Posts Tagged "healthy living"


July 09 Garden Update


Posted By on Jul 19, 2009

I have a long way to go before I have a fully running edible landscape. However, I am thankful for what I have so far. I am not an expert at gardening, but I am learning as I go. A great book that is helping me is called Desert Gardening since I live off the coast and closer towards Palm Springs. It seems that July & August just scorches my entire garden and Jan gets frost. So, it seems in Southern California I have a few short seasons to work with although I can grow year round. I have so much to learn.

I need to be diligent with watering since missing one day can wipe out all my hard work (which has happened a few times). I did get straw to mulch and that seems to be helping. However, it blows all over the place (as seen in the video). I still have more beds to mulch now that the plants are larger.


Here is a list of what I have so far:

Trees
fig (Black Mission), plum (Santa Rosa)

Bushes
2 blueberry varieties (O’neil & Misty)

Vine
grape (red flame) and kiwi (about dead by the sun)

Berries
blackberry, raspberry, boysenberry, strawberries (again near scorched)

Herbs
oregano, basil, chamomile, aloe

All raised beds have wire to keep underground gophers from getting into the goods. My dog, Hailee has been keeping all the birds from landing and mice, possums and gophers from having a party in my yard. The compost seems to draw in the critters. Which is why it is in a trash can with holes so I can put potting soil over the clippings and put a lid on it.

Annuals
corn- sweet, white, & bi color
Anaheim chili’s
tomato (a few varieties)
watermelon
cantaloupe
pumpkin
spaghetti squash
zucchini
patty pan
cucumber- 2 varieties
tomatillo

Volunteers
cantaloupe
yellow summer squash
butternut squash
cherry tomatoes
pumpkin (I think)
beets

To do
finish nylon netting for vertical growing
front yard flowerbed along the wall needs to be re planted (most everything there is a volunteer and I didn’t have the heart to rip them out.)
install an irrigation system
finish the side area of the front yard next to the small raised beds. BTW, I double dug under all those and amended soil about 1 foot down. I don’t have wire to block gophers though. I hope it isn’t a problem in the future, but from what everyone tells me it will be an issue.

After it cools a bit
I hope to plant trees in September like citrus and stone fruit. As well as putting all the plants that are still on pots in the ground. I need to be careful since the soil I have is clay and very tough to work with. I know it will be a while before I have awesome soil.

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A Vision of Healthy Living


Posted By on May 27, 2009


Healthy living is multi-dimensional and sometimes I can get stuck in few aspects of health, but health is another word for balance which is another word for moderation. It’s about balancing several aspects of healthy living and figuring out how many healthy habits can I adopt. It’s about having a full and satisfying life.

Here is a list that is from Dr. Douglas Graham in his book “The 80/10/10 Diet“.

Fundamental Elements of Health
Are you thriving or surviving?

Sunshine and natural light
Comfortable temperature
Clean fresh air
Pure water
Eat foods for which we are biologically designed
Pleasant environment
Security of life and its means
Satisfaction of aesthetic senses (beauty)
Biophilia (love of nature)
Internal and external cleanliness
Enjoy sufficient sleep
Enjoy rest and relaxation
Vigorous activity
Play and recreation
Smiles
Love and appreciation
Self control and self mastery
Self confidence
Positive self image and sense of self worth
Individual sovereignty
Emotional poise and stability
Peace, harmony, serenity, and tranquility
Thought, cogitation, and meditation
Inspiration, motivation, purpose, commitment
Creative, useful work (pursuit of interests)
Music and all other arts
Human touch
Expression of reproductive instincts (sex)
Friendships and companionship
Gregariousness (social relationships, community)
Amusement and entertainment
Sense of humor, mirth, and merriment


After evaluating where I am, I found a deepened sense to move back to Hawaii to enjoy the fresh air, comfortable temperature, clean water, beauty, nature, and sense of peace. I want to create my home as a wellness sanctuary with a lush edible landscape in paradise!

Continuing on, I could probably use an internal cleanse and more vigorous activity (even though I am healing from an ankle injury).



Also, I’d like to utilize more self control. I still feel that I lose focus and tend to revert on progress I make at times. Albeit, the bikini body challenge is one of them.



In the sense of good health, I’d like a romantic companion, more human touch, sex, laughter, play, and a stronger sense of merriment. I feel like I am out of balance with these. Sometimes I forget to have fun, laugh and be carefree.

I need to put up my vision board. That always kept me on track. I don’t know why I took it down. Perhaps it was a bit dated. Well, it’s time to post a new vision board! I want a healthy life and feel inspired after looking at these photos.

I am going to keep adding to my list of healthy habits. It’s about outweighing the bad with good and eventually no longer having habits that do not serve me or my health. Here’s to health and living an inspired life.

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A Green Smoothie


Posted By on Dec 5, 2008

Can you believe how much spinach is in this thing? I did add more peaches and if I had another banana I would have added that too. My son did like it less sweet though.

I have noticed my kids are more receptive to green smoothies if they make it. They used to cringe at the sight of a green smoothie, but now that we are making them daily, they don’t even think about it. I know color plays a huge role in how we perceive something to taste. It seems to work best that all our smmothies are green right now, because I am sure if I made a pink smoothie they would think it tasted better. Maybe I should do a blindfolded experiment and do a taste test… sounds fun. 🙂

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