Deerproofing Your Yard & Garden

This is a fanastic book on deerproofing your garden. Click image to order yours on amazon.com.

Having just moved to a rural property, I know I am in for a battle when it comes to keeping deer out of my vegetables garden. I mean, to deer a veggie garden is an all-you-can-eat salad bar, right?

It is still new for me to see so many deer around and in my mind these Bambis are still adorable. If you ask me in six months time after losing part of my veggie crop to them, I may not think they are so adorable anymore.

After reading Rhonda Massingham Hart’s book Deerproofing Your Yard & Garden, I picked up a bunch of tips and am ready for a war against any deer that wants to munch on my peas.

Here are some of the main points that I learned from the book:

  • You can landscape your garden with certain plants that deter deer. A long list of plants are included in the book. Deer will smell these plants and think ‘Yuk, why even bother going into that yard, with those bad-smelling plants. I will try the neighbouring yard instead.’
  • If deer have had a taste of your vegetable garden, they will keep coming back. Best thing is to prevent them from coming in in the first place.
  • Deer are very smart and will soon figure out your tricks. Motion sensor lights, bars of soap hanging in trees will deter deer but only for a short period. They will soon figure out that there is no danger and will start munching on your strawberries – that is, unless you have come up with something new to scare them with.
  • Deer will only jump over a fence if they can figure out how tall it is and if it is safe to land on the other side. The book includes some tips to trick the deer, so they do not dare attempt to jump.

I have never had to deal with deer before in my small residential garden, so I learned a lot form this book. Rhonda Massingham Hart goes into great detail about deer behaviour, which was very interesting. It was an enjoyable read and at times really funny. I don’t think I will ever need to buy another book on deerproofing as this one covers everything. Here are some great tricks that I learned:

ScareCrow

The ScareCrow Motion Activated Sprinkler is highly recommended in the book to scare deer away,

1. Install a ScareCrow Motion Activated Sprinkler. This deer-repellent can be set only to be active after sunset, so you don’t accidentally get sprayed with water while gardening. ScarecCrow detects deer in a 1000-square-foot area and will shoot out 2-3 cups of water. The ScareCrow is very popular and thousands of users on amazon.com rave about it.

2. Install an electric fence. The book has a whole chapter on electric fences. I must admit that I skipped this chapter because I don’t want my dear dog, Kahuna to get sapped. People tell me that dogs are fast learners and once shocked they will never go near the fence again… let me know in the comments below if you know anyone that has had experience with this.

3. Put up fishing wire all around your garden. The fishing wire needs to be tight, so make sure to wrap it a couple of times around each fence post. Tie the wire every two feet up to a height of at least six feet. The deer will walk into the fishing wire and will not understand what is preventing it from getting near your delicious bush beans. It will look up to try to determine how high it should jump, but can’t see the top fishing wire. Since it can’t figure out how tall the fence is, it will not dare trying to jump it.

Situations where the fishing wire trick does not work:

Gardeners that have used nimble sticks like bamboo to keep the fishing wire in place have found that the deer will simply walk right through it. So make sure to use some solid posts if you are going to use this method.

Other gardeners have not had luck with this method when morning mist has coated the fishing wire and a street light or other type of exterior light i shining on it. With the water on the fishing wire and light shining on it, it becomes very evident for the deer how high to jump to clear the top line.

Some gardeners have tied white cloths and such to the fishing wire as a reminder not to walk into it while gardening. Unfortunately, this acts as an indicator for the deer about how high to jump, so it is best to avoid tying anything to the fishing wire.

Conclusion

After reading this book I have decided that no matter what kind of home remedies you use, a fence seems to be the best solution. Unfortunately, it is also the most expensive solution, but I think it is worth it in the long run. Fences are not always the prettiest to look at, so if it doesn’t fit in with your landscaping there are a couple of other options. A lot of gardeners are using a motion sensor water canon or an electric fence to keep deer away. I will try a 6′ fence the first year and hopefully this will work.

This book was a great winter read. It is perfect for anyone that is planning a garden from scratch or someone that has had enough of the deer eating their plants and want to keep them out.

