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The Affordability of Organic

It has been reported that a single person will spend on average about $30 more a month buying organic. How much could one spend a month on one medication? How much more a month could one spend on one dietary supplement? Not all farmers agree that the USDA standards are strict enough. Some farmers argue that the standards have been eroding to compensate for corporate industrial farmers who want to use the organic label. But, we know, as informed consumers who read Shidonna Raven Garden & Cook regularly, that not all ingredients have to be organic just because the label says organic. Some of the ingredients can be non organic. The next time you go to the grocery store read the label of 3 items you buy carefully. What did you learn about the food you buy? Is the label transparent enough about the production of the food you buy?

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The Truth about Desserts

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The truth about desserts is that you may love them. We definitely love them. Any informed organic consumer will be the first to tell you that just because it is organic does not mean it is good and nutritious for you. In other words, an organic apple is probably better for you than a bowl of organic chessy mac. Nonetheless, they are both organic. So, let us break that down for you. The process of growing foods organically is healthier for you than growing food in non organic means. The organic growing process is true or truer to nature and the natural process of growing foods. Food that is not grown organically involves chemicals and several other food production process frowned upon by even the USDA, even with its recent criticisms from true organic growers. Once one has an organic array of foods, then from there it is best to choose those foods best for you.

When considering what to eat and diet, one should have a clear understanding of their over all and holistic health. What is beneficial to one will not be beneficial to another. A person with anemia and a person with diabetes will have totally different diet needs. There are many ways to gain an understanding of one’s overall health and one’s dietary needs. Here are a couple of ways:

  • holistic doctor
  • dietitian
  • nutritionist
  • medical professional / doctor
  • Once one has a clearer picture of their dietary needs, one can make informed and educated decisions on how to best feed their bodies what it needs to perform at its best. Diet is only part of the picture. We believe that overall health and well being involves 3 pillars:
  • Health (many health professionals also include spiritual and emotional well being in this)
  • Physical Fitness – Exercise
  • Diet

Some of you are probably saying to yourselves, “I thought this article was about desserts.” You are so right! It is. So, let us get back to the good part. Our desserts are made with organic ingredients whenever possible. If not organic then natural. We select ingredients that are good for you but not necessarily “healthy” similar to organic foods (like the apple and the chessy mac). If one has to have a dessert, our desserts are an excellent choice. Of course desserts like all other things should be eaten in moderation. If given a choice, an organic salad is probably healthier for you than an organic cookie. Love them as we do, we indulge in a dessert or two. Nonetheless, when we do we make sure that they are as good for us as they can be. Refined and processed foods such as granulated sugar and flour never make it at the top of health lists. Nonetheless, we choose organic sugars and flours. So, we invite you to indulge responsibly by shopping our desserts (cookies, bars and squares).

What foods, or more specifically vitamins and minerals, are an important part of your diet? Why? What are your health needs? Do you have a chronic illness? The bible speaks clearly to us about healing. Chronic illnesses can cause other illnesses because your body is in a state of constant disease. Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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Harvesting, Cooking & Eating Swiss Chard

Growing and harvesting Swiss Chard is a tremendous joy. But, eating the fruit of one’s labor must be the best part. Today we clipped some Swiss Chard fresh from the garden and made a lamb and swiss chard warp with it the same day. It does not get fresher than that! We harvested Swiss Chard by clipping a third of its leaves and clipping from the outside. Plants such as lettuces tend to grow from the inside leaving the mature leaves on the outside. Also one should leave leaves on the plant such as these (also herbs) so they can continue to photosynthesize and grow more leaves.

I harvested these leaves which were used in a lamb, salmon and vegetable wrap. We hear that the harvest was delicious. What are the benefits of eating fresh foods? What are the benefits of growing your foods organically? How can you and yours benefit from growing and harvesting your own foods? Share your comments with the community. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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Dr Greene’s Organic RX

Dr Greene’s Organic RX
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Dr Greene along with many other doctors are increasingly giving Organic foods as a prescription for health. What does your doctor think about Organic foods as apart of your diet and over all health? Would eating more organic foods reduce your need to take medications? What does your doctor think about exercise as apart of your over all health?

