Thank You Pam_Cooper for all your input! That's what we do now. We have converted a lot of our backyard into little vegetable areas. We are growing tomatoes in pots on the patio. We also have, cucumbers (large and small, small for homemade pickles), Bell peppers, beets, kale, beans, carrots, cauliflower, onions, grapes, raspberries, and lot's of herbs growing in converted flowerbeds. My mom is teaching me a lot of the know-how, but I am still far away from knowing enough to pull this off myself. I really enjoy getting to know the ins and outs of growing your own stuff though! It actually looks pretty too, so converting the flowerbeds into miniature vegetable gardens does definitely not mean that your garden won't look pretty anymore. My mom cans a lot of stuff for us. She is quite good at making different kind of jelly. It's scary how long you can keep open a jar of bought jelly and it won't mold. Our homemade one needs to be finished in two weeks max after opening, otherwise it molds without all these preservatives. She also cans turkey meat sauce for pasta etc, which I love since it is a safe and healthy homemade convenience food for the days when there is no time to cook. :) I definitely have to check out the farmers market more often as they have a broader selection than my little garden. :) I joined the team to gather more and more tips and info about eating clean, so your input is very much appreciated :) I looking forward to more in the other message boards!
Hi Franzi, Welcome! My first suggestion, which you probably already do, is to take advantage of the farmer's market. You can buy in bulk if you want and can or freeze the food . . . or in some cases dehydrate it. Around my area there are many roadside stands selling corn, beans, tomatoes, etc. and can be bought directly from the farmer. If you don't have the time or money to preserve your food then visit the market more frequently. Buy and eat food that is in season in your area--at it's peak of freshness. Even in suburbia, one can plant a few tomatoes, lettuce, herbs, beans, etc. I grew up in town and our little back yard oozed with everything from grapes, asparagus, rhubarb, mint, blackberries and a seasonal garden that provided us with beans, tomatoes, beets, and other veggies. We also had a spare garden out on the family 'homestead' where my dad grew potatoes and corn. Now, in many places there are community gardens. If you know anyone who has land, you might ask to rent or barter a trade of garden space for produce or other help. Keep in mind this can be costly and burdensome if you have no tools or know how--but don't let that stop you if you decide to do something like that--it's a matter of learning by doing. Just some ideas.
Looking forward to your ideas and input . . .
Update! NO MORE Wiggle room on my weight! Still figuring out how to keep balance and stay in charge. Staying active but could step it up again.
SW: 275-276 Ht. 5'6" GW: 135 (goal range: 130-140) CW: WAS 124.7 NOW: 143.5 My focus is health AND fitness! And LOSING 10 lbs. again! (I'm STILL getting there . . . )
Hey Everybody, I am Franzi, 23 and live in Minnesota! I grew up on a hobby farm in Germany. I remember how my parents would take care of this giant vegetable garden. My mom pretty much grew everything that you can find in the vegetable and fruit isle. Back than as a child, I didn't want to pick weeds. It was more a burden than a blessing to grow all this GOOD food yourself. Children just can't appreciate it. I didn't know what organic costs, or what companies do to what they call"food" but is actually just salt, fat, sugar, which has been processed and shaped. Anyways, now that I understand the importance of good and healthy food, I miss this garden so much. We live in the suburbs now, so there is not too much room to grow all that stuff again, but I am determined to go back to the healthy ways I grew up with. It's so important to eat clean and healthy. I mean we have all heard it before: "How can you feel like a million bucks if you eat of the dollar menu!" I am excited to meet people and find friends here that will help me stay motivated and the other way around. :)
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