What’s on your menu today? One of the questions I often hear is, “Do all of my foods need to be organic?” And my response is, “Buy organic products, whenever available.” Here’s why…
The term “organic” is not a new concept. This is the way farming used to be—these were the routine procedures that our great-grandparents used. But today, we need to be concerned and informed about what we’re purchasing.
Eating clean, whole foods is vital to our overall health and well-being. If we were all living on farms, raising and growing our own food, we’d be assured that we were getting quality nutrition—the ultimate vision of “farm-to-table.” However, the reality is most of us don’t grow our own food, so we need to make a conscious decision about what we’re going to allow on our tables and eventually in our bodies.
Organic foods are grown and processed differently than other foods. Briefly, according to the USDA, organic produce must be grown without synthetic pesticides, synthetic fertilizers or genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Organic meat has to come from animals that were raised in a natural setting, didn't receive any antibiotics or hormones, and were fed 100 percent organic feed. The term synthetic pesticide sounds dangerous, doesn’t it? That’s because it is! Pesticides can be toxic to humans, animals and the environment. How can these chemicals possibly be good for us and our families? I think we should be actively vigilant about reducing our exposure to toxic chemicals. Organic sounds like a better option to me!
Sometimes consumers are confused by the terms organic and non-GMO, and use them interchangeably. To clarify, certified organic foods are inherently non-GMO. However, non-GMO foods are not always organic.
I recommend subscribing to EWG (Environmental Working Group), a nonprofit American activist organization that specializes in breakthrough research, education and advocacy in the areas of agricultural subsidies, toxic chemicals, drinking water pollutants, and corporate accountability. Every year they post a shopper’s guide called “Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen” which focuses on low pesticide produce.
Be a conscious, informed consumer. Buy clean. Eat clean.
Educate your friends and relatives on your nutritional shift. Then when the time is right, invite everyone over for an organic potluck.
Four Steps to Nourish, Transform and Flourish
• Set a loving intention to try organic produce this week.
• Begin by recognizing the positive effects that consuming fewer toxic chemicals will have on your mind, body and spirit.
• How will making healthier food choices support you energetically?
• Close your eyes and visualize how this lifestyle change can prepare you for your amazing second half.
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In love, peace and health--
Your feminine glow guide,
T. Kari Mitchell, M.Ed.
Certified Holistic Health Coach
When your spirit is nourished, your inner light produces an outer glow reflecting your beauty and truth.