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Chefs shop local foods

Chefs shop local foods
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Chefs are so passionate about food. They often demand the best foods for cooking. Many chefs shop locally and often for the freshest and finest quality foods. What do you think of buying locally? Where are the local food markets in your community? Are the foods sold by the farmer? Do you have a local farmers market? Do you ask the farmer questions about food production? You are well informed food consumers.

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Health Benefits of Tomatoes

Health Benefits of Tomatoes
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The medicinal benefits of food is truly amazing. Tomatoes are one of my favorite vegetables, fruit depending on who you talk to. It is also the favorite of a lot of our garden enthusiasts. When we began the garden we got so many tomato plants and seeds, I think it is the single plant with the most varieties in our garden. Do you like tomatoes? Write a post and tell us why. Did you know the medicinal benefits of tomatoes? When one looks at all the benefits in one plant, we can see how crucial these plants are to supporting our life and why a healthy diet is so important. Write down everything you eat today. Did you eat life sustaining foods or could you change your diet a little? Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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Cooking Healthy Fast

Cooking Healthy Fast
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Do you have any healthy quick meals you eat? Do you consider how what you eat can benefit your life style and health? Did you know combining certain foods with your exercise routine can enhance your exercise and the impact of exercise on your over all health and fitness? Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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How is the Garden?

Parsely

Harvest Parsley

Parsley has been doing very well, so we cut a few stems to encourage growth. Our Parsley plant is not as full as we would like it and it is recommended to only harvest about a third of your plant so it can continue to photosynthesize through its other leaves and keep growing. We harvested Dill several weeks ago and when we harvested the whole plant the plant had a difficult time regrowing leaves, so we think there is some truth to this. Mom will be adding this herb to her chicken and lamb wrap today. This is a great way to begin to introduce more fresh herbs, vegetables and fruits to your diet.

Chinese Forget Me Not Flower

MiMi’s Plant Moves

Where we are, Norfolk, VA USA, the heat has been sweltering. One day we found MiMi’s plant completely slumped over. She had dropped all of her leaves in dehydration. We immediately gave her a big helping of water. That day was a hot day. We also had to take her out of direct sun light. It was just too much for her. She has bounced back beautifully. So, never give up on your plants! She lost a couple of leaves. We tried pulling but they will have to be cut because the roots are so deep. Deep roots is a good thing. She will soon need a new pot, which we have ready for her. We are so excited to see her bloom. This is a beautiful flower plant and a wonderful addition to our home. She definitely brightens up the place and sends us good plant vibes as plants do. We can not thank MiMi and Mom enough for bringing a little joy around our home. Mom has grown very partial to the plant as well. She watches her carefully and waters her also. Getting involved with the plants is addictive and easy to do. Be careful once you have one before you know it you will have another.

Over the last several weeks we have been learning a lot about health and food. We are glad you have been enjoying it as much as we have. We have a few surprises in the garden we can not wait to share with you. It is a lot of work, but we think it is well worth it. What plants did you think were going to perish on you but survived? Did you know you should clip dead leaves to encourage plant health and beauty? Have you considered growing Parsley as your first kitchen plant? Share your comments with the community by posting them below. Share the wealth of health with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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Why grow your own food?

Why grow your own food
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Can you think of any reasons why people should grow their own food? When will you start growing your own food. We recommend starting small, like in your kitchen or on your patio. We also recommend starting with one plant and going from there. What plant will you choose to start with? As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep growing.

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Kids & Organic Food

When to buy Organic Food for your Child
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How important do you think proper nutrition is to the development of children? How susceptible do you think children are to chemicals found on non organic foods? If you do not already eat Organic, how can you make the switch for you and your family? Write down 3 things you can do today to begin making the switch to Organic. Help someone else make the switch by sharing your list (email us) As always you are the best part of what we do. Stay healthy.

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