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Kitchen scraps a gold mine

Don’t trash the gold, regrow it to save $$$$$$$$. This ought to be our mindset in this day and time especially with the cost of living that ever seems to be on the increase. Now is the time for us to become not only health conscious but also penny conscious because there is an old saying that goes”a dollar saved is a dollar earned.

How many of us over the years have thrown away that piece of veggie that could have been regrown instead of having to keep purchasing from the supermarket. Believe it or not, millions of dollars are being trashed every year simply by throwing away parts of vegetables that can be reused.

I have been guilty of this but the time has arrived to educate and empower ourselves on starting a home garden if only for this reason. My wife often goes to the supermarket but whenever I have the chance to go I often go to the produce section

where the veggies and herbs are and it is really amazing to see the high prices. But we can counter-attack by starting a home garden that offers so many benefits besides saving money, we can also benefit from our home garden by connecting with nature by giving nature a helping hand, getting that much-needed exercise, if our families are working with us then this is a great hobby to create a stronger bond with that love one, we can not only educate our selfs but our children about the importance of growing our own foods, teaching them about the varieties of veggies and so on

So as you can see, there are a lot of benefits of starting a home garden. To be able to feed both yourself and family is so awesome because in this way they along with you will be empowered on how to survive.

So how can we regrow vegetables from kitchen scraps?

Types of garden

Don’t have the garden space no worries because you can work with what you have and still have a home garden you can be proud of. Container gardensraised beds and growing indoor edible plants, are a great way for small garden spaces.

With that said let’s look at some kitchen scraps that can be regrown.

1. Gingers- Ginger has a good aroma, pleasant taste and is good for its many healing benefits. But you can always have a fresh harvest of ginger by simply planting a piece of ginger with the buds facing the upward position in potting soil. In a week or two, your ginger plant will begin sprout. You can repeat this process for an endless supply of ginger.

2. Potatoes- Potatoes are another veggie that can be grown from scraps. In a 15 gallon pot or large container of the same size fill with soil and plant potatoes make sure that the potato peelings have at least 2 – 3 eyes and cut each peel 2 inches

The eyes should be facing the upward position when planting. Several weeks from planting date your potatoes will begin to sprout.

3.  Lettuce- Lettuce is one of my favorites, this veggie is known as a hydrated food that can help to keep the body to hydrated. Growing this veggie is pretty simply just put some water in a bowl and add lettuce scraps.

Place bowl in a sunny location. 3-4 times a week wet the leaves with water. In a few days, you will see new growth along with roots. At this point transplant in the soil.

4. Celery- Growing celery from scraps is pretty easy, Cut the bottom of celery off and place this part in a bit of warm water, place the bowl in direct sunlight. In a week or so you will see new growth when this happens transplant in the soil until celery reaches maturity.

5. Cabbage- I love cabbages especially in soups and salads. This veggie is filled with vitamins and other benefits that can do our bodies a whole lot of good. With that said it only makes good sense to use the scraps and grow a fresh head of Cabbage.

simply just put some water in a bowl and add cabbage scraps.

Place bowl in a sunny location. 3-4 times a week wet the leaves with water. In a few days, you will see new growth along with roots. At this point transplant in the soil.

6. Onions- I love onions even though it makes me cry if you don’t believe that then just try peeling one and before you know it you will be all teary-eyed. Onions are used in so many dishes worldwide but this veggie is very easy to grow.

Remove the root of the onion leaving about 1/2 inch of onion. Cover with some good garden soil and place in a sunny location. Before you know it you will have fresh juicy onions.

7. Tomatoes- Tomatoes are fruits and not veggies even though the average person would say that it is a veggie. Growing tomatoes is as simple as 1 2 3. Just allow seeds to dry

and plant in good garden soil in a sunny location and in no time you will have a garden of fresh delicious tomatoes.

8. Garlic- Garlic is a favorite of mine, I love the aroma and the taste. Garlic has also been known to fight infections and many other health-related issues. But growing this herb can be so much fun.

Garlic grows in segments, these segments are known as cloves, just separate each clove. Make sure that roots are down when planting in the soil. A sunny location is best for this herb.

