Forget the 100 mile diet, I went for 50 feet!

Funny, but I never thought I had enough garden space to add vegetables and grow my own. I have a tiny house in the middle of downtown Toronto. How was I to know?! But when one of my clients was telling me about picking her own spinach and tomatoes from the garden boxes on her balcony, I was encouraged to try and grow my own as well.

I grew up in Niagara and my parents, like many in that area, had a huge vegetable and fruit garden. Until I moved out on my own, I didn’t appreciate the value of having fresh fruit and vegetables in my own backyard. And how inexpensive, delicious and convenient it was!

So this year, I tried growing my family’s favourites and to my delight it worked! I now have beans, peas, peppers, spinach and Romaine lettuce growing in and around my flowers.

Imagine my delight eating my first salad of the season! Thank you client Jenna for the inspiration!

Condo, apartment or downtown city dwellers take heed – all you need is a small patch of dirt or a garden box, a few seeds or starter plants, and a nice bit of sun! Talk about clean eating!


body

Body – I’m not a big fan of counting calories – I mean we all know a donut has a lot of them – but this video gives you a very clear idea of what 200 calories looks like:

Source: vod.io/tknYb/


Spirit

Mind – You’ll recognize these 10 foods as being good for you but I was surprised to see how specifically they make your brain work better:

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/10-foods-boost-your-brainpower


soul

Spirit – Throughout my life I have inconsistently kept journals and I often find it revealing to go back and read them. When I came across this article it made me realize that writing can enrich our lives in many different ways:

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-20458/9-great-reasons-everyone-should-write.html