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Nutrition: Grow Your Own

Updated on June 12, 2011

Real Food is Nutrition

All the nutrition our bodies require comes from the food we eat or at least the food we should be eating. I am referring to real food, fresh vegetables, fruits, grains as well as meats, fish and chicken. These foods to be healthy must be organic and to be fresh need to be grown or produced as close to your kitchen as possible.

Peas, for example, are a common and relatively easy vegetable to grow. According to Dr. Decuypere's Nutrient Charts~~ Vegetables Chart ~,

one cup of boiled peas with no salt added contains 8.58 grams of protein, 134 calories and 8.8 grams of fiber. Peas also contain calcium (43mg), iron (2.46 mg), zinc (1.9mg) as well as the vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B6, and others.

If you are not eating real food at all your meals each day you may need to use a nutritional supplement to make sure your brain and body get the vitamins and minerals, including the trace minerals, required each day. Trace minerals include iron, manganese, copper, iodine, zinc, cobalt, fluoride, and selenium.

You can grow your own nutritional sources on your balcony, in your backyard or in a community garden plot. Chance are unless you have the time and space you will need to purchase a considerable amount of your food from another source. As best you can buy this food from a source that is as close to your home as possible. The closer the supplier is to yoru home the fresher the food will be.

Fresh vegetables, fruit, and beans for example are not excessively packed and labeled. When it comes to vegetables I make two recommendations, eat what is in season, it is usually cheaper and embrace root vegetables, beets, potatoes, carrots, turnips and parsnips to name some.

Ideally you want to purchase food that is both produced locally and produced organically. This way you are not consuming any artificial chemcails when you sit down to dinner.

In his book “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto” Michael Pollan advises us to “Eat food, not too much and mostly plants.” This is sound advice. Food is our natural source of the nutrients we need.

If the food we buy at the grocery store is not providing us with what we need to eb healthy we need to do more than take supplements to make up for the food’s failing we need to grow as much of our own food as we can and we need to support those who are growing food in and near our cities towns and villages.

Food is life and to allow it to become degraded and do anything is a very dangerous course to follow.


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  • Bob Ewing profile image

    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    If space is tight think vertical. happy gardening

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    Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Available space for enough sun is our main limiting factor. We do grow quite a few herbs and just got some eggplants in the ground a couple of days ago. You offer good advice!

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks, glad you enjoyed the read.

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    cbris52 7 years ago

    My grandfather used to always make me help him pick peas early in the mornings. Back then I didn't like to eat my vegetables but love them now.... Thanks for bringing back some good memories.. Great Hub!

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Keep on trying, thanks for dropping by.

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    Beth Morey 7 years ago from Montana

    I would love to have a garden. Unfortunately, my notoriously black thumb has killed all of my attempts so far. :(

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    That is exactly what one does, find a way to prepare the food that is in abundance at the time, thanks for dropping by.

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    ecogirl333 7 years ago

    Growing our own is so much more interesting than just buying whatever is on the shelf too. I find we eat a more varied diet even though we actually have less choice regarding what is available on our plot at any particular time.

    It comes from the necessity of simply having to find a recipe to use up 3 caulis for dinner say (must say I never thought I'd be a fan of cauliflower puree but indeed I was!). I hate waste and will try to find a recipe to deal with whatever seasonal glut we are in the midst of!

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Thanks you both for dropping by.

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    prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

    I like yuor advice about vegetables and to buy and eat what is in season, youre correct, thank you, Maita

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    Mary Gaines 7 years ago from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington

    We started a deck garden last year and did pretty good, unfortunately we went on vacation for a bit and lost our tomatoes. But we are trying it again and my huband has built large pots which look great on the deck. We have started tomatoes, peas, green onions, etc, you are so right the food tastes so much better when you grow it yourself. Thanks for the cool hub - you are full of knowledge in this area.

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    Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

    Gardening has multiple benefits, thanks for dropping by.

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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you for your wonderful hub. I will grow my vegetables in the backgarden again.

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    kowality 7 years ago from Everywhere

    My Mother always had a wonderful garden. The whole back yard was dedicated to fresh veggies. Lots of potatoes. We needed to be reminded that it's not that hard and the nutritional value is worth the wait. Thanks Bob