Brain Food: Grow Your Own Wahls Paleo Diet - Choosing Nutrient Dense Vegetables and Fruits for Your Garden

This is the first year we are growing a vegetable garden at our new house.  I have spent time pouring over the vegetable and fruit catalogs deciding what to grow that fits in the Wahls Paleo Diet.  My goal is to grow vegetables that contribute to the recommended nine cups of vegetables a day, are easy to grow and can be put by; as in canned or put in cold storage to eat through the winter.

Dr. Wahls is an advocate for growing your own food.  She has videos on YouTube showing her own square food vegetable garden.  As a horticulturists it always makes me smile to see a non-agricultural person explaining why gardening is great.

Below I am going over what we can grow in the Midwest in each of the Wahls Categories:  sulfur, bright colors and leafy greens. As well as, what to look for when selecting plants or seeds.

Sulfur includes:  cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, collards, radishes, turnips, rutabaga, onions, leeks, garlic, chives, asparagus, mushrooms, kale, shallots, anything from the cabbage and onion family

Greens include: Kale, collards, mustard greens, turnip greens, lettuce, spinach, beet greens, chard, parsley and other leafy herbs

Bright Colors include:

  • Red:  tomatoes, red pepper, watermelon, strawberries, red beets, red raspberries, cherries
  • Yellow/orange: carrot, winter squashes, peaches, pumpkins, yellow beets, muskmelon, yams, sweet potatoes, orange or yellow peppers
  • Blue/black:  blue potatoes, black grapes, blueberries, red beets, mulberries, elderberries, black berries, plums, huckleberries

When selecting seeds or seedlings for your garden choose varieties that are:

  • Organic - less toxin exposure
  • Non-GMOs (Genetically Modified Organism) - many of the genes spliced into GMO crops are pesticides or pest deterrents that we don't want to be eating in quantity any more than the bugs do. While these genes won't kill us, they will damage our gut and prevent nutrient absorbsion.
  • Dark, intense colors - for maximum antioxidants and minerals
  • Colored all the way through - the color isn't just the skin, it goes all the way through the fruit or vegetable again for maximum antioxidants and minerals
Up next I be sharing double duty vegetables.  Those that you could eat the leaves and root, or that count in more than one category.

We are breaking ground for the garden this week and planting up the perennials like asparagus, rhubarb, blueberries, a peach tree and a cherry tree!

What are you growing this year?

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