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Tower Garden Update

It has been three weeks since our little sprouts were put into the Tower Garden and there has been some growth. On the left side of the Tower Garden, we wanted to experiment with purchased plants while on the right side, we only have our original sprouts.

Over the past three weeks, we have had to deal with the store-bought plants being attacked by aphids, as well as these plants not being particularly healthy to begin with. They do however appear to be surviving and coming back to life…which I am very happy with, especially considering I definitely don’t have a green thumb. The sprouts on the right side are coming along and growing well.

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The one thing that has helped the store-bought plants to recover is that instead of using the rock wool that is used to sprout seeds (which was what was suggested), we wrapped the plant bases with felt to provide extra support, leaving a small portion of the roots exposed inside the Tower Garden. Originally, we had implanted them using the rock wool, but found that as heavy as the plants were, that they needed more support.

I will update the Tower Garden progress again in a few weeks.

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I sometimes wish we humans had the instincts to sense the things that are dangerous to us and those which should be avoided.  Animals utilize their senses constantly to survive and protect themselves.  They use their hearing to listen for predators approaching.  They use their sight to look for food, predators, and places to take shelter in bad weather. They also use their sense of smell to determine if the food they are about to eat is ripe and safe to eat.

One difference that GMO fruits, vegetables, and grains have from pure, natural, non-GMO fruits, vegetables, and grains, is that they have a much different smell.  Animals can tell the difference, and if given a choice between GMO and non-GMO feed, they consistently avoid the GMO feed.  If animals are only provided with GMO feed, they do what we would do to survive…eat what’s available to avoid starvation.  Unfortunately for the animals that are forced to eat GMO feed, severe damage happens pretty quickly, sometimes in as little as a few weeks.  Some of the damaging effects seen in GMO fed animals include sterility, cancer, liver damage, smaller litters with reduced-sized offspring that often die within days of birth, premature births, and more.

Take a look at what Monsanto doesn’t want consumers to know:

 

In trying to feed my family the best, safest, and healthiest food possible, I now have a Tower Garden. The Tower Garden is a Non-GMO, aeroponic and hydroponic garden that uses less that 10% of the land and water of a traditional garden. Each Tower Garden holds up to 20 plants and cycles a water and nutrient mixture in 15 minute intervals. The plant roots are exposed to both air and a trickling water/nutrient sprinkle which helps them grow at a faster rate than a ground-based garden would.

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Today is Day 1 of using my Tower Garden and I will be updating the progress here with photos taken on at least a weekly basis. Check back to see how it’s growing.

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Life expectancy is on a downward trend . Generation X-ers are on their way to being the first generation in more than 50 years to not outlive their parents. New research indicates that the cure for this disturbing trend begins in the womb, or even before conception.

Babies’ birth weights and mothers’ pregnancy weight gain have been on the rise for at least the last 20 years. What moms eat during pregnancy determines their baby’s food preferences. Research indicates that the fetus develops a taste for what mom likes to eat, so if mom eats junk food, high fat/high sugar foods, and not enough fruits and vegetables, her baby will crave the high fat/high sugar diet. If, on the other hand, mom eats healthy, low fat foods and lots of fruits and vegetables, her baby will prefer these healthier foods.

So, how do we combat the obesity epidemic? We start by teaching our children healthier eating by example. Train them to be smart consumers and teach them how to eat healthy now, before they have babies of their own.

Low Carbohydrate diets have been touted for more than 10 years as being really good for helping people lose weight. Such diets as Atkins and the South Beach Diet are among the most popular of the low-carb diets.  The creators of these diets propose that a diet low in carbohydrates allows a person’s body to more easily use fats as energy, thereby burning excess fat and allowing a person to easily lose weight. It has even been proposed by advocates of low-carb dieting that people with diabetes can eat their way to a non-diabetic life, eventually being able to stop taking insulin and other medications.   But these diets have both pros and cons that must be weighed.

PROS:

  • Reduces the amounts of processed sugars eaten
  • Promotes the use of dietary fiber in foods to counteract carbohydrates
  • Promotes eating fruits and vegetables*
  • Gets low-carb dieters away from eating processed starches (breads, pastas, pastries – which tend to contain GMO ingredients)
  • Reasonable grocery cost

CONS:

  • Tends to be high in fats, including saturated fats
  • Promotes high protein in the diet to feel satiated (45-85 grams of protein a day is adequate depending on your activity level)
  • Carbohydrates are supposed to be kept below 60 grams a day (difficult to do if you eat a variety of fruits and vegetables daily)*
  • Although you eat fruits and vegetables with this diet, you cannot eat many of the more nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables due to their high-glycemic/high-carb status (i.e. root vegetables like beets and onions, which are beneficial)
  • Proposed used of alternative sweeteners (including Aspartame – which is GMO) to avoid excess carbs. This is problematic because the body cannot discern the difference between natural sugars and artificial sweeteners and thus the glycemic result is the same…it spikes blood sugar.

The Atkins low-carb diet was one of the first diets my husband and I tried after he was diagnosed as a diabetic.  Although both of us lost some weight with low-carb dieting, and the grocery cost was reasonable, it never helped my husband to get his high-cholesterol or high-triglycerides under control, and in turn, his blood sugar also stayed high.  The saturated fats and artificial sweeteners seem to be the downfall of this diet.  For a low-carb diet to be adequate in weight-loss as well as being healthy for you, it needs to reduce the amount of saturated fats you eat and promote the use of natural, non-GMO sweeteners in moderation, in addition to eating plenty of low-calorie fruits and vegetables.

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