Community supports Deep Roots Project at Trailside Ribbon-Cutting Event

Community comes together at ribbon-cutting program to provide Inspiration for more than just food!

When the Deep Roots Project cut the ribbon on their first Inspiration Edible Garden Bed awarded to the Trailside museum on Sunday 7/29/18, the program was more than just about growing food, it was about connecting communities and working together to make a culture shift.

With lovely weather and a reason to celebrate, over 50 people gathered in the beautiful Nature and Play area at Trailside Museum to hear about local opportunities, eat delicious fruits and vegetables, sing and celebrate the sustainable idea of growing edible plants on your front lawn instead of grass!

How to Create a Head-Turning Yard... Even if You're Always Busy

How to Create a Head-Turning Yard... Even if You're Always Busy

Have you ever driven by a home with an incredible looking lawn and thought, “Who has the time to make their yard look like that?” We all know what it’s like to dream of the perfect lawn, to make plans for giving it the attention it needs, and to have life happen and change those plans. The good news is that there are practical solutions that can help you create a head-turning yard this summer, and you can do them even with a busy schedule.

Don’t Over-Mow

An overgrown lawn is a quick way to make your property appear abandoned, so it’s important to keep it in shape. But you also want to avoid over-mowing it. It’s better to plan your mowing around how your grass is growing rather than worry about sticking to a strict schedule. In other words, the length of the grass matters more than how often you mow. Depending on your geographical location and how much rain you’re getting, this can change by the week. Sometimes you may need to mow weekly and sometimes it may be every two weeks.

When you over-mow, it keeps your grass from properly growing and reaching its lush, green potential. A good indicator that your grass isn’t growing is if it pales or turns yellow. If you see that, you should let it grow a little before you cut it again. Also, it’s common lawn advice to never cut more than one-third off the length of your blades. Even if it’s severely overgrown, it’s better to first cut one-third off your grass and to gradually make it lower.

Bayer Has Just Purchased Monsanto

Bayer Has Just Purchased Monsanto

Bayer has just purchased Monsanto for 62.5 billion dollars, cementing one of the most unholy business marriages of all time. The two companies are equally yoked with a history of evil and self-serving business practices are concerned, and it’s important for the public to know what this massive business merger means.

The Bride

Monsanto is the company that is responsible for creating and marketing products like genetically modified BT corn (corn plants with built-in pesticide genes spliced into their DNA) and “Round-up ready” GMOs—plants that are engineered to resist the herbicide Roundup so that fields can be saturated with chemicals that kill weeds, but not the modified crops. Rather than increase crop yields as promised, GMOs have increased the use of herbicides and caused an alarming outbreak of herbicide-resistant “superweeds”.

Eco-Friendly Ways to Make Your Yard Look Fabulous

Eco-Friendly Ways to Make Your Yard Look Fabulous

They say the grass is greener on the other side, but we’re not sure which side they are starting from. It doesn’t matter where you live, there are ways you can “go green” in the yard, and many of them have nothing to do with the color of your grass. Keep reading for five water-saving, eco-friendly, and easy lawn and garden changes you can make this summer.

Get Rid of the Grass

Grass needs water -- and lots of it. It’s everywhere, and when it gets too dry, it makes your landscape look like a barren plain. You can buck the tradition of having regular grass by swapping your fescue for fragrant ground coverings such as creeping thyme or Roman chamomile. Moss is another option for shaded areas. If you’re handy with a shovel, you can also level out a section of your lawn to create a hardscape design with pavers, rocks, statues, and potted plants. Reader’s Digest also suggests laying down some mulch and creating a play area for the kids.

How to Maximize Your Gardening for Better Overall Health and Wellness

How to Maximize Your Gardening for Better Overall Health and Wellness

We all know gardening can be good for us when it comes to the beautiful flowers or delicious vegetables that are produced. But gardening is also good for the mind, body, and soul. It’s a great form of exercise and has mental health benefits galore. In fact, many addiction rehabilitation centers feature gardens, since having a hobby, exercising, and spending time outdoors are all beneficial to recovery, and gardening naturally blends all three.

Maybe you think gardening would be a great source of physical and mental exercise for you, but you've never been sure how to get started. Or maybe you’re not in a position to have your own garden yet. Chances are that there are local resources that would be more than happy to help.

Volunteering at a local botanical garden is one way to get your hands dirty and become familiar with gardening in general. For anyone who lacks experience, this is the perfect opportunity to learn more about gardening and help your community, both of which equate to a boost in your mental well-being.

Of course, having a garden of your own is another way to boost your health. Getting outside and working in your own backyard is a great way to get a workout, improve your mental health, and make sure you and your family have delicious, healthy food to consume for most of the year (or the whole year if you brush up on preservation techniques!). While any efforts you make in the garden are worthwhile, there are some ways to maximize your gardening strategies for better overall health and wellness.

DOZENS of Food Crops Treated with Pre-Harvest Roundup (it’s not just wheat!)