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Joe Cross Reboot With Juicing

fat-sick-and-nearly-deadMy husband and I have been watching a lot of movies since we got Netflix a couple of weeks ago. We have been taking turns picking a movie to watch and a few nights ago I came across a documentary about a man that changed his lifestyle by switching the cheese burgers out with healthy juices. The title most definitely caught my attention, “Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead” and we decided to watch it.

The documentary is about an overweight Australian man in his early 40s that needs to take a fistful of medication to function every day. He has always led a very stressful and career driven lifestyle and his diet has never been a priority to him. In fact, in the beginning of the documentary he does not exercise at all and eat junk food every day.

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Joe suffers from a debilitating autoimmune disease and is very concerned about his future if he doesn’t change his ways. He decides to try something new and travels across the United States. He stays away from restaurants and only drinks fruit and vegetable juices that he makes on his own juicer. He decided to go on a juice diet for 60 days to help his body heal itself. He had seen many doctors and tried many treatments and decided to give his body a chance to heal itself by giving it a break from all the unhealthy food he had been eating. His goal was to stop taking all the pills every day and lose some of all the extra pounds he is carrying around.

It is incredible to watch Joe Cross change in this movie. Not only does he lose a significant amount of weight (82 lbs!), but he also inspires other people to eat healthier too by giving juicing a try. The most touching story  to me was when he met a truck driver in Arizona with the same rare disease as himself. Phil is morbidly obese at 429 lbs and is at his wits end. Joe Cross helps him get started with juicing and Phil immediately starts to drop some weight. Phil changes throughout the documentary from being a sad, quiet man in a lot of pain to a positive and energetic man that plays ball with his son – something he was unable to do before. Just like with Joe, Phil also starts to inspire other people to try juicing. I love how he pays it forward and teaches other people how he changes his lifestyle and how they can do it too.

My husband and I found the documentary very inspiring. We talked about it a lot and drove our close friends crazy by going over every little detail of the movie. People seem to think you are a bit nuts when you mention that you are considering starting with juicing. “Can’t you just eat a lot of veggies?” But the thing is that there is no way you can consume a cucumber, three celery stalks, two apples, a lemon, a piece of ginger and a massive handful of kale in one sitting (that’s Joe’s Mean Green juice, by the way). With a juicer you can extract all the phytochemicals out of the veggies and enjoy a glass of liquid nutrients.

The day after we watched the documentary we bought Joe Cross’ book “Reboot With Joe” (amazon.com link). We were both inspired to boost our micronutrient intake and figured Joe’s book would be a great way to get started with juicing. I am a few chapters in and I am enjoying Joe’s entertaining writing style and can’t wait to try some of the recipes he has included in his book.

Joe recommends the Breville juicers in his book. This is also the juicer that he used in the documentary. Judging from the reviews the Breville juicers are great, we just didn’t care for that the manufacturer only offered a one year warranty.

We have read a ton of online reviews on juicers and have decided to opt for a slow juicer with a 10 year warranty. The juicer we ordered is the SlowStar 2000 juicer. The main reasons why we picked it is because it is a quiet model, great for juicing hard vegetables such as carrots and beets and of course we liked the 10 year warranty. Oh yes, and it is red and will look really pretty on our kitchen counter top. Once we have received and used it for a while, I will write a proper Slowstar 2000 juicer review.

The Master Cleanse Exposed!


Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, CK, RHN
 & Amy Coates, RHN, BSc.

The master cleanse is a detoxification program that calls for nothing else than a special lemonade concoction and periodic salt water flushes (to flush out your colon).

The master cleanse solution is comprised of the following ingredients:
• 2 tbsp fresh lemon or lime juice
• 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
• 1/10 tsp cayenne pepper
• 8 oz spring water

And that’s pretty much all you drink (along with hebal tea and water) for the duration of the cleanse. However, because lemon is acidic (before it is digested) it may wear down the enamel of your teeth. Therefore, after each glass of lemon water or the master cleanser, you should rinse your mouth with water.

This master cleanse protocol has become wildly popular in the last few years, especially since Beyonce announced it was her secret to losing weight fast. And yes, the master cleanser will help you lose weight fast because all your putting into your body is the solution above, which provides very few calories.

So, if you’re looking to lose weight fast, then this cleanse will definitely be helpful.

