Relationship Analogies In Tomato Plant Gardening

Real relationships are like growing tomato plants. Now, I am not a gardener by trade or even by passion but I have watched my Mother garden for years and have never yet seen a plant do anything other than prosper under her care. In this article are just a few observations I have made and how I have seen several similarities in successfully developing relationships between people.

Tomato plants need water but providing the right amount and frequency of watering are critical. Pouring on too much water leaving the ground soaked will drown the plant and/or result in mold issues. Of course if the plant does not get enough water, the plant withers and the fruit looses its support (and its taste). If it has been dry for a long while and you slam it with too much water the tomatoes will swell up so fast that they will split their sides open. Nobody picks a split tomato off the grocery shelf. However, provide the plant with the right amount of water on a regular but intermittent basis, and the plant will be strong but will be wanting more. The plant’s desire for more water is the driving force for more growth when the next dose of water is given. The same things apply to relationships. Withholding emotional “water” will eventually kill the relationship. Emotionally drenching the relationship usually won’t work either as, to quote Daniel Goleman’s, Emotional Intelligence (1995), “… and everyone knows that nothing will turn a woman off faster than knowing that she is in complete control of the relationship.” Likewise, “soaking” the relationship too deep too fast increases the likelihood of the tides of each other’s emotions crashing against each other (or apart) because they have not learned to emotionally ebb and flow with each other.

Relationships are also like tomato plants in that weeds are invasive, pervasive, and grow faster than the tomato plants. Anyone who has gardened for five minutes knows how much work weeds are because they have spent four and a half of those minutes pulling those weeds. In relationships, “weeds” could be those issues that start creeping up early on and since they are small, they seem trivial and are easily ignored. Later, they grow a little more and maybe they are seen as “endearing” but not really problems yet. However, if there are a lot of them, even though they are small, they compete with the plant for nutrients and water, subtly stressing it. When the weeds become tall, making it hard to find the tomato plants and see what condition they are in, it is too late. Try to pull out the weed (deal with the issue) at that point and you will damage or pull up the tomato plant too. The relationship grew with the “weeds” in plain sight so they were okay then, but now you want to change the rules and say that they are not okay? … Nobody likes that.

A tomato plant left to its own will grow maybe two to three feet or so before it will collapse on its own weight and/or stop growing. Give it some strong structure next to it that it can climb and it will grow to five feet or more and produce much more fruit (plus the fruit will be higher so it is not in the dirt and cats can’t pee on it). The man has to provide that support, structure, and strength for her to feel safe to grow and reveal her fruit.

There is a gardening technique called double-digging. Basically, before you plant the tomato plants, you dig up the garden one foot down and turn the bottom soil to the top. Then you dig down again, this time to two feet and again turn the bottom soil to the top. Plants are normally limited in their growth by the hardpan layer of soil six inches below the surface. Give them some depth to put their roots down and it is normal to get twice the production and growth out of the plants above the surface. Our life scars and underdeveloped areas act as “hardpan” to those who try to grow into our lives. Digging down beyond that hardness inside ourselves, turning it over, and breaking it up before the friend/partner/etc is planted in our life gives them a lot more depth to be attracted to, explore, and grow into. The only “plants” that are interested in growing on the surface are moss, lichen, & mold.

Also, real gardens have bugs. All tomatoes, and especially the plant leaves, get bitten by bugs. The bugs will cause minor damage to the plant but usually it will scab over and heal just fine, only with a little scab or a hole in the leaf. If you are hanging out with a tomato plant and it does not have any bugs or scars, it is probably made of plastic (emotionally frozen, will never grow, learn, respond to your inputs, or give you new fruit).

I thought this analogy would break down when it came to the issue of fertilizer. “Throw a lot of smelly crap at the plant/relationship and watch it grow,” right? However, good gardeners know that plants and people are remarkably alike in this area as well. Dump a bunch of fresh manure on a garden and it will burn and kill the plants. Good fertilizer comes from taking that manure and composting it. This requires subjecting it to heat (usually internally generated) for long periods of time (sometimes years) and putting a lot of work into turning it over regularly. This process breaks down the toxic parts of the manure into forms that are beneficial for and easily consumed by the plants. People are the same in that retaliation for hurt feelings in the heat of the moment is usually polarizing and unproductive, but if that “manure” can be turned and composted a little more, it can be converted into the form of “when you did this, it made me feel that“, allowing the other person to internalize the criticism in a form that is digestible and gives them concrete reference points for the process of changing their behavior and growing into a better partner.

