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Another spring season is here and we just got our plants in the ground….

On the top deck, we planted Persian cucumbers (that climb up the arched trellis), thyme, oregano, parsley, basil, mint, green onion and cilantro (from seed).

On the bottom two decks, we planted tomatoes (6 varietals!), zucchini and sunflowers (from seed).

All of our transplants and seeds, purchased at SLOAT, are locally sourced and non-GMO. As you can see from the photos, we are still getting free “organic” irrigation from the sky.

When it’s all said and done (soil amendment, transplants, seeds, irrigation, etc), I estimate the cost of growing food at home exceeds the cost of buying it at the store.

Having said that, there is a certain satisfaction in growing your own food, knowing where it comes from, how it is grown and it’s a great lesson and fun experience for our children.

If you have ever considered growing food at home but have yet to try it, I would recommend planting a DIY starter kit in a small area of your backyard to get some experience. I saw a product called SeedSheet on a recent episode of SHARK TANK, which I thought was a brilliantly easy way to start your own garden.

Happy planting!

#Homegrown #Truthology #HJID

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Kids Fit Club – Dinner Edition

Kids Fit Club, an organization dedicated to educating youth on the value of proper nutrition and exercise, hosted a dinner event tonight where 4 children (ages 6-9yo) prepared a Mediterranean feast for a group of 14 attendees.

The dinner consisted of the following dishes, listed with ingredients in parenthesis:

– Veggie Platter Appetizer (Carrots, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Red Bell Peppers, Yellow Bell Peppers & Hummus)

– Hummus (Garbanzo Beans, Tahini, Garlic, Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, Salt, Pepper & topped with Pine Nuts & Paprika)

– Salad (Arugula, Cucumber, Avocado, Pine Nuts, Olive Oil, Garlic, Lemon Juice, Salt & Pepper)

– Quinoa Tabouli (Quinoa, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Italian Parsley, Green Onions, Mint, Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, Salt & Pepper)

– Grilled Chicken (Boneless skinless butterflied chicken breast with Shwarma marinade).

– Served with fresh pita and lavash bread.

The dinner was healthy, delicious and a great time was had by all in attendance!

Looking forward to our next KFC event!


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Kids Fit Club

Courtesy of Google Images

Courtesy of Google Images

My dietary transformation has been a very personal journey for me and has not been adopted entirely by my immediate family. For example, just because I genuinely believe that humans are not designed to consume another animal’s milk (especially throughout the course of their lifetime), I have NOT imposed a household ban on dairy products. Meanwhile, I would argue that some of my dietary habits have rubbed off on my family. Continue reading

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Reflecting on the past

July 2008

July 2008

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” – George Santayana

I was reminded of this famous quote the other day when my family was watching a home video from the Summer of 2008, which is depicted in the above photo collage. This was the heaviest period of my life – I believe that I weighed in excess of 270 lbs. Continue reading

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Inertia of the status quo


I am celebrating this year’s gastronomic holiday in a new decade….and reflecting on my 40th birthday earlier this week, I am reminded of the very purpose behind this blog….to question what we eat and why we eat it.  Today my focus is on DESSERT. Continue reading


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The talk


I’ve been purposely eating fewer animals recently.  What began as simply a health-related decision has been further reinforced by the issue of morality.  I have compassion for living creatures that are unknowingly sacrificing what they hold most precious – their life, in order for us human beings to survive.  It begs the question of whether or not it is even necessary.  Think: TRUTHOLOGY.  At the very least, can the line can be drawn at a more reasonable and sustainable point?  I believe so!  Animal agriculture is killing millions of animals for food each and every day….well into billions of animals per year.  Take a moment and consider how many preserved dead animal carcasses are literally scattered around your community at supermarkets, restaurants, household refrigerators, etc.  It’s a pretty morbid, yet fascinating thought. This is our socially accepted reality….which is particularly stunning considering the negative consequences of animal agriculture to our health and the health of our planet.  Evaluating your diet and decreasing your consumption of animals by one meal per day, just one, is not a very extensive commitment and would make a big impact on your health and our global footprint.  It has been relatively easy for me to accomplish this goal each day and I feel much better physically and mentally as a result. Continue reading

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