What are the Benefits of Growing Your Own Vegetables?

Who can resist the temptation of getting your vegetable supply from your own backyard? A lot of people would be quite happy to have an all-year-round supply of vegetables from their home garden. Well, with the right knowledge and the right tools, we can make this dream come true… but wait, why would you want to go through all the trouble of growing your own vegetables when they’re readily available in the supermarket? Today, we’ll take a close look at the benefits that have attracted many to vegetable growing in their backyards!


The Benefits of Growing Your Own Veggies

Improved Health

No one is going to look after your health if you’re not doing it. Knowing the source of what you eat is one sure way to prioritize on your health and that of your family. With homegrown vegetables, you won’t need to use harmful pesticides and other gardening supplements. Even if you did choose to use pesticides supplements, it would only be in small, calculated quantities that will not harm your health.

Improved Economy

Who isn’t looking for a way to save a few bucks on their food budget? I do and I know many other people would appreciate an easy way to save on their foodstuff expenses. Imagine a scenario where you never have to spend a dime on vegetables from January to January; that is exactly what growing your own vegetables would mean. It cuts down on your grocery budget.

Even better, whenever you have surplus you can sell it to your neighbors and make a few dimes for other expenses.



Improved Lifestyle

In today’s modus operandi the regular person can hardly find time to exercise, but lifestyle diseases continue knocking at their doors restlessly. Work, stress and economic woes preoccupy us everyday and the only thing we can do once we want to do at home is to sleep. Growing your own vegetables is an opening to physical activity that you can do as a family. You can make a hobby out of gardening. Such a good thing on top of all the healthy benefits that come with growing your vegetables?

Add Color to Your Backyard

The splash of green and an array of flower colors not only make your backyard a beauty to behold. This also gives you a reason to want to spend more quality time there. During a boring weekend and one that you do not want to go out, your backyard becomes a breathtaking beauty that you can admire for hours. There is beauty in growing vegetables —and even more so in your own home!

No Seasonal Limit to Vegetables You Eat

If you’re like me, you don’t appreciate seasonal changes that mean you won’t be getting certain vegetables at certain times of the year. How about getting ahead of this hurdle by growing your own vegetables? It is your garden and you get to decide what you feel like growing. Your supply of favorite vegetables will never run dry simply because the tide of seasons will have no bearing on what you grow. Just make sure to educate yourself on the different needs of your select plants.


You Help Our Beautiful Planet

Do you know what goes into growing vegetables for large scale supply? A lot of chemicals, harmful to the environment are used. When you grow your own vegetables at home, you get the chance to reduce the amount of these chemicals that have a far-reaching impact to the environment. If you and your neighbors get into this practice, you will be doing a big favor not only to yourselves but also the environment.










Join the “Fresh is Best” Lifestyle

When you eat fresh vegetables, you are getting unmatched nutritional value to your body. You only pick vegetables direct from your garden and only the amount you will be using at the moment. This is a big plus to your health since you have control over the freshness of the vegetables you eat.




Wrap Up

Nothing beats the convenience and a score of other benefits of growing your own vegetables. As much as it is healthy, you will considerably cut down on your grocery expenses. Once again, make sure you get the right tools and a garden hose (personally, I recommend a metal garden hose) for it to be an enjoyable journey all the way!


“Hello there! My name’s Sarah. I help out with the gardening posts you’ll find on the blog, and I’m also in charge of spreading the word about ElectroSawHQ to fellow bloggers and new readers on the Web.

Aside from helping my husband out with the family blog and taking care of our son, Zach, I’m a dedicated housewife and an avid gardening enthusiast. Family gardening and blogging just complement each other so nicely, I think everyone should try it!”

Secrets To Slaying as a Spiritual Entrepreneur


Owning businesses and having a few revenue streams is a lot of pressure.

But, I thrive on that. I am constantly paying attention to the ebb and flow. It’s no different than deficits and gains.  If something is energetically draining me, the signs are there that it’s not in alignment with my goals. If it is feeding my soul, I am profiting and I am thriving energetically, I am at the right place and at the right time. Less obstacles in the way. All is in sync and there is grace, known as, synchronicity. 

Here is how I keep the channels clear and accelerate my success:

  • I often look for energetic blocks. People or situations that block my success. It’s a tough call, but sometimes they have to go so all can flow again. If you can’t eliminate them you find creative ways do work with that energy. Dance with it. 
  • Once you shift into a place of this is not work, but what I am meant to do. You develop a strong mindset of purpose and doing you love. Maybe you just want another revenue stream that will help you pay for your child’s college! 
  • Knowing your why is when the magic happens. All I must do to leap to success becomes an invitation to better myself and expand beyond my own self limiting beliefs. Even the stuff I least enjoy. I tend to do that first and get it out do the way. Then I get to play!
  • If you want to be a super attractor for abundance you need to proceed more consciously. You need to have integrity and be a trustworthy. The people and things you need appear and have divine purpose towards your goals. Visualize. Embody your goals. Walk it and talk it!
  • Some view opportunity as “work” or think it should be “easy”. This over complicates it all. It should be play. And when you do it with love and see it as a game, you win!
  • Tell yourself this… “I welcome infinite possibilities and am open to receive.”
  • Networking is the number one way to succeed in my books. When you are around people who believe in your mission and who you connect with let them also help you find the things and people you need to build what it is you are doing.
  • The synergy of supporting and mentoring one another is very powerful. But, the key  is to always remain coach-able. If you have nothing to learn you must get back to reality and remind yourself, “I am not dead, I am meant to create and I need help! This is human.
  • When approaching less conscious people with what you have to offer, shift into speaking to them on their terms. Language they are receptive too and a pace they can digest. Slow talkers, slow talking. Always shift away from selling to “sharing”.
  • People pick up on energy. It’s magnetic and attractive. Salesy people come off manipulative and needy. When you believe in what you are offering and understand your why, you are authentic and people are more responsive to passion.
  • Be okay with judgments and rejections. Not everyone will be woo-hoo for what you offer. So be okay with some rejection. More people reject things without even really listening because they are afraid of regret and fear. So find out if you can ease their fears. Follow up later.
  • If you genuinely want to help people they will at least appreciate your invitation to share with them what you feel may benefit them. If not, practice non attachment to outcomes and move on to those who love, support and need your vision. They are out there. Gotta keep sifting.


I have a passion for helping others succeed and a reputation for being good at it now. I love sharing my success secrets.

In order to keep the spiritual vibes high,  you need to stay out of the garbage and keep focusing on staying “onward and upward!” Some people are just nasty. So pray for them. 

People pick up your grace and ease when you feel knowledgeable and aligned with your truth. You are confident that what you are offering serves others in a higher way. They may not go for what you have to offer, but they will continue to observe you. You never know, they may come around over time. Anything is possible!

If you are just posting to post. Get to work. Start another revenue stream!! Use your time wisely. Use social media to build relationships and attract. Be relatable and real. Care by supporting others too unconditionally. Post for them. Buy from them. Refer to them. Wish them a Happy Birthday!

Embrace your success, own your light , know your purpose and step into your greatness fully. Faith is a muscle. 

Practice surrendering and aligning yourself with your purpose for doing something towards your higher purpose everyday. Abundance is a symbol that you are on to something and are in the flow.

Don’t be surprised if some things to fall in your lap and that the guidance you need appears and comes quickly. 

 That’s how I role as a Spiritual Entrepreneur!

Still not feeling so sure? Just surrender and say this in a prayer to God, the Universe, your higher self, “Where would you have me go? What would you have me say? And to Whom?” Watch for Divine Guidance. 

I promise it will come and it will amaze you! 

Michelle Johnson: 
CFT Transformation Specialist,

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How to be Happy & Find the Diamond in the Rough

Have you ever thought about the fact that you may be a diamond covered in horse crap? In order to find happiness or well being you have to discover the essence of who you are. Much of our energy is spent on pursuing. We pursue a lot.

As an example, here is a list of things we pursue:

  • Careers
  • Education
  • Relationships
  • Financial incentives
  • Goals
  • Weight Loss
  • Material possessions

We believe that if we have “this” or “that” we will be happy! Our attempts at happiness seem to be in a constant flux and can make us feel like we are on a roller coaster. We feel better when we have, do or achieve what we consider the “right” things. Our good feelings stem from getting more of the “things” we identify as the goal we achieve that will make us happy. So why is it we often achieve the goal and it’s still not enough? We find other things to focus on outside ourselves to pursue. We believe some where out in the vast ocean of life there lays a treasure with a diamond in. Once we find this diamond, all will be well.

Do you believe your happiness comes from being around a person? Do you do a lot or put up with things just to keep this person around? Do you think your well being comes from achieving a certain income and having more material things than your friend or neighbor? Maybe for you, it comes from a food, alcohol, sex or a drug? What you crave and desire in order to fill your personal pot may have a hold on you. You will do whatever it takes to get the high and the sensation of elation that comes from achieving it. It’s really the same thing; it just wears a different mask. Just like you and the persona you where like a mask. We are very strategic about getting what we want and if someone or something is a threat, we will do what we can to maintain our status quo with what we want.

It’s a fact that whatever you chose to believe will appear to be true. It’s a self fulfilling prophecy. However, well being is not something, like a goal, that can be pursued. It’s not until later in life, many realize there is no achievement outside of you greater than what is already within yourself. If you really want to the diamond in the rough, you must turn the attention away from all the outside people and things and turn your attention inward.

Our lives go up and down emotionally like a roller coaster trying to live up to what we believe is our self image. We try to defend and preserve the “persona” we think we are. We go into control mode. Trying to control others or situations for our own benefit. We want to feel we can manipulate situations to best serve the needs of our persona and personal missions. If you see yourself as the center of the universe and you believe that you are entitled to be, you will operate more like a superstar and expect others to cooperate. If they don’t well that doesn’t match your self image and you will do what you can to preserve your superstar dome. This is the nature of the beast.

We believe our self image and self esteem are keys to success in life. What is the key is what you believe about yourself and that it makes sense to the truth of who you really are. Otherwise, you will walk around feeling like a phony and it will not resonate well with your soul. That persona that you achieved will lead you to the same let downs time and time again until you are ready to shed the act and get real about the essence of who you are really are. You may learn that what has been motivating you for much of your life was from an unhealed wound in your past. Who would you have become had there been no wounds? We can get lost in the wounds and the achievements easily and it can take an enormous amount of our energy and time to sort it out, if we have lost touch with our inner diamond, which has been there all along. That inner diamond is the source, the power, the essence and where all the answers and satisfactions lie.

What if you learned today that you don’t have to try so hard to be happy? There is not anything to pursue or complicate your life with to get it. Misery and joy are not outside of us. They dwell within us. We can shift our thoughts knowing we have the choice and we do have control. The negative thoughts that make you unhappy begin and end with you. Training our mind to relaxation, visualize, reflect and meditate are great ways to harness a monkey mind. The monkey mind can create chaos .The mind that lacks real perspective and is stuck in the world of possibilities that are endless. It’s when we gain perspective of the present moment and actually sit in stillness we arrive back home to a place of peace. The peace we were born with. This pure place of innocence and loving energy.

It may take some conditioning to find our way home. Take consistent measures for 90 days in order to see yourself in a new light. Get ready to shed a few layers that have kept you from seeing beyond your body and the material things. Wouldn’t you rather spend the rest of your life really happy and not faking happiness or feeling insatiable? When you connect with the real treasure, the diamond inside, you will find your much desired peace and happiness. The troubles will melt away and maybe even the pounds.

