While we understand that the organic and conventional foods you buy at the store are grown differently, you might not realize that these same principles can apply to your own fruit, vegetable and flower gardening at home. There are a few key differen... Read more
When organic matter such as leaves, grass clippings and food scraps break down, you get compost, a dark, dirt-like "soil" that is rich in nutrients. Compost happens even without human involvement; for example, the leaves that fall on the fo... Read more
Organic gardening, by definition, is growing vegetables, fruits and other plants without relying on synthetic methods of pest control and fertilization. Common practices of organic gardening include, but are not limited to, fertilizing soil wit... Read more
Although everyone's preferences differ, it's nice to have some staple foods on hand to make quick and tasty dishes that are good for you, too. So what do the experts behind SparkPeople.com keep in their own refrigerators? See what they stock... Read more
Pasta is such a versatile food, it’s no wonder it’s so popular. A survey conducted by the National Pasta Association found that 77% of Americans eat pasta at least once per week. Used as a side dish or main entree, eaten hot or cold, topp... Read more
** I have been duly warned that I am in probable violation of SP guidelines about posting links to my resources. I don't find those citations in other posts, but they evidently apply to me. So, for your further reading, the ENTIRE pages may be access... Read more
I read on somebody's Spark page how they lost weight by switching to organic milk and meat because of the growth hormones given to cows and other animals that are still present in their milk and meat. I'm thinking of trying organic milk but wondered... Read more
Sometimes I have toast or a sandwich for supper or as an evening snack. I'm not sure if this makes sense but I seem to have a stuffed up head the next morning, and puffy eyes. I'm not certain it's the bread, but does anyone else have this experienc... Read more
Other than for people allergic to gluten/wheat, eating products made from whole wheat should be a part of our healthy diet, in my opinion. The sources I use are The Mayo Clinic, WebMD, and The World's Healthiest Foods. I choose to believe the inf... Read more
I have been slowly changing our diets over the past year. Last year we focused on eating in more, less deep frying, batch cooking. This year we have developed a 3 phase system: Phase I (Jan - April) eat out couple times a month, start replacing meat... Read more
It may sound boring but this one little thing has saved me a liot of time and $.I pick a breakfast of the week, healthy and well balanced, and I eat it all week and pre track it. I try to get a lot of fiber in it, a hard point with me.Saves shopping... Read more
I was raised on a farm in the Midwest. We had a creek running through our 10 acres of pasture. The water brought hours of summer fun in addition to providing hydration for our animals as they grazed in the field. I showed horses for years as part of... Read more
One of the primary meat sources of many Plains Indians was the buffalo also known as the Plains bison. Native Americans did not just eat the meat as a rich protein source. They also used every part of the animal to meet their day-to-day needs such as... Read more
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