth, a chance to make a difference, a terrific way to save LOTS of money, and an income-producing potential that can bring in many extra dollars a month.  Grow what you can eat, and sell the extra!  You can also create delicious and unique concoctions that you can bottle or preserve and sell at a local farmer’s market.

If you are experiencing financial hardship during the recession, here’s a way to improve your health, get your sunshine and exercise, enhance your creativity, have more fun as a family, (involve children in the process and they will be more excited to eat what they grow), and bring in additional income:  create your own organic garden!  If you’d like to learn more about how to do this, saving–and earning!–lots of money, here’s a terrific resource I have found to help you.  The course provides you with exceptional instruction and several valuable bonuses.

I have been spending many hours, searching for ways to help you to improve your health.  I’ve also been looking for the finest, safest, most healthy options for your wellness and personal care.  When I find products that meet my criteria, that I think will be a blessing for you, I’ll send you some information about the products.  I do not get these products for free; I evaluate them at my own expense.  When people purchase items I endorse, I earn a commission.  Please let me know what kinds of healthy products you would like to find.  To your dynamic health and energy!  Dr. Stan

p.s.  Here’s another creative way to grow gardens, and make and save money in the process.  Even without land, it’s possible to garden organically 🙂

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Healthy Living on a Budget (or in a Tough Economy)

I am a 55 yr old woman with multiple health issues, chiefly diabetes and allergies (food and other.) I am currently being treated (read drugged) by the VA clinic in my state. I would love to explore alternative options, but my low pay level makes it difficult to go to alternative practitioners and to buy the organic foods that I know are better for me. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

You can treat yourself effectively by following the diet guidelines in my articles on diabetes. Just go to the website under archives or search and type in diabetes.

You will have to coordinate with your physician, because your insulin needs will reduce and you do not want to go hypoglycemic and then resort of sugar to bring sugar levels up.

Food allergies can be avoided, or you can schedule foods that you suspect as allergens on a 4-day rotation diet. Your doctor may order IgG food sensitivity testing to help identify the offending foods. Ultimately, you could go on a chicken and rice and water diet for 2 weeks, then introduce foods one at a time to identify the offending foods.  Then avoid them for one month, rotate them into your diet and see if you can tolerate them.

If you can grow your own garden, you will have the best organic foods anywhere.  There’s no need to spend excessive amounts of money to obtain healthy food.

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Shopping at the Periphery of the Store

Here’s my question. By shopping “on the periphery of the store,” do you mean we shouldn’t eat organic foods? What about V-8 juice? Yesterday I had corn and it tasted like chlorine. I had boiled it in tap water. Where do we draw the line?

In most grocery stores, the cans and boxes (processed food, which we want to avoid) are found by going up and down the aisles.

The vegetables, fruits, dairy and meats tend to be place at the periphery of the store, around the outside, so we have to pass by the processed food to get to the real, fresh, healthier, basic food.  Stores are strategically designed for us to go up and down the aisles, checking our coupons, and putting processed food in boxes and cans into our carts.

The point of “shopping around the periphery” is, buy real organic food wherever it is in the store (better yet, grow your own organically when you can, or shop local farmer’s markets or roadside stands).

Some of you may understand this little quip I once heard:  “We grow all of the food we can, then we eat what we can, and what we can’t we can.”  So bottom line, just do the best you can 🙂

V-8 juice is the juice of 8 vegetables, but it is processed without the fiber and nutrients found in the fiber. The vegetables would be more healthy eaten whole, or you can make your own juice in a powerful blender that keeps all the nutrients together.

Regarding your “chlorinated corn,” charcoal filters on your sink will filter out most of the chlorine (but unfortunately leave the fluoride). Ideally, use filtered water in your cooking and drinking.