Why Your Body Fat May Be Going Up and How To Effectively Trim It Down

Body fat is dense fat that leads to stroke, cancer, diabetes, high triglycerides/cholesterol and high blood pressure. Through the sport of bodybuilding (figure, fitness & bikini) I learned that even I have to live my lifestyle based on an organized system. I need a structured meal program and solid direction on exercise if I want to keep body fat down. Having a baseline of foods you work from help simplify this process. How you eat is 70% of your results when it comes to shaping your body.


The greatest results happen early on in most programs. Even small changes in the start can still lead to great results. As you get leaner, it gets harder to get results. The challenge is around 6 weeks of working a program. Most people, from my experience, begin to backslide and the program becomes more of a mental discipline.  It takes about 6 weeks to grow muscle and see visible tone.


If you want change, you must change your patterns and thinking. Most people are not blessed with lean bodies and outstanding genetics that require them to never have to watch what they eat or exercise. Your eating and exercise habits can lead to outstanding or ill health. To succeed at the loss of body fat and gain of lean muscle, you will need to become conscious of your every move, thought and patterns in your life. It’s called becoming more mindful. This is crucial when it comes to making change. It’s not just a physical effort. For some, it goes much deeper and if those issues underlying the gain of fat and weight aren’t addressed, dieting and exercising will not be enough. 


There are no magic pills, fad diets or superhero trainers out there. It is up to you to get educated on how and to follow it relentlessly! It must be integrated into your lifestyle. The question is, what program will work and whose advice do you follow? There is a well of information out there, but so many systems lack some key factors that people want to improve. A popular one is how to get rid of ugly cellulite. This is all a part of toning the body and clean eating.


However, not everyone has the endurance or motivation to stick with any program and half will most likely drop off after 4-6 weeks when they are required to actually step up mentally. Today, we are a society of instant gratification. If it doesn’t work in a few weeks, we get frustrated and move on to what we want to believe is the next best thing or just give up for a while.


It takes mental fortitude and patience to succeed at any goal. Body fat is takes time to reduce so some endurance is required. Stopping and starting programs can also wreck havoc on the Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR).  Many dieters tend to be off and on various low calorie diets, which makes it harder for them to lose weight. When the body goes into starvation mode it also gets fatter. If a client over exercises, they will start to release cortisol, which in turn leads to more body fat. Alcohol does the same thing. Quickly the body shifts into protective mode. This is to prevent it from overloading the organs (liver, kidneys). The hormonal system begins to secrete specific hormones to protect the body. This is where the release of cortisol kicks in. Cortisol is the culprit for belly fat and will make fat and weight loss very difficult.


Here are some guidelines for you to try, in order to get your body fat down:


In reference to CARDIO:


1) You need 40 mins of cardio if you want to target body fat and start to burn it
2) If you are trying to lose weight you must do cardio for up to 1 hour daily or even 2 hours split up throughout the day. If you go for double cardio, never do it all at once. Have a meal in between at least and some down time to prevent the release of cortisol. Never do cardio over an hour, unless you are an endurance athlete and how your abs look doesn’t matter.  It will push your weight down quickly. This is extreme, but it does work. However, if you keep the diet tight, you shouldn’t have to exercise intensely.


In reference to Resistance Training:


1) To lose body fat, you need some form of resistance training – even if it is your own bodyweight. However, if you are pushing just your own bodyweight and not using any weights, you may not be challenged enough. If it’s challenging you and you are feeling “the burn” it is working!
It is important that you change the weight and resistance levels or your body will NOT CHANGE. There is no cheating this and why so many stop growing lean muscle, loose muscle or plateau. If you lose muscle you will quickly grow body fat. YOU CAN BE SKINNY with a lot of body fat. This is called “skinny fat”


In reference to Nutrition:


1) Too few of calories or getting less than your RMR (resting metabolic rate) will lead to losing muscle and in turn you will gain body fat. Eating less is not the way to lose body fat, you will lose weight, but you will gain fat. You don’t want to lose muscle because what will be left are saggy skin and no tone.


2) Eat every 2.5-3 hours – this is not to make life difficult, it is science. If you don’t you begin to store body fat it is a survival mechanism that the body does whether you like it or not. Skipping meals, especially breakfast is a major no-no.


