When I was growing up we lived in a three bedroom house in a country town.
That meant that the block of land the house sat on was pretty big!
It took about ten years for my father to eventually have a huge area right at the back completely converted into a small market garden!
He spent hours and hours for years getting the beds raised and the whole things functioning and of course we got to eat the results!
You have imagine that he grew green beans that were so delicious we would eat them as after school snacks in preference to cookies!
Anyway, one day he was given a book by my brother as a gift.
The book was called the Lazy Gardener.
You see although my father loved his garden I think he was beginning to think he had created some kind of monster because keeping the whole shebang on the road was taking up a lot of his time and he was working pretty hard on it all.
To him, the Lazy Gardener was a revelation because it introduced a system of planting and maintaining a garden that was almost self-sufficient.
He never went back to the old style again.
How to Be a Life Coach
Boy, the whole medical marijuana debate is fraught with wild reactions and raging emotions isn’t it?
I mean I can understand the idea that the introduction of yet another drug into the already hefty pantheon of drugs available would be cause for concern, but this topic is getting a bit over the top.
The sad back story to marijuana which brings us to the current hysteria of course has its roots in vested interests protecting their turf.
In fact it goes all the way back to the production of hemp which is a completely different plant of the same species containing no THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) at all.
From that point forward the marijuana plant has been classified and misclassified and had a world of hysteria put on it for many, many different reasons over the years.
The bottom line being that at some point in time someone felt that it was a threat to their business interests, no more, no less.
For me it is simple.
If the plant can be used to create medical treatments that are effective and safe then why not?
I live in a country where a very high proportion of parents are very, very involved in the activities of their children.
Unfortunately that involvement means that they are constantly directing the actions of the children, determining what is and is not a successful outcome and instilling in them a feeling that no matter the result, it wasn’t good enough.
They try to keep the children away from physical activity as it is seen as a waste of time that could otherwise be spent working academically.
They are constantly hovering over the children and live in a constant state of fearfulness that something bad will happen, that the environment is somehow always potentially dangerous.
The result of this style of parenting is a generation of kids they are now calling “the strawberry” generation.
They use that term because the kids have grown up with such a low level of resilience to anything not going right they bruise very easily!
The Real Deal on Failing
One of the things I have has to constantly try to counter in the education of my child in the conventional education system is the idea that failure is something to be avoided at all costs.
From the moment he entered those types of educational systems I could see the way it worked almost immediately.
Any kind of failure to do something or learn something resulted in the “failure” label being applied and along with that all sorts of dire (yet largely unnamed and vague) consequences that would happen as a result of that failure.
The only result anyone ever got from a fear of failure was a fear of acting in the first place.
In other words, if you do nothing you can’t fail and will remain safe.
It is the exact opposite of the truth yet it is taught to all of us from an early age whilst the truth is that anyone who ever did or achieved anything may have had a fear of failure, but continued on past that to get whatever it was done.
Boy, the Sugar Association just won’t let those profits go easily will they?
One of the things I have noticed about the whole discussion on obesity and general ill health is that when a product or range f products is targeted as “one of” the causes their immediate response is to treat the subject as if they have been singled out as the ONLY cause.
If you look around the places where this is being discussed you will see that the general argument is that sugar, unhealthy fats, nutritionally destructive food processing, nutritional imbalances and overall lack of physical activity are considered the sources of the problem.
However as soon as any evidence is produced to that effect, whoever is targeted by that evidence then howls in anger that it is not their fault in any way and they are being unfairly targeted.
They then go on to manipulate existing data and even commission their own “research” to prove the point.
Of all the players in this, the sugar bloc are by far the worst and just consistently refer to studies and data while drawing incorrect conclusions from it.
The reason sugar is such a problem is not so much because people are going out and buying packs of sugar to consume.
The problem is that sugar in its many forms has found its way into hundreds and hundreds of products where you wouldn’t really be expecting to find it in significant quantities.
Most people really have no idea just how much of it they are consuming even when they are making a conscious effort to cut down.
Low Fat Chocolate?
I have to admit that I approached this article below with great trepidation.
Of course the idea of reducing the amount of fat in chocolate is, from a common sense point of view, a good thing.
However in the back of my mind various tasteless substitutes for a whole range of things sprang to mind!
I mean I don’t think any of us are still trying to fool ourselves on the health benefits of full fat, high sugar chocolate products!
Yes there is evidence that chocolate falls into the “superfoods” category but only when it has no sugar, is completely unprocessed and is sourced organically.
Believe me, if you have ever tasted that you would know it is a bitter, bitter experience!
Fortunately the good news is that the process being described does not alter the taste and does in fact make it possible for chocolate makers to create a real low fat chocolate… although even as I write that I feel the fun factor just went down a notch.
Morning Sickness and Ginger
Some time ago and actually so long I would rather not care to remember my wife gave birth to our son in a hospital in Sydney.
Each day I would go to visit them and take my wife a special chinese soup that the Chinese always have post birth.
As a side note my (western) doctor thinks that soup is awesome and has noted that his Chinese patients always recover physically faster than the rest.
He thinks it is the soup… but I digress.
Now the hospital I had to go to to visit them was really, really big and there were a few ways of entering and making my way through to the right place.
One day I kind of got lost and ended up in an area that was quite removed from the usual public areas.
A normal person would have asked for directions but I am a man and we don’t do that.
Anyway at one point I stumbled onto a research lab and was surprised to find it was called the Ginger research lab for morning sickness.
I asked one of the technicians there what it was all about.
He told me that there was ample anecdotal evidence to indicate some success in home remedies using ginger to alleviate the symptoms of morning sickness.
As a result they had received funding for a research project and were trying to isolate exactly what it was in the ginger that was proving to be effective.
I don’t know now what the outcome of that research project was but I do know that for morning sickness many of the ginger remedies can be quite effective.
My wife likes dragon fruit.
She tries to get me to eat it whenever it is in season because she says it is delicious.
As a result I have of course tried dragon fruit and in my opinion it is not delicious at all.
To me dragon fruit tastes like very slightly sweetened water.
In other words, it seems to me to have no real flavour of its own so how can that be “delicious?”
I have raised this point with my wife and she has conceded that it doesn’t really have much of a flavour but that I should eat it anyway because it is healthy.
When I protest and say that I don’t really like it she tells me to shut up and eat it because it is healthy.
I have realized that I cannot win on this point because dragon fruit really is healthy especially in the antioxidants category.