This spring/summer I have decided to reduce the degrees of separation between the food I eat and it’s origin. Here is my plan –

1. I have bought a couple of wooden raised garden beds (1.4 metre square) and will plant some staples: lettuce, cucumber, carrot, cherry tomato, capsicum, coriander, beetroot, basil, oregano and rocket.  I plan to get busy next Sunday setting up the vegetable garden and buying the seedlings.

2. Go to farmers markets to source fresh, local produce that I don’t have in my garden.

3. Google some great recipes that includes the wonderful seasonal produce I have available.

About 3 weeks ago, I planted a few varieties of lettuce in an old wok of nanas. Here’s some I picked for dinner.

This is new territory for me, so wish me luck. I welcome any suggestions or advice from those more experienced in this area.

As an aside, as part of my Yoga Therapy certification, we were discussing nutrition last weekend. When you look up the definition of nutrition you will find a reference to food , you will also find this:

nutrition:that which nourishes“…..Webster Dictionary 1828 and “the act or process of nourishing“…Collins English Dictionary.

I think for most of us, when we consider nutrition we think FOOD. Yes, food does nourish us, but so do many other things. Consider the affect of these ‘primary foods’ – Love, hugs, touch, kisses, warmth, massage, meditation, fun, freedom, self-expression, tears, hot baths, nature, downtime, close friends, and play . These all feed our souls and our hunger for living (according to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition).

I look forward to nourishing my body, mind and spirit with loads of ‘primary food’ and wonderful prana rich food from my own garden and local farmers.

I am grateful for all the gifts that come my way.

With love