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Gardening, Sprouting and Juicing with Your Children!

Have you ever dreamed of losing weight and being fit?  Could your entire family benefit from juicing and exercising as well?  Do you have children that somehow get lost by the wayside as a result of your desire to lose weight?  It’s quite normal to think this way because we imagine our children always being healthy, that they are thin and involved so many hours a day in school.  This of course is a myth because children are suffering from serious illnesses like Diabetes more now than ever, and most schools have been cutting back on outdoor play and exercises as well.  What children are direly needing is a connection to Mother Nature and to their families in ways that can create a strong spiritual bonding experience with their parents.

Most of us here in America are fortunate to have backyards — yet we are not utilizing them in ways that will benefit the entire family.

When Jay and I were children, both of us had parents and grandparents that tended a very large vegetable garden and herb garden with several fruit trees.  Even though our backyards were somewhat small, our grandparents and parents utilized every square foot for the benefit of the entire family.  Jay’s parents grew a beautiful garden of spring greens and they also had a large selection of fruit trees as well.  They grew zucchini and carrots, parsley and spinach.

My grandparents lived with us from birth. They were from Norway, and my grandmother had a garden anybody would envy.  Unfortunately, in the 1960′s when I was growing up, all of our neighbors were becoming mesmerized by the advertisements on television, practically hypnotizing its viewers to believe Coco-Puffs and Frozen TV dinners were the “IN” thing.  Unfortunately our neighbors saw my Grandmother’s garden as old fashioned and in fact I remember feeling strange because my friends in the neighborhood used to say that we had a weird family because those ‘old people’ were living in our house.  Our neighbors may have thought we were weird, old fashioned or eccentric, but I loved my Grandmother and her magical garden!

Both of our lives were built on these foundations.  Sometimes Jay and I both wonder, if what we are doing today, is rooted from these empowering experiences we had for so many years growing up?  The answer is a definitive yes!

You see, you have so much power in your hands, you don’t realize this because our focus in America has been work, work, work.  Where has this gotten us?

We are obese, unhappy, frustrated and completely disconnected to our Beloved Mother Nature who surrounds us everywhere we look, but we are so sick we cannot see anything before our eyes except trying to get to our next paycheck to pay our bills. We realize this, but connecting to Mother Nature’s Foods is a free experience.  It doesn’t cost more than a ticket to a movie for a family to start an entire herb garden and vegetable garden.  It just takes a bit of reading, a bit of inspiration and determination.

You and your family’s lives can unite in ways that you could never imagine.  Raising your children to have a divine experience with healing foods and juices is something we have lived with our entire lives.

At the onset of Spring brings priceless memories of our parents and grandparents out in the garden picking the ripening crops of chives, basil and celery that would soon be part of our dinners that night.  Then when summertime comes the sweet fragrance of fresh peas still lingers powerfully in our minds, even after forty to fifty years!

Does it seem overwhelming to start these kinds of processes if you have no knowledge?  Yes.  But Rome wasn’t built in a day.  Let’s start out with a small herb garden.  Children of all ages, even Teenagers will thoroughly enjoy this process.  Even as you begin to learn to sprout in your kitchen garden, growing an herb garden is very easy.  If you live in an apartment, it’s quite easy to create an herb garden right in your own kitchen. (see charts on growing herbs)

Once you, your children and perhaps even the Grandparents can get involved, this too will become a powerful bonding experience.  Once you get through one season with the herb garden, then you can start thinking about building a small raised vegetable garden.  And then in the late wintertime, take your children to the Nursery and buy a fruit tree together.

The bounty of fruit, herbs and vegetables are a perfect foundation to building a Living Kitchen as well!  Juicing the fruits, herbs or vegetables you grow in your own home takes the learning experience to heights that will literally transform the way your children think and live.  If you have an overabundance of herbs or fruits or veggies, you can juice them easily. After you have juiced, you now have a beautiful compost pile waiting to go back into the Earth so that the earthworms can do their work to digest the foods so they in turn can create beautiful, rich soil for the future seeds of what you plant can take root and feed you.

You have the Power of Nature in your hands! This is what millions of us have been missing for many decades that our grandparents used to do, yet somehow we have lost  these empowering ways of communing with Mother Nature.  There is a natural symbiosis that occurs when we are outdoors with the dirt in our hands, picking ripened fruit, herbs and vegetables.  It’s as if the Sun and the mysteries of Nature are healing our hearts, bodies and souls.  And to have our children with us as we mature into this process together, is a gift that everybody can have.  You have the ability to change your lives right now, and you have the power to alter your children’s lives to a way of living that is the richest you could ever imagine.

Children are unconsciously craving to find ways to bond with their families, no matter the age.  Learning together, (combined with converting this knowledge about all the different varieties of fruits, veggies and herbs into action) by blending, juicing and eating these healing foods and herbs is something you owe to yourself and your family.  Even if you are divorced or re-married, whether you are in a relationship with a love partner, or if you are grandparents….. gardening, juicing and eating Mother Nature’s foods belongs to all of us as a humanity.

When our children were younger, when we lived in Rancho Santa Fe (San Diego area). One day we went to our youngest son’s classroom to do a small talk about juicing.  It seemed simple enough to us, but what we both found shocking, was the fact that almost all of the children didn’t know the names of vegetables, or any of the fruits except a few; apples, oranges and bananas. They had never seen cantaloupes, or honeydews, mangos or grapefruits.  They couldn’t identify celery or even spinach, much less zucchini, cucumbers or green bell peppers. The only vegetables most of them were able to identify were carrots.  This was over 15 years ago.  We wondered as we were writing this book, how it had changed, hoping it would be better.  We were wrong.  Based on Jamie Oliver’s studies during his tours across America in 2010, he found that first graders couldn’t identify over 90% of the fruits and vegetables, and what made it even more disturbing was that the 6th graders had the same statistics.  This is not just alarming, it’s heartbreaking.

Now is the time to change your life and help enlighten your children’s minds and their bodies so that they can experience long lasting, vital health by incorporating juicing, gardening, sprouting and outdoor exercise on a daily basis.  Interestingly, this new world of vital health is not exclusive to just children. Within just a short time, everybody’s bodies start to change for the better, no matter the age.