Sage Hill Gardens

The Season is Changing
Time to Tweak Our Diet Choices~

The longest journey begins with that first short step.

The healthiest table begins with that first realization that "I" must make the interest and take the action to make it so.

Our food sources of today and actually for the last forty years have been slowly contaminated to the degree that they are basically void of nutrition by the time they reach our dining table. The average meal travels no less than 1500 miles before it reaches a destination. This means it is harvested green, sprayed/treated to slow the process of maturation, sprayed again to keep insects away while in transit, sprayed again when it reaches its restart a process that allows the 'color' to finalize. Remember, the process of nutritional growth is halted at harvesting and does not begin again.

This is one of the best reasons for re-educating ourselves on how we choose what we eat.

It's understood that everyone in this country cannot be a farmer or even have a garden. But what everyone can do is look at all the options, either pick from or develop one, and set a new goal: a goal to grow or purchase from a local grower, or from sources that allow you to feel safe in the foods you serve at your table.

Many across the country are turning their lawns into urban gardens. You can grow in over-sized containers, on porches and patios, in small hobby greenhouses. Gardening makes a wonderful family project while supplying healthy and tasty foods.

One very easy way to "healthatize" (my made-up word ) your meals is through the use of herbs.

Fresh or fresh dried... (Fresh dried is not from the local supermarket!) Herbs for the season are: Basil, dill, oregano, thyme, tarragon, and sage.

Oils, fats, sodium (salt), artificial coloring, white sugar, and additives are the biggest culprits in today's diet, within the seasoning range.

High-fructose corn syrup, GMO's (genetically modified organisms) and pesticide saturation are other negatives that must be a priority to avoid.

Stevia is a naturally sweet herb that can be used to replace sugar. and

The links above will supply you with the information you need to understand the benefits of these products as a substitute to recipes and other interesting stuff.

You will always be able to find resource articles, recipes, and good to know facts on the Sage Hill Gardens website also.

Tip: Anything that ends in 'ose' is a sugar, and many times one that has been chemically made from a natural source; once it is processed chemically it is no longer a natural product.

Tip.... Disease cannot live in an alkaline environment. Drinking 2 8oz glasses of lemon water every day will alkalize your system: ½ fresh (organic please) lemon squeezed into 8 ounces of purified spring water.
Drink first thing upon arising and before bed-time.

Tip....Seasonal foods for the southeast that need to be a big part of our daily intake: Apples, Brussels sprouts, cranberries, garlic, grapes, leeks, pears, pecans, squash, and tomatillos...these foods have substances that feed the body with the needs of the season.

If you live in another region of the country check out January issue-2014 for a list of foods in your location for seasonal needs.

~I'm a click away if you have questions.~

32 Old Petersburg Pike
Petersburg, Tn. 37144

Bea Rigsby-Kunz
Sage Hill Gardens

Enjoy the season that is Autumn~ A time of winding down, preparing for a winter's rest.~