When cartilage that cushions your joints begins to breakdown faster than your body can replace it, you develop osteoarthritis. Without this protective tissue, the bones in your joints rub together, causing pain, tenderness, swelling and stiffness. Lo... Read more
Berries are delicious, but often expensive at the supermarket. Grow your own blackberries and raspberries at home instead! Many new hybrids, which cross blackberries with their relative raspberries, are readily available these days, too; these can be... Read more
People take an interest in gardening for a variety of reasons—higher quality produce, exercise in the great outdoors, or saving money. Whether you hope to discover your green thumb or save a little green, growing your own fruits and vegeta... Read more
Nothing is more delicious than a warm, luscious strawberry straight out of a garden. Conventionally grown strawberries are one of the most pesticide-laden fruits on the market, so it certainly benefits both your wallet and health to grow your own. St... Read more
Expand your vocabulary or clarify some common gardening words and phrases with this easy-to-follow glossary of common terms. Bookmark this for later use!
Acidic soil - Any soil with a pH lower than 7.
Alkaline (basic) soil - Any soil with a... Read more
In the interest of keeping myself motivated, I've been trying to think through some of the core reasons why I have kept extra weight on for so many years, and some of the reasons why I might finally be ready to change. Here's a quick run down:
H... Read more
So, my doctor wants me to go to more of a plant based diet (only eating fish and small amounts of skinless poultry, but very small) that is LOW FAT based on recent testing (have tried low carb, but not good for me). Problem is that I also need to be... Read more
I've been doing a lot of research into the best ways of eating, more for general health (especially heart health) than weight loss (since I believe the only way to really lose weight is to cut calories, no matter what kind of 'diet' you eat)... Read more
After 20ish years of emotional eating, I found the root cause. This is all thanks to one Facebook post I read. Inspiration shows up in the funniest places sometimes! I feel so empowered now! (Posted a blog with more details)... Read more
I bought a nice banded bunch of scallions ( green onions ) at the grocery store this past spring. Instead of tossing the rooted ends that I cut off into the compostor I replanted them in a planter outside of my kitchen door to see if they would actua... Read more
Ever since I was knee high to a grasshopper I've absolutely loved root beer floats. Eating is emotional to me, when I think of root beer floats, I think of being at my grandparent's house on a hot summer day when my grandma would make everyone an ice... Read more
By definition, a taproot is the single root of a plant that extends deep into the soil to supply the above-ground plant with nutrients. My definition of a taproot is YUM! It is such a shame these vegetables are grown below ground because many a... Read more
As part of our research for "The SparkPeople Cookbook: Love Your Food, Lose the Weight," we conducted a "Ditch the Diet Taste Test." We asked successful SparkPeople members, yo-yo dieters and others to answer questions about weigh... Read more
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