Source by Todd Buchholz

Intelligent Plants in Science Fiction

The weeping, talking trees in Virgil and Dante suggest that the idea of communication with plants is of great antiquity, but only in the sense of transmigration of human souls into plants; the subject is not yet real plant intelligence in its own right.

Then comes the transitional example in the early part of William Hope Hodgson’s The Boats of the Glen Carrig (1907). In the chapter ‘The Land of Lonesomeness’ we are taken to an island in which there is a wailing during the night, and evil trees are prone to wrap their branches round the unwary traveller. The narrative suggests that human souls are somehow sucked into the trees and then beckon for more to join them. The sense of horror is peculiar and powerful. The atmosphere is that of supernatural fear, but the work can marginally count as science fiction.

Then comes the great age of magazine science fiction, and all sorts of portrayals of intelligent plants blossom out into the literature.

Murray Leinster’s ‘Proxima Centauri’, dating from the early years of pulp SF, depicts malevolent space-travelling plants attacking human explorers. A more subtle approach comes from the planet-wide vegetable intelligence in the 1931 story ‘Seedling of Mars’ by Clark Ashton Smith, where humanity is subjugated by the promise of Utopia. Raymond Z Gallun, another vintage 1930s writer, produced a more evocative variation on this theme in ‘Seeds of the Dusk’, where this time humanity is gassed to peaceful death by an alien vegetable invader in the far future. In this last story, the reader is made to feel that the removal of the last degenerate humans is no great loss to the world.

As a change from these threats, in Clifford D Simak’s All Flesh is Grass (1965) we actually enounter a benevolent (though somewhat ruthless) intelligent life in plant form, though the form it takes is that of a planetwide biological computer that works through photosynthesis, and is only outwardly similar to the plant life we know. All Flesh is Grass is one of Simak’s best novels, a joy to read. Proclaiming the brotherhood of all species in his gentle, humane, inimitable style, there is nevertheless nothing soft or flabby about it, and it contains plenty of excitement, menace and that impingement of a strange cosmos upon ordinary life, which is the hallmark of a certain subgenre of science fiction – what one might call the small-town cataclysm.

What of plant civilization considered in itself, without regard to its impingement upon humanity? For this you have to go to Olaf Stapledon, to the 8 pages in Star Maker (1937) in which he narrates the rise and fall of the ‘plant men’ of a small, hot, energy-rich world. The story of the beings he describes is dominated by the tension between their active night-time and their contemplative day-time natures. The balance is eventually lost, and first one, then the other nature predominates, leading to the doom of the plant men and their world. In 40 years of reading science fiction I have never come across anything remotely comparable in intensity to these 8 pages, as far as the theme of plant intelligence is concerned. It is a parable of universal relevance to all cultures, in the stress it lays on the vital importance of fidelity to one’s natural origins.

Source by Robert Gibson

Gardening – Plumeria Plant Care

The plumeria is a beautiful plant whose flowers are put into the Hawaiian leis. It is also known as the Frangipani or the Lei flower. It doesn’t only grow in Hawaii though; you can grow it at your own home!

The plumeria is native to tropical areas of the Caribbean, the Pacific Islands, South America and Mexico. When they are grown in these tropical regions, they can become thirty to forty feet tall and half as wide! If grown in other areas, however, they will usually only grow to be large shrubs or sometimes small trees. The branches of this plant are spaced quite widely and are round or pointed. The leaves grow in clusters by the branch’s tips.

If you live in a colder climate, your plumeria should be grown in a container. They make great potted plants for your porch, patio, or greenhouse. If you live in a mild climate, they can be put into the ground where they will become beautiful small trees. However, if temperatures fall into the low 40s they need to be kept in their containers or uprooted from the ground and brought to a heated location. When you uproot this plant, try to get as much root as possible and put the plant into a heated garage or basement where the temperatures are above freezing. During the winter, this plant goes into a dormant stage and does not need light or water. Once all the leaves fall off, you can store it inside until spring comes again.

