Tag Archives: beneficial

organic: good for you and the planet

11 Apr

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Organic products are free from synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and other potentially harmful substances that can damage your health and the environment.

Shop Organic and vote with your dollars for a less toxic environment and lifestyle by keeping dangerous chemicals out of natural environments: air, land, and water.  Organic farming practices enrich and protect the soil for future generations.

Eating fresh, organically grown vegetables and fruits, whole grains and legumes may lower the risk of many types of cancers and chronic diseases, promote healthy aging, and support higher energy levels.

Eating Organic may require a little more effort, but the impact is great.  More intake of whole foods helps people choose alternatives to heavily processed and refined foods.  For those with the ability to do so, a great way to get fresh, organic vegetables is by growing them in your own potted or backyard garden.  There is an added benefit to doing your own organic gardening: a renewed relationship with nature.

Choose Organic or pesticide-free foods whenever possible.  In addition to local organic food markets, many grocers now offer organic food choices, and if they don’t already, request (or insist) that your local grocer carry more organic items.

I encourage EVERYONE with the means to do so, to purchase organic to help support farmers producing responsible and sustainable food.  This action raises the likelihood that down the line better quality food may become more available people who currently have less access due to financial or location limitations.

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Healthy on a Budget: Shop Smart

8 Apr

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Smart food shopping is certainly required if you are interested in improving your health. Here are a few things that can reduce cost and boost health for you and your family.

Shop on Full: Eat something balanced and beneficial before you shop. This simple action seriously reduces junk food and impulse buys.

Choose Label Free Items: No one checks the label on an apple or a head of cabbage. You can be confident that it’s all good, especially when it’s organic. Consider including primarily single ingredient items in your basket. For example, make rice pilaf from scratch instead buying a prepared pack of rice pilaf mix.

Shop With Meals in Mind: Based on your weekly schedule, decide ahead of time what meals would be best on which days. Then shop with a list that reflects at least 2-3 meals and stick to it.

Finally, always include the highest quality natural foods you can possibly afford.

Remember: High quality food = high quality health.

 

beneficial decadence: spring salad w/ pine nuts and ginger

22 Mar

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ah yes!  it’s spring, people, and it’s high time for getting in those bitter greens to clean the liver.  the bitter-er, the better.   YUM!

…about those bitter greens…
you gotta do what you gotta do to get to the “YUM”.  it is a bit tricky getting them down, especially when you taste bitter most acutely at the back of the tongue, just few taste buds short of the gag reflex spot.  it is mostly a mental thing. but if you need some help, read on.

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Foodie Friday: Be a Chocolate Snob

5 Feb

Before you rush down the aisle and grab 2 or 3 bags of seasonally appropriate, foil-clad, fun-sized chocolates on the cheap, consider the source.  If you are getting that much product for next to nothing, then who IS paying?  Is it a quality product?  Are you really getting enough bang for your buck?

Choosing Clean Chocolate
Below are a few things to ponder when selecting the chocolaty goodness… Continue reading

i love february

2 Feb

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“issues of the heart cannot be healed by food of any sort; however, hugs & kisses reconcile them with the greatest of ease.”
~EmpressTazima on Twitter 8:02 PM Jan 26th

february brings more excuses to each chocolate and think of lovey things to say and do… especially things like sharing out hugs and kisses.

speaking of kisses…
one of the best things you can do for yourself and your purpose is to do things that make you feel good.  fortunately, the universe wants to assist people who are feeling good.  kissing can definitely make you feel good.  here are a few benefits of kissing that go beyond anecdotal experience. Continue reading

Foodie Friday: Completely Justifiable Indulgence

6 Nov

self explaining addiction - photo credit: procsilas[read time: 3 minutes]

everyone earns the right to indulgence once in a while, whether it be a celebration of an accomplishment or just trying to cope with a crappy day.  i am all in favor of infrequent, completely conscious self-medication with a mindful measure of moderation.

the only thing i find more miserable than austere dietary regimen is perhaps the subsequent self-degradation and the ensuing guilt that follow the inevitable “infractions”.  such intransigent behavior can only lead to more suffering.

to circumvent the aforementioned train wreck, i offer the thoughts below as you ponder options when the next moment of weakness arises. Continue reading

Foodie Friday: What to do when food isn’t food

23 Oct

[read time: 5 minutes]fridge-raid. photo credit: johnandketurah

*breathe* so yeah… food industry sucks. and so does the food policy / food guidance camp… you know, the people from the government, or whoever, that tell you what you’re supposed to or not supposed to eat.  let’s get into it… shall we?

the (potato or chocolate) chips are stacked against you
the food industry wants you to stay hungry… very hungry.   Continue reading