Over the past two decades, the use of antidepressants has skyrocketed. One in 10 Americans now takes an antidepressant medication; among women in their 40s and 50s, the figure is one in four. Conventional medicine provides prescription antidepressants, but is it possible that fresh, whole foods may be as effective as antidepressants at squelching depression?
What we know now is that there is a vast amount of research confirming what we all suspect to be true. Over the years, several studies have shown that eating junk like candy or potato chips can leave you feeling depressed, low, and unhappy. In fact, people who eat fast food are 51% more likely to be depressed then those that don't, according to a recent study. However, new studies show that people who eat lots of fruits and vegetables report happier, more satisfied feelings throughout the day and even into the next day. And new research from New Zealand shows that what you eat today may determine how content and satisfied you are tomorrow.
In the beginning of the study, the average study participant ate 1.7 cups of fruit and vegetables each day. But on days when people ate more than that, their self-reported positive affect—defined as feeling calm, content, cheerful, and energetic—increased roughly 3 percent per additional serving, the study shows. And that’s not all: Those good feelings tended to linger throughout the following day, says study author Tamlin Conner, Ph.D., a professor of health psychology at Otago.
And that's not all. In a new study that explored the connection between antioxidant serum concentrations and physiological health, shows that people who eat more fruits and vegetables are simply more optimistic. In this study with 982 people, those who ate the most produce and whole wheat self-reported higher optimism levels along with high antioxidant (carotenoids and vitamin E) serum scores.
It’s no secret that fruits and vegetables are the cornerstone of a balanced, nutritional diet. Scientists have long known that people who eat more fruits and vegetables are less likely to suffer from heart disease, cancer, and other diseases. Multiple studies show that eating fruits and vegetables is associated with a decrease in oxidative stress, an improvement in skin health, prettier hair, and a healthier heart. Now there's ample evidence to show that eating fruits and veggies elevate the mood. Sounds like a great alternative to antidepressants!
If eating more fruits and vegetables sounds like an overwhelming task, and you protest that you don't have the time, money, and energy to do it, try a whole foods supplement like Juice Plus+.Juice Plus+ has been shown in multiple studies to work in the body just like fruits and vegetables. To ensure that you are getting what you are paying for, make sure your whole foods supplement is harvested and processed at the farm and also has been tested post production and has received the coveted NSF certification for purity and contents.
We get our whole food nutrition from both Juice Plus+ and our a Tower Garden. There's no excuse not to grab some lovely tomatoes, kale, or basil when the garden sits literally next to the front door. Tower Gardens make whole-food nutrition easy. I'm sipping Lettuce Soup as I write this. It took 3 minutes to make and has my day started off on a happy note.[/SIZE]
Build A Strong Immune System Kids who eat lots of fruits and vegetables tend to have stronger immune systems than those that don’t. A strong immune systems is a big deterrent to viruses and allergies. Cultivate Peacefulness We feel at peace in garden. Our first home was a garden! Genesis 2:15 says, "Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the Garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it."
Grow a Taste for Good Food A garden encourages healthy taste buds. Cook & eat fruit, veggies, and whole grains & your family will develop a life-long taste for healthy foods!
Make Science Fun Study botany by watching a tiny seed sprout or hand pollinating a pumpkin. Delve into entomology by watching ladybugs munch on tasty aphids.
Discover our Amazing Creator We delight to discover that God designs His creations with interesting repeating patterns and shapes. God must love math! We can also see that our Lord delights in beauty, vibrant colors, interesting textures, shapes, and tastes. Grow Healthier Kids The links between ADHD & autism and poor nutrition & pesticides is growing stronger every day. (Dr. Valerie Miles recommends that parents reduce pesticide exposure and increase fruit and veggie consumption in this interesting audio.) Grow using organic methods easily on the Tower Garden. Save Grocery Money A well designed, easy-to-grow garden will save your family thousands of dollars over the years. The aeroponic Tower Garden is designed to last 20-25 years and will produce over $10,000 of healthy, beyond organic produce over its lifetime in the sunny southern states. (Conversely, a neglected ground garden can do just the opposite and be a black hole of time & energy, creating a stressed-out mom and a muddy back yard.)
Follow God’s Practical Plan "Build houses and live in them; and plant gardens and eat their produce" (Jeremiah 29: 5 NASB). Gardens were in God’s plan for the captive Israelites, and we can be assured that He intends for us to grow our own healthy produce today too. Learn the Principle of Sowing & Reaping“Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 (NASB)
Learn the Principle of Pruning “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.” John 15:1-2 (NASB). Nothing drives this lesson home like pruning an unruly tomato plant.
Have Tons of fun! Busy homeschooling families can garden easily in the new aeroponic Tower Garden, which makes gardening fun! The Tower Garden was developed by Tim Blank, the former chief horticulturist of Disney’s Epcot, with family fun and nutrition in mind. Ready, set, grow!
Ready, Set, Learn! Curriculum
What about curriculum? While not necessary, curriculum can be useful in guiding our children's' natural learning abilities! Don't forget field trips! Your local county extension probably has an educational garden you can visit. Farms and botanical gardens are also wonderful places to experience!
Grades 1-4: Plant a pumpkin seed with a child and cultivate joy and wonder.
"Celebrating the lore of the garden and the joy of interacting with nature, Sunflower Houses is a unique garden lover's miscellany, a collection of memories, poems, activities, garden plans, crafts, botanical riddles, stories, games, and planting projects. There are inspirations for a Floral Clock Garden, A Child's Own Rainbow, Faerie Tea Parties, and, of course, the Sunflower House. Plus, from garden lovers, stories of favorite flowers. Throughout are the artist's warm and appealing watercolors of a life in gardening remembered."
A favorite book of ours and one we use in our homeschool.
An excellent companion to Apologia's book.
Introduction to plant growth and reproduction.
I can grow youth curriculum.
A free science curriculum developed by Burpee, appropriate for grades 1-9. Secular (watch for references to evolution).
Great for middle-high schoolers who are visual learners.
For teens who desire to farm.
For teens who are serious about learning to ground garden.
Parents who wish to create a formal high school level course can easily create their own course. Depending upon the depth of the information and your goals for your child, this could be considered a full science class with labs or an elective (my county allows for 8 credits in elective). Some ideas of how to fullfil this:
Complete NGA's Learning Garden program: Botany 1 & 2
Explore your county's Master Gardener program. Here a SAMPLE
Volunteer as at a local farm, like Monroe-Ashby Farms
Read several books on gardening.
Grow an aeroponic Tower Garden.
Grow a square foot garden.
Harvest several crops. Demonstrate ways to cook and/or preserve your harvest via canning, freezing, or dehydrating.
Participate or organize a local organic co-op. Learn principles of godly business: Economics, Finances, & Business Class by Meredith Curtis
HSLDA's explanation of how to create a one-credit course:
"For courses that do not use a standard high school-level textbook (perhaps you are putting together your own unit study, or you are using an integrated curriculum), log the hours that your child spends completing the course work. One credit is approximately 120-180 hours of work. The upper end of this range (180 hours) is usually appropriate for lab science courses, while 150 hours is the average for a year long academic course such as English or History. Don't become legalistic in keeping track of each minute, but generally, when evaluating credit for an academic course, a good rule of thumb is 50 minutes a day, 5 days a week for 36 weeks, for a one-credit course."
The tower gardens have been a huge a blessing to us as food prices continue to go up. Fresh, healthy, beyond organic, abundant, delicious, easy! God tells us to plant gardens! Read about this in Jeremiah 29:4-9!
I am in love with the Seminole Pumpkin! It is the perfect plant for Florida gardeners. It loves our sandy soil and dislikes heavy fertilization. It's highly drought resistant and weathers a light freeze, blazing sun, high temps, and is virtually pest free.
The Seminole Pumpkin will keep for up to 9 months or longer! It's wonderful baked, in soups, pureed, and as pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie.
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Next order begins Thursday, April 18 and closes at midnight Saturday April 20 for pick-up Tuesday April 23. We strongly urge you to join our Facebook group. To get the latest updates on the co-op, please join our Facebook group. If you're unable to join, friend Leah http://www.facebook.com/dittobrooks and then request to join. Thank you!
We invite you to join our bi-monthly organic co-op in Deltona. Our goals are simple: to have a wide array of Florida Grown Organic Produce at the best prices possible. The 80/20 rule is what we aspire to do: 80% local, if available, or regional, if not. The 20% will include items that are simply not grown in our region, such as apples. Eating and buying local does make a difference! It is better for your physical health, the environment and the economic health of our community too! We source the best local organic produce at the cheapest prices possible.
In order to join the co-op there will be a yearly $10.00 fee due when you place our first order. This fee is due on Jan. 1 of every subsequent year. In addition, there will be a small $3 fee per order to help cover delivery driver costs.
ORDERING Order produce the 1st & 3rd week of the month. Produce pick up is on the 2nd & 4th week of the month. No ordering/pick-up on the 5th week of a month with 5 weeks. . Call Leah if you need special arrangements: 386-473-2638.
IF YOU ARE a first-time orderer, we may call you to verify your order and make sure you come and pick it up. There may be extras and they will be available to purchase when you pick up your order. We ask for your support by checking the table and purchasing extra items to reduce possible loss. Prices and availability of produce can fluctuate between ordering and receiving the order.
FEES - $10 yearly fee per calendar year. $3 delivery fee per order PICKING UP
PRODUCE - Your order will be ready for pick up on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month from 4pm to 7pm. Once we get started these hours may be extended. If for any reason you cannot pick up your order you must call (386) 473-2638 and let us know. If you need a special arrangement, please contact us directly and we will see what we can do!
THINK GREEN. Please bring bags with you to take home your produce.
LOCATION – River of Life Church of Volusia, 130 Garfield Rd., Enterprise 386-473-2638.
PAYMENT - All orders must be paid for by check or cash at time of pick up. Please note that we may not have change, so checks are best. Make the checks out to Leah Brooks.
QUANTITIES If you order 4# of sweet potatoes, you may end up with 4.25#. Trying to divide 50# of sweet potatoes perfectly evenly will drive us crazy...and be impossible to do. That goes for all the veges except easy ones like green beans and prebagged produce.
PLEASE NOTE: By co-op day prices may change as the price changes at the market on Mondays. We cannot control the price changes & apologize if the price does increase.
Cucumbers are easy to grow, tender, heat loving veggies that grow well both in the Tower Garden and in the ground.
Cuke on the Tower
The life of a cucumber gardener is all roses and, well...cucumbers...up to the point that the dreaded, dastardly pickleworm shows up! It starts as an interesting little green worm in the flower...and turns into nasty green or yellow worms burrowing into the cucumbers. Pickleworms will ruin an entire crop before you know it. Cucumbers infested with pickleworm are unsafe for humans