On average most families go grocery shopping once a week, and usually on the weekends. My research has also told me that the average shopper spends 45 minutes and $200 each week, keep in mind these are averages and each home may vary, but, no matter how big or small your household, what age you are or where you shop, reading this will teach you how to get the most out of your time and money.
The produce section is always the first stop in any store, this is a good thing because most of us load our carts with these items first. The most purchased fruit and vegetables are apples, pears, citrus, lettuce, kale, tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumber, onions, potatoes and herbs. There is a lot more but let’s start here for now.
The first thing you can start doing is harvesting seeds, this is my obsession and for many reasons that I will share with you in other posts. Most of the food I mentioned has seeds, unfortunately, companies have convinced us that we don’t need them and so it’s hard to harvest from some like watermelon and grapes these days, not to mention with so many GMO foods sometimes you can even have trouble growing from some non-organic sources. I’ll talk more about this another time.
Harvesting seeds is a simple process, just don’t throw them out. Everything nature gives us has a purpose our ancestors knew this but somehow the message has been lost due to our reliance on industry and our consumer habits. When I eat anything I rinse it off, cut into it and remove all the seeds as if it’s pumpkin carving season. I soak them for a couple minutes as I prepare my food, then dry them out on a screen or sometimes even a plate or the counter (keep in mind you have to flip them if you use a plate or counter top). I usually bag and label them once they are dry leaving plenty of time throughout the day and night to dry. You can find many ways to germinate seeds on YouTube when you are ready to grow.
Another method I use is by potting my kitchen scraps. I do this with sweet potatoes, lettuce, green onion, kale and herbs. There are many more I have has success with but these are my favorite to eat and look at. Sweet potatoes are especially beautiful they are the simplest too, you just poke three toothpicks somewhere around the middle and set in a glass of water using the toothpicks to keep a balance and the whole thing from being submerged in water. Herbs can be done by trimming the ends like fresh flowers and putting in a glass and those leafy greens can be done by simply cutting the edible tops off, ripping outer leaves – just to tidy it up and then put in a tray of water. Once any of these has root growth about a finger long (approx. a month) you can pot them in soil. To be even more sustainable I often use leftover organic tea leaves as well as water from boiling and seaming vegetables (chilled obviously) as fertilizer for my plants.
The small actions I am sharing with you have now become part of my daily life. Below are some other added benefits I wanted to share with you because the average home should have 18 plants in it, and you have the accessibility to make them edible ones that you have already paid for (more than once I am sure).
- Saves time and money, because you don’t have to shop for as many items or as often. Also, saves the gas and being bombarded with advertised sales and products that weren’t even on your list.
- Sustainability and cutting ties from our reliance on industry to provide what we can easily do ourselves.
- Helps the environment because you not only save gas by shopping less but it also reduces the use of oil, water, toxins and transportation that is currently hurting our planet during the production and the transportation process.
- Health and nutrition, by growing your own you are taking back control of your health and nutrition instantly. You take control of how you fertilize, what water you use and of course as humans we grow with love, it may sound like hippie speak but it does make a big difference.
- Connect with nature and the roots of our ancestors, you will notice a new feeling of unity.
- I hope that by reading this you feel compelled to start adding these rituals into your current lifestyle. We all want a change and this is one way you can make a big one with very little effort and very big reward.
Sending you good vibes & positivity
– Love Ashley
DISCLOSURE: The content of this blog/article is for general instruction only. Each person’s physical, emotional, and spiritual condition is unique. The instruction in this is not intended to replace or interrupt the reader’s relationship with a physician or other professional. Please consult your doctor for matters pertaining to your specific health and diet.
About The Founder
Hi, I’m Ashley Michaud, mother, author and founder of Elemental Growth. My mission is to help those of you ready embrace change and create sustainable lifestyle rituals through healing foods, natural alternatives and holistic practices.
I am the girl that has cleaned up her life, broken through family karma and tapped into her natural flow. Like me you have everything you need to heal yourself and reach each dream you put forth but you don’t have to do it alone. Having your own guide on the side lines can help you breakthrough roadblocks and unleash your true potential.
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