Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Check out Blastoff Network

You should check out this great site I joined called Blastoff Network. It's a customizable page that combines the best news, videos, music, and social networking with cash-back shopping from the biggest retailers such as Target, Best Buy, and Tiger Direct. Check out Blastoff Network at http://gotaf.socialtwist.com/redirect?l=-655957559943900718221 or visit my Blastoff Homepage at http://gotaf.socialtwist.com/redirect?l=-655957559943900718222

Saturday, February 13, 2010

The Best Tomatoes to Grow Where You Live

The Best Tomatoes to Grow Where You Live

Spring is just around the corner and as usual, I'm getting that itch to want to garden. As some of you know from my previous blogs and books, I'm an indoor gardener because I live in an apartment. What I've learned is that almost anything you can grow outside will grow in a pot. Some things require more sun than others and that means that the indoor gardener needs to be creative with light. Some people get all fancy and buy grow lights, but a regular florescent bulb strategically placed within a couple of inches of new seedlings works just as good. The bulb can be adjusted as the seedlings grow.

Some of the easiest plants to grow indoors are herbs and tomatoes. I'll admit that I did move my tomatoes outdoors as they grew bigger, but they started out in my home along with lettuce, strawberries, and peppers. When you grow in a pot, your fruit and vegetables will be a little smaller than their outdoor grown counterparts, but they are just as tasty! The article above discusses the best tomatoes for your region.

I discuss gardening a bit in some of my books which can be purchased at Lulu.com and for the month of February, you can purchase any of my books at a discount by entering the key word WINTERBOOK as your coupon code at checkout. This discount also goes for my latest book Fibro and Fabulous The Book.

Don't forget about the comment contest! We are just a few short comments away from a new winner so keep your comments coming!

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,

Kimberley

Friday, February 5, 2010

Dr. Oz and Oprah discussed the topic of food last week on their shows which aired here in the North East on Jan 26 and 27th respectively. Both shows shocked their audiences with how some animals are treated BEFORE they become our food supply.

Oprah aired clips of the documentry "Food Incorporated" whiched showed the life of a chicken on a farm. The chicken was pumped with so many hormones to plump his breast quicker that he could not stand for longer than a few seconds. A chicken who lives like this clearly would not see the light of day.

The documentary also takes you into the life of an American family that financially struggles with their food and medical bills. The father, a truck driver by trade, is diebetic and needs his medicine. This medcine takes a good chunk of their take home pay. So much so, that they have to choose between food and meds. A reality that happens way too often in today's society.

Author Michael Pollen of "Food Rules" explains that the consumer can change this harsh reality. The government will not subsidize food that is nutricious, only processed. But if the consumer starts to spend more money on nutriuos food as opposed to processed, the government and food industries will have no choice but to listen.

He goes further to explain that if the consumer spends a little more on grass fed beef and dairy, they could reap the benefits of healthy food, thus spending less time at the doctor's office.

These types of meat may be more than your average supermarket meat, but are much healthier. He also states that people should be eating less meat and more fruits and vegetables. This way of eating will compensate the larger meat expense.

I personally have to agree. Our food bill is really not much higher now that we buy organic. In fact, it's a little less since we don't eat out as often. It may sound like we are giving up a lot since the average American eats fast food on average four times a week, but we really aren't. Fast food, like Burger King and Ruby Tuesdays, is not all that healthy to begin with. So we are actually saving money rather than spending it because we visit the doctors less due to a healthy diet.

It's funny that major shows are getting on the band wagon now, years after the health blogging community stated that processed food is bad for you. But at least they are listening now. It's a very welcome change in my book.

Stay fabulous!
Love and friendship,

Kimberley

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