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Wellness Wednesday 2 – Eat your greens y’all

August 1, 2012

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.” Thomas Edison said this in a 1902 newspaper article.

How to stay well in disastrous times, that’s what we’re talking about. I’m talking no electricity, no telephone, no transportation like we know it today, disastrous times. What is it going to take to stay well and keep ourselves healthy?

Surely there will have to be a whole different mindset. Of course there won’t be any “fast food” so we’ll have an advantage there. I believe we’ll find a balance eventually, or literally die trying. People that don’t know what a balanced diet is and depend on fast food for what they call sustenance now, well they’re in for a rude awakening.

Beans and rice are going to go a long way. Soaking your beans will help. Vinegar will help. But supplementing our diet with dark leafy green vegetables will ultimately separate the healthy folks from those discovering malnutrition. These will have to be grown and I mean locally grown. If there is no transportation they’ll have to be real local.

Seriously have you taken a look at what nutritional value there is in the stuff you are prepping? Talking to preppers here; how many cans of dark leafy vegetables do you have? What about carrots, peas, corn? Do you have any freeze dried broccoli stocked?

Where I live there are a few wild plants for potherb use. These are the kind you can pick, throw in some dried bacon, some vinegar and cook for 15 or 20 minutes and have some good cooked greens. We’re in the heat of summer now and I can show you four or five plants in the woods I could eat. There are just a couple of plants, right now, that I could harvest their tender green leaves for a salad. How about you? Do you know your local foraging treasures? Maybe now is a good time to start. Beans and rice is going to get old quick.

I know some plan on eating meat, all the time, every day. How realistic is that. Suppose everyone in your area is planning the same thing. How long is wild game going to last with everyone harvesting it? Sure, we’ll need protein, but we’ll need more to really balance things.

Long term survival and staying well is going to be about good nutrition and balanced all around diet.

Wellness Wednesday is about staying well and we’ll get past simple nutrition one day. But, I want to stress the importance that balanced nutrition is going to play in staying well and keeping disease at bay.

Consider a local foraging group or seek out local folks that forage. Invest in some books about local edible plants and trees. Learn about their use and characteristics. Maybe find some local herb shop that does wild-crafting and learn what local plants and trees can be used as medicine. These will all play a role in our health in disastrous times.



So, I Eat Weeds

July 6, 2012

Yes, you read that right, I eat weeds. My current favorite is dandelion. I have a patch growing in the shade that doesn’t get as bitter as most and love to cut the tender young leaves up, after blanching, into some scrambled eggs or other potherb batch I’ve got going. I’ve been growing some pellitory too. Watching it grow through the year for positive identification. I’m about to try a little of it also. They say it may cause allergic reaction, so I want to try just a little at first.

I have found where a neighbor tosses her old horse waste. She’s been doing it for years and I have harvested some great compost from the piles left a year or so ago. I made a new flower bed but didn’t get it finished in time for the summer heat. I plan to use it for winter squash. Well, a blessing has come up and doing quite well in the bed, amaranth. It’s just a couple of weeks old but looks like a leaf kind instead of a grain kind of amaranth. I’m going to harvest some soon, I’ll let you know how it is.

The real reason I’m sharing this with you is to simply suggest that you too should investigate the edible weeds in your area. I bet there are some nearby that are delicious. Many of the wild things are even more nutritious than the grown for produce stuff. Like purslane for instance.  The Portulaca oleracea has omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin A, B, C and E, beta carotene, magnesium, calcium, potassium, folate, lithium, iron and is 2.5% protein. Beat that in your local grocery.

There are a lot of places on the internet to check out and learn about your local weeds as a food source. You never know when you might need them. One of my favorites is
Greene Dean has done a wonderful job on his site too, it has loads of information.

I recommend you find someone in your local area that forages. Check your local extension service.

I thank you for visiting and hope you too eat weeds and enjoy them.

Blessings to You!