I have been happily married for almost 4 years with my husband, and that is almost how long I have been living in the United States. For someone that is not used to the lifestyle in this country, it was really hard to adapt. I was born in Mexico, in one of the states bordering Texas, and though we were used to going shopping and on holidays every so often, living in this country is way different. One of the hardest things was adapting to the food. Unfortunately for me, I come from a country that grows a lot of the food that they consume, GMOs wasn´t a big deal. You really didn´t have to worry that much about that subject, nor aspartame, nor other dangerous things to our body.
Now don´t get me wrong, this is a great nation, and has great people, but it is true that in order to stay healthy here you have to watch what you eat, go back to basics and try to go as Organic as possible to avoid weird diseases.
These is how my husband and I decided to start growing some of our own food. Because of the lack of space, we can´t grow that much, but we grow a lot of food that we usually eat. This way we save ourselves some money, and also eat healthier. We have been doing this for at least 2 and a half years now, and believe me when I say: "You can tell the difference between Store food, and home-grown food."
Early this year, my husband was given the opportunity to test a fertilizer for a friend on youtube who has his own channel, and because we wanted to show the results on video, we decided that we could do that also with the rest of our plants.
We are not experts, but we try, and we learn as we go. There is a great community of people that are willing to share with others what they know and their experiences with this or that plant. The most important reason why is: Because plants grow differently in different areas of the world. This helps more people get into the "growing your own food" culture, and living a healthier lifestyle. And to be honest, one thing leads to another. We started planting our own vegetables first, I got excited and started growing fruit trees, then we learned how to make bread, and the latest thing was learning how to make cheese. This is something I am very excited and proud about. I was used to a life where you work like ants all your life, and you don´t worry about food, because it is there. I didn´t plan on moving somewhere were you really had to watch what you eat, but things happen in life, you fall in love, and you follow your heart. Once there you have to take care of your family and yourself, and this is a great way to do it.
When I was 4 years old, I knew I wanted to be an astronaut. When I was 14, I had to go to plan B, because someone stole my dream saying: "Only 1 of 1000´s" gets to be an astronaut. So it really didn´t matter if I was good at physics and chemistry back then. My Plan B was to become a publicist, and make TV ads just like my great-grandfather did, though he made "Cinema" ads. But you know what? As I said before, things sometimes keep on changing and you end up with different dreams and different views in life. Today I know I want to be a farmer. Yes, from astronaut to farmer. Why? Sometimes we really don´t value what we have until it is gone, and this is a fact. My husband and I decided that we can still make a difference, and well you can too! It all starts with one or two food plants, the next thing you know is that you have fun, and plus you get an amazing reward.
If you want to follow my husband and I with this project of growing our own food, you are more than welcomed to watch our Youtube channel called: "The Lopez Garden"
We are not experts, but if we can grow it, so can you! Let´s go back to basics, let´s go back to that time were people used to live very long and healthy lives because they watched what they ate and grew their own food.
I invite you all to make a difference, and teach your kids that healthy is better, and that it will give you more quality life with those you love the most!
Have an amazing day, and I hope that I motivated you a little to make a difference.
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