If Bernard Preston's inspirational books do not awaken in you the desire to live long in the land, then alas I have failed! Oh yes, and the desire to sit under those trees you once planted, to nurture those grandchildren you have borne.
Alas, sometimes it takes a fist banging on the skull, or a pick axe to break open the frozen sea within us. Is poor health trying to tell you something...? Just where are you planning to live, if you don't look after your bod, eh?
A sound and blameless body is surely something we all desire but it means saying a firm no to temptation and asking forgiveness when we have slipped.
Beta carotene deficiency is rare but many have a moderate shortage from their food; taking it in pill form is unnecessary and potentially dangerous.
Preserving olives is really only for those who want to enjoy them daily at an affordable price; generally the mark up from farmer to retailer is outrageous.
Our green home covers all the articles published in the media over the last five years.
End of winter chores at our green home like opening the compost heap can be tiresome but done mindfully is important and not so bothersome.
A mealie a day is a staple in many countries but once refined it becomes a junk food of the highest order; it is one of the the causes of stunting in SA..
Getting your garden soil ready is important since it will then become a carbon sink and help prevent global warming. Chickens add their nitrogen too.
How is apple cider made is very simple to make badly, but you can turn this into a real hobby perfecting your brewing techniques.
Wean off plastic or, like money, is it our irresponsible use of hydrocarbons that causes the pollution of our seas? First let us hand over a pristine planet.
Home bake bread flour is only worth using if you can get 100 percent wholemeal; with all the lignans, vitamin E and minerals it is very nutritious.
Are eggs good or bad is a question that has at least in part been finally answered; it depends on what else you are eating.
Cinnamon and diabetes go naturally together because the spice improves the absorption of glucose in the blood by our cells, enhancing the effect of the hormone.
Orange juice press adds another dimension; the whole fruit is only better if you have strained out the pulp; vitamin C and a host of bioflavonoids.
Natural honey enables us to lose weight and normalise our blood lipids; it does appear to lower fasting blood glucose but also increases the value of HbA1c.
Growing butternut squash gives you vitamin A and proven protection from malignant disease; the best fruit by far comes when grown in a compost heap.
Growing leeks confirms the wonder of our own vegetables and especially the phytochemical allicin. Surprisingly chilled vichyssoise is much less fattening.
Urban agriculture means you know how most of your food is grown, fertilized and sprayed. Let us call it real meals, not the poor shadow from the supermarket.
Backyard permaculture may end up with solar generators and a huge vegetable and fruit garden making you largely self-sufficient.
Are beans very starchy and should we be avoiding them if we want to lose weight or are diabetic?
Allicin benefits in the main are about the wonderful flavours added to home cooking. Do you too love the taste of good nuitritious food?
Plant indigenous trees for bees which are beautiful and encourage threatened beneficial insects; one in three mouthfuls of our food requires pollinators.
Meaning of starch will empower you to grasp which of the carbohydrates, and how they are prepared, will make you fat; and why some simple ones are not all bad.
Lucky not to have a gardener weighs up the sheer pleasure of having masses of fresh unspoiled food for all the hard work.
Roasted butternut squash recipe is so easy to prepare says Bernard Preston. It is one of the delights from our garden in autumn, lasting for months.
Merrylegs perry cider can be brewed in three to five days depending how strong and sweet you like it.
Freezing butternut squash is just about roasting them in the oven and then blending before you put the concentrate up.
Harvesting rainwater is best stored underground where it is kept very cold and less prone to bacterial contamination.
Why is whole grain better is a complex subject as it affects many systems in the body from spiking blood glucose to beneficial metabolites from the microbiome.
Calories in orange juice questions just how fattening it is. OJ from a carton has a high sugar level with a raised risk of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
Lutein benefit gives a table of some phytochemicals in various foods that prevent macular degeneration and cataracts. A life without medication is the goal.
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