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Mom, desperately trying to get the health thing right! I started this blog so that I can pass along all the great things that I learn everyday on damage control for our wonderful bodies. It is tough to keep up sometimes with all the things going on in our daily lives so hopefully some of the helpful hints that I provide can make your life easier and healthier. I welcome your comments and tips as well! I am a vegetarian, animal rights advocate and avid animal rescuer.
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2008-04-28

The Benefits Of Going Organic

In recent years there has been alot of buzz about going organic. I try to buy as many organic products as I can afford (tomorrow I will write about going organic on a budget) and feel that my family benefits from this. When I first started understanding the importance of organic products I was appalled about what really goes on in the food industry. I am by no means even remotely perfect at buying organic but I am making an effort. If an organic super spy came to my house they would throw me in the your an organic fraud jail. I think I could plead innocence because I do not profess to be more than a wannabe so you genuine health nuts go easy on me. I really do the best I can as far as purchasing organic and you will see why below.

What Does Organic Really Mean??

An organic product is raised, grown, and processed without the use of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, antibiotics or hormones. Only farmers who produce food according to USDA organic standards and become certified by an independent third-party accredited agent can label their product as "certified organic" (with the exception of very small farms with sales under $5000 annually).

Why You Should Consider Going Organic

**Organic products meet stringent standards. Organic certification is the public’s assurance that products have been grown and handled according to strict procedures without persistent toxic chemical inputs.

**Organic farmers build healthy soil. Soil is the foundation of the food chain. The primary focus of organic farming is to use practices that build healthy soils.

**Organic production reduces health risks. Many EPA-approved pesticides were registered long before extensive research linked these chemicals to cancer and other diseases. Organic agriculture is one way to prevent any more of these chemicals from getting into the air, earth and water that sustain us. More here.

**Taste Better and Truer Flavor. Scientists now know what we eaters have known all along: organic food often tastes better. It makes sense that strawberries taste yummier when raised in harmony with nature, but researchers at Washington State University just proved this as fact in lab taste trials where the organic berries were consistently judged as sweeter. Plus, new research verifies that some organic produce is often lower in nitrates and higher in antioxidants than conventional food. Let the organic feasting begin! More here.

** Reduce The Toxic Load: Keep Chemicals Out of the Air, Water, Soil and our Bodies. Buying organic food promotes a less toxic environment for all living things. With only 0.5 percent of crop and pasture land in organic, according to USDA that leaves 99.5 percent of farm acres in the U.S. at risk of exposure to noxious agricultural chemicals.Our bodies are the environment so supporting organic agriculture doesn’t just benefit your family, it helps all families live less toxically.

I found some additional information on which foods you should purchase if you are on a budget and can only choose a few organic items and I will put that in tomorrow's post. So, if you are like me and have to pick and choose you will know which ones are more important than others as far as organic goes. I also support my local farmers market which is a great way to buy produce at a reasonable price. So, please check back tomorrow and check out organics on a budget.

I am still working on my Bikini Boot camp with personal trainer Christopher Warden (see his widget on bottom right) and as soon as we get all the pieces together I am going to do posts on getting bikini ready. I am thinking of some videos, menus, exercises and you can join me if you want on my quest to run around the pool in a bikini in broad daylight with confidence.

Heidi

8 comments:

debby said...
I love to shop at www.wholeandnatural.com. They have all kinds of healthy and natural kosher food and snacks. The stuff is fresh and low prices.
Debby
btw I used a coupon bldc08 try it
BillyWarhol said...
I was reading about Organic + Local + some of the other Labels they're trying to introduce up here in Canada so Shoppers can be better informed about exactly what they're Buying* Making Healthy Decisions!!

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I would have preferred organic food to serve my family too but in my country, I think most farm products have been exposed to sprays and the soil is almost always fertilized.

People here prefer buying from the wet market and not in supermarkets because the prices are cheaper. I do too because I can save, and because the vegetables and fruits are fresh, meaning they haven't been chilled.

The problem is, you will never know if they're organic or not. I now think of doing a backyard garden so as to be sure.
Sogeshirtsguy said...
Organic is the way to go definitely. I often shop at this organic food store called Jimbos. The food is so good there.
Michele said...
I often thought of going organic, because it's so beneficial, but I'm still put off by the cost. For me it's too expensive to buy. I'm hoping soon, to start my own garden. That really is the best way to go for me anyway. Plus I could cut down on trips to the store! :)
TorAa said...
Most important reason to "go organic" is the fact the human body has adapted natural growings for thousands of years.
If we in one or two generations try to change that, most peoples bodies are not ready to adapt.

That is:
Too much Sugar
Too much Beef ( did you know it takes 7 kg of grain to produce one 1 kg of beef)
Too much "Light" (You body asks for more and keep it inside; You will be fat)
Too much "Ready/Quick" food. (Preserved to last long - also in you body. Result: Fat (body)


well you have a long list, so do we. But we are not fanatics. We do eat according our ever changing climate here in Norway.

Nice to read you blog
Thanks for putting some effort for sharing this information with us. Looking forward for more.
gold bullion said...
Nowadays more and more people are choosing organic because it provides a lot of health benefits. Really a good idea for going organic. Michelle Obama is great for focusing on organic.

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