Saturday, April 04, 2009
Springing into life!
The weather is warming up and the garden is springing to life again. Our little Magnolia, above, opened it's buds in the last couple of days and looks glorious. Here you can see the winter cover is still on the pool but as there is now real warmth in the sun, it can't be long before it comes off. My favourite tulips are not yet open but the daffodils are finally out.
Another plant I'm very fond of is this little Contorted Hazelnut tree - it looks beautiful all winter long too, an added bonus!
I've always wanted to grow my own herbs and as of this week, I now have my own little patch (planted in a large trough). I've got thyme, sage, rosemary and bay, seen here, as well as lemon thyme, chives, oregano and two types of parsley!
The garden isn't the only thing springing to life though. After my two bouts of migraines and the sinusitis recently, I've had a radical 'spring clean' of my diet (as well as the kitchen cupboards!) and it's been nothing short of miraculous. I've got my energy back, the brain fog has cleared, and with another 2-3lbs, I'll be back to my 'normal' weight - the weight I was all through my 20's and 30's. I really can't believe how fast the change has been. It's similar to an Atkins diet (cutting out most carbs and sugars) but this time cutting out yeast, cheese, anything fermented and anything that may harbour molds too (like peanuts, black tea, ground black pepper for example). It's sounds limited but boy, does it make food shopping a breeze! With a few exceptions I can get everything I need in the meat, fish and veg section - and it's surprising, even shocking, how much space all the processed foods take up in the supermarkets!
Eating only natural food, I know from years of not eating wheat, makes eating out or eating when travelling very difficult. That, I think, says a lot about the state of our diets. I won't force mine on anyone, but it's up to us to be aware of what the food industry is doing to us because they sure aren't going to tell us! I was in a chemist yesterday, walking through the 'health food' section, and spotted loads of stuff containing aspartame. Not only is the food industry adding a load of nasty stuff to our food, but it's claiming it has health benefits! Buyer beware, as they say. I'm looking forward to getting my flavours from my new little herb garden!