After watching “Forks over Knives“, a film documentary that examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods, Jay and I are persuaded to consume more plant-based food and less meat and dairy products.

A week after watching this film, we bought a Hurom slow juicer recommended by a friend who shares with me a lot about juicing and the importance of nutrient-rich diet.

Now Jay and I no longer drink milk tea in the morning instead we have nutrient-packed juice for breakfast. It has been three weeks of juicing for our family and I can feel the changes and effects within my body with the change of diet.

Dot still has her regular milk in the morning and she either has her juice before she leaves home or in afternoon before her lunch.

We are always stocking up our fridge with beets, carrots, oranges, lemons, tomatoes, apples, passion fruits, pomegranates, avocados and many different types of fruits and vegetables so that we have ample supply to juice and consume.

Where to buy organic wheat grains? 

Jay read about the benefits of wheatgrass and asked me to buy a pack of fresh wheatgrass from the supermarket, which costs SGD$2.80. It barely has much juice for both of us.

We decided to try to grow our own wheatgrass at home as it is more economical. First we bought a packet of white wheat to try but it did not work. Then we bought 500g PureHarvest Organics organic wheatgrains from NTUC Organic section, which costs SGD$4.10. Thank God, we start to see the seeds germinating and grow into beautiful green blades of wheatgrass.

We also buy and grow wheatgrass from Nature’s Glory wheat grains. Most organic shops carry wheat grains.

how to grow wheatgrass at home

Day 1. Soak the grains in water overnight (8 to 12 hours and not more than 24 hours) and keep the seeds under cover .

Day 2. Pour away the water and rinse the seeds. Drain off all the water and keep the seeds under cover. Rinse the seeds two to three times a day.

After soaking for about12 hours, the seeds are showing signs of life.

Day 3. Hairy roots and tiny shoots will start to show on the third day. We start planting and watering these seeds using cotton but it started to smell at the end of the day. Then we change to using soil and cover the seeds. Water the seeds once a day. Adding baking soda to water will help to prevent the mold from growing.

I will try growing wheatgrass using water in my future batches of wheatgrass.

Day 4. Keep the seedlings loosely covered from light or in a dark room. Water once a day.

Day 5. Remove the cover and expose it to the light but not under direct sunlight. The wheatgrass can start to make chlorophyll. Water the seedlings once a day.

Day 6. Water the seedlings once a day and ensure good air circulation so as to reduce the seeds that are not germinating from turning moldy. Pick and remove the moldy seeds that are not germinating from the wheatgrass.

Day 7. Water the wheatgrass once and remove the seeds that are moldy as these moldy seeds tend to attract flies.

Day 8. Water the wheatgrass once and ensure good air circulation as our hot and humid weather tends to cause the non-germinating seeds to turn moldy.

Day 9. We cut the wheatgrass from day 9 onwards for juicing. Harvest the wheatgrass when a second blade of grass appears on the grass blades, or when the grass “splits” toward the bottom of the blade. I read that these blades should only be harvested once but we will leave the remains of wheatgrass to grow again.

We juice wheatgrass with apple, orange, tomato and carrot.

learn about nature for children

It is a great learning opportunity for our children to learn about food sources by observing how plants grow from seeds to blades of wheatgrass. Dot is definitely fascinated by the growth of the wheatgrass. She checks on them now and then to see how the little seedlings are doing and will share with us what she sees.

vegan diet for us?

I am reading “Disease-proof your child : Feeding your child right” by Joel Fuhrman – a very informative book about how healthy eating habits can have significant impact on our children’s resistance to dangerous infections, allergies and future diseases.

Childhood eating habits established by the age of ten years old usually last a lifetime thus it is so important to feed them right when they are young.

This book also mentions that most world class athletes thrive at world-class competitions on vegetarian and vegan diets. I am curious who these athletes are and I found that Carl Lewis is one of them.

I have never seen vegan diet in the way I see it now and I am very excited.

I have always pondered about Genesis 1:29 in the Bible, and I am starting to believe that plant-based diet is the best for mankind as I read more about nutrient-rich diet.

Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. Genesis 1:29

We are not vegan now but maybe in future. Now we are definitely increasing our vegetables, fruits and nuts intake and cutting down on meat and dairy intake.

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