All posts tagged: health

Grow it yourself

Coming from a suburb of Chicago, the weather is not ideal for my favorite fruit trees to flourish. But here in Israel it is heaven for all of my favorites: MANGO, avocado, lychee, just to name a few. It was one of my wildest dreams to live in a place where those trees grew in my backyard, and now they actually do, and it never ceases to excite me. For what reason now do I need to go to the grocery store? NONE. At least while mango and lychee season are in progress. Still waiting on the avocados though… Although we don’t have a big enough yard to plant a big garden, we do have a balcony with sufficient space and sunlight to sustain a happy and healthy garden. The vision started with just a few cacti and now everyday I’m picking hot peppers and cherry tomatoes, basil and mint, lemongrass. We also have rosemary and zatar, and even tiny eggplants! All on our little balcony. And it is so easy to maintain. Just some …

The Lowest Place on Earth, The Dead Sea

We weren’t the only ones to have a little getaway in mind for this weekend. Our original plan was to drive down to Eilat but after calling just about every hotel only to be told that everything was full, we decided on the Dead Sea instead. It turned out that the hotels at the Dead Sea were just as full. We called all the hotels to catch the last room at the Isrotel Ganim. So after some morning iced coffees and a freshly filled stock of hummus to last us a couple days we were ready to go. ­čÖé The Dead Sea is located on the edge of the Judaean Desert. And you can ┬ádefinitely feel ┬áit. ┬áIt’s a short strip of hotels plopped in the middle of the desert. If you look around you will see exactly that. While you are floating it’s the best to slowly spin in a circle to take in the whole view. The cliff, where all the hotels are sitting beneath. Or look across the sea where you can …

What do we “know” about nutrition?

“The foods you consume can heal you faster and more profoundly than the most expensive prescription drugs, and more dramatically than the most extreme surgical interventions, with only positive side effects.” -T. Colin Campbell If I told you that by eating only plants you could enrich your life and your health without the help of prescription drugs or supplements, would you believe me? Now if I told you that eating meat will give you the protein your muscles need to be strong and big, and by drinking milk your bones will be close to unbreakable? The later sounds like a fairly familiar statement, am I right? And most likely they are ideas you have long accepted to be true. I know I haven’t been spared from that sermon. But I’m curious… If you agreed with the sentence about a vegan lifestyle, you’ve probably already done some research on your own about a veganism. But if you agreed with the sentence on meat and dairy, I want to ask you something: Where does this knowledge come …