"We sit in the mud...and reach for the stars." - Ivan Turgenev
The thrill of spring is upon us. Rivers roar, bursts of green in every shade emerge from the earth, and birdsong plays amongst the trees.
We don't want to miss this energy, and show, just because of a little mud, do we? Throw on some boots and head outside. Go ahead- get a little muddy, splash in a puddle. It can be fun and invigorating.
You don't have boots for the mud? Let's take a look at three of my favorite, which are popular amongst other nature lovers as well.
Merrell Hiking Boots
Sturdy, thick soled, and waterproof, these are my favorite boots to play outside in, especially if there is rocky terrain or hard surfaces. They absorb the shock well. If they get muddy, just let it dry and wipe it off.
Lowa Hiking Boots
Great ankle support and lightweight so they make walking on trails enjoyable. Go ahead, walk through that muddy section or across the wood bridge covered in water, your feet will stay nice and dry.
Created in the 1800's by the first Duke of Wellington, "wellies" have withstood the test of time. These rubber boots have gone far beyond the United Kingdom. They come in classic, solid colors, or fun patterns. Easy to slip on and hose off.
So don't just sit there in the mud, go ahead and walk in it, play in it, under the stars.
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The Coronavirus Pandemic has made one thing very clear, the healthier we are; the more likely we can fight disease. A study estimated that nearly two-thirds of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the U.S. could be attributed to obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart failure. Each of these non-communicable diseases contributes to inflammation in the body, which added fuel to the Coronavirus fire. They can be prevented, or potentially reversed for most of us, with a healthy lifestyle.
Eating clean fruits, and vegetables, is an essential part of any healthy diet. The best way to ensure that we have access to pesticide-free, organic produce is to grow it ourselves.
I don't have room.
I don't know how.
I don't have time.
These are all legitimate concerns for many of us today. Let's take a look at how we can at least grow some of our own food.
1. Grow Microgreens
Micorgreens are nutrient-dense powerhouse plants. They grow quickly, in a small amount of space, indoors or outdoors. They are tasty, and easy to use on salads, sandwiches or in smoothies. Take a look at this system I trialed. What I like most about this option is that it was easy and didn't make a mess. Maybe it will work for you.
2. Aquaponic Growing
Growing plants in water is a quickly growing trend. These systems are being used on city rooftops, college campuses and homes. Take a look at what is entailed in aquaponic growing. Video
What I like most about this option, it offers healthy greens all the time.
You can even get an aquaponic garden that also serves as a fishtank!
3. Grow in Hanging Baskets, Containers, or a Small Raised Bed.
If you have access to sun and water, you can grow some food, even if it is just herbs. Check out all the resources on the Healthy Green Thumbs™ page. You'll find a year- long series of newsletters, videos, tips and resources to help you grow plants, including many produce options, so you can enhance your health and well-being. The shopping page on The Nature Nurse™, PLLC website includes some items that may help you as well. SHOP NOW
Change occurs one bite at a time. Spring is a time of renewal, so why not try something new and grow some of your own food? Your body will thank you.
A new year is upon us. Many of us will use this change in the calendar year as a fresh start to improve our health and well-being.
If you are looking for support to achieve a weight loss goal, a more enlightened spirit or to add more joy into your life, then you will want to include nature in your healthy lifestyle toolbox.
I have asked my friend, Diane, to share how nature has enhanced her wellness. Diane has lost over 190 pounds, and kept it off, for several years. This is her story.
Outdoors is my go to for relief. Fresh air clears my head of the “clutter” from all the blather on TV. It wasn’t always that way.
190 pounds ago, my “joy” was a stack of cookbooks, bag of tortilla chips, cookies and a LazyBoy with the TV on.
Oh, I loved the crunch of those chips, and had, for too many yrs. I was soothed by food for 55 years and it was taking a “heavy” toll on me physically, and emotionally. I withdrew because I couldn’t keep up.
That began to change after I rejoined WW. It was sooo gradual, I didn’t even notice it until I looked back.
I met wonderful people. We would walk a bit after our WW meeting. Sometimes just in the parking lot. Later as my confidence, and strength grew, we met at different parks. The beautiful scenery, the warm humid air of North Carolina became “gifts” as we walked more and more.
One day, alone on an awesome gravel road, I heard from the crunch under my shoes. It gave me soooo much more “joy” than any bag of chips ever could. The sound, the smells and,oh, those awesome endorphins surging, what a reward.
It’s out there just the other side of the door...it’s free for ALL...and away from those same four walls!!!
I’ll see you outside
Living a healthy lifestyle can be as simple as taking that first step. Step outside and let nature invite you to explore all her wonder.
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What is in your health promotion toolbox? Eating well, exercising, getting enough sleep, and meditation are some of the most common tools we all strive to use. But, have you thought of adding nature?
Our connection with nature has been slowly eroding over the past several years for a number of reasons. As this relationship erodes, research is showing that we are seeing several negative impacts on our health and well-being. Scientists are now studying the link between nature and health in ways they never thought to do before. With over 1000 studies now conducted, there is significant evidence to show that nature is good for us!
And here is the best part; you don't need a prescription! As long as your nature source is clean and safe, engaging with nature can help you ease stress, sleep better and add more joy to your life.
There has never been a more important time for us to take an active role in our health. Learning how to engage with nature is another valuable tool to help you feel better in your body, mind and spirit.
Ready to learn more? At TheNatureNurse.com , there is a wealth of information on how you can do just that. You are invited to subscribe to the e-newlsetter to keep current on the latest research on nature and health, nature resources, and exclusive offers.
We also have launched the first of an ongoing series, Experience The Joy of Nature: Beginners Online Workshop . This workshop will teach you why enhancing your relationship with nature is essential today, how to assess what your current nature connection level is, and beginning tools, that you can use right away, to enhance your health, well-being and add more joy to your life.
Let Mother Nature help you live a healthier lifestyle!