Emilee gave me a pretty potted Gerbera daisy for Mother's day and I'm trying my best to nurture it and keep it alive!
I usually do not have good luck growing plants indoors, but I'm determined not to kill this one! We'll see how it goes - I might put it out in my garden, too, as I know these attract butterflies!
I've been reading and browsing a stack of gardening books over the past few days.
So much good information for this novice gardener. I really like the idea of companion gardening - planting fruits/vegetables/herbs next to one another to compliment their growth and root system. (see Carrots Love Tomatoes). The book on herbs is very helpful in giving different ideas on all the uses for particular herbs. I'm already on my way to a larger herb garden this year with rosemary, sage, thyme, oregano, chives, mint, basil, and lavender. (see Herb Gardening in the Midwest). Several of these books also are loaded with great recipes for using the fresh produce in daily meal planning.
I'm always looking for more good recipes that incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables into my diet!
Here's another book I'm reading:
Most people don't realize that lifestyle factors such as a healthy diet play an important role in preventing cancer. Thirty percent of all cancers (that's approximately one third) are caused by poor dietary habits. This book emphasizes the importance of good foods, primarily vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, and seeds in fighting the risk of cancer - mainly a plant-based diet.
A few years ago I practically turned up my nose at that idea, but the more I read, the more I understand, and the more people (loved ones, friends, and strangers) that I see developing cancer the more it just makes sense to me. I can't ignore these facts anymore and I feel empowered to keep my body as healthy as I can.
Eating the way I do now carries a stigma and I often get made fun of or make others around me uncomfortable because of my choices. I really try not to push my ways onto others - everyone makes their own choices. It's hard, though, sometimes.
I certainly wished I had made much healthier choices in my diet when I was younger. Cancer doesn't happen overnight. Often a cancer cell(s) in the body can take years before it affects us negatively (attacks). There's a good possibility that the decision to eat the way I did when I was younger initiated the growth of cancer in my body over the years.
I don't want this post to be a downer...I just wanted to say that having experienced cancer firsthand, and surviving it, has given me more motivation to eat cleaner, live intentionally, pray fervently, and love passionately as I walk this earth day by day.
Just something to think about today.