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  1. I'm happily married...but you sure look good. Ciao
  2. Good show Big! You know the big tree types, like the mangoes and avocadoes can be grown like bonsaïs in pots quite nicely. You have to keep trimming the roots and the branches to keep them small. If you favour only a few of the lateral branches you'll still have a relatively good production of fruit because those branches are the most productive (that's what espallier fashion means). Bring the pots indoors during the winter and grow under lights, but gradually (start a couple of hours in the morning only and increase the time spent outdoors slowly) bring them back outdoors after all danger of spring frost has past for the summer. Just make sure to dig up lots of the surrounding soil and don't disturb many of the roots when you transplant them into a pot (this is why I prefer to start seedlings directly in the pot). Continually add some well-rotted compost to the surface of the soil without digging it, but don't cover the trunk which needs to breathe. Water thoroughly, but don't keep the soil continually wet-it should dry out (but not to the point where the leaves droop) in between waterings. As for the pollinisation-some trees like apples need a partner, but others are self-fertile and all you need to do is touch the flowers with q-tips to spread the pollen. Voilà, you'll have some of your very own home-grown fruit in a few of years. Of course, tomatoes and peppers grow much faster, but they're short lived in comparison to trees. I love to see more green! Everyone, everywhere should be growing more plants! Ciao
  3. You should add kidney stones. That's what I got because I was drinking huge glasses of milk for "calcium and my bones." The stuff is evil.
  4. Ok, so you live in a small flat with no windows. Impossible to grow some food... nope. Dedicate one or two walls to growing climbing plants in pots. Paint the wall white to reflect as much light as possible. Install grow lights (relatively cheap in nursery shops-they don't consume much energy either) along the ceiling. Some plants that can easily be grown this way are tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, pole beans, passion fruit, strawberries, figs, citrus should be grown in espallier fashion, and even bananas and small papaya trees. Growing your own food is the best way to assure quality. Good luck. Ciao
  5. Wow, sorry to hear about your arthritis. Do you find that exercise helps the condition or hurts? I hope it helps. Ciao
  6. Just like everywhere. Only the US is a bigger target for people to poke fun at.
  7. The Canada food guide was certainly a big step forward from recent years. They're going to have to step up their promotion of prevention big time soon. It would be nice if healthy peeps got tax breaks, that would rock. Sure, our system isn't perfect, but if I walk out my front door and get hit by a bus I'll get looked after right away no questions asked and afterwards I won't have to dedicate the entire rest of my life to pay for it. It's an easy thing to take for granted until you see a movie like this. I used to think the same thing until a dear friend was in a head to head car collision a few months back. The hospital made her sicker with infections that were rampant in the hospital. She was already in for a long haul to recovery, which has now been made worse because of the infections. One of the worst things about the "care" she received was that her loved ones weren't allowed to be close to her. If there's ever a time to be near the people you care for it is during a huge trauma like that. And, we do spend our whole life paying for the system-we're one of the most taxed nations on the planet. So even if I think it's better than the US, there's still a lot of room for improvement. Tax perks to people who take care of their health seems like a good idea to me. It should be studied more.
  8. Have you noticed that the government here in Canada is doing more promotion of veg nutrition. I wonder if it's in reaction to the aging baby-boomers and the soaring costs of healthcare. Nonetheless, healthcare here is still not that great, even if it is universal. It is not healthcare it is sickcare and quite inadequate at that. We still don't do enough to promote prevention and good health.
  9. Well said Flanders....it's all personal choice! For me I've got a perfectly good juicer/smoothie maker...it's called my mouth, I put one fruit in at a time which means less stress on my digestive system, theres no cutting, no oxidation issue, no loss of nutrients caused by the speed of the blade, no loss of fiber, etc. But that's just my opinion based on what I want from my lifestyle. If people wanna juice then go for it..... Cutting, blending food before you eat it also reduces chewing which is very important to the digestion process. Chewing activates the saliva and its digestive enzymes. Chewing also sends signals to the rest of the digestive system to prepare for the incoming food. So yeah, I agree with Big that the mouth is the best juicer. Ciao
  10. I read it as "Fruit Cravings"*. When I saw the pictures I realised that it was "Fruit Carvings" . Absolutely beautiful. That is my idea of heaven! * Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Cool. Thanks.