However, what good does this cleansing solution do for your body?

Investigating the Components of the Master Cleanser

Well, lemon is great. Once metabolized, it is actually alkaline-forming, which is a good thing. It helps to detoxify your liver, loosens mucus, and stimulates your digestive system. But in our mind, that’s about all the master cleanser provides.

Otherwise, you’re simply drinking sugar water, which is not a great thing for people with blood sugar issues – and that’s a lot of people!

Maple syrup is a high glycemic sweetener. If all you’re drinking throughout your cleanse is a high-glycemic drink, you’re bound to run into blood sugar problems. Therefore, we would not recommend the master cleanse for diabetics and those who suffer from hypoglycemia.

Cayenne pepper is also helpful at breaking down mucus and some even say that because it is a “firey” spice, it boosts your metabolism. Not sure how much validity the latter statement has.

But one dimension that many people don’t realize is that cayenne pepper is part of the nightshade family and contains alkaloid compounds which are acid-forming in the body and can aggravate inflammatory diseases such as arthritis.

Watch This Master Cleanse Video for More Detail

A Cleanse That Actually Helps You Lose Weight While Improving Your Health
Drinking the master cleanser several times a day over several days may help you lose weight but at what cost to your health?

If you’re looking to cleanse your body and lose weight, then you need to heal yourself from the inside out by improving your internal environment, bettering the health of your colon and liver, and removing undesirable stressors from your diet and lifestyle.

The other important consideration is that simply buying magic laxative pills or a cleanse product and going it on your own will never be effective in the long term. You will most likely revert back to your old habits, eventually continue to pollute your body, gain weight, and watch your health decline.

What you (and everyone who attempts a cleanse) need is a highly supportive and guided environment that not only provides you with a time-proven cleansing plan but also a method that tackles your habitual ways of eating so that you can overcome emotional eating and finally be in control of your body and your health.

There is only ONE cleanse program available that provides you with these tools and support. Because it is so service-oriented, this exclusive 30-day program, only has room for a small number of highly motivated people who want to reclaim their health and live their best life ever!

Will you be ONE of the few?

Yuri Elkaim is a renowned fitness, nutrition, and weight loss expert. He is a registered holistic nutritionist and the co-creator of the Total Wellness Cleanse – a 30-day food-based cleansing program that has helped thousands of people lose weight, cleanse their bodies of toxic overload, and restore incredible health. For information on the Total Wellness Cleanse visit www.TotalWellnessCleanse.com.

 

 

Caveman Diet Update – Week 4

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This past week I learned that dieting is definitely not easy during the holiday season. My husband and I went to a number of social events and it is hard not to sample all the different treats that people put out on the table. For the most part we were able to stick to the slow-carb diet, but I did have some home-made cookies that my friends baked. I mean, not trying them, would be rude wouldn’t it? Just trying to be a good friend here…

Tim Ferriss’ caveman diet does not encourage a lot of exercise because that just ignites your metabolism and makes you want to eat more food. Instead, you are supposed to go for some short and very intense workouts, such as lifting weights or doing kettle bell exercises. My husband is doing well with both weights and the kettlebells and has bought kettle bells in different sizes, so I can use them as well.

I was not too keen on doing kettlebell swings at first, but then I read that these exercises are supposed to give you a nice firm butt. Needless to say, I am now completely on board with these exercises.

Kettlebell ChallengeI find that it actually takes a bit of focus to do these kettlebells swings, but once you get into the groove and build momentum, the kettle bell swings like a pendulum and it gets much easier. I love that I can do the swings in my own living room and that I do not have to go to a gym to get these exercises into my fitness routine. You just have to make sure that you have a bit of room around you, so you don’t knock anything over with the heavy kettlebell. I also like that it doesn’t even take up five minutes of my day to do these swings with the kettlebell, so there are no excuses not to get a bit of a workout in every day.

I prefer to do the swings in private because I realize how goofy I look doing them and then I will just start laughing if anyone is watching me. Once you start laughing you lose focus and then you might as well just take a break and start over. It is definitely not a workout routine I could picture myself doing in a gym with other people around.

