As a perfect follow up to our last blog post, Real Food Crusader Inspires Change, today’s guest blogger, Melissa Cameron, writes about how eating organic food is part of a healthy lifestyle, including getting and staying fit.
Progress, by definition, is a good thing. In food production, however, we’ve lost sight of what