As soon as the temperature rises outside, you can bring the plant back outside or plant it again if you had it in the ground. It will start growing again as if nothing happened.

Starting in the early summer and ending in the early fall, this plant will make very beautiful, fragrant flowers. The fragrance of these flowers is amazing; it is very pleasant and sweet. The flowers also come in many colors, such as whites, reds, yellow and many pastels. The plant can flower for three months at a time and will produce new flowers every day. When you pick these flowers, they will last for several days if you keep them in water.

If you plant the plumeria in a container, use a well draining potting soil. Cactus mix or a mix with sand and perlite works great. Put the cut end into the soil about two inches deep and firm the soil. Plumerias have low water requirements. Only water them when the soil is dry. Stop watering them in the winter when the leaves fall off and resume in the spring.

Plumerias do need fertilizer that is high in nitrogen. Start giving the fertilizer in the spring when the new growth comes. If you want to encourage the plant to make lots of flowers, switch your fertilizer to one high in phosphorous in early May. Use the high phosphorous fertilizer every two to three weeks until the end of August.

The Plumeria is a beautiful, hardy plant that many people enjoy. If you care for this plant properly, you will be well rewarded with stunning, fragrant flowers. Most importantly, just make sure you protect this plant from the cold.

Source by Michael Russell

Plant Dreams For A Happy Life

Plant dreams, pull weeds, and grow a happy life. What does that mean and is it possible? We all have dreams, yet there is so much sadness, disappointment, anger and bitterness all around us. How can I get past all that to grow a happy life?

How do we plant dreams?

Plant the dreams of happiness. Show others that there are some good happy people to touch their lives. Plant seeds of joy. Many people are truly surprised by the nice people that cross their paths.

Do nice things for someone-especially when it is totally unexpected. If you help a stranger, you may never know the impact you may have on that person.

Surprise someone. It could be just a small bouquet of wild flowers or an invite for coffee and a chat. It’s the act of kindness that warms the heart for both you and the receiver.

Put a note in your partner’s or child’s lunchbox. Make them smile in the middle of the day. Include a nice thought or saying that will give them food for thought.

Patiently listen to others that have the need for someone to talk to. When you truly listen and sincerely care, they will appreciate the compassion. You may not be able to do anything for them, but just an open, caring, ear may be enough.

Do common everyday things for your family with a happy heart. Those smiles and positive feelings are the recipe for a much happier family that can dream together.

How do we pull weeds?

Anger, disappointment, sadness, and bitterness are the weeds that hang around. It is so easy to let go of those things, if you choose to.

Avoid gossip. It is usually hurtful, whether intentional or not. Say only nice things about people. Change the conversation if others are gossiping. Choose to not listen.

Don’t let negative people get you down. People say don’t hang out with negative, depressing people, but maybe these people need someone positive like you in their life to help them restore happiness in their own life. Be careful that the interaction is positive and it doesn’t end up bringing you down.

When the negative thoughts and the blahs set in, think of something nice and funny-pull the weeds and see the flowers of happiness once again.

Don’t be so hard on yourself. You need to be kind to yourself and be happy before you can help and influence others to do the same.

How do we grow a happy life? Do we now have a happy life?

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Happiness is not a goal… it’s a by-product of a life well lived.” Think about it. –“Grow a happy life”– Life means on-going. To be happy every day means to live in the positive. It is always working on that happy spot.

You will learn to smile at the little things.

You will learn to let go of stress.

You will learn to be thankful for what you do have.

You will feel good knowing you touch someone’s life in a positive way. You may restore that person’s faith in mankind. You may put a smile on their face.

Plant dreams, pull weeds, and grow a happy life. Help others do the same. Grow your gardens together! It really is easy and rewarding. Everyone involved feels good.

Source by Diane M Gove

6 Plants to Grow in Your Koi Or Fish Pond

Most pond keepers, including myself, would like to keep some plants in their Koi ponds so as to have a pond that looks natural and able to blend with the overall garden. However, Koi and water plants generally do not go well together as Koi eats plants or will likely disturb the soil in which the plants are growing.  Here are 6 plants that I have successfully kept with my Koi. Note that some of these plants originate from South East Asia and requires warm climate to thrive.