For those of you that are not familiar with kettle bell swings, here is a video where Tim Ferriss is demonstrating how to ‘swing the bell’:

Apart from doing the kettlebell swings I also enjoy going for long walks with our dog. I do not consider it as a workout, but just a way to get some fresh air. However, I probably walk an hour a day, so I guess it is a fair bit of walking and must count for a bit of exercise.

I am sure all the fresh air is a huge contributor to how well I sleep at night. I never have any trouble falling asleep and probably sleep close to eight hours a night. So if you have problems falling asleep at night, I can definitely recommend going for a long walk in the evening followed by a cup of tea before you go to bed. It works wonders for me.

Total weight loss: 6 lbs.

Caveman Diet Update – Week 3

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My husband and I are now a few weeks into Tim Ferriss’ slow-carb diet. My husband is doing great and his weight is dropping fast. I find it hard to eat as soon as I get out of bed and I am not crazy about the protein shakes. There is no doubt that the 30g of protein is a great way to start your day, it is just not always that I feel that hungry first thing in the morning.

Stick to the basic protein powder

When we started on this caveman diet, we bought a few different flavours of protein shakes to ‘shake it up’ a bit and not burn out on one particular flavour. After trying quite a few different ones I must say that my two favourites are chocolate and vanilla. We tried a cookies and cream protein powder, but it was just too rich for me. We both love pina coladas when we go on vacation, so we tried that flavour as well. Well, let me tell you, I will definitely stick to the real pina coladas instead of this powder that just tastes like artificial sweeteners.

Get yourself a decent blender

Instead of just drinking a straight up protein drink in the morning, we are adding a few things to the mix in the blender. First and foremost, make sure you get yourself a decent blender that can crush ice cubes. We add a few ice cubes to the mix and it makes the drink a lot more frothy. Most of the time we use water for the mix, but sometimes we also add almond milk or coconut milk – both are delicious. We also buy chopped frozen spinach in the size of small hockey pucks. They are very dense, so you want to make sure your blender is up for the challenge. I know it sounds gross with spinach in your morning drink, but trust me, you won’t even taste it and it is a great way to get some green veg into your diet. I like the spinach with both the vanilla and chocolate protein powder.

Nuts and seeds boost your energy level

We will also add a handful of nuts and seed, usually a combination of sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts and brazil nuts. Other times we just add a tablespoon of peanut butter and that goes really well with the chocolate-flavoured protein powder. Then we add a teaspoon of cinnamon; both to spice it up but also because of all the health benefits cinnamon has. Just half a teaspoon of cinnamon per day can lower your LDL cholesterol and has a regulatory effect on your blood sugar. So it is definitely a great spice to sneak into your diet if you can. My husband has cut out the cream in his coffee and has replaced it with cinnamon and it is actually really nice. The coffee has this exotic taste to it now. Sometimes I will also break a cinnamon stick into smaller pieces and add it to the coffee grounds in my coffee press and it adds a nice hint of cinnamon to the coffee.

Do you have a protein drink in the morning? If so, do you add other things to it or do you just drink is as is?

Total weightloss: 6 lbs

Caveman Diet Update – Week 2

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My husband and I have now been on Tim Ferriss’ slow-carb diet for two weeks now.  It is an easy enough diet to follow as long as you eat at home, but once you have a meal out in a restaurant, it is extremely hard to follow.

Eating out on a diet

When you go out for a meal in a restaurant, the plate is loaded with carbs or as I like to call it “fillers”. The standard filler in North America is the potato. It comes in all sorts of varieties, French fries, mashed potato, hash browns… I absolutely love potatoes, but the starch is not the best if you are trying to shed a few pounds.

Healthy menu options

A substitute to potato in a lot of places is rice or some kind of pasta, which is just as bad when you are trying to lose weight. So I have opted for salad instead. Most places charge extra for this which really annoys me, but it is worth it as I really want to get rid of some belly fat. I usually opt for a non-creamy salad dressing such as a balsamic vinegar one and only use a little bit.


Home-made salad dressings

At home we are now making our own salad dressings and I actually prefer them! Here is the recipe for my favourite salad dressing that I usually mix in an old jam jar, so I can give it a good shake:

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1tsp honey (or Maple syrup or agave)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Optional: chopped fresh or dried herbs

Sometimes I make a bit more and then it is easy just to store it in the fridge in the mixing jar.

