Accessible Fitness, more choices for more people

Fitness has always been a concern with regard to both mental and physical health regardless of age, gender, or any other variables that make each one of us unique. And for those in the blind community, fitness is every bit as much—if not more—important.

Exercise for the visually impaired is something that should be incorporated into a weekly, if not daily, routine for a variety of reasons that are both similar and different from people within the sighted community. For those with total loss of sight as well as for those who are low sighted, a lack of regular exercise can bring on a host of other issues, including weight gain, sluggishness, and perhaps worst of all for many, insomnia or a circadian rhythm that has been thrown completely off track.

A quality workout done at the right time of day and at the right pace to meet your unique physical and mental needs is just what the doctor may have forgotten to order. For many blind people, fitness has been a challenge: without someone to guide you and without the ability to drive yourself to the gym, it becomes obvious why so many visually impaired individuals give up—but with the BlindAlive line of Fitness Workouts for blind people, you’ll never have to depend on anyone else again.

Yoga and Strength Training with wieghts for blind people along with a variety of other cardiovascular exercises help our bodies stay toned, help us gain muscle mass and lose weight, but most of all, can help lead a blind person away from a sense of helplessness.

Are you ready to sweat? Come get healthy and leave all your notions of not being able to get fit due to your visual impairment behind with BlindAlive!

A Bounty of Sprouts

I was so happy when Mel asked me to do a podcast with her on sprouting, and equally glad when she and Lisa asked me to write a blog post -- my first one! So ...  Here goes.  I trust that the podcast and this blog is helpful to you, and will encourage you to easilygrow and eat yummy,  healthy sprouts, which give you much more nutrition than eating the full-grown vegetable!    Use your imaginations! The ways to incorporate sprouts into your daily eating plans are endless!  Use them in salads, on sandwiches, in smoothies, soups, entrees, baking and any others that come to mind...

I've always been fascinated by sprouting, and grew many alfalfa and bean sprout combinations in the '80s, using a clean glass mayonnaise jar covered by a piece of an old clean nylon stocking, held fast to the jar with a strong rubber band.  Soak, drain rinse, repeat the drain rinse process twice a day for a few days, and voila! A whole jar of crunchy sprouts for salads and sandwiches! 

I drifted away from sprouting for many years, and came back to it with new vigor when I read "Fresh Food from Small Spaces: the square-inch gardener's guide to year-round growing, fermenting, and sprouting” by R.J. Ruppenthal (available from BARD:  db69996) which I highly recommend to everyone.

After reading the book, my partner Rich and I began growing delicious sprouts from a sandwich sprout mix   which we purchased from a local nursery, along with a compact plastic sprouting tray, complete with two layers of several divided sections, with tiny holes for drainage and rinsing.  We grew and enjoyed those sprouts, and then found The Sprout House, where we've been purchasing Veggie Queen, which is their number 1 recommended very tasty sprout variety.

Recently, Rich bought an Easy Sprouter from the Sprout House.  It's a very simple jar-like container, complete with two lids, one with holes for draining and rinsing, and another for storage in the refrigerator for when the sprouts have fully grown.

At first, we were a bit baffled by the instructions, which we scanned.  We could read some of them, but had difficulty reading the chart.  We went to the website of the manufacturer, and discovered the same instructions.  They were a bit easier to read -- including the chart -- which became much more understandable when I pasted it into an Excel spreadsheet.   The Easy Sprouter requires less rinsing, the sprouts grow more quickly due to the heat created by the construction of the jar.  We grew a batch, and they were wonderful.   Although I have my tray, I'm planning to order one of these jars for myself, due to its compact portable size.  (If I'm traveling, I can bring it along and keep growing my sprouts.)

I am looking forward to sprouting grains, other vegetables and herbs, as well as trying my hand at growing microgreens. I tried once, and had a small success.  It's a bit more complicated, as you need to use certain soil for these seeds.  For now, I'll keep sprouting, and see what works for various cooking as well as raw uses.

Have fun! Try it!

The Easy Sprouter can be purchased directly from Sproutamo, as well as from the Sprouthouse.

Also, please check BARD and bookshare for a multitude of cookbooks and gardening books which have sections on sprouting.

Thanks everyone for listening and reading! Happy sprouting and great eating!

Audrey Schading



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