Much has been written about the importance of exposing children to nature. Books such as Last Child in the Woods, by Richard Louv, illustrate how exposure to the outdoors is crucial for the physical, emotional, mental, and even spiritual development of children. This is not true of the internet, television, and video games. In this blog post I want to remind you about the importance of nature time and push you to spend more time outside with your children, brothers, sisters, cousins, and friends.
The plain and simple truth is that children need regular exposure to the natural world. Such exposure leads to reduced stress; increased happiness, self—worth, and motivation; and improved physical fitness, balance, coordination, and even brain development.
One of the best reasons to add wild food to your diet is the simple fact that many of them are leafy green vegetables. Adding more fresh greens to your meals will dramatically improve your health. After years of research and countless experiments on myself, I have concluded there is no substitute for a diet rich in leafy greens. It’s true that we are all unique. We come from different backgrounds, have distinctive constitutions and blood types, and require different practices to achieve the same results. Yet I have never met a person who did not benefit from eating fresh greens.
Your brain catalogs everything you see in images. According to Samuel Thayer, author of Nature’s Garden, our eyes capture billions of pictures over the course of our lives. When you come in contact with an object repeatedly, such as a banana, your brain collects more banana images, and your familiarity with bananas becomes further refined. Like a computer, your brain creates a folder in which it saves the information it receives about a particular banana, as well as bananas as a whole. This folder is called a “search image.” Over time, as you continue exposing yourself to bananas, peaches, and pears, your brain makes more search images, and you become great at differentiating one fruit from another.
My new movie “Common Weeds And Wild Edibles Of The World” is here! Those people who know me know that I enjoy foraging for free food. I believe that wild edibles are extremely nutritious and should be collected and consumed regularly by everyone. To ensure that people collect edible plants in a safe and responsible manner, I produced this film.