Salads that are more filling

I have changed the way I make salads a little bit over the past couple of weeks. In order to stay full for longer, you need to sneak in some protein wherever you can. So with my salads, I will sometimes add some beans, it really helps to fill you up. I also like to add crispy bacon bits to the salad (bacon just makes anything taste much better!).

Lots of nuts and seeds in the salads

I have bought some glass jars and filled them with sliced almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds. Sometimes I throw a handful or so in the salad straight out of the container and other times I roast them on a dry pan, it is amazing how much better sunflower seeds or sliced almonds taste after a few minutes on the pan. If you haven’t tried it yet, you should give it a try, it is delicious.

Lots of new habits to learn, but it is so worth it and I feel a lot better after having started on this Caveman Diet, or the slow-carb diet as it is officially called. I like that there is one day a week where you can eat whatever you like, otherwise it would be an extremely challenging diet for me.

Total weight loss: 4 lbs.

Caveman Diet Update – Week 1

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We are now one week into our caveman diet.  I must admit that I was a bit reluctant starting on this slow-carb diet.  The thought about not eating any bread or cheese really worried me because it is food that I really enjoy eating.  It turns out that doing without these types of foods six days a week isn’t that bad at all.

30 grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking up

The best part about this new diet has been the rule about 30 grams of protein within 30 minutes of waking up.  I used to skip breakfast and then end up starving mid-morning and panic-eating, and usually something that isn’t that healthy. Eating as soon as I get out of bed is definitely something that takes a bit of getting used to. I never really feel that hungry when I get up, so getting some food in my stomach is never really something that cross my mind first thing in the morning. I must admit that I feel a lot better in the morning after some food and don’t crash just before lunch where I normally would get super hungry.

New shopping habits

My shopping habits have changed quite a bit the past week. Where I would normally buy most things at the supermarket, I now get most things at the vegetable market. I don’t think I have ever walked out of the farmer’s market with three packed bags of veggies. The vegetable drawers in the fridge quickly filled up and the kale is taking up most of the bottom shelf now. When you open up our fridge it does look very colourful indeed with all the different vegetables in there.

Beans, beans and more beans

After we have cut all the white fillers (potatoes, rice and pasta) out of our diet we have for the most part replaced it with black beans. Friends have joked and asked if that has caused some gassy situations, but that has not been an issue at all. We have rinsed the canned beans thoroughly and that seems to have taken care of that problem. I would like to switch over to dried beans instead of canned, it just takes a bit more planning because the dried beans need to soak overnight. If you consider trying Tim Ferriss’ slow-carb diet as well, I highly recommend that you load up on black beans and lentils. They are really inexpensive, very good for you and will keep you full for hours.

Lots of veggie chopping

I don’t think I have ever spent this much time peeling and chopping vegetables. This is a good excuse for me to brush up on my knife skills. I am glad we installed a garburator in our kitchen a couple of years ago and have weekly organic waste pick-up – it is amazing how many carrot and onion peels you can generate in a couple of days.

So, what have we been eating?

Apart from a ton of vegetables, lentils and beans, we have been eating a lot of chicken thigh, steaks and bacon – types of meat I did not think would be recommended on a diet, but that Tim Ferriss recommends in his book, The Four Hour Body. We have made some big delicious salads with homemade salad dressings and have been snacking on almonds and brazil nuts if we started to get a bit hungry in the early afternoon.

No more eating after 8pm

We have started to eat a bit earlier in the evening and completely stopped eating after 8pm to allow our system and to digest the food before bedtime. In the evenings my husband has started to drink some dandelion tea and I have started to drink some blueberry and ginger tea.

Cheat day

On our weekly cheat day from the diet, I baked some fantastic cranberry and orange cookies. For dinner that night we went out with friends to a pub and had wings and beer. To be honest, having wings on the one day where you can eat whatever bad stuff you want was a little bit of a letdown, so I think I will have something a bit more special for our next cheat day.

So far it does not really feel like a diet. We eat a lot of meat and healthy vegetables and I have not been hungry at all. If you are on the same slow-carb diet as my husband and I, please leave a comment below with your experiences with it.

Total weight loss after week 1: 2lbs