How Does Your Garden Grow?

My sister Amy has always been one of my inspirations. Her generous heart, wisdom, beauty, kindness and encouragement are constantly overflowing and are obvious to everyone that knows her. I have always looked at her with admiration and a little healthy jealousy. She has remained the picture of health to me and I've always wanted my physical body to look even half as good as hers does!

My sister Amy has always been one of my inspirations. Her generous heart, wisdom, beauty, kindness and encouragement are constantly overflowing and are obvious to everyone that knows her. I have always looked at her with admiration and a little healthy jealousy. She has remained the picture of health to me and I've always wanted my physical body to look even half as good as hers does!  

When I was pregnant with Benaiah, she was pregnant with little Andrew. I did everything she did and knew that if I followed her healthy example, I'd remain healthy and fit. It worked and her methods continue to inspire me.  


She and her husband moved into a new house at the end of last summer and one of the spring goals for their new, big yard was to build a garden. They have been working like busy bees in their yard; hauling dirt, building raised beds from scratch and mapping out what garden goodies to plant.  

Amy did it again. I've been saying for years how much I would love to have my own sustainable garden where I could grow fresh, healthy, pesticide-free veggies. She beat me to it and will pave the way for me, yet again. Amy will work out the garden kinks this season and then instruct me next season on the BEST way to have your garden grow. In years past, I have only grown tomatoes and herbs, yet a real garden filled with rows and rows of beautiful colors remains my dream. In the meantime, I will help her take care of this veggie and herb monstrosity. I will, obviously and willingly, help eat all of the surplus and blog my seasonally fresh recipes this summer. I think the first vegetables on the list will be asparagus, leafy greens, cabbages, kale and collards. We'll have some yummy recipes to share this season!

How to Safely Make Lifestyle Changes With Type 2 Diabetes

Gain control of your disease while still protecting your heart

If you're overweight or obese and have type 2 diabetes, a new study reveals how to make lifestyle changes that will help you safely gain control of your disease and still protect your heart.

Researchers published a study in Diabetes Care that took a second — and more in-depth — look at data from the NIH's Look AHEAD study. They found that for 85% of people in that study, lifestyle interventions that triggered weight loss and increased physical activity reduced potential cardiovascular problems. Such lifestyle interventions also help reduce the risks for diabetes, dementia and some cancers and strengthen the immune system.

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