DOZENS of Food Crops Treated with Pre-Harvest Roundup (it’s not just wheat!)

Originally posted by The Healthy Home Economist

Pre-harvest application of herbicides as a (toxic) drying agent on wheat is an established practice on many conventional farms. The method was first suggested as early as 1980, becoming routine in North America over the past 15 years or so. Use is also widespread in the UK.

Applying herbicides like Roundup 7-10 days before harvest is viewed as especially helpful for wheat that ripens unevenly, a common occurrence. It is also considered a helpful tool to initiate an earlier harvest when weather conditions threaten plant viability. Other benefits are earlier ripening for earlier replanting and reducing the green material in the field. This puts less strain on farm machinery during harvest.

Farmers euphemistically call the practice “desiccation”. When used during wheat harvest, it can result in slightly greater yield by triggering plants to release more seeds.

The result? Most non-organic wheat in North America is now contaminated with glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and similar herbicides.

WHO: Glyphosate a Probable Carcinogen

A March 2015 report by the World Health Organization identified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen. Several EU countries have banned it as a result with more in the works. However, in North America, glyphosate use shockingly continues to remain a popular farming tool.

And, as it turns out, use of Roundup as a drying agent on wheat prior to harvest is just the tip of the iceberg. Dozens of other food crops are subjected to glyphosate dousing prior to harvest as well.

Engineered Foods, Glyphosate Toxicity and Your Health: FREE Lecture

Engineered Foods, Glyphosate Toxicity and Your Health: FREE Lecture

We strongly encourage you to attend this free lecture from Thierry Vrain sponsored by Go Green Oak Park. All are invited to come and learn about the health and environmental dangers that Glyphosate pose.

Thu, April 12, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT

Trinity High School
7574 Division Street
River Forest, IL 60305

Choose Quality, Forget Quantity

Choose Quality, Forget Quantity

New book: Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?
March 22, 2018
By Dr. Mark Hyman

If you missed my Facebook Live video on Monday, you might be interested to find out that weight loss is not simply a math equation based on energy in and energy out. Yet, the mantra of the government and food industry is that people should just eat less, choose a “balanced diet,” and exercise more. I’m here to tell you that this does not work. If it did, we’d all just eat less, exercise more, and be fit and healthy for life. How’s that working out for everyone?

The truth is that the quality of what you eat is FAR more important than how much you eat. 

The body is not a closed system, it’s dynamic and it’s responsive to the quality of the calories you’re eating—the type of information that you’re fueling your body with. Eating poor quality food is like talking to your body over a bad connection, it simply can’t understand how to use that information.

A recent study in JAMA comparing different types of diets found that as long as participants focused on the quality of their food, they did not have to worry about quantity. Isn’t that nice to hear? If you’re eating wholesome foods in their most natural forms you don’t need to count calories, your body understands the information it’s being given and how to use it properly. 

Another myth in the nutrition world is that fat makes you fat, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. A crossover trial from Dr. David Ludwig and his Harvard colleagues looked at individual reactions to different kinds of diets. When participants ate a high-fat diet with low-starch content they burned 300 more calories a day than when they ate a high-carb diet with the exact same amount of calories! And, eating a high-fat diet led to beneficial improvements in cholesterol, insulin sensitivity, and markers of inflammation. Your body needs fat to function and find its ideal weight, you just have to choose the right kinds. 

The composition of your food matters; Wonder Bread and broccoli are not the same kinds of carbs; likewise, soybean oil and coconut oil are totally different kinds of fats. Your body is smart, it knows the difference, and it knows which of these are supplying quality information and which are toxic, leading to weight gain.

So here’s how to feed your body with the right information. 

  1. Eat a diet with a very low glycemic load – low in sugar, flour, and refined carbohydrates of all kinds.
  2. Eat mostly vegetables and some fruit. The deeper the colors, the more variety, the better. This provides a high phytonutrient content protective against most diseases.
  3. Eat a diet that is low in pesticides, antibiotics, and hormones and no or low in GMO foods.
  4. Stay away from chemicals, additives, preservatives, dyes, MSG, artificial sweeteners, and other “Franken Chemicals” that you would never have in your pantry.
  5. Eat quality fats—omega-3 fats for all! Eat plenty of olive oil, nuts, seeds and avocados.
  6. Make sure you’re getting enough protein for appetite control and muscle synthesis, especially in the elderly.
  7. Choose foods that are ideally organic, local, and fresh. Grass-fed or sustainably raised meats are also the best option if you consume animal protein.

In my latest book, Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? I focus on what kinds of foods you should include in your diet, and which ones you should ditch for good. I make it easy to learn how to eat foods with the best information for your cells, so you can lose weight, gain energy, and increase your mental clarity.

If you’re ready to stop counting calories and find a healthy weight through real, wholesome foods, check out my Facebook Live video and pick up a copy of Food: What the Heck Should I Eat? on Amazon today.

Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD