|Learning to live a more organic life style is one of the best ways to say I love you to yourself and your family.|
So often I hear my friends and family say these words... "I cannot afford to shop organic" or "everything is bad for you, even the air, shopping organic won't make much of a difference".
Both statements are often based on lack of education on the truth. I know because I used to say them both. I remember laughing at my little sister for trying to educate me on healthy choices for me and my family. I thought like many do that shopping organic was more of a trend than a necessity for people like me who had a budget to consider.
Let's address the affordability of shopping organic, I believe that is the final say for most people in choosing not to try to go through the process of learning how to avoid pesticides and gmo's in their shopping cart. There is far too much knowledge on the dangers of GMO's and pesticides today to excuse them as a trend so I won't waste time addressing that issue. To learn more about processed foods and why we should avoid them at all and any cost click here.
|An apple a day!|
|Food pairing is another great way to get maximum benefits from your meals|
I have also learned some ways to save even more on my organic shopping receipt each week by shopping at stores like Trader Joes and finding local farmers markets. I found this site Local Harvest that is a great go to for finding local options in any area. You can also save money by going to your favorite store website for coupons on their brand items. Trader Joe's often has coupons on many items on their website.
|Show your family you love them with good for them|
foods rather than bad for them foods.
What I have found with the families I have worked with on learning to eat more organic and make healthier choices is that it is usually the children who get the most involved after being educated. I have stayed in a few homes across the Country while helping my team build their business in promoting organic living and it was their children who were the most enthusiastic about the changes. You would be surprised how much children care about things when they know all the facts. We are older and have grown much more conditioned to convenience than they have. Breaking the cycle of acceptance in what is put into our food is one of the best things we can do for generations to come.
Another way to save money is to choose wisely, know which produce is most important to buy organic and which ones are okay to buy conventional. A great go to website for this is ewg.org which is an Environmental Working Group and a valuable source of vast information on not only what we put into our body but also what goes on our body soaking into our blood stream and often more damaging that the foods we eat. HERE you can enter the products you and your family use daily to see for yourself what carcinogens and toxins you are exposing you and them to.
|Be a Sticker!|
As a standard rule I have a little word association I use to remind myself of what I can buy conventionally grown and what is most important organic. There is a code on the sticker on your fruit and vegetables that lets you know if it is organic, conventionally grown or GMO altered. The first number is the key to the code. 3 or 4 means conventionally grown (4 throw the peel out the door) I will buy some conventionally grown produce if I peel it and it is not on the list of dirty dozen on the ewg site. 9 means organically grown (9 is fine) I always buy organic when I am eating the skin of my food or the skin is porous and will absorb more pesticides. 8 means Genetically Modified Organism, GMO's. (Don't Eat Eight) although some gmo produce is just the combination of two plants to make a new plant, like a new apple and that was what we thought for a long time was all GMO's were, today we know better. Most genetically altered food is now full of all kinds of things that we would never put into our bodies and study after study is surfacing to show the horrific side effects of GMO foods. I strongly suggest avoiding them as much as possible.
|Essante Organics Supreme pH drops|
|Acid / Alkaline Food Chart|
|This shake is my favorite protein shake on the market for several|
reasons. It is vegan, alkalizes, metablizes and enegizes!
To learn more about the effects of long term exposure to the toxins in the products our families use every day like tooth paste and lotion check out this 22 minute video from ewg.org an independent site dedicated to healthy choices and alternatives.
|Finding a way to combine passion with work has changed my life|
in more ways than one.
I love you all from a place of caring about your family and mine, I believe we still have the power of choice and exercising that power will effect generations to come.