AppleJade Returns in June

Cherry Tomatoes, Summer 2007, © Copyright 2008 Jade Leone Blackwater

I am returning to Seattle this May, and AppleJade will be on vacation until June 1, 2008 while I pack and travel.

Once I am settled in Seattle you will be able to join me here at AppleJade as I create a new vegetable garden from seed to table.  Until then, have a wonderful, productive season, and feel free to stop by and consider goal-setting, attitude adjustments, and easy ways to simplify your life.

See you in June!

Taking responsibility for your health

In order to achieve our health goals, we have to take responsibility for our own health.

At times, we all need help with a difficult challenge.  Sometimes the challenge itself is simply asking someone to give us a hand.  It’s good to ask for help when you need it – and it’s just as good to stand up and take care of yourself when you can.

Take a moment, and consider: what are your health goals?

Many of us have the same health goals: we want energy, stamina, and strength; we want to feel good – free from chronic pain; we want a body that feels good, and that we feel good about.

Now consider: where are you in the process of achieving those goals?

One easy way to become frustrated when working on a goal, is to create an unrealistic goal.  Health in a realistic sense is not a benchmark, or a finite, permanent trophy we can obtain.  We don’t wake up one proud day, smile, and say “AHA!  NOW I am healthy!  Fini!”

Health is a topic we’re going to explore often at AppleJade.  The word itself, though used frequently, is not clearly defined.

What is health?  What is your idea of health? 

I believe that health and well-being are an ongoing, dynamic process – not a static goal to be acquired and completed.  I also believe that health is different for each of us.  Health is not an attribute like brown hair or green eyes – it’s a state of being, and arguably a state of mind.

Another question: how do you pursue your health goals?

In America, many of us are familiar with a system of medicine which is as much invested in political and economic processes as it is in our day-to-day wellness.  We see advertisements along with our primetime television specials speaking to the myriad solutions for ailments and illness.

We also are taught to seek and trust professional medical advice when we are ill.  In fact, here at AppleJade, I will remind you often that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist – I’m just a woman who takes an active interest in her health.


That said, I believe that in addition to our existing healthcare system, we also have a vast resource of wellness which is currently available to all people: ourselves.

At AppleJade, we will share an ongoing discussion about a very simple idea:

Look to yourself for health.

More next week – have an excellent weekend folks.