Wild Arkansas

October 31, 2011

Juicing II

Filed under: food, health — Tags: , , , — WildArkansas @ 1:26 am

Day 3

Afternoon: I was in downtown Siloam Springs and ended up getting a blueberry, strawberry smoothie from the Cafe on Broadway. Fresh ingredients by the way, and quite yummy.

Evening: a cup of spinach, three carrots and one pear. The color wasn’t good, but the taste surprised me. Sweet and light tasting.

10/29/11

Day 4

Morning: Pineapple, banana (for puree), one carrot. Very nice.

Afternoon: Carrot, pineapple, apple

Evening: 2 carrots, 2 apples, finished the pineapple. About 1/2 cup.

Was still needing something around 10 pm, so I made a snack juice of orange, cucumber and apple. Approximately 8 ounces.

Throughout this juicing, I have learned that eating healthy doesn’t cost more. In fact in dollars, it is beginning to cost less.

The “healthy food costs more,” myth is just that–a myth.  A mental transformation comes with the physical change of consumption habits. The healthier the food and the more thought put into the act of preparation, the less we eat. I’m not sure why it works that way, but it has for me. I think it does for most people.

The less thought we put into what we’re consuming, the more we consume.

At the end of day 4 of juicing, I may have spent a total of $15.00 on food. That includes the blueberry smoothie from the Cafe on Broadway.

I can’t say I’m not looking forward to eating whole food again. Something cooked. But, I know that my eating habits have changed.

10/30/11

Day 5

Morning: Apple, carrot, orange.

Today I began eating whole foods again.

Afternoon/lunch: Spinach, cucumber, tomato and garlic, mixed together with about 1 tsp of low-fat honey dijon dressing.

In 4 days of juicing I lost about 10 lbs. Back down to size 9/10. Was previously at 10/11.

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A few comments:

The purpose for juicing, to me, was to illustrate how healthy I could eat. Instead of grabbing a bag of chips, grabbing a bag of grapes. Or, cherry tomatoes. Make a healthy juice.

We all have options, we choose not to exercise those options at times.

Our current food system, advertising and the culture we live tends to encourage us to eat unhealthy. For all the Joe Cross’s we have, we also have McD’s, KFC and Long John Silver’s luring us through the doors.

The only way to change the food system is to vote with your dollars. Vote healthy, vote for healthy food. Say goodbye to corporate food system and hello to the local green grocer or farmer. And.. abovel all, thank people like Joe Cross for being so inspirational.

Thanks Joe.

Carla R. Herrera

Siloam Springs, AR.

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September 22, 2008

When Healthy Eating Becomes Dangerous

Filed under: health, nutrition — Tags: , , — WildArkansas @ 6:12 pm

ABC’s John Stossel reports about when nutrition crunching becomes obsessive.

Article & Video

There is another article at Wikipedia that sheds a little more information about orthorexia.

This does not mean that one concerned with their diet is obsessive. If someone maintains their health through natural means, this is a great thing. When the diet becomes a primary focus or limits one’s ability to interact with others that’s a problem.

September 17, 2008

Permaculture

This is three shorts (about 15 minutes) documentaries. 1) Robert Hart’s Forest Garden Find out loads about what forest gardening is, and how to make your own. 2) Edible Landscapes Second is an amazing case study about Rural Permaculture in Britain, showcasing loads of amazing edible plants and aquaculture and flowers, as well as fantastic medicinal plants. Look out for a cure for female infertility that’s dropped in here. 3) Urban Permaculture This is a brilliant and inspiring documentary of permaculture techniques used effectively in an urban back garden. WIth little more than 2 hours of work a week, this couple produce about a fifth of their food intake.

September 14, 2008

Wild Arkansas: Free health food

Filed under: Edible plants, foraging, health, nutrition — Tags: , , , , , — WildArkansas @ 3:51 am

With the rising costs of groceries and incredibly higher prices of produce in Arkansas, there is little relief for struggling families wanting healthier diets.

Last year in one study by the American Dietetic Association, researchers found that healthier food really does cost more.

…junk foods not only cost less than fruits and vegetables, but junk food prices also are less likely to rise as a result of inflation.NY Times

Foragers, or wild food gatherers are hobbyists fighting the trend and winning. Not only do they find natural, healthy food, they find it free.

Online, foragers help each other identify and educate one another about the different varieties of edible plants available around the country; and this includes, berries, nuts, fresh greens and more.

Unfortunately, NW Arkansas has no such group. People are still going solo while foraging for wild food and though this is still enjoyable, it’s better to have a second or third opinion when attempting to identify wild edibles. Never eat a plant you are not sure of.

A few local plants can be found in plentiful supply and trim a bit off not only the grocery bill, but the waistline as well.

There are several different varieties of Rumex available in NW Arkansas. These are edible greens with high fiber and nutrient content.


Common Sorrel

The common sorrel or dock plant can be found virtually everywhere. It’s best to take the youngest leaves, because as the leaves age they also become a bitter. It can be boiled, stir fried or used in salads, just as spinach or any other green.

Curly dock (or yellow dock) is a common plant known as an invasive weed. The plant is high in oxalic acid and should be cooked in a few changes of water before consuming.

The plantago is another common weed, inconspicuous for the most part, but plentiful and quite tasty if you cook it right.

Watch Green Deane’s video about Plantago.

Once you start foraging, the activity becomes addictive. It’s a healthy addiction that not only cuts down on your food cost, but gets you out into the fresh air and if your lucky, allows you to interact with other members of the community.

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