Tuesday, January 7, 2014

What I have learned about eating organic.

Fist let me give you a little history of who you are listening to.  I spent the majority of my life cooking meat and potatoes, gravy was a staple in my house, so was fried chicken, catfish and more.  Water was something I took a shower with, or made my coffee with.  Beverages in our household consisted of whole milk, kool aid, iced tea, coffee and lots, I mean lots of Dr. Pepper.

I lived this way for years, raised my children this way and laughed at my health conscious sister who tried to enlighten me.  My ex husband and I used to say that we lived life to the fullest, when I tried to diet he would sabotage my diets and remind me that fat was happy and we were happy.  I had the "we are all going to die someday, I am going to enjoy my life until that day comes" attitude.

I believed that organic food was more of a novelty for 30 something baby boomers who wanted to shop trendy and not an affordable option for me and my family.  I was wrong, way wrong!

What I have learned since committing to an organic lifestyle is that it is not more expensive and I was not living life to the fullest with my old eating habits.  I was tired, I was sick, I could barely walk in the end of that era of my life.  I had several health issues... Asthma, sleep apnea, diabetes, degenerative arthritis, gall stones, ibs, the list goes on and on and so did the multitude of medications I woke up to and went to bed to each day.

Today I do not have sleep apnea any more, I do not have diabetes, I no longer take the number of medications needed for arthritis, I feel better than I have felt in years.  I would say that I am living life to the fullest now and was in a whole lot of medicated denial before.  Medicated by more than the many prescriptions that sat on my nightstand.  I was most heavily medicated by the chemicals and toxins in the foods and beverages I ate and drank.  Chemicals designed to keep me dumbed down and addicted.  Foods full of fillers that kept my body screaming for nutrition leading me to believe I was still hungry.

Ooooooh organic is affordable and I cannot afford to eat anything but today!

Now that I only shop organic, eat clean, mostly raw, all vegan I eat 1/4 of what I used to eat.  I realized that I am not spending more money because I am consuming less now that my body is getting total nutrients from the foods I eat.

I am reversing liver disease, have cured many conditions that the many doctors I saw over the years just kept prescribing medications for.  I half blame them as I recognize that they are trained to mask symptoms with meds rather than prevent or cure while in school, however they are also intelligent, educated adults who see the signs all over and around us more than most of us do.  They have a choice, and choose to pull out the pad and pen and write up a prescription that pays them a kick back rather than do something different.

Where it got real for me was when I realized I too have a choice and no one but me is to blame for the choices I have made or what I have gotten as a result of those choices.  I began to change and realized that change rocks.

In closing I learned that food is my pharmacy, what I put into and on my body dictates what I get out of my body.  I now choose to care about that and in that choice have discovered that I was telling myself a lot of lies to justify my living life on my terms while shortening my life and lessening the quality of it,, all the while screaming "We all have to die sometime".

I love you all from a place of enjoying some rather delicious soup in my new Blendtec today, too good not to share....

One Love,

Vegan, Raw, Creamy Cashew & Tomato Soup
(total time 5 minutes, makes 2 servings)

1 cup of organic cherry tomatoes
3/4 cup organic raw cashews
1 cup water
drizzle of olive oil
1/2 cup chopped celery
21 Seasoning Salute
organic oregano
organic basil 
Himalayan pink salt
garlic powder

Blend for 3 soup cycles, pour and top with 1/2 tomato chopped 

Vegan, Raw, Creamy Cashew & Tomato Soup

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