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Sunday Morning Chit Chat

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Good Sunday morning (for those of you in my neck of the woods). We’ve had a fun weekend so far, my girls were both gone yesterday morning. One went turkey hunting (didn’t see anything of course), her first time hunting too. The younger one was on a choir competition trip for school after which they went to 6 Flags. We have moved my birthday present (3 tractor tires) out to the garden and have started filling them with soil.

Friday I think it was I planted some bush green beans, in another week I’ll plant more. I am planning on putting cantaloupe’s into one of the large tires. The tomato bucket Silver set up, the tomato is starting to curl up and you can tell it’s growing. Still have lots of hope for that plant. WE were suppose to have a week of rain and it didn’t happen most of the rain had missed us so I had to water my fruit trees for the first time since planting them.

We set up a sprinkler we bought a month ago this morning. We had bought two of them but we discovered one of them didn’t work. So right now as I write this I have a sprinkler watering my garden. I do know that technically watering passively near the base of the plants is suppose to be better, however Nature waters the Earth from the sky so I personally feel as long as I make sure I water early in the morning (like before 10 am) and the sun light isn’t strong the plants should be just fine with overhead watering.

We have almost used up the truck load of top soil and all the composted sawdust we have on hand. I am hoping we can go tomorrow and get more sawdust, however we are suppose to help out a neighbor get his log splitter back from the mechanic so I don’t know if we’ll have the gas to do both before Friday. Helping the neighbor when we promised too is more important in my mind anyway.

I should be starting to pull lettuce out of my garden today as well as some spinach, The spinach isn’t doing as well as I thought it would but it might just be the amount of water it has had so we’ll see. I’m waiting on my transplanted tomatoes to put on some new growth, I am glad they haven’t wilted as they were very leggy. My peppers seem to be happy even though we had some cold nights. Thankfully none of the nights was below or at freezing, however we did brush near those temperatures.

Getting some greens out of the garden now is going to be a good thing as Silver had his yearly check up and the Doctor at the VA wants to put his on insulin because he’s not keeping his blood sugar down. Well since we had to tighten our belts when it comes to buying food lately we’ve haven’t been eating good for a diabetic of late so food from the garden means it’ll lower the blood sugar amounts. I have discovered watching his testing that is the heavy carbs are cut out (rice,pasta,potatoes) and only have nice healthy veggies (mostly greens) and a nice piece of protein his blood sugars run almost normal. I just have to be diligent with it and make sure he doesn’t cheat any.

Still waiting on our goats to give birth, and since I’m not sure when Oreo got them pregnant I am going to be surprised. I have ducklings coming soon and in a couple weeks Strawberry will have a new pen. We still need to find her a boy friend though. Why is it people always are selling what you need when you can’t afford it?

Well hope everyone has a good Sunday.

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Jerusalem artichokes, AKA Sun Chokes

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Due to Silver’s diabetes we are planning to grow some Jerusalem Artichokes, as they are suppose to be a better starch for a diabetic than standard potatoes.  I have as yet to find a reputable seller for them.  The only place I have found with them is in the low quality nurseries.

 

I have a place planned out for them, though a friend just told me that they need well drained soil and the spot I had planned is in a low spot.  So I may have to find a better location for them.  I am still trying to find out if I could use straw like I do with my potatoes, though I am thinking of using sand and them some compost.

 

Here is an excerpt on the Sun chokes:

 

 

The Jerusalem artichoke, (Helianthus tuberosus L.), also known as sunchoke, can be produced throughout the United States. However, the plant is better adapted to the northern two-thirds of the country than the southern third. Most areas of North Carolina are satisfactory for producing the crop although yields are not as good as in cooler climates where the crop is better adapted. Jerusalem artichokes are also often used for pickling purposes. The fresh tuber tastes like a water chestnut and is used in salads. Tubers can also be cooked like potatoes.

The edible portion of this member of the sunflower family is the tuber or swollen end of an underground stem, which in some respects resembles a potato. However, unlike most starchy vegetables, the principal storage carbohydrate in sunchokes immediately after harvest is inulin rather than starch. When consumed the inulin is converted in the digestive tract to fructose rather than glucose, which can be tolerated by diabetics.