  11. Welcome! Good luck for the martial arts quest. I used to do Taekwando and I loved it (I'm a 40 year old female). I had to quit cos of work. Ciao
  12. Wow! What a wonderful journey you're making Steve. Congrats. I look forward to reading more. Ciao
  13. I'm so sorry SeaSiren! My thoughts are with you. Please rest and take care of yourself! Ciao.
  14. How long were you raw for? since this winter 90%-100% raw. i keep trying to reintroduce cooked food into my body but it doesnt want it. but eating fruits is so damn expensive. i cant get the variety i need and the amount i need. And im spending money like crazy just to eat fruits and I cant even get enough calories. so i was trying to introduce rice and pasta...cheap grains and stuff that are calorie dense. but my body doesnt want em How about growing some of your own stuff? All you have to do, even if you live in a northern climate is dedicate one or two walls to growing mostly climbing fruits. Paint the wall white to reflect as much light as possible. Install long grow lights at the top (they're pretty cheap to buy at any plant nursery and they consume little energy). You can grow tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, passionfruit, melons, peas, pole beans, lettuce, strawberries, ground tomatoes, figs, mushrooms etc. very easily indoors and with very little space. Then there's sprouting too. Instead of cooking your seeds and grains you can sprout them. Admittedly, not much of your calories should come from them, it's definitely cheap and one bean sprouts into eight times its size. Hey, if marijuana growers are smart enough to figure out how to grow the stuff here in Québec's northern winters in their basements, we've got to be smart enough to figure out how to grow our own food stuff. Finally, about the variety. IMHO, I don't think you need to have variety at every single meal or even every single day. I think that the variety that counts is the longterm, over the year variety that is important. So if bananas are on sale, stock up on them and enjoy!
  15. Yeah, you're right. There shouldn't be any shortcuts. I've got to do the research properly myself if I'm going to learn anything. I like your stuff btw, especially the "shudup'n train". It's exactly what I need to do. Ciao
  16. Jonathan, I expected a healthy debate, not people telling me that I need my head examined like you just did. How respectful is that? And since you bring up the ethical issue again. I do not think that a person's food choices only affect their own health. By choosing the food one chooses a person is supporting many things including a type of agricultural system. For instance, by not choosing organic you are choosing the continued use of pesticides, sewage sludge use, migrant worker poisonings, etc. the list goes on and on. By choosing organic fruit, a person is supporting a healthier environment for everyone including animals. You should see my organic garden. I've got who knows how many birds in it, at least two types of snakes, frogs, butterflies, rabbits occasional deer, even bears sometimes come for the cherries and that's only one acre of land. Do not tell me that a person's food choices do not have ethical considerations. Just because it's vegan doesn't necessarily make it the most ethical choice. Incidentally, this comment from you amuses me. "3) The fact that crackers are hardly a good or indeed whole food." How come you can admit HERE that crackers aren't a whole food or that they're pretty far down the list of healthy choices of foods available?
  17. Ok, I accept the challenge, but I need help for an upcoming event. At home, I'm pretty sure I can do this because I'm in control here. At the end of July however, I'm going to Toronto to be with my family and go to a big Italian wedding. How am I going to survive the temptations of all that pasta?!!!! I need help...
  18. First, I'm sorry if I've caused a stir. That's been happening a lot to me lately. It started on VF a couple months back when this young man came on board and started singing the praises of Dr. Graham. He was dished a lot by most of the other forum members. Some even started to make anti-raw rant posts. This whole reaction only intrigued me more and I quickly ordered Dr. Graham's book 811rv. I've been researching raw even more since, and I like what I read so far. I'm also pushing the debate on VF and asking people to question whether the whole cooking thing isn't just a bad habit that really doesn't make any sense whatsoever. I came to VBB not to cause a debate about the whole raw thing, but to hopefully find a place where I wasn't considered a nutcase for embracing the raw idea. Instead it's caused fighting here too and I'm sorry about that. Going back to my reaction to the seeds/crackers. I wasn't, at least consciously, expecting a reaction because Dr. Graham does recommend some seeds. It was only after my reaction that it dawned on me that the things were cooked. I don't deny the possibility that it might be psychosomatic either, but to me the psyche is also very important to good health, so even if it was caused by my head I still had physical manifestations. Big, could you give me the links to the past posts, just to quicken my search please?
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