Tonight I didn’t take a walk. I watered my plants instead, hoping that Noah would get enough exercise running around the yard (sorry, Dog Whisperer, I know its no substitute for THE WALK.) Anyway, look what was ripe on my little tomato plant! I am such a proud mother. I got some old planter boxes from my mom, and thought they might work like raised beds (because the bottoms of the boxes were rotting out,) so I got one tomato plant and one zucchini plant. I laugh at myself every time I see them, because they were little plants when I got them, so I very nicely planted pink petunias in the corners of the boxes, thinking how pretty and decorative it would be while I was growing vegetables. Poor petunias. They don’t see much sun these days.
Anyway, this is not a good picture of my tomato, but it is the funniest ever. A good follow-up to last night’s photo op.
Along the lines of vegetables (we were talking about vegetables, weren’t we?,) as always, when I come home from a trip I am absolutely crazed for vegetables. Seems I get enough fruit on trips, but veggies are hard to come by. I know, salads. But I like cooked vegetables a lot. So I guess that’s my version of mindful eating. I just really really want to eat a lot of vegetables. Tomorrow I am going to make a pot of steel cut oats and push the envelope to see how much zucchini I can add and still enjoy it. There’s a lot of zucchini in zucchini bread, so I think it will work well. That makes me think that it would also work really well in baked oatmeal. I will try that in the fall.
And at the same time (coincidentally, I think,) I have watched a couple of documentaries: Food Matters and Dying to Have Known. Both are along the same lines, about the great qualities of a vegetable based diet. Dying to Have Known was all about the Gerson Diet/Therapy/Cure, Dr. Gerson was a physician in the 1920’s who discovered that a plant based diet could cure quite a few incurable diseases, including cancer. Even if you don’t believe all of the evidence that they provide, you can’t help but think that eating more fresh fruits and vegetables is a good thing. I know I don’t get sick very often. Dr. Gerson also believed in coffee enemas, which I used to think was REALLY weird. But this time when I heard it, I thought about all the recent articles I’ve read about the “hundreds of helpful components” of coffee, and studies that show that coffee drinkers live longer (raises coffee cup to Lori!) and I thought, why not? If it works good in one end, why not the other? Its not any weirder than some of the other things they use from that direction. And that’s all I’m gonna say about that.
Here’s a couple of other random thoughts I’ve had about these documentaries (and others like them.) One thing they never mention (on both the vegetable and the paleo side of the fence) when they talk about how much better people feel/lose weight/are cured/etc. is that most of these people are going from a highly processed crap-food diet to a purely whole food diet. Whichever end of the whole food spectrum they are changing to, it has to be a wonderful shock to their body.
There is one thing I kinda disagree with the vegan documentary people about. That is juicing. They seem to think its necessary to juice to get enough vegetables in. Is that because it would take too long to eat the vegetables the normal way? Because in America we are in too much of a hurry and couldn’t spend that much time eating? Or is it because your body wouldn’t allow you to eat that many vegetables? They don’t address it. It doesn’t seem right to me. God didn’t put a Veg-A-Matic in the garden. On the other hand, it sure seems like a good excuse to get one of those super VitaMix machines that I see at Costco.
Oh, and now that I’ve mentioned God, let me give you my opinion on the whole Paleo, eat like our ancestors did thing. I kinda think that before the fall, when God first created everything, man didn’t need to eat meat to have a perfect diet. All those plants were plenty. And I think there were grains in the Garden of Eden too.*
(*disclaimer: I did not go to theology school or Bible college. I haven’t even spent a lot of time reading Genesis for proof of my theory. So take it with a grain of salt. BUT NOT TOO MUCH SALT!!!)