Container Gardens for Healthy Living

Tips from a Pro to Help Get You Started

Growing your own food is about as intentional as it gets when it comes to connecting your mind, body and nutrition. There’s just something about planting a seed or a starter plant, caring for it, watching the vegetables, fruit or herbs emerge from what you planted, harvesting and then eating it that’s about as fulfilling as anything you can imagine. I grew up with a Dad who only knew how to garden the Texas way, which meant that we always had a HUGE garden that could feed us plus our neighbors if needed. While I can’t say I appreciated picking beans out in the hot summer sun as much as I probably should have, as an adult, I’ve certainly gotten back to my roots and truly understand the value of what he was doing for us and teaching us to do for ourselves – even in my little slice of suburbia as compared to the farm I grew up on.

While my entire property isn’t as large as my dad’s garden was, I have learned that it is possible to grow food in whatever space you have – whether it’s a backyard, a patio, a deck or a screened-in porch. That’s where container gardens come in. They make it so that growing our own food – at least to some extent – is something we can all do no matter our income or space limitations. Because Bountiful Backyards specializes in edible landscaping, I went to Operations Manager Keith Shaljian to find out how we can fuel our health with container gardens and to get some tips on how to get started.

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Healthy Action Step of the Day: Find Your “Why Power”

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Find Your “Why Power.”Before you try to implement any new habits or lifestyle changes, figure out why you want or need to do it. No matter what changes you are trying to make in your life, author and publisher of Success magazine Darren Hardy says in his book The Compound Effect that “Your choices are only meaningful when you connect them to your desires and dreams.” This is what he calls “why power.” It will always be much more effective than relying on willpower because willpower only focuses on what it is you’re trying to do. In a moment of weakness, willpower can fail you at any point.

Dr. Brooke Goldner, M.D. is a best-selling author, the founder of VeganMedicalDoctor.com, GoodbyeLupus.com and creator of the Hyper-Nourishing Nutrition Protocol for Lupus Recovery. She says in Exploring a Plant-Based Diet that “You have to really focus on the life you want, not the food you want because willpower always fails. Why power always wins.”


Healthy Action Step of the Day: Stop multitasking

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Stop multitasking. Multitasking may be something we take great pride in, but it’s actually draining for our life, health and joy, and it may actually make us less efficient instead of more. According to the American Psychological Association, a study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance shows that for complicated or unfamiliar tasks, it takes extra time to shift mental gears every time a person switches between the two tasks.This switch can take several tenths of a second, which is a significant amount of time for some tasks and can add up when you’re trying to get something done.

Transpersonal therapist and author Dr. Shannon South, LPC, ThD believes that by multitasking, “we’re only 50 percent present to our lives.” We’re not truly paying attention to any one thing that we’re doing, so there’s not an opportunity to find or appreciate joy in anything. If we’re constantly multitasking, our lives come down to how many things we can check off at once as opposed to fully being present.

To find out more about Dr. Shannon’s tips for regaining your joy and how to keep from losing it in the first place, feel free to read 6 Ways to Regain Your Joy.



3 Tips to Jumpstart a Healthy Lifestyle

How to Quickly Get Started

I’ve had quite a few people say to me that they want to adopt a healthier lifestyle, but they just don’t have time right now to figure out how to do it or what exactly that looks like for them. I completely get it, but if you think about it, when we’re at our busiest, craziest and stretched to the limit, that’s when we need to be our healthiest and sanest or something’s going to give. We’re simply going to fall apart. So, I get not having time, but on the flip side, can you really afford not to spend the time to at least get started?

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Meal Planning Tips and Tools for Healthy Living

5 Best Meal Planning Tools

Does the idea of meal planning make you break out in cold sweats or cause your shoulders to tense up? If so, you’re definitely not alone. This is one of those tasks that can cause even the most seemingly together women (or men) to crumble. It doesn’t have to be that way though, and I’m talking to you about it because I strongly believe meal planning is one of the first steps to good nutrition, good health and overall wellness. Integrated living does at the very least, include a shopping list.

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Your Key to Success for a Healthy Lifestyle…Planning

Tips for Achieving a Healthy Lifestyle

Do you want to be healthy… I mean down to your core healthy? If so, I’m here to let you in on a not-so-little secret. Your key to success for a healthy lifestyle doesn’t necessarily start with how many miles you run or walk, how much salad you eat for lunch every day or how many minutes you meditate in the morning. These and many more components all play important roles in a healthy lifestyle, but there’s one thing needed to bring it all together so that you can live your most vibrant and healthy life. Planning. That’s right, planning. It may not sound very sexy, but it’s where we all have to start and the place we sometimes have to come back to. That can be true even if you have a regular exercise routine in place but still aren’t feeling your best; you eat the healthiest of diets but still don’t have enough energy or you’re a master at mindfulness but can’t quite manage to get movement into your schedule. If any of this is true for you, it’s time to go back to the drawing board and come up with a blueprint for the healthiest you possible.

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