Share a complete guide to creating your own raised garden bed at home + stay tuned for a printable PDF guide.
Hi friends! Have a great Thanksgiving week! Hope this is a good start. I start the culinary festivities tonight and I can't wait to be there. My chick gave me her chocolate pie recipe (the only thing the pilot really wants for Thanksgiving) and I can't wait to make it. It probably won't be the same but should still be quite delicious.
For today's post, I wanted to share the new garden the pilot has built! We used to have two orange trees on the side of our yard, but we had them removed. They were filled with horrible stickers and produced sour oranges that no one ate. (Except for this one time Liv and our cousin Sara made orange juice for me ... and I had to drink it lol. I did a crazy sour face dance in the garden before I spit it out. ) Anyway, this part of the yard was bare and we had big dreams of putting something in its place.
We also had tree irrigation, so I thought it would be cool to put a raised garden bed to complement our flat lettuce patch. I was browsing through the options online and about to click 'add to cart' when the pilot came by and said, 'What are you doing? I can totally do this.
Wait what ???
So the pilot is incredibly smart - I mean he flies multiple NBD planes - but I had no idea he was that handy. (He built the famous bird condo, so I should have known.) I was quite surprised when I saw him on the porch with wood slabs and a circular saw, doing his thing. It was like my Chip and Jojo dream came true hahaha.
Before I knew it we had a giant garden bed, complete with a mesh screen on two sides (we wait until summer and the scorching sun comes down to completely cover it), protection from the water and attached to irrigation!
Isn't that a beauty ???
A bed of this size would easily have cost $ 300-400 online. He got the supplies from Lowe's for $ 150. (The floor was another story. We ended up needing 30 cubic feet!)
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Free Printable Raised Garden Bed Plan
I asked him if he had a tutorial set up in case anyone wanted to reproduce it at home! He is currently creating a printable PDF instruction guide which will be ready later this week. I'll add the link here and shout it out when it's over! <- make sure it>
Do you have a vegetable garden? Any advice or anything else you found useful?
More changes we made to the house:
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Losing weight is never easy and there’s no one tip that’s going to change that. However, it doesn’t have to be as complicated a process as many of us make it, like counting every calorie or stripping our diet of entire food groups while trying to follow aggressively restrictive diet plans.
If you’re not sure what those habits could be, then we have advice from the experts to help. We have nutritionist Orla Hugueniot and former footballer John Barnes from Public Health England’s Better Health campaign, which aims to help people lose weight, plus other dietitians and registered nutritionists sharing tips that have worked for the people they’ve helped to lose weight.
You don’t have to try to take on all the tips at once. In fact, we’d definitely advise against trying that, because you’ll overload yourself and may lose motivation. Pick a few that you think you can manage to start with, then keep coming back and adding more into your lifestyle.
“Time and again, patients say to me that they are disappointed that they have ‘only’ lost a pound in a week, ” says George Hamlyn-Williams, principal dietitian at The Hospital Group. “The reality is that one pound ( 454g ) of fat equates to around 3, 500 kcal. This means that over the week the pound was lost, they have eaten on average 500 calories less per day – a massive achievement ! It’s so easy to eat or drink an additional 500 calories – two standard 50g bars of chocolate would do it. However, to eat 500 kcal less is much more difficult and to be consistent with it is even more challenging – so give yourself a break and pat yourself on the back if a pound comes off. Remember, if you keep going, that’s 52lb ( 29. 5kg ) over a year – over 3½ stone ! ”
“Often in clinic, if someone wants to lose weight but is not getting a good night’s sleep, I won’t begin by talking about food, ” says dietitian Nichola Ludlam-Raine. “We talk about getting the sleep right first or they’ll be fighting a losing battle.
“The research shows that if people are chronically sleep-deprived they consume more kcal the next day. When you are sleep-deprived, the hunger hormone called ghrelin increases, which means that you genuinely, physiologically, feel more hungry. Your brain function is also impaired so that you’re less likely to be able to resist high-calorie, palatable foods. Also your energy level and your détermination are going dip so you’re less likely to want to prepare a saine meal.
“Ideally, go to sleep before midnight, get between seven to eight hours a night, and stick to consistent bedtimes and wake times – even on weekends. Ensure your bedroom is dark, not too hot, not too cold, and ideally keep screens out of the room. Watch your caffeine intake – with your last cup of tea or coffee 4pm at the latest – and alcohol intake. People think alcohol helps, but actually it leads to restless sleep. ”
“If you’re mindful of portion sizes you can say goodbye to calorie counting, ” says Kerri Major, a registered dietitian and SENr sports dietitian, and author of The Dietitian Kitchen. “It can be useful to look at the recommended portion size on food packaging and see what you’re eating in comparison with this.
Additionally, a portion of fruit is one piece of whole fruit, like a banana, or one handful ( approximately 80g if you have scales to hand ), and Major advises aiming for three portions of dairy or dairy alternatives a day. “Portion sizes of dairy vary depending on the product, ” says Major. “Again, I recommend checking the food label, which usually indicates an appropriate serving size. ”
If you want to make portion control that little bit easier, Hugueniot suggests using smaller plates, and then dividing that plate up by food group. “Make sure that half your plate contains vegetables or salad, ” says Hugueniot. “The other half should be protein and carbohydrates. ”
Increasing the amount you cook for yourself will make you more aware of what’s going in your food and help you avoid high calorie and fat counts, especially those from unexpected places. Also, cooking is fun ! If you’re not sure where to start in the kitchen, saine recipe boxes can be a big help.
“You could try doing your own burgers, ” says Hugueniot. “Add chopped kidney beans, some chopped onion and an egg to the leanest beef mince you can get, grill it and serve with salad – making a much healthier meal than a traditional burger and chips. ”
“Snackotage” is a word we just made up ( although it’s probably a trending hashtag by the time you read this ), but it sums up a problem that can ruin many diets – too many unhealthy snacks that sabotage all your good work at meal times.
“Try to make sure you are eating meals at regular times, with healthy fruit and veggie snacks in between, and drink plenty of fluids, ” says Hugueniot. “This will help stop you snacking on unhealthy foods, and keep you more full during the day. The best snacks are those containing veggies, but if you’re having packaged snacks go for those with around 100 calories and stick to two a day at maximum.
“Healthier snacks include : fresh fruit, low-fat and lower-sugar yogurt with fruit, plain rice cakes or crackers with lower-fat cheese, unsalted nuts and seeds, veggie sticks with lower-fat dips such as reduced-fat hummus and salsa, malt loaf, fruit loaf or a currant bun, crumpets and scotch pancakes. ”