The Healthy Lawyer

Hass and Lula Avocados

I was so surprised and encouraged by the number of messages I personally received in response to my first healthy lawyer email. I want to thank everyone who sent me those kind words as they have motivated me to continue sharing my journey with all who are interested.

Since my introduction, I have added a Myers Lemon tree to my landscape. I will get to this one and my other fruit trees later. However, to continue with the “avocado man” theme, I thought I might start this blog with the first two avocado trees I planted some years ago, and then each week add a spotlight on a new avocado tree that I planted this year.

My first two avocado trees were a Hass which is a Mexican/Guatemalan Hybrid and a Lula which is a Guatemalan cultivar. The Hass avocado tree is currently producing with the first full crop of avocados. I don’t have much to report on my Lula as it is not in season and has no avocados currently. My other 13 avocado trees are all less than a year old, but all are doing well and should be in production within the next couple of years. Yes, it is my goal to be overrun with avocados in the next few years so that I can share them with all my friends, family and colleagues.

Just to give you a quick tutorial on avocado trees, there are three “races” of avocado trees: Mexican, Guatemalan and West Indian. The Mexican are the most cold tolerant while the West Indian are the least cold tolerant. The Guatemalan fall in the middle. Avocado trees are for the most part self-pollinating and are type “A” and type “B”. From what I’ve read, you will get better production from your trees if you have at least one of each types of trees, “A” and “B” in your yard.

The only two types of avocados you can generally get in the grocery store are the Hass which is the smaller higher oil content variety most people like and the Simmonds, which is the larger green “Florida” avocado. It is lower in calories, but also lower in oil content and so less flavorful. Avocados contain a healthy type of oil that studies show actually helps you lose weight.

I think it is so cool to be able to grow so many different varieties of avocados that you cannot get in the grocery store. I will share with you some of these less well-known avocados in future emails as well as how to successfully plant them and care for them in your landscape.

Sorry this email has focused so much on avocados, but of course they are a passion of mine. They are also a very healthy food and should be included in your diet if you enjoy them.  There are lots of YouTube videos and articles online for anyone wanting to educate themselves on the joy of planting and harvesting your own avocados.

If someone you know may be interested in learning more about avocados or other health related topics, I invite you to share these emails with them or ask them to reach out to me and we will add them to our mailing list.

Thomas D. Marks, Esquire

The Healthy Lawyer: An Introduction

Friends/Former Clients/Colleagues,

I think most of you are aware that I have been on a journey over the last three years to get in better shape, eat and live healthier, lose weight and enjoy life more. Thus, I have decided to share part of my journey with all who may want to learn more about some of the insights I have gleaned.

Several of you have even started calling me the “avocado man” given my apparent obsession with avocado trees. Yes, I have planted 15 avocado trees in my landscape, 14 of which are diverse varieties producing at different times of the year. It is my goal ultimately to have avocados producing year-round and it may even be true that I track all the progress on a spreadsheet. I look forward to sharing the produce with my avocado loving friends.

You may be wondering what inspired me to adopt a healthier lifestyle?

It all started with my wife reading a book called Wheat Belly written by William Davis. In the text, Davis describes the importance of eliminating wheat from our diets, as well as the potential benefits of doing so. Suddenly, we felt convicted to make changes, including eating less bread and packaged foods. Wheat Belly was the first of many health-related reads for us. Our increased knowledge led us to setting up three Tower Gardens (pictured below) to grow our own organic vegetables in the back-patio area of our home. Since avocados are a “healthy fat”, it led me to cultivating not only more avocado trees, but I also now have a total of 46 different fruit bearing trees in our yard.

The Healthy Lawyer: An Introduction

At this point, I have lost about 45 pounds and work out somewhat regularly, including in the yard obviously, walking/running around the lake and lifting weights.

If anyone is interested, I will drill down on this on a biweekly basis and talk about multiple aspects of healthy living and working. And of course, for me this will include my fruit trees and how you too can grow your urban/suburban landscape.

Have a healthy, happy and prosperous week ahead.

Thomas D. Marks, Esquire

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