Eating Healthy is Eating Normal

When you go grocery shopping, what is your cart full of? Where do you spend the most time when you’re there? What do you cook?

If you never cook, you may not even know the answer to those questions. Unfortunately as a student, at least at the University of Maryland, I’m not in close proximity to a proper grocery store. I’m privileged in the fact that I have a car; otherwise I would be eating at restaurants and fast food places all the time. For a lot of people, that’s the standard. Chipotle and Blaze once in a while are okay, but not every day for the sake of your wallet and your body.

I see this as a huge issue among my peers. It’s not that they want to live like this. When you don’t know how to cook though, or what to make even if you can, what other options would you have? Then, what happens when you graduate?

This problem can’t continue to be ignored, and I want to help be part of the solution! I’m investing my time in this blog to help you, either fellow students, graduates, or anyone that just wants to eat normally, get to the point that you can buy the right food and cook for yourself all on your own.

Because eating healthy should be eating normally.

And I don’t mean eating salads for every meal and dieting to the point of pure hunger. I will not allow you to detox. Vegetables are not your enemy. You may have to keep an open-mind to my recipes, but if you test the waters and then dive right in, I promise you won’t regret it.

My Garden

Living in College Park was a constant reminder of what I missed at home; my garden. In the concrete stop between Baltimore and D.C, there was little room to grow anything unless it was at the school. I discovered, a bit too late, about the community garden plots I could have rented.

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Now I’m home, so it doesn’t really matter. I can’t grow in the ground this year because we’re moving out of this house, but I have so many pots that it doesn’t even matter.

Anything I grow is grown without pesticides or toxins that hurt the ecosystem. I use recycled rainwater and kitchen water for my plants. If there’s any way to reduce waste, pollution, and my impact on the surrounding environment, I do it. Any plant matter that would be wasted is composted 🙂

So, basically it’s an organic potted garden across my front and back deck. It’s lovely and always worth my time. I believe a garden is patience at work, something we must all learn and grow to appreciate.

My favorite thing to grow, and eat, are tomatoes of all kinds. this year I’m growing sun gold, vine, and yellow goddess cherry tomatoes. Also, Roma tomatoes and I’m thinking about some better boys.

Love Dove farm is the vendor I got this tomato plant from. I usually don’t buy my plants; I grow them from seeds. I couldn’t resist though. They’re tomatoes are to die for. A worthy investment.

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I made a trellis for my wax and green bean plants. I may be too excited about them. Nerding out for beans.

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Garden

On the back porch, I stick to tomatoes and beans, where as up front, I have more delicate plants to tend to. Mixed salad greens, basil, and various herbs that are taking forever to sprout are sprawled on the front steps of this old house.

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Every morning, it brings a smile to my face as I walk out the door to see the progress my seedlings have made. All the plants were started from a few seeds, a little hope, and a consistent want to help them grow. That’s really all you need to do to have a garden, besides read up a bit. A lot of what I have learned about gardening has come from reading books from the library and experimenting on my own. If you fail, it’s really no big deal! Try again, and try something new. Fix the problems.

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My first time growing any vegetables was with my Roma tomato plant. Each tomato ended up having a black bottom, caved in. Instead of letting it go on, I googled what was up. Turns out, my plant was suffering from calcium deficiency, a side effect of which was blossom end rot. I bought calcium chloride online to solve the problem. That’s what you have to do, in the garden and in life. Be a fixer.

 

 

In a month, when I move into my new apartment, I’ll be on the verge of tears. Withdraw symptoms will be unpleasant for my roommates. We don’t have a balcony at the apartment complex, so no outdoor plants. I’m just going to try to live in the moment and enjoy my plants as much as I can right now.

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Buy Organic Citrus!

It’s usually unclear when it’s okay to buy inorganic vs. organic. EVERY TIME you use citrus zest in a recipe though, buy organic.

Zest is when you grate the peel and add it into your meal. It’s a good idea to ensure that peel is as clean as possible, especially from pesticides and other toxins that could have been used to farm it. Buying organic citrus ensures this won’t be of issue for you!

If you can’t figure out what to eat for breakfast, people usually keep bananas to grab fast. Always bring a banana to a party, but don’t eat it as a backup meal. Bananas on their own leave me bloated and forever hungry. I recommend always having a grapefruit at hand. Half a grapefruit with yogurt is the perfect quick and healthy breakfast you may have never thought of.

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