Tag Archives: organic

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.

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.

 

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

foodie friday: how to defeat portion distortion

15 Jan

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eating out in modern day america can really screw with your senses… know this: no matter what your mama said, you don’t ever have to [and you probably shouldn’t] clean your damn plate.  that coupled with a tendency to repeat the gargantuan portions can, and will, exponentially increase your waist line.  here are a few things you can do to maintain and improve your physique and beat the perenial american glut. 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