3) If you don’t eat enough protein for your weight you will not be able to grow muscle. You don’t grow muscle you don’t lose body fat. You again will lose weight when you lose muscle, but again do you really want loose skin, more body fat etc. just to lose weight.


4) Diet’s don’t work – this is a lifetime of eating this way if you want a lifetime of maintenance or looking your best. Going on and off sound programs that are systemized long term is a big mistake and you are in denial if you think you can do this without consequences.


5) If your digestive tract is full of toxins and your enzymes are not able to do their job effectively you will not get the nutrients you need.


6) Fat Free is bogus – You need healthy omegas (fats) not the bad kind. Fat free foods are often loaded with chemicals and substitute additives.


7) Eat organic or natural foods, if you are full of toxins, your cells are not being fed whole nourishing foods, than you are in a preconditioned state for only one thing – disease and obesity.


Stress Levels:


1) If you don’t manage your life in a more organized way, you will not follow anything long. Until you learn to direct your own ship and lead the way within your life and ensure no matter what you schedule your own needs in you will never get the results you desire.


2) Cortisol leads to a lot of body fat and this is released when you OVERTRAIN, are anxious, Ill etc. Managing your stress levels is key in order to get great results. Stress will make your hormones a hot mess and your body will become one too.


3) If you approach things in a way that is manic and do not ease into things realistically, you will wind up with the polar opposite. This is when you find you have to drop off because of an injury. It’s never smart to start a program going too hard too fast. Work with your conditioning levels, not against them, just a little push. Work from where you are. I know you may panic when you gain a lot of body fat or weight, but it doesn’t come off overnight. You will have to be patient while in “body prison”. You got yourself there and you can get yourself out, but you now have to pay your dues. Buckle up and enjoy the ride.


Other words of wisdom:


1) Body fat does not come off overnight. You must be consistent and build the mental endurance to shed it at a 1-3% per month rate for healthy long-term results. This way of eating and exercising must become ingrained in your lifestyle. You will always have to work towards keeping it down.


2) Eating out is fine, but if you are getting too much sodium, sugar and carbs, it is working against you. Be wise about where you go and the selections you make. You should give yourself a cheat meal sometimes, but not all the time!


3) You don’t really need any starchy carbs to live on. Ditch all forms of breads, cereal and rice, unless they are gluten-free. These were created as fillers since good quality food at one time was scarce. We need organic nutritious food in order to feel satiety and not “filler” foods.  These foods serve little purpose when it comes to nourishment unless you choose whole grain. Save your gut and calories and get a supplement for fiber or eat more vegetables. The need for carbs is totally psychological. 


4) Starchy Carbs are what are causing disease because our DNA cannot process them. If you are going to eat them YOU MUST BURN THE CARBS OFF.  If you don’t workout everyday, you have to understand you are not burning off carbs…. they turn to fat and so do all forms of sugars including fruit (fructose), dairy (lactose) and sugars (sucrose). The best time to eat the bad stuff like carbs, sugars and sodium, if you must, is right after your workout, when your sugar levels drop and your sodium levels are lower. You also don’t want to eat carbs before you exercise. If you do, you will burn sugar not fat when you are training. 


Your efforts will only work when you get organized and stop playing games with yourself hoping for an easy way out. The worst game we play with ourselves is to IGNORE IT and AVOID it. Body fat gets worse and it will have you wishing you had not let it come to this. There is no perfect time to start. Learning how to manage your time is key. You must work in your meals every 2.5-3 hours and eat the things that trigger fat burning hormones. 


There is not one exercise or one way of eating (low carbs high protein, Weight Watchers, Atkins, South Beach, these are all fad diets that may work, but short term. It is a combination of things that work. Allow a professional who understands the way food and exercise work to manipulate the body into balance to help you reach your goals. Be sure you are asking questions and learning along the way. It’s your body and you will be responsible for taking care of it the rest of your life. Great symmetry makes for a great body and ideal health. Too much fat is simply not health and creates imbalances to the body and health. 

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