Guest post from Stephanie Whitlock (Curtis Wife)
Hello, I’m Stephanie, Curtis’ other half or better half however you want to put it. When Curtis first started gardening I was a little apprehensive with all the space the garden was taking up in our tiny little backyard. We needed room for the kids to play. After several years of eating the awesome organic yumminess from right outside our back door, I’m convinced we NEED a garden. Below is just a small reason to garden.
A little over a year ago I went through one of the most humbling experiences in my life. The day after Christmas 2012, I woke up with no vision in my left eye, numbness and tingling in my hands and feet and my legs hurt all the time. After several tests at the eye doctor, MRIs, blood work and a spinal tap at the neurologist they diagnosed me with an undetermined form of Multiple Sclerosis and Lupus. All the doctors could do for me was prescribe Interferon for the pain and a medicine I can’t remember the name of to help me sleep.
I was very determined to beat this without the use of prescribed medications. I wanted a more natural approach to ‘fixing’ me, and one that didn’t harm my kidneys or liver.
So began my journey of Google searches. I love Google, by the way! I read for days and days on blog after blog to determine my plan of action on how I, WE, were going to beat these awful diseases. After my research I came up with two things that were common in most all of the blogs I read. I needed to change what I put into my mouth/body. The first started with completely changing the way we eat by making the entire house gluten free. All of our pastas, baked goods and breads went gluten free, but that post is for a different blog. The second item I found in my research was I needed to eat more leafy green veggies, i.e. spinach, kale, chard and more healing fruits like pineapple and blueberries.
What better way to do that than add a green breakfast smoothie to my every day morning routine?!?
This information made Curtis’ eyes light up. I could see the excitement in his eyes which only meant one thing, the garden was going to get bigger. Last year was the first year to grow a large quantity of all these greens. He usually only grows lettuce and spinach in the garden but in small amounts. We were able to chop some of it up in bags and freeze it to use after growing season was over.
So early this month when he started planting things I pretty much demanded an entire bed of leafy greens. Here are a few pictures of the makings of a backyard smoothie:
The Rainbow Swiss Chard is “under construction” at the moment, they aren’t real sure of the weather we are having here in Texas.
I don’t really have a recipe for my smoothies. Every day I add a different combination of fruits and veggies and get a different flavor each time. I have never been able to recreate a flavor I had the day before which makes it fun and interesting.
I always start with a large handful of greens and a carrot, then add the fruit on top. Sometimes an apple goes a long way in the flavor department. Sometimes I pretty much eat a salad for breakfast because I didn’t add enough fruit to cover the leafy green taste.
Thank you for letting me share with you a little bit about why we grow what we grow.
By the way, after a year of completely changing what I eat, regular visits to a holistic chiropractor and exercising everyday, I have no pain in my legs, no blindness in my eyes, no numbness and tingling and no lasting effects of the MS or Lupus. I encourage you to do your own research when battling a debilitating disease. You may be surprised that you can be cured just by changing your diet.
~ Until next time …