What do Dash, TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes), Mayo Clinic, Flexitarian, Volumetrics, Biggest Loser, Ornish, Traditional Asian, Vegetarian, South Beach, Atkins, Paleo, Low-Carb, Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Mediterranean, Caribbean, Zone and Vegan diets have in common? Vegetables. Lots of vegetables. Especially greens. Leafy greens. And to a lesser degree, fruit.
My husband likes to say we are "recovering vegetarians" (and we are! We do eat some meat. Not much. And only (mostly) grass-fed. Lowland Farm, anyone?). But I like to say we are "vegetabletarians." And we most certainly are. Until we can raise our vibration to not eat at all, (I'm a long way from that!), we eat vegetables, first and foremost. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hmmm, how many vegetables can I eat? And how can I eat more vegetables? I've been known to sauté radish greens and radishes and add an egg or two for breakfast. Vegetables are free (well, almost) in terms of counting calories, carbs and nutrient density. Did you know that 100 calories of broccoli has more protein than 100 calories of beef?
And it's not just me....extolling the benefits of vegetables:
- Do you really need to eat vegetables – or plant matter in general – to be healthy? Yes. Yes, you do.
- Eat 7 times more vegetables than meat:
- Just Eat more vegetables.
P.S. There are a few stages of joining our CSA:
Year One: Join the CSA. And love it! Or feel overwhelmed with the amount of vegetables.
Year Two: Join again. Or quit. (Better yet, find a family member or friend to share a share). Plant a herb garden. At least mint, sage, rosemary & thyme & lemon balm. They winter over so easily. And a patch of horseradish & rhubarb.
Year Three: Join again. If you've quit, you'll be missing the lettuce and garlic scapes and will think about joining again! If you shared a share, it might be time to get your own. Plant a few easy vegetables in your garden: zucchini and tomatoes. Plant an apple (or pear) tree or raspberry (or blueberry) bush. Even if you never eat an apple or berry from it, it's an investment (and vote of confidence) in your children and the future.
Year Four: You are now officially addicted. To fresh, local produce. And you realize you can grow some, but not all the vegetables you would like. The CSA is the next best thing to growing your own, and a whole lot easier! (You wage a war with chimpmunks and woodchucks in your backyard). And you would like a Winter CSA.
Year Five, Six and Seven: Our Farm is Your Farm.
P.P.S. If you have been with us for more than two years and still sharing a share, you're not eating enough vegetables! Take the challenge. And eat all the vegetables every week for 24 weeks!
Please join us for this season! You'll be glad you did...