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day 001

it happened perhaps around middle school. some thoughts occurred to me that, at the time, didn't lead to much introspection or questioning the status quo or my life choices, but recently reoccurred to me and spurred the entire purpose of this journey... and journal.

how come people in the US have a 1 in 3, 1 in 4, 1 in 5, 1 in another single digit number chance of getting so many cancers when that's not true in other countries, especially countries we consider "less developed?"

short answer: our diet sucks and so does our health care system. we're overeating the worst foods and overmedicating for nearly everything.

people long before the advent of modern medicine have been using all kinds of things found in nature to maintain health and heal their bodies. fruits, nuts, seeds, vegetables, herbs and spices--you name it. there are of course dangerous/poisonous/indigestible foods humans can't eat but we have tons of past knowledge to keep us from swallowing anything unsafe.

i've always wanted to have a deeper connection to plants, animals, and nature in general. i wanna be able to identify plants by sight and smell. i wanna  be able to identify an ailment and a proper method of treating it. i wanna feel that bond to the natural world so many other herbalists seem to enjoy. i just wanna enjoy and give back to the earth.

i feel like learning about the medicinal properties of herbs and spices is part of my journey to being a more productive human being and citizen of the world. i want to learn. i want to be stronger, faster, more skilled.

i know i can do this. i know i can. ya Allah, please help me to be the best i can truly be. ameen.
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day 001

i am not a good cook.

but it's okay. i'm taking lessons on rouxbe and trying to learn more about the "behind the scenes" aspect of how food affects my body, how to get the best food possible, and how to prepare it in a delicious way!

i avoided calling this a "food journal" because i'm not here to count calories or log what i eat. this journal focuses on nutrition, cooking, and everything to do with food. i wanna interact with more healthy produce and food on a deeper level.

i've been raiding the kindle and google play store for book samples lately and there's such an amazing wealth of information out there. because of how the meat industry's run i probably will cut down on or completely eliminate meat from my diet--unless i can find suitable sources elsewhere. a largely plant-based diet seems best suited to my needs, goals, and desires right now.

ultimately i have a duty to care of my body. farmer's markets are nowhere near as expensive as i thought they'd be.

here are some things i learned today!
  • several (at least 2) farmer's markets sit within 10 mins of my house
  • most farmer's markets seem to open on sundays
  • there's a mom's organic market right down the street
  • i like indian, mexian, and italian dishes

diving in!

Aug. 4th, 2016 11:18 pm
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day 001

today i've officially started my journey! i bought organic gloves, a watering can, and those organic seeds to start off my garden! so far i'm just starting out with herbs since they're fairly easy to grow. i love plants and how they attract birds and other fun creatures. it's so fascinating and moving to watch.

now what's mostly left is to buy compost, soilless potting mix, and the actual pots! shipping the first two is ridiculously expensive. it'll be difficult for me to find organic compost and potting mix (without blood or bone meal) but i believe it can be done.

estimated arrival is in 2-3 weeks. that gives me plenty of time to make a dnet in those organic gardening books i've been reading lately. i'm so happy and excited!

here are my takeaways of the day:
  • read up on organic food
  • read up on organic gardening

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