Align Yourself With Nature To Stay Healthy

I met my school friends at the 7 Stones restaurant last Wednesday, after almost six months.

We had a good evening, chit chatting, snapping pictures and finding out what each one was up to since the last meet up.

Everyone except me were vested in using a gadget to track their daily activity to keep their physical activity in check.

No offence to any company that makes these tracking devices — I realized that having something around that reminds me that I have not accomplished my activity for the day makes me feel guilty even more. I would rather do something that I enjoy at the same time keeps my physical activity in check, say watering plants for example.

I was using a FitBit tracker. The tracker did what it was supposed to do — reminded me that I have to meet the day’s goal. I slipped the goal over and over because of the nature of my work. I couldn’t roll anymore with the guilt that accumulated over time. Rather than enjoying the walk I dreaded myself.

That was when I decided to change of all that by picking a childhood dream that would push me to do something away from the screen and without dreading. In due time, I brought home my first dog — Max, the Lab.

That priceless expression

Max is two years old as on today and I hardly skipped a walk in the past two years. Rain or shine, once you get a dog, you can never skip walking your dog. I’m sure most dog owners can relate to this.

Science says dogs are most active during two times a day — around 7 AM and around 7 PM.

That made me realize that those are times when most people take a walk. Aligning yourself with nature is the best way to design your life and to stay healthy.

Growing fenugreek

Fenugreek (வெந்தயம்) is one of the herbs that you can easily grow in your home garden. If you’re new to gardening like me, I suggest you start with Fenugreek.

I always like to try new things out. Gardening has become my recent hobby. I think my interest in gardening originated after listening to the green Indian crusader G. Nammalvar’s speech in YouTube.

Alright, join me in growing Fenugreek. I shall keep you posted on the progress by posting pictures every couple of days.

Let’s begin

A 6″ deep grow bag should be suffice to grow Fenugreek. The potting mix could be your garden soil and compost. The ratio used in this grow bag contains 2 parts of garden soil and 1 part of compost.

Sprinkle the Fenugreek seeds and cover with the potting mix for about 1 or 2 cms in height.

Uses

  • Fenugreek is used as an ingredient in spice blends and as a flavouring agent in foods and in beverages.
  • Fenugreek is used to keep diabetes in check.
  • Fenugreek helps to builds breast milk supply in women.

References

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)