The garden could use your help.

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Spring break is right around the corner, a time for many to get away from campus, leaving us in a need of volunteers the week of March 24th-29th to water the fast growing plants at the Student Garden at Sunset Recreation Center. Mornings are best to water, though we would be appreciative for any time as long as it gets watered. *1-2 volunteers per day needed*. Water sufficiently, but avoid puddles! Please visit the sign up sheet or email Alyssa at aac1218@gmail.com if you are available and would like to volunteer. Email for any questions! Thank you!

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Eating like our Grandparents and Great-Grandparents

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In Michael Pollan’s Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, Pollan describes how eating has become more complicated than it really should be. He describes how nutrition science is a very young science and that we heavily rely on experts to tell us what to eat when in reality they do not know as much as it may seem. He emphasizes how before scientists (government, public health organizations, and food marketers) began telling us how to eat, we relied on our mothers, grandmothers, and more distant ancestors (tradition and culture). He goes on to say how “it’s gotten to the point where we do not see foods anymore, but instead we look right through them to the nutrients (good or bad) they contain.” 

He believes there are two things we should know about the relationship of diet and health. First, people who eat the so-called “Western diet” comprised of processed foods and meats with lots of added fat and sugar, lots of refined grains, lots of everything except fruits, vegetables, and whole grains-suffer high rates of “Western diseases” like obesity, Type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. His second point is that people who eat a wide range of traditional diets generally do not suffer from these chronic diseases. His overall philosophy is: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly Plants. This comes from his previous book In Defense of Food.

Pollan provides 64 simple rules for eating healthily and happily, which are framed in terms of culture rather than science because in many cases science confirms cultural beliefs like eating tomatoes with olive oil is good because the lycopene in the tomatoes is soluble in oil and thus making it easier for our bodies to absorb. Food Rules is broken up into three sections. The first section focuses on helping you “eat food.” This is the ability to tell the difference between real food and “edible food like substances” as Pollan likes to refer to them. he lays out rules/guidelines to help you make healthy choices. The second section is aimed at choosing among real foods. And lastly, the third section focuses on how to eat by moderating our eating and taking time to enjoy it more.

I really enjoyed Food Rules because it is very simple and easy to understand. This makes it easier to remember the rules Pollan describes. Pollan also includes a lot of humor that makes it a very entertaining book to read. Its small size makes it a quick read and something you can carry around easily too. It is probably the best diet book I have read so far. I would definitely recommend it to my peers. In fact, I already have.

Here are some of my favorite rules from the three sections:

“Eat food”

  • #2: Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.
  • #7: Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third-grader cannot pronounce.
  • #19: If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.

“Mostly plants”

  • #24: Eating what stands on leg (mushrooms and plants foods) is better than eating what stands on two legs (fowl), which is better than eating what stands on four legs (cows, pigs, and other mammals).
  • #36: Don’t eat breakfast cereals that change the color of your milk.
  • #37: The whiter the bread, the sooner you’ll be dead.

“Not too much”

  • #47: Eat when you are hungry, not when you are bored.
  • #54: Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.
  • #57: “Don’t get your fuel from the same place your car does.

Studying at the Garden 3/15

It was such a beautiful day today, so I decided to do some of my studying at the garden. I was planning on watering the plants, but Andrew had just stopped by earlier to water them. I just walked around to check on things. The garden looks absolutely marvelous! I am so happy! I especially love the pea plant supporting structures. They make the garden look so artsy. 

 

 

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I noticed the thai chili that was growing near the entrance. I didn’t realize we were growing some! I love thai chili! I can’t wait. 

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Also, I also noticed how the potatoes are sprouting very well. 

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I truly enjoyed this class and sad that it’s over. But on the brighter side, the garden is always open. Just because the class is over does not mean that you cannot visit the garden. Please stop by whenever, we would really love all the help we can get! Our garden work parties are on Saturdays from 2-4pm and Sundays from 2pm-Sunset, so come for however long you want! Hope to see you there! 


Garden Visit

Candace and I visited the garden on Thursday afternoon. I apologize this post is late, my account finally allowed me to add posts to the blog. 

It was a beautiful day outside, perfect to go pay a visit to the garden and check on things. First, we rented out the spigot and watered all the beds. The garden has been never looked so great before! I’ve been in E3 since my freshmen year and I have not seen it like this before! We are so happy and excited to see how good the garden has been doing. Everyone keep up the hard work! 

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Candace and I walked around and did some weeding and checked on the beds. All the plants seemed to be doing fine. The carrots are sprouting! Image

We can’t wait to see more progress in the garden!