Once new shoots emerge, cut the shoots back this will cause garlic to produce new blubs and the good part is that you can repeat the process for a fresh harvest of garlic.

9. Basil- I just love the smell and taste of basil. This herb can really give those dishes that WOW. You can regrow basil by putting the stems with leaf nodes in a glass of water and placing them in a location that gets plenty sunlight. When roots grow to about 2 inches long transfer them in pots.

10. Rosemary- Rosemary is another favorite of mine that I have been cooking with for years. This herb will surely do the trick and have family and friends coming back for more

To regrow rosemary simply cut 2-3 inches from the top of the rosemary and place them in the water. When the new roots emerge, you can transfer them into a pot of soil.

11. Pumpkin Seeds- Growing pumpkins from seeds are really simple. I have seen where persons just took the seeds and thrown them out and believe it or not in a matter of weeks the seeds sprouted.

It is good to let seeds dry and when planting look for a sunny location and before you know it you will be eating pumpkin and rice, pumpkin pies or some other delicious dish made with pumpkins. Pumpkins are also packed with vitamins and have so many other benefits.

12. Turnips- Turnips are easily grown when it comes to regrowing, just take the tops of your turnip and place in a dish of water. When the tops produce that fresh green and roots begin to emerge it is time to remove from

the dish and place in the soil. Make sure that you plant them in a location that gets plenty of sunlight and in no time you will have a harvest of turnips from the garden to your kitchen table.

Final word

Starting a vegetable garden from kitchen scraps can be very rewarding as you save a few $$$$$$$$$ and enjoy the other benefits that come with this hobby so start a garden of your own today and reap the fruits of your labor.

Growing healthy children and keeping them strong

In today’s world, many parents are faced with the challenge of getting their kids to eat fruits. In my last article, we looked at how to get your children to eat vegetables and found out some really great ways to have our children asking for more.

But what about fruits, there are a lot of parents that are having issues with their children eating fruits. You would think that because fruits are sweet and children love sweets they would except eating fruits with open arms

but this is not the case. First of all, I believe that this is a physiological thing with children because if you offer them a candy bar, a donut, candy or some other sweet treat they would be all smiles. But by using reverse physiology we can have our children eating out of our hands or even begging us for more fruits.

The nature of fruits

There are so many varieties of fruits that it is just mind-blowing, different sizes, colors and so on but what I love about fruits is that fruits are natural healers that are filled with vitamins which

are the building blocks to keep up bodies in tip-top shape. So by getting our kids to eat fruits will be of great benefits.

For more on fruits and the benefits, they offer, refer to the health section of this website, I am sure that you will find some helpful tips that will help you.

I believe that more parents should be educated on the benefits of fruits and in this way will encourage them to put forth the effort to invest in their children’s health.

What I love about fruits is that they are not only filled with vitamins but can help to fight illness saving us as parents $$$$$$$ and having to take that trip or trips to the doctor’s office.

With that said let’s now look at encouraging your children to eat fruits.

Encouraging your children to eat fruits

What can we do as parents?

Many parents are puzzled or even frustrated on how to address this issue of getting their children to be a lover of fruits. Well look no further, here are some tips you can apply that have proven to give good results so let’s have a closer look at some of these solutions.

Here are some proven tips that can help you in your quest to help your kids to love fruits.

Here are some fruit salad recipes that you can try. Fruit salad recipes.

1. Make fruit salad. Making salads with fruits is a great way to encourage your children to eat fruits. The rainbow of colors will get their attention and spark interest.

2. Have them help you prepare salads. While preparing, make a game out of it, sing songs, laugh, smile and even taste a little at the same time because children follow by example.

3. As much as possible let your kids see you eating fruits and talk to them about how healthy they will become by making these fruits a part of their diet.

4. Promise if they eat their fruits you would do something special for them and whatever you choose to, make it so special they will be begging you to put fruits on their plates.

5. Buy children’s DVDs on fruits and other health-related issues and watch it with them.

6. Offer them a treat, now I don’t want to sound like I am contradicting myself but offer them a little unhealthy treat for eating their fruits. Just limit the amount of this kind of treat.