Jerusalem artichokes should not be confused with the Globe artichoke (Cynara scolymus), which is not adapted to N.C. conditions. In globe artichokes, the edible portion is the globular flower.

 

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Food, Health, & Medicine

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Interesting three words those are an, oddly they are related in some manner.  I was thinking about it this mornign after checking out a blog that I follow this morning:

http://heirloomgardens.blogspot.com/2011/06/new-york-times-when-food-kills.html

She linked to the following editorial in the NYtines:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/12/opinion/12kristof.html?_r=1&ref=opinion

 

I think it is wonderful that someone in a big publication has commented on the problems in our “food grid”, maybe it will get more public attention that it has over the last few years.

I do still want to comment however that like I said in that first sentence the three things in my title, those three things are related.  What you eat on a daily basis will determine your overall health, and by that will determine if you need a “daily” medication of some kind.  I have a wonderful example of this in my own home that I love to point out.  My boyfriend Silver, is a diabetic.  He, when we arrived her last April was taking 6 pills and one shot a day for his diabetes and now he only takes 2 pills a day 3 if his blood sugar is above 220 in the morning.  Why?

I’m glad you asked, he is down that far because if he takes any more than that his blood sugar drops so low it get dangerous.  How did we manage this?  Simple… we changed his diet.  Yes, doctors are always telling people “if you change your diet…”; it does work folks!  Biggest thing we did for Silver?  Cut out eating “out”, no junk foods we did not make ourselves, and no soda pop.  Nope not even diet.  Is it easy?

No, but then again if it were easy everyone could do it.  Oh wait a minute, everyone could do it; but it takes more effort and strength than some people can manage.  Also everyone in the home needs to follow that too.  If the person you live with is following a diet then everyone needs to or there will be problems associated with the person on the diet “wanting” the things everyone else eats that they aren’t “allowed”.

So it needs to be a “family thing”, and it makes it much easier believe me.  No one really needs to eat all that processed garbage anyway, so just keep it out of your system and you too will get healthier.  Biggest thing to notice though, when you cut out the HFCS items (high fructose cornsyup); it will be like dealing with an addiction.  Why?  This might surprise some out there, but HFCS is a highly addictive substance.  Also, it is included as an ingredient in many of today’s foods that are processed.

Part of your “cut out” diet should be anything with HFCS in it, as it is a highly processed and refined corn product that is a super sweet sugar.  It is also labeled as “corn sugar”, in an attempt to make people less afraid of the product.

Something I need to stress in all of this…IF YOU ARE A DIABETIC CHANGING YOUR DIET, TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR!  ALSO DON’T LOWER YOUR MEDS FOR DIABETES WITHOUT CLOSE BLOOD SUGAR MONITORING AND INFORMING YOUR DOCTOR’S THAT YOU ARE GOING TO BE MEDICATING BASED ON IT.  You can change your health, but you need to make sure you are careful about it.  Killing yourself to find a better way, isn’t a good way to be health.  Using your most important organ is… YOUR BRAIN!

That being said I do hope you also keep an eye out for some supplements that are good for blood sugar (if you are diabetic or the reverse), Brewers yeast, and bitter melon.  I am growing bitter melon this year in my vegetable patch as I discovered it is a main ingredient in most supplements for diabetics.  then I read up on the item and learned that in some countries when a diabetic gets rushed to the hospital for blood sugar issues they give him/her a shot of bitter melon not insulin.  Also the brewers yeast helps to regulate blood sugar, it is also not very expensive; I bought a bottle for $1.50.  again though I have to point out, PLEASE INFORM YOUR DOCTOR IF YOU CHANGE SOMETHING FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY!

You can be healthy!  You can do it yourself!  Cut the cr@p out of your diet and it will improve!

*note* Once you stop putting the “bad” into your body, your body will need to expell that “bad” from your system.  Which in some cases it might make you feel sick as your body rids itself of the “bad” stuff you put in it.  Please remeber this, and don’t feel like you aren’t making it because you suddenly feel like crud after you have changed your feeding “style” for a while.  It’s just your body cleanign itself out.  It’s perfectly normal.

 

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