Nutrition plays a big role in your transformational journey. Wholesome foods supply us with the nutrients and energy we need to achieve our goals. What’s on your menu today?
One of the questions I often hear is, “Do all 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.
Would you intentionally use synthetic fertilizers and chemical pesticides in your vegetable garden? Pesticides can be toxic to humans, animals and the environment. I think we should be actively vigilant about reducing our exposure to toxic chemicals. I’d like to offer a few resources to demystify what’s involved in organic farming and help you make informed choices that are safer and healthier for you and your family.
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.
What's the difference between non-GMO and organic?
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.
So what does “GMO” actually mean? According to the Non-GMO Project, a GMO or genetically modified organism is a plant, animal, microorganism or other organism whose genetic makeup has been modified in a laboratory using genetic engineering or transgenic technology. For more information on the main issues of concern for human health, check the following websites: youmatter.world and nongmoproject.org.
Be a conscious, informed consumer. Buy clean. Eat clean.
Educate your friends and relatives on your nutritional shift and how this change is key to your transformation. Then when the time is right, invite everyone over for an organic meal.
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 health 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.