If you do not already grow at least some of your own food, 2019 is the time to start! A grow-your-own revolution is underway and more and more people are discovering the amazing benefits of being in charge of putting the food on their own plates, taking more control over the things that they eat and improving their health & well-being.
To Improve Health & Well-Being – Grow Your Own Food
Growing your own food organically makes it easier and cheaper to eat a healthy diet, rich in fruits and vegetables. Though you are not likely to have enough land to grow all the food you and your family need, even a small garden can be large enough to provide a large proportion of the fresh produce that you require – especially if you take advantage of the year-round growing options that a polytunnel can provide.
Here are just some of the ways in which eating your own organic food can improve health & well-being:
- Growing and eating organic food has been proven to have a hugely beneficial effect on human health. https://www.permaculturenews.org/files/British_Journal_of_Nutrition_2014_full_paper.pdf
- The very act of gardening in itself has been shown to be beneficial in a range of scientific reviews. (‘Gardening is beneficial for health: A Meta-analysis’, M Soga, KJ Gaston & Y Yamaura, 2017)
- Growing your own food can lower bills, and even make it possible to make money at home, thereby reducing money worries – a major cause of stress. Lowering stress also, of course, has a huge beneficial effect on health & well-being.
Explore Avenues for Less Work or More Flexible Working Practices
Having a polytunnel and growing your own food is not only a way to eat well and enjoy a healthy and beneficial activity. The polytunnel can be the epicentre of a new way of life. A polytunnel can be used in a wide range of different ways to make money and set up new, small-scale enterprises from your garden.
Making money from home is not only a way to reduce household bills and lessen any financial strains, it can also allow you to explore avenues to improve your work/life balance. With a side-income from a polytunnel, you may be able to work less, or even, eventually, leave the 5-9 behind and enjoy a more flexible and enjoyable way of working.
Make Time For Leisure
Many of us in our busy modern world divide our lives into work and rest-time. But between the need to sleep, the household chores and other daily jobs, it can be easy to forget that we don’t just need time off work – we need to make time for leisure in our lives.
What many of us call leisure time is simply the time when we are not on the clock. A large portion of that time is often taken up with chores – cooking, cleaning, childcare and, yes, gardening. When life seems like a list of chores to tick off our lists, it can be difficult to consider what we really do enjoy, and even harder to make time for those things. True leisure time is time spend doing the things we really enjoy. Make sure gardening and other hobbies do not become chores, and make time in your schedule for good, simple fun – with plenty of lounging time in the polytunnel built in.
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Elizabeth Waddington is a writer and green living consultant living in Scotland. Permaculture and sustainability are at the heart of everything she does, from designing gardens and farms around the world, to inspiring and facilitating positive change for small companies and individuals.
She also works on her own property, where she grows fruit and vegetables, keeps chickens and is working on the eco-renovation of an old stone barn.