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Protein From The Garden – from Garden Rant

If you struggle with the ethical issue of killing and eating animals, like I do, you have either become a vegetarian or are becoming one. I am on the cusp.  I eat fish – only wild caught and wild harvested.  Occasionally (maybe 10 times a year), I still eat poultry.

Eat vegetables for a protein rich, ethical diet.

My backyard garden is full of protein rich plants.

On average, 98% of the year, I am vegetarian, growing as much of my own food as I possibly can; buying the rest from local, organic farmers.

My choice opens me up for a lot of “advice” from well-intentioned people who love me and who think I simply don’t get enough protein.  As one of them quipped, not so long ago, “I’ll buy you a walker when your muscles break down.  You’re too old to cut out protein from your diet.”

The truth is, I haven’t cut out protein; I’ve just changed the source of my protein to foods that don’t cry, don’t make friends with each other, don’t lovingly care for their babies, don’t greet you in the field.  Up until this morning, I didn’t really have an argument that supported my food choices.

Garden Rant and Evelyn Hadden have provided me with knowledge I need to defend my choice!

Turns out that foods I grow (like kale and beets), foods I love (like sunflower and pumpkin seeds and cheese) and foods I buy locally from my organic farmer friends are packed with protein!

FYI – I can’t quite get my arms around eating insects – one of the protein sources Hadden cites. But I’m on board with all the rest and grateful for a chance to eat without any compromises.

So if you are just thinking about changing some animal protein to plant, or if someone is telling you you have to eat meat to maintain your health, check out Hadden’s article and consider the options she offers.

Oh, also courtesy of EvelynHadden, if you want to find out just how much protein the foods you’re eating have, check out the protein content at the USDA National Nutrient Database.

 

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Gleanings from Sustainabilty Series w/Nathan Crane

Day 3 of this fabulous series and I am just learning so much and being validated in a whole lot of ways as I enjoy the Search for Sustainability.

Episode 3 is about health, your health and how you can get it back.  and do so without medicines, doctors, surgery.  The easiest change? Get rid of processed foods.  Just get rid of them and grow your own!

Organic gardening depends on dirt.

Growing your own organic veggies is easy.

You will save money.  You will save yourself.  And you will feel better.  Those messages come through loud and clear and I am living proof that they are true. I’ve lost 60 pounds I didn’t know I had to lose.

My husband has lost 45 pounds and is still losing.  His blood sugar is normalizing — after 20 years of Type 2 diabetes.  It’s good news and it is easy to do just by making that the choice to grow or buy organic produce.

Organic gardening for everyone who thinks it's hard.

Tips & tricks to make gardening easy & fun.

Growing organic veggies and fruits is easy, it’s fun and it’s a way to share what you learned from your mom or dad, your aunts and your friends like I did in my book.

There are other choices that are also coming through loud and clear in this series.

Do it!

The motto of a very famous shoe company should also be your motto.  Just do it.  Once you start, you will find it just gets easier and easier because you start feeling better.

Live it!

Live this life of health and renewal and joy.  Step back into the real world with other people who are choosing health and growing or buying organic foods.

Teach it.

There is nothing more rewarding than being able to share what you have learned on your journey through life.  This is where Nathan Crane is.  This is where many of the people in this series are – teaching it.  This is what I do in my book.

Even if you don’t feel you are ready, just watch. Maybe just take one small step because that’s what sustainability is all about.  Make one small change, today.