The Secret Life of Plants.

windowherbsThis is not my herb garden, but a couple of days ago I decided that I want to get my herb garden going. Again. The last time I grew stuff I had cilantro, basil, lettuce and a few other things growing in the kitchen and the yard. I think all of the after school activities my children (and I) had going on diverted the focus I used to devote to it. I think this idea has been with me since I was at my parents’ house a few years ago for my sister’s wedding, where there were these amazing, regal okra plants growing in the back yard. They had to have been about 8 or 9 feet tall. They most beautiful thing about them, to me, was how they towered as a testament to the people my parents have always been.
When I was a little kid, Mom grew strawberries in the back yard. She has grown roses, succulents, ferns – and with Dad- peas, beans, tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers and a huge fig tree that still stands in the back yard. They have cooked, canned and frozen some and given their friends or people in the community in need some.  Some of my earliest and fondest memories of my South Louisiana family include my grandmother’s canned figs, munching on fresh sugar cane and the tons and tons of pecans we would take home with us from my great uncle’s orchard.  A lot of times, I have these ideas that I think are great, new ideas, when they turn out not to be new ideas at all. At least not to me.

Healthy Lunch Idea

I had the soy chicken sandwich this afternoon with fruit and yogurt and more fruit. A salad would be good for those who are not so fond of gluten as I am 🙂 My whole wheat bread is all natural (whole grains, no corn syrup).

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soy chicken sandwich on whole wheat bread (extra lettuce, tomato)

or

soy chicken salad

vanilla soy yogurt with fruit (I like Whole Soy & Co.)

extra fresh fruit on the side

Eat this, not that.

I really like this because it steers people toward foods that are better nutritional choices, and yet they are real food. They aren’t telling you, “Replace this steak with a plate of celery” or something whack like that.

Eat this, not that.

Eating better.

The one weak spot during this whole attempt to get into better shape has been the eating thing. I mean, I come from a long line of folk who like to cook almost as much as they like to eat. Cakes, cookies, entrees, sides… We do it all. And quite nicely I might add. Then there is the whole thing about me deciding that whatever I did to get in shape, I would have to maintain it. Be it gym membership, change in diet, whatever, and I’m sorry, I need more than twigs and berries. Shoot. This week I came across two people who really made me think about that.

The first one was my younger sister. She has joined a gym at work and she is doing big things. She’s eating a lot healthier than I was, and she still lives in the South, with much greater access to all of that good cooking. Then during a convo with Diva, she told me how she is going to be streamlining her diet in preparation for her description defying holiday plans. I decided to incorporate a lot more fruits and vegetables into my diet this week. So far so good. 🙂 Oh yes, and for Christmas, I’ll also incorporate more veggies and fruit, but uh, I’ll also be eating REAL food. Hee hee hee.