With the closing of 2011 and the opening of the new year 2012 we seen one of the biggest movements in the US of any year in the past for its category. Organic, green living, natural living, Eco-friendly living or self sufficiency, what ever you call it, people have made some big changes in drones. There are more organic farmers now than there ever have been. Not only individuals growing and raising their own crops and animals for consumption as well as profit making.
But even big corporations have switched to more earth friendly and healthier growing options. In 2012 make it your resolution to get on board and live more Eco-friendly, green and self sufficient. As the year draws on we are left to wonder what the future holds for our land and food. Times are not as stable as they used to be and we are drawing closer and closer to NASA’s warning time of the Earth being hit with a solar storm with the magnitude that will knock out all our technology including all electricity.
So isn’t it a perfect time to learn to live more simple? Health never has been such a hot topic, but with the negative changes in our food supply and the agriculture system we are left with the world’s fattest country. Isn’t it a good time to take better care of you and your family’s health? Not only should we all learn to be living more self sufficient but we need to learn to use the land to our advantage and to take better care of the land.
The land is where our food comes from, if we destroy it we destroy our food which in turn yields high disease and death rates in our population. Learning organic gardening and making greener choices such as investing in reusable shopping bags over plastic and paper we can become better people and healthier as well. We should never have to wonder what is in our foods that we should not be eating and this goes for our water too.
In fact the National Natural Living Examiner brought to our attention in 2011 the spoils of our bad living choices, the water is tainted and so much that it is literally undrinkable. But because so few are aware of what is in our water we go on drinking it thinking that if we do not notice any effects from it then it must be ok, problem is how many of you are trained to see these medical “effects”? If you could see through the eyes of an enlightened medical specialist you might be surprised at what the water is doing to you.
So the alternative is to collect rain water and filter and purify it, collect spring water and have our own water supply that we can turn to in the event of a serious disaster that effects our water. If the solar storm of 2012 actually takes place there will be no clean, drinkable water if you are on the water grid. Those that have made the change and have gotten ready with their own water supply (self-sufficiency) will have clean water.
There is no need for electricity to clean your water if you manually do it, so the effects will not be felt with those that are homesteading and living off their own land. 2011 showed us the “Great garbage Patch” in the ocean. Have we not learned our lesson yet? Recently in fact the garbage from the Japan tsunami reach our shores. So now we have that to add to our own mess. What could be more necessary than resolving to live cleaner, smarter and simpler? Is there really time to waiver and put it off?
As a small step in the right direction here is a smart list of 10 foods that you should resolve to eat in the New Year:
Barley– Increased consumption of this food has shown the ability to lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol.
Brown rice– Substituting this type rice over white rice has shown to lower your risk of type 2 diabetes.
Rye– Did you know rye bread eaten at breakfast can decrease hunger before and after lunch? It can also improve your sugar level.
Almonds– Eating almonds can help you lose weight! A 2007 study showed that the fiber in almonds blocked some of the fat calories from being absorbed in the body.
Hazelnuts– This awesome nut is like drinking a cup of green tea, it has the same antioxidants in the skins of these nuts, so eat them with the skin on and whole.
Pecans– In 2010 a study showed that this nut has the ability to protect our neurological system. Natural protection against degeneration disorders.
Black raspberries– 2010 taught us that a study found that these were highly effective at preventing intestinal tumors in lab mice.
Blueberries– A six week study showed that consuming these in smoothies daily improved insulin sensitivity in obese, non-diabetic, and insulin resistance patients.
Tomatoes– Now we already know these are good for us, the lycopene alone is worth eating tomatoes daily. But did you know that in a six week study they found that eating just 2 servings of organic canned tomatoes daily caused people to experience a significant decrease in their high blood pressure?
Pomegranates– For those on dialysis for kidney disease, drinking pomegranate juice suggested it can prevent a number of complications in a clinical study.
Happy New Year from the National Homesteading Examiner and all of the Examiners here at lodeplus.com. We wish you all the best in the coming year and hope you will remain to be a loyal reader of this column and the other three columns that I write for the Examiner national network as well. For a peak at this Examiner’s other writings use these three links: NBE, NNLE, NATE. May you all be blessed and healthy!