09 Feb 2012
- Written by Dr. Timothy Moore Ph.D
The weather is unseasonably warm for this time year. Spring will come soon enough, I suppose. And when it does, the farmers will start their day in the fields even before the sun comes up.
Dr. Timothy Moore
I can remember as a child growing up on a farm and listening to my dad get up before sunrise. He’d get on his tractor and till the soil. Then when it was time to harvest the crops, he’d reap plenty of vegetables. We had more than enough on the dinner table and plenty to spare.
My dad insisted that his children eat vegetables. Why? They would be our medicine, he explained. His explanation didn’t make sense to me at that time, but after I reached adulthood and lapsed into ill health, I soon realized that my dad knew what he was talking about. He lived to be 95 years old. And even at that age, he was still eating vegetables.
The point I’m making is this: If my dad lived to be 95 because he never stopped eating vegetables, then, to me, it’s a forgone conclusion that eating vegetables will help sustain life. Although fast food is popular, I would bypass the five-minute meal, if I were you, for a reasonable serving of vegetables. It can’t hurt. You’ll feel much better and enjoy good health.
You can find vegetables at the market and the super stores. But what about starting your own vegetable garden to make sure you’ll have fresh vegetables to eat? Growing your own vegetables will make you feel proud and special. It doesn’t take much to start a small garden in your backyard, along a windowsill, or on a spec of land in the country. There’s nothing like fresh, crisp vegetables that are pesticide free. The taste is totally different than commercially grown vegetables.
Eating a daily portion of vegetables will also reduce your chances of becoming obese and diabetic. That’s a well-known fact. But did you know that if you’re living in poverty, the chances of you becoming obese and diabetic are greater, according to The New England Journal of Medicine. The environment you live in and your socio-economic condition are factors to consider as well. But that’s another story.
Let’s get back to gardening. Farmers markets are growing at a rapid pace and spreading all across the United States. You probably have noticed one or two of them in your neighborhood selling fresh produce and goods at an economical price. That’s a good thing, because some people may not have the inclination to grow their own vegetables.
You can’t lose if you get your vegetables at the farmers market or grow your own. There are health benefits to eating fresh vegetables – and fruit, of course – according to the American Heart Association. Eating them will help you fight off diseases that attack your immune system.
Here’s another benefit to consider: Eating fresh fruit and vegetables will help ease your mind and relax your body. And if you grow your own, you’ll be proud of the yield. You’ll also enjoy the food that you planted and harvested with your own hands.
You don’t have to wait until you’re a senior to start a garden. Whatever your age, if you have a knack for growing flowers, it should be a cinch to grow fruit and vegetables. If you have time on your hands, all you need is a little patience.
Remember, you’re not just growing a garden for your own health and well being, you’re growing one as well for your entire family, your loved ones, who should be eating healthy too.
Growing a garden, in a way, is kind of like a life preserver. You’ll need it to survive.
There are important reasons for growing your own garden: The yield is free of dangerous chemicals and pesticides, it provides great exercise, the vegetables will have a much better taste, and you’ll be able to ward off sickness and debilitating diseases.
Remember, obesity and diabetes will cease to exist if you eat your vegetables. My dad didn’t live to be 95 years old by eating unhealthy. He ate vegetables. That’s why I eat mine.