The Elephant Ears or Taro (Alocasia Macrorrhiza)

The Elephant Ears or Taro is a plant commonly found in South East Asia. This is a relative large plant with large leaves that grows well in a large pot placed in the shallow parts of a Koi pond, with the pot half or almost fully submerged.  It propagates through small suckers that grow at the side of the large plant. A mature plant can grow to a height of 5 feet or more and have leaves that are more than a few feet in length. It will make a nice specimen or feature plant in the garden or in your Koi pond.

The Elephant Ears can be surrounded with the Creeping Daisy (Wedelia Trilobata) to hid the large pot and soften the overall look. The Creeping Daisy has small yellow flowers and is easily grown by stem cuttings. Just cut and stick them into the wet soil in the pot.  They root easily and further cuttings can then be made and inserted into the pot again. In no time, you have a nice covering of Creeping Daisy with yellow flowers around the large leaves of the Elephant Ears. You could substitute the Creeping Daisy with other suitable creeping plants that thrive in moist soil.

Pandan (pandanus amaryllifolius)

The fragrant pandan plant is commonly found in South East Asia and is a good plant to grow in your Koi pond. It can be grown in soil or in water (hydroponics), hence making it suitable for a Koi pond. The pandan plant grows easily, absorbing the nitrates from the water. The leaves can be harvested every few months. The leaves give off a nice fragrance and are used widely as a flavouring in South East Asian cooking and baking. Believe it or not, its leaves could also be used as a cockroach repellent! No artificial chemical, all natural.

The Dwarf Papyrus (Cyperus Haspen)

The dwarf papyrus plant is not one of my favourites although I have this growing out of a pot that is half submerged in my Koi pond. The reasons are that the matured stems or leaves will droop down into the water as young plants grow out from the cluster of small flower head at the top of stem. Therefore it requires regular trimming to remove the old stems or leaves to keep the plant looking tidy and neat. I think it will look good if grown densely at the sides of a pond, rather than in an isolated pot in my pond.

Umbrella Plant (Cyperus Alternifolius)

The Umbrella Plant is a rush-like aquatic plant with foliage arranged on stems like the ribs of an umbrella. It originates from Madagascar and is very easy to grow in hot, sunny climate. Unlike the small dwarf papyrus, this plant can grow up to 5 feet in height. As this is a large plant, grow them in a large pot that can be submerged or half submerged in the pond.

Water Lilies (Nymphaea)

No garden pond is complete without the water lilies but they are not the best plants for pond with large Koi! The leaves floats on the water surface and the large Koi will chew on them unless they are protected somewhat. Hence, lilies are only suitable for ponds with small Koi. The lilies are best grown in pots placed in the shallow part of a Koi pond. Protect the top of the pots with large stones to prevent the Koi from digging on the soil and messing up the water. My water lilies flower daily under strong sunlight and regular dosage of fertilisers tablets which I stick into the soil. The other problem with water lilies is that the flowers and older leaves will wilt after a few days. If not removed, they will pollute the pond water. Although the Koi will eat them, some debris will inevitably find their way into the pond filter.


The lotus plant can be grown in pots placed in the shallow part of a Koi pond. Protect the top of the pots with large stones to prevent the large Koi from digging on the soil and messing up the water. The plant has two types of leaves. The leaves of a young lotus plant float on the water surface but the leaves from the older plants grow well above the water surface. The plant produces pink flowers on a long stock above the water. Like water lilies, lotus requires regular feeding with fertilisers to keep it flowering.

Source by Jeffrey HS Lee

Aloe Vera – Pros And Cons Of This Plant

Aloe vera is a very popular plant. Thanks to its wide range of health applications. Its benefits have been known for centuries. But it was only lately that its uses have been greatly introduced to the market. Through its highly publicized benefits, a lot of people now are looking for a product that contains such. You can obtain this plant as a juice, gel or powder.

But before you go and look for an aloe drink, powder or gel, you must know its pros and cons first.


1. Treat constipation

This is one of the best things about this plant. It encourages proper elimination of waste, especially if you are constipated. However, when you sip it, you should not expect instant results. You will need to wait for at least an hour or so to get things going.

But do not rely on this natural constipation treatment for so long as it can be dangerous to your intestinal lining.

