I find TED talks to be a welcome respite from this world where petty arguments and gossip are too-often the highlights of conversation. These free talks give regular ‘ol people like me the opportunity to think about something larger, to believe in change, to challenge our minds, to witness great performances, and to continue learning even after formal education has ceased. TED talks are a fabulous example of something that is going right in the world.
I planted the beginnings of my garden last week–peas and lettuce. Now I’m realizing that I don’t know how to distinguish between lettuce starts and weed starts. Oh well. I’ll let them all grow and then sort it out in a few weeks when there are more distinguishing characteristics. This evening will bring the addition of rainbow carrots (That’s the kind of exciting life I lead! Planting carrots on a Saturday night! Woot!).
Since I’ve been in gardening mode, I selected Ron Finley’s TED talk for this week. Ron’s talk is about the transformational power of good food, taking risks, creating a community, and actually DOING something when you see a potential solution to large-scale problems. Ron is absolutely inspiring.
Do you have a garden? Growing some of your own food is a great way get more exercise, eat healthy food, learn to cook, and a whole host of other positive behaviors to help manage your PCOS. As Ron says, gardening is a positive gateway drug into all sorts of beneficial health behaviors.
Don’t feel overwhelmed. Your garden doesn’t need to be of the picturesque Martha Stewart variety. Buy a plant. Stick the now-purchased plan in some dirt (use a pot if your living arrangements don’t include dirt access). Water with reasonable regularity. That’s it.
Want to fight back against PCOS? Plant a garden! Just do it–even if that garden is one pot with a tomato plant that lives at the bottom of your apartment’s emergency stairwell. Plant a garden. You’ll feel better.
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