Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Ask: Do we need 100% of nutrients every day?

As humans, we've evolved with cycles of food availability. For example, you couldn't eat bread until the grain had been harvested and milled. If you wanted strawberries you had to wait until they ripened. Today, we hear about recommended daily allowances of vitamins and minerals constantly. We take daily vitamins to be sure we're getting 100%. But do our bodies need 100% every day? Do we, for example, need more vitamin C just when the summer fruits come in season? Do our bodies need more protein in the winter, when fresh fruits and veggies weren't available but meat could be caught? I'm wondering if our bodies need a cycle, and not a daily dose.

This is a multi-part question, and I will do my best to address all of it - some ventures outside the realm of my expertise, and some parts are simply opinion or do not have clear cut answers at this point.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Garden Update

Not much time to write lately, but at the very least I can take some garden photos! We pulled up the lettuce and have started some Kentucky Wonder Bean seeds. They really are wondrous, as they grew almost 10 inches tall in like 4 days...beanstalk, anyone?

Anyway, here's the latest. Cucumbers in the front, eggplant is the tallest. Very back row is broccoli, then cabbage and collards.

Friday, July 2, 2010

News This Week

There's been so much in the news this week! I feel like I could write a post about each one. Here's a sampling of what caught my eye: