Our Bountiful Planet

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OUR BOUNTIFUL PLANET

Our Earth is filled with wonderful and deliciously good foods to nourish us and keep us healthy; fruits, vegetable, grains, nuts, herbs, spices in what seems like an unending variety of really good things to eat and enjoy.  Good food makes us not only healthy but happy as well.  We can prevent a lot of sickness from happening if we just learn to eat right.  Our Earth is a bountiful planet and we need never go hungry if we just remember where the nourishment we need to be healthy and happy comes from.  It comes from the earth; all those wonderful fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, herbs, spices we need to live healthy and happy lives and fresh is best.

Just because this article is emphasizing fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, herbs, spices doesn’t mean you need to become a strict Vegan who eats and uses no animal, meat products at all or even Vegetarian, people who eat and use some meat products like eggs and milk and some occasionally eat some meat like poultry and fish and the very lean other meat varieties but our primary diet, the majority of the food we eat should be fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, herbs, spices and of course plenty of fresh water if we want to be as healthy and happy as we can be and there are a lot of wonderful wild foods we can and should enjoy but you need to be willing to forage for them.  Foraging for food is an economically sound practice as well as healthy and it is a fun way to spend a day with family or friends or even just by yourself. 

Fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, herbs, spices help us prevent and heal all manner of illnesses from the common cold to dreaded and serious diseases like cancer, heart disease, bone, joint and nerve problems, even tooth decay and help prevent vision and hearing loss. The right foods help us to think better, be more alert, and remember better; it keeps us from being sick and prevention, of course, is the best medicine and we need to eat them.  They all come from our bountiful planet, the earth we live on.   

Not only are they grown in our own gardens, the fields and the gardens of our farming communities, they also grow in the wild.  The earth is a bountiful garden of wild edibles that are very good for you and have wonderful flavor and texture.  They are enjoyable to eat and are free for the eating.  All we have to do is go get them and there is fun in foraging. 

I look forward to early spring and the wild fiddlehead (pasture brake fern before it unfurls) and the dandelion, asparagus, the wild onion, the young, tender leavers of milkweed, the leaves of the mustard plant, purslane, rose hips, bearberries, cattail, cranberries, checkerberries, wild strawberries, of course maple syrup and sugar, the mints, apples and plums; oh the list goes on and on and a little later there are even more berries, grains, nuts, roots, stalks, bulbs and other wild fruits to eat as well as those we are more familiar with found in our grocery store and the farmer’s market.

We get a lot more of the right stuff from all those fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, herbs, spices. We get some from meats too but the meats aren’t quite as good for us.  We get a lot more good benefit from those fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, herbs, spices than we do from eating meat that also contains a lot of other things that harm us like the unhealthy fats that lead to clogged arteries, intestinal problems, heart conditions, cancers, high cholesterol and triglyceride levels and obesity and while you are out foraging for food which I highly recommend you will also be getting a lot of good fresh air and exercise and enjoy the wonders of our bountiful planet.  

You can grow your own; gardening can be fun even if it is just a few plants in your back yard or in planters on your deck or herbs grown in pots on your windowsill and fresh is always best.  We can gather an abundance of wonderful and healthy foods from the wild or buy directly from the farmer or all of them and eating them, those fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, herbs, spices are vital to our good health and our happiness as well. 

I love the farmers market.  Oh that food is so much better than any food that comes in a can or a box from your grocer’s shelf.  It takes a little more time and effort to prepare fresh foods but trust me when I say it is so worth it and there are thousands of delicious recipes you can use to combine and enhance this bounty of good eating from our earth to help you become a healthier and happier you. 

You will soon discover that there is joy and good health in eating all those fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, herbs and spices from the abundance of our natural planet; those grown domestically and those waiting for us to come and get that grow in the wild.  It is, however, vitally important that you eat only the wild foods that you can positively identify.  Some plants are poisonous for human consumption or only parts of certain plants are edible; for example, burdock, the root is delicious and safe to eat but the leaves are poisonous and rhubarb, the stalk is safe to eat but don’t eat the rest.  It can make you very, very sick and maybe even kill you, so know what you are picking.

There are some really good books that will teach you what is good and safe to eat and what isn’t, where to find them and how to prepare them.  You can check them out at your local library or book store.  I own several such books and they have proven most beneficial. I love foraging; enjoying that extra bounty of good food from our bountiful planet and growing my own food but of course I still depend mostly on my grocery store and that wonderful farmer’s market for most of my dietary needs because of the environment I live in.  Most of us have to but that does not mean we cannot or should not reap the benefits of our bountiful planet.  

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