2. Stimulate metabolism

Some weight loss experts do encourage their trainees to drink at least a cup of this plant’s juice once or twice a week to stimulate their metabolism. By stimulating your metabolism, your body tends to burn more calories faster than its normal range.

3. Activates immune system

The juice of aloe vera has the ability to activate immune system. Thus, it makes it an effective agent in enhancing your immune function to further help in fighting against HIV-AIDS and some types of cancer.

4. Reduce blood sugar levels

It is not clear yet as to how it can lower someone’s blood sugar. However, in early researches, scientists suggested that somehow it can lower the sugar levels of those suffering from type-2 diabetes. Then again, thorough research must be conducted to better understand its effects on blood sugar. This is because studies performed have conflicting results.

5. Lower blood cholesterol

Taking aloe vera internally can lower cholesterol, according another study. But, just like its effects on blood sugar levels, more studies are needed to know how such plant provide this type of benefit.

6. Reduce inflammation

The anti-inflammatory properties of this plant can help in reducing the inflammation and irritation caused by burns and wounds. Now, this has been proven by a lot of users of this plant. Although it does not treat those wounds instantly, it can speed up healing time. However, contrary to what other people believe, it does not remove scars.

7. Detoxify the body

The anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties of aloe vera can help in cleansing your body and eliminating harmful chemicals that have been accumulated in your system.

How about its cons?

Even though it has plenty of health benefits, this plant does have some side effects that you must know of. For instance, excess consumption can cause diarrhea, dehydration and stomach upset. It may lower blood pressure level. So, if you are hypotensive, you need to be careful as it might cause further reduction to the point that it becomes fatal.

Source by Janey N Danes

You Can’t Plant Apple Seeds and Expect Oranges

Cheri decided that she wanted to grow an apple tree in her back yard. She had never planted an apple tree before. In fact, she had never planted anything before. This was her first time trying her hand at gardening. But last year, she had this idea that it would be nice to grow an apple tree right in her back yard.

Now that the weather was growing nicer, the idea came back to her and it seemed that she became obsessed with growing an apple tree. Being urged to get started, she found herself going to the library and the book store and on the Internet to research all that she could about growing an apple tree. She had to learn about apple variety and rootstock; about

site selection, proper planting, training and pruning, adequate

fertility, and pest control all of types of things that contributed to creating a healthy and productive tree.

Every time she went out in her yard, she would picture exactly where she would grow the tree. She would see, in her minds eye, the tree already grown with rich and wonderful apples all over it.

The time came for her to plant her tree. She used all the skills she had learned to make sure that it would grow to its fullest potential.

And guess what?

The tree grew and the most wonderfully, red apples sprouted all over the place. Cheri was so proud of her masterpiece.

Planting flowers and trees can really be amazing. You take a little seed and it put it in the dirt and you nurture it and before you know it, it starts to sprout, and then it grows into a full, blown flower, plant or tree.

It’s really incredible to experience.

Have you ever planted a tree or a plant? Have you ever seen it sprout and grow all over the place–sometimes growing out of control? Have you ever witnessed that?

I’m sure you have.

In fact, I’m willing to bet on it.

Well, you might not have actually planted a flower or a tree, but each day, you plant thoughts and ideas into your subconscious mind that start to grow. Some of these thoughts and ideas grow out of control and before we know it, they start to take over our lives.

Some of these “seeds” are planted without us ever being aware of it. They are things that we’ve heard others say about ourselves and we allowed them to get planted, deep into our subconscious mind and then they start to grow so wildly and out of control that we don’t even realize it but before long, they have taken over our life.

Let me give you an example. Ever heard your parents say to you, “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” Or “money is hard to come by.” Or “You can’t get everything that you want.”

Well, these are seeds that are planted into our subconscious mind and over the years, they are nurtured and allowed to grow so much that they begin to grow out of control. We wonder how come we are always struggling to make ends meet or why we can’t experience financial freedom like we see so many other people experience.

It’s because of those seeds that are planted into our subconscious mind, have been planted so deeply that, without us even given any thought to it, we always find ourselves struggling to make ends meet because money doesn’t grow on trees and it’s hard to come by and we simply can’t get

everything that we want.

We have just accepted it as a truth, a reality, without ever questioning or researching to see if it holds any merit. It becomes second nature for us to quickly say to our own children, “Money don’t grow on trees, you know.” Because its something that we’ve heard for most of our life.

And because we have this believe, money will always elude us because our “seed” that has been planted inside of us, has grown so big that it makes sure that we hold on to this belief.

If you plant a seed for an apple tree, an apple tree will grow.

If you plant a seed that money is hard to come by, then money will always be hard to come by.

You can’t plant apple seeds and expect oranges to grow.

You can’t hold on to beliefs that are planted into your subconscious mind and expect your life to be different from your beliefs.

Sorry, it just doesn’t work that way.

If you want to grow oranges, you have to plant seeds that produce oranges.

If you want to live a happy and successful life, you have to plant seeds that will bring about a happy and successful life.

Well, how do you go about doing that when the seeds that have been planted for so long are negative and do not allow you to have the things that you desire?

You do it the same way a Gardener does. When a Gardener plants grass and notices that weeds have sprouted amongst the good grass, s/he goes to work to kill the weeds. They have to destroy the weeds or else it will destroy the good grass.

You must do the same. Destroy the weeds (negative thoughts) that are growing inside of you before they kill off the good grass (positive thoughts).

Always be mindful of what you are thinking and the affect that it will have on your life. When you notice a negative thought–kill it, before it kills you.

ACTION POINT: Let’s do some spring cleaning this week. Let’s become aware of thoughts that we have that are like weeds and can destroy our efforts to change our life. Let’s pull out the weed wacker and the weed killer and destroy them whenever they rear their ugly heads. This week, we will only have positive, life empowering thoughts that move us closer to our goals. And we will destroy negative thoughts that hold us back. Can you do that for yourself this week? I know you can. Don’t try to do

it–do it.

Source by Dawn Fields

Plant Seeds Of Attraction In Her Mind

Here’s a metaphor from the law of attraction. When you’re baking cookies, you shouldn’t keep opening the oven door to see if they’re done.

Or put another way, if you’re intending to grow an orange tree, you shouldn’t keep digging up the seeds to see if they’ve sprouted yet.

Now, according to the law of attraction, if you’re manifesting something, you should do the work, do the meditations, whatever, and then let go. Let nature do the rest.

If you keep checking to see how your results are coming, you’ll mess everything up.

How is this applicable to seduction?

First, realize that attraction happens on an unconscious basis. She can’t logically decide to become attracted to you any more than you can rationally choose which girls you’d like to sleep with. (Everything else being equal).

Now, this can be a hard concept for a lot of guys to get their minds around. Girls are attracted to guys from completely different reasons that guys are attracted to girls.

When a guy sees a girl, he knows right off the bat if he’s into her or not. It happens in a split second.

But when I girl sees a guy, she doesn’t know yet. If she’s physically attracted, that’s just one piece of the puzzle. In order to really feel deep attraction and emotional longing, she’s going to need to interact with him.

Talk to him, test him a few times, maybe even spend some time away from him.

BUT (and this is crucial) just because it takes time for her to become attracted, this DOES NOT mean it’s a conscious process.

It’s just unconscious as you wanting to bang that big breasted hottie you just saw a split second ago.

It’s just that for girls, that unconscious process is stretched out over time.

Like the cookies in the oven, or the seeds in the ground.

Guys who aren’t sure if she likes him or not will want to force the issue. Like opening the oven door or digging up the seeds.

But if her unconscious hasn’t been triggered yet, forcing the decision up into her conscious mind will ruin the process.

Meaning you’ll kill any chance you’ve got.

This can be the toughest thing to do for a guy. But if her unconscious is in the process of becoming attracted to you, LET IT HAPPEN.

Don’t talk about it, don’t try and get any kind of validation or reassurance.

Think of female attraction like Fight Club.

Remember the first rule of fight club? NEVER talk about Fight Club.

Let the seeds of attraction grow. DON’T ever ask her to agree consciously that she likes you, or she’s becoming attracted to you, or you two had fun the other night.

Just assume it’s happening, and let it happen some more.

When she passes the point of no return, when she’s totally into you, and she can’t get enough of you, YOU WILL KNOW.

If you aren’t sure, IT HASN’T HAPPENED YET.

Until then, just let it happen.

And of course, using the unconscious mind triggers to help her get there will give you a much better chance.

Source by George Hutton

Plant Based Dishes


Plant based dishes are precisely what they sound like: They are any dishes that have plants as their major ingredients. Such dishes are progressively building a following in current years. This rise in popularity is great news for anyone looking to eat this type of diet for these reasons, more restaurants will cater to the vegan diet, vegan ingredients will become easier to find in grocery stores and markets.

Living on this sort of diet can be a lot of work. It takes time to figure out exactly what’s vegan, put together well balanced and filling meals, and of course the sacrifice or replacement of the foods you’re comfortable with. The sacrifice and extra effort are worth it though. A vegan lifestyle is a healthier and more ethical lifestyle, and the longer you stay committed the easier it will get. Overtime, you’ll learn exactly what meals you can eat and exactly what restaurants can accommodate vegans.


Ingredients can consist of, but are not limited to fruits, veggies, nuts, grains and any various other natural, animal free ingredients. That implies anything that comes from an animal is off limitations, plant based dishes do not consist of meat, fish and shellfish, dairy products, eggs or honey.

Plant based dishes can offer wholesome, highly nutritious meals for a well balanced diet free of animal products. These dishes are the staple of any healthy vegan diet. Just cause a vegan diet is animal product free doesn’t mean the food can’t be delicious. Plant based dishes can consist of delicious seasonal vegetables, soups, decadent chocolate desserts, pastries and fruit smoothies.

Furthermore, there are vegan alternatives for simply just about everything. For example, applesauce or bananas can be used as egg substitutes, and Tofu or Seitan can be used as meat substitutes. Additionally, there are also tons of great cheese substitutes (rice cheese, daiya) as well as milk substitutes like soy milk, hemp milk, almond milk and coconut milk.


A plant based diet can provide you with important vitamins and minerals, which have been proven to enhance your energy levels and enhance your state of mind. These dishes can also help aid in weight loss. Replacing meats and cheeses with more vegetables, fruits and grains can help you naturally lose weight.

Plant based meals and dishes can also provide long term health benefits ranging from cancer and diabetes prevention to dramatically reducing your risk of heart disease.


If you’re still wondering why anyone would choose to eat a this type of diet, take a closer look at some of the ethical and environmental impacts this diet can have on our planet. A vegan way of life is commonly called “cruelty-free” due to the fact that it has no connection to manufacturing facility farming and usually inhumane living conditions for animals. Cows living on cattle farms are responsible for emitting more greenhouse gases into our atmosphere every year than every automobile combined. To help put this into perspective, a single hamburger patty saves on average of 2.5 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions and 133 gallons of water.

Whether you’re looking to cut down on animal products or you’re preparing to take the plunge into a completely animal product free diet, it’s recommended to enter into it with as much knowledge and understanding as possible. Take the time to familiarize yourself with some basic plant based dishes in order to make the change a healthy and simple one.

Source by Phil Adams

How to Plant Sexual Ideas in a Woman’s Mind – And Make Her to Desperately Want to Sleep With You!

Almost all men will agree that they want a ‘lady in the streets, but a tiger in the sheets’, but what they don’t know is that it is actually possible to turn any girl into a sexual predator, provided you know the right tricks and tactics, that is. Some seduction experts have even claimed to turn catholic schoolgirls into sex crazed nymphomaniacs that will jump almost any man they see. What if I told you that in this article, I’ll be teaching you how to do just that? Will you read on? Well, do so now, then.

“Set The Scene”. Occasionally, it’s nice to set the mood beforehand This does not mean that the sex needs to be planned or anything, but so long as you make romantic hints and gestures throughout the day, she’ll get the hint. Telling her she looks hot in that dress or that you like the clothes she’s in or coming up behind her and hugging her while kissing her neck will all remind her of both of your sexual needs.

“Plant The Idea of Sex”. If you just spring the idea of sex on a girl out of nowhere, she’s much more inclined to reject you outright or, in the worst case scenario, dump you completely. If you bring it on her gradually, though, by making lots of sexual innuendos right from the get go, you could end up preparing her for it and as a result, make it less likely for her to reject you. When you talk to her, make sure that you include a sexual innuendo every once in a while, so that she’s fully aware of the animalistic primal side of you. Be warned, however; if you do it too much, there’s a danger she’ll assume you’re just with her for the sex!

Source by Derek Rake