7. Don’t force them to eat their fruits.

9. This one may be a little tough but if you can make shapes out of fruits and have them to do the same also.

10. Give them a choice of what fruits they want. Let them feel like they are in control. Let them have their way with this.

11. Making fruit smoothies along with them is a great way to get them interested in fruits.

12. Take them grocery shopping with you and have them pick out the fruits.

13. Instead of ice cream or other sweet treats for dessert, why not give them fruit salad.

14. Cutting back on junk foods and having more fruits available is a good way to get your children to eat and love fruits.

Let those creative juices flow and mix it up. Create different fruits salads.

Don’t give up

And by all means, don’t give up keep trying different ways. Remember that our children are one of our greatest investment and we cannot afford to run the risk of having their health decline because of unhealthy eating.

Final word

I believe all that we need to maintain good health is found in the foods that we eat. These foods are, the pharmacy that provides us with all of that good natural stuff that will keep us happy and healthy so let’s do our best to be the BEST example to our kids

by encouraging them to eat their fruits that have proven to be so beneficial from generations to generations.

Kids loading up on greens

As parents one of the challenges most of us face if not all of us and that is getting our children to eat their vegetables. I am sure you can still remember your childhood days when your mom or dad or both of them maybe some other family member almost had to brainwash you into eating your vegetables or perhaps you were one of those kids that just loved eating your vegetables without having to be brainwashed or threatened.

Well if the latter describes you then I know it was a joy for your parents to fill your plate with veggies. You were rare as a child in this matter because this is not how it is with kids that are in most homes. The flip side of the coin, however, is that in some homes kids are discouraged by parents not to eat vegetables and what I mean by this is some parents indirectly discourage their kids by getting them used to unhealthy eating.

In this day and time, fast food joints are making a killing of the number of monies they are making simply because some kids somehow get their parents to say yes when they pass these places. But as parents what we must realize is that our kids health is important and we cannot afford to allow them to throw a tantrum or it doesn’t matter how cute little billy or suzzie may be as they look up at us with such pitiful eyes that we just melt and say yes, anything for you my little angel.

Doctor’s report

Here is what studies have shown with kids that are overweight, It is a lot that can be said on this point but I think you will understand with these few short sentences just how dangerous it is for kids to be overweight because of unhealthy eating.

Obesity in Children

When it comes to children it is alarming off the many who are overweight. Studies have shown that in the United State 1 out of 3 kids are overweight

which can lead to type 2 diabetes, bone, and joint problems, high blood pressure, heart problems, trouble breathing and other health-related issues.

Studies have also shown that being overweight is a major contributor off persons dying in the United States.

So from these few sentences, we can see what unhealthy eating can do. We should make changes to our children’s diet even if that means cute little billy or suzzie getting upset with us because we will be helping not only them but ourselves by not having sickly kids that are in the doctor’s office on a regular because this can be a drain on our wallet.

Bugs Bunny Story Believe, it is true

Many years ago my niece who is now in her 2o’s loved carrots as a child thanks to the bugs bunny cartoon. She loved to eat carrots because bugs bunny encouraged her to do that, that’s right he did and how was this possible and how did I know that, well

every time she ate a piece of carrots she would repeat what bugs bunny would often say and the words were “what’s up doc” and then she would start chewing away at her carrots. I mean this was not only new and funny to me but it showed me the impact bugs bunny had on her little mind. Well, all I can say is thanks a million buggsy for inspiring my niece.

Won’t it be nice to have television programs that inspire kids to eat their veggies, this would really make a parents job a lot easier when it comes to getting our children to eat their vegetables. I wonder if Popeye the sailor man and his spinach eating that gives him super strength inspire some kids to eat their vegetables. If you know of any story like this be sure and let me know I will really appreciate it.

Valuable information

In the health section of this website, you will find valuable information that goes more in-depth about the many issues that concern our health along with foods and the many benefits they contain and how we can live a more healthy lifestyle. So feel free and have a look around.

What can we do as parents?

Many parents are puzzled or even frustrated on how to address this issue of getting their children to be a lover of veggies. Well look no further, here are some tips you can apply that have proven to give good results so let’s have a closer look at some of these solutions.

1. Have them help you prepare salads and while preparing,  make a game out of it, sing songs, laugh, smile and even taste a little at the same time because children follow by example.

2. As much as possible let your kids see you eating veggies and talk to them about how healthy they will become by making these veggies a part of their diet.

3. Promise if they eat their veggies you would do something special for them and whatever you choose to make it so special that they will be begging you to put veggies on their plates.

4. Just like adults children are fascinated with colors. Make your salads colorful by using different veggie colors that will be very eye pleasing to them that will cause them to dive in and eat to their heart’s content. Here are a few salad recipes you can try out.

5. What about sprinkling a little brown sugar on some carrot sticks.

6. Using dips is a good way for them to eat veggies and remember there is a kid in all of us no matter how old we are, make a game out of the dips.

7. Buy children’s DVDs on veggies and other health-related issues and watch it with them.

8. Offer them a treat, now I don’t want to sound like I am contradicting myself but offer them a little unhealthy treat for eating their veggies is great. Just limit the amount of this kind of treat.

9. Semi-cook vegetables with them, let them be the chief even if that means dressing them up in their little chief cloths. You never know you may spark an interest and have an aspiring chef in years to come.

10. Don’t force them to eat their veggies.

11. This one may be a little tough but if you can make shapes out of veggies and have them to do the same also.

12. Give them a choice of what veggies they want. Let them feel like they are in control. Let them have their way with this.

13. Making smoothies and adding a few sprinkle of veggies is a good way to sneak in those greens.

14. Take them grocery shopping with you and have them pick out the vegetables.

15. Let those creative juices flow and mix it up. Create different vegetable salads.

16. Using salad dressing is a good way to get your kids to eat their veggies. Choose a dressing that’s healthy with a good flavor and have your kids put some of this dressing on their salad. Monitor them though.

Don’t give up

And by all means, don’t give up keep trying different ways. Remember that our children are one of our greatest investment and we cannot afford to run the risk of having their health decline because of unhealthy eating.

Final word

I believe all that we need to maintain good health is found in the foods that we eat. These foods are our pharmacy that provides us with all of that good natural stuff that will keep us happy and healthy so let’s do our best to be the BEST example to our kids

by encouraging them to eat their veggies that have proven to be so beneficial from generations to generations.

Defeating tinnitus the natural way

What is tinnitus and how can we defeat this?

The symptoms of tinnitus include ringing in the ear or hearing noises in our head when nothing is really there. Tinnitus is a physical condition that tells us that something is wrong with our hearing system. More than 125 million people worldwide have tinnitus which is really mind-blowing. That is a lot of people but the good news is that we can win the war on this physical condition and go on to live normal healthy lives.

Can this condition worsen?

Unfortunately, the answer to this question is yes and this can really make matters worse. These conditions can worsen by loud noises which includes

1. Noise from lawnmowers.

2. Loud music.

3. Working in machine shops where the noise can get extremely loud.

4. Chainsaws.

5. Noise from street vehicles, exp. cars, trucks, motorbikes etc…

6. Parties.

7. Don’t use Q-tips in your ears.

8. Avoid stress.

The bottom line is anything that is loud and is really unbearable can really have a negative effect on persons that suffer from tinnitus.

There are many ways to take care of this issue but the good part is that there are also natural remedies for tinnitus. For me, I love the safe and natural approach that has delivered amazing results helping persons to live a normal life again.

Natural remedies for tinnitus

What I love about nature is that there are natural products that can be used without side effects that have proven to be beneficial. It really doesn’t matter what the issues may be there are always natural remedies that can help.

So what are some of these natural remedies that can be used to win the war on tinnitus?

1. Garlic is a herb that has proven to be beneficial in so many ways, beside flavoring your foods and fighting infections garlic has proven to be very effective in bringing relief to those that suffers from tinnitus.

1. Fry 2 garlic cloves together with 2tbps of sesame oil. Strain this mixture and let it cool then put 2 drops into your ear each night for seven days

 

2. Ginger is a herb that has such a pleasant aroma and taste, but be very careful because ginger is very strong and overuse may cause some discomforts. Ginger can also bring comfort when it comes tinnitus.

2. Grater about half tsp. of ginger to one cup of hot water. Let ginger draw for about 12 -15 minutes, next strain it, add about one tsp. of honey and drink 3 times per day for about a week.

3. Apple cider vinegar has great healing properties and has become very popular for its healing effects. When it comes to tinnitus apple cider vinegar can deliver a PUNCH.

3. What you will need is a glass of water, 2-2 1/2 tsp of apple cider vinegar and a tsp of honey. Mix thoroughly together. Drink 2 times per day in the morning and evening for relief.

 

4. Coconut oil is another home remedy that can get the job done. I love coconut oil because of the aroma and because of its many uses.

4. Warm and apply a drop in each ear for relief.

5. Basil has such a great aroma and pleasant taste. I love cooking with this herb because it can really flavor your foods and give it that WOW. I have been cooking with this herb for years

and have included it in all sorts of dishes. But besides all of this good stuff that it offers basil has great healing effects when it comes to tinnitus. Just give this remedy a try and I am sure that you will fall in love with this herb.

5. Blend together a few leaves in about 1 cup of water strain, bring to a boil and allow to cool then apply with a dropper a few drops in each ear.

6. Onions are a veggie that is very popular and can be found in so many recipes, I love the aroma and flavor of onions especially in salads. Though this veggie has made millions like myself cry I am sure you will agree ( when peeling)

This veggie has so much to offer. Get rid of your tinnitus issues with this amazing vegetable.

6. Cut onion into small pieces then microwave for about 1-2 minutes, let onion cool and then strain. With a dropper put 2 drops in ear for 5 minutes then let the juice drain out of your ear. Continue this process on a daily basis until the problem is brought under control.

7. Green tea is best known for its antioxidants content that helps to get rid of free radicals that can affect our health. I fell in love with this tea many years ago and still drink it whenever I have a chance.

7. Drinking green tea has also been linked to helping to fight tinnitus.

 

8. Pineapples are so delicious and have been used in so many recipes worldwide. But believe it or not, pineapples is said to have healing properties that can help to fight tinnitus bringing relief.

9. Oregano is another herb that deserves not only our attention but our respect. This herb can really weak up your food and is used by the natives here on the island where I live.

But the healing that this herb brings is just as great.

9. Bring to a boil 1 tbsp of oregano to 1 cup of water for 10-12 minutes drink twice a day for relief.

10. Pumpkins can be used in soups, pies, rice salads and so on but what also amazes me about pumpkins is the healing effects that it has in relation to tinnitus.

10. Pumpkins are a good source of Vitamin A. Vitamin A is so beneficial for proper ear function, therefore, loading up on this vitamin can help in the war against tinnitus.

Other tips to follow

  • Avoid loud noises
  • Use earplugs or muffs when using or working near power tools.
  • Quit smoking.
  • Reduce Your salt intake.
  • Drinking alcohol can have a negative effect.
  • Limit your intake of aspirins.
  • Avoid swimming until you are clear on this issue.
  • Seek medical help if symptoms worsen.

Take time out for yourself

  • Find a place where you can have some quiet time and just relax.
  • Take in deep breathes and then exhale slowly.
  • Start an exercise routine.

Final word

These natural remedies for tinnitus are really great and can really work wonders for you.Winning the war on tinnitus is possible so the good news is you don’t have to live with it so fight back to get your life back so you can enjoy life to the fullest.

And remember to seek medical help if the tinnitus worsens.

Going Green in 2018, the power of Green

Hello everybody, As I am writing this post, this is the last day of 2017 and I just want to say a happy new year and the best of health and success to both you and your family.

We are on the verge of stepping into a brand new year, now I know for some of us 2017 was filled with a lot of challenges, along with some good times but as the new year looms ahead there are many

that has made or is about to make those new years resolution hoping to capture or accomplishing those dreams in 2018.

Whether it is health and fitness, family time, pursuing those goals and so on 2018 can be the year for you as you stay focus while being committed to those plans

In this article, however, we will be focusing on the POWER of GREEN and how it can benefit us in 2018. Don’t get me wrong I don’t want to scare you. I am not saying that you will look like the guy in the photo above by going green

but the benefits of eating greens will benefit you in so many ways as your health is taken to the next level.

Health Report

Obesity in adults

There is a growing concern about the number of persons who are at risk and for those whose health is declining because of a lack of including greens in their diet.

Sitting down at the dinner tables in many homes across the country is very disturbing to see the unhealthy foods that are being consumed by families.

It is said in the United States that more than half of the adults are overweight and because of this, they stand a great chance of getting type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, the stroke and other illness that is related to having a poor diet.

 

Obesity in Children

When it comes to children it is also alarming of the many who are overweight. Studies have also shown that in the United State 1 out of 3 kids are overweight

which can lead to type 2 diabetes, bone, and joint problems, high blood pressure, heart problems, trouble breathing and other health-related issues.

Studies have also shown that being overweight is a major contributor off persons dying in the United States.

I believe the time has come especially as we enter 2018 to give our bodies what it needs and that is green fuel that is rich in Vitamins the benefits of eating greens is truly good for our health.

Benefits of eating greens

We are robbing ourselves of all the vitamins and other benefits that are found in green foods that are also superfoods. Now it does not make sense to shortchange ourselves of those things that can benefit us in so many ways.

Here are some true facts as to why we should include greens in our diets.

1. Greens are loaded with antioxidants- antioxidants help to rid the body of free radicals that can lead to cancers and other health-related issues. Greens are also a good source of Vitamin C and E, will help to protect your skin.

2. Greens promote eye health- a diet of greens can help you to have a picture perfect view. Vitamin A that is found in greens is responsible for this.

3. Weight control- greens especially dark leafy ones contain a lot of water and are low in calories which makes them ideal for weight control.

4. Dark leafy greens help to promote heart health- greens help to regulate erythropoietin which is a hormone that is responsible for reducing blood clots and heart attacks.

5. Dark leafy vegetables have been known to promote brain health- The vitamin B9 that is found in these veggies is responsible for this. Antioxidants rich leafy greens also help to protect the brain from damage caused by free radicals.

6. Fight diabetes with dark leafy greens- greens contain polyphenols, magnesium, and ala omega-3 fatty acid which helps to control insulin and glycemic that lowers the chance of diabetes.

7. Greens are known to be an energy booster- greens contain the B Vitamins converts carbs in foods to glucose to produce energy.

So as you can see from some of these facts the benefits of eating greens are pretty amazing.

Some green veggies include

  • Avocados which is very delicious.
  • Lettuce which is a superfood that aids in weight loss.
  • Bell peppers which I love to include in salads.
  • Spinach that has so many benefits.
  • Cabbages that taste great in soups or salads.
  • Celery that is also a favorite of mine.
  • Cucumbers that help to spruce up that garden salad.
  • Zucchini which can aid the body in so many ways.
  • Green peas that have such a sweet flavor.
  • Green lima beans which can work wonders.
  • Broccoli that can be eaten raw in salads or semi-cooked and eaten with a
  • little melted cheese.

Creating green spaces

Green spaces can be really great because by creating green spaces you will be improving your quality of life besides giving nature a helping hand. Green spaces involves creating a garden whether a herb or vegetable garden, planting fruit trees

formal or informal gardens, butterfly or hummingbird gardens, flower or container garden and so on, the goal is to install a garden that will not only improve your quality of life

by providing food, filtering the air, saving energy, providing a home for wildlife, getting that much-needed exercise but creating an environment where you can kick back and relax

connecting with nature as you improve your life. Now that is too many benefits to miss out on.

Benefits of eating greens

These veggies can be purchased at your local supermarket or better yet if you haven’t as yet you can start a home garden and grow these superfoods in your backyard

That way you will have an almost endless supply of these veggies as you get that much need exercise while saving a few $$$$$$$$. I tell you going green in 2018 has its benefits and you will be happy that you made the decision, so let’s get going and start growing green in 2018.

Feel free to browse Eden’s Garden website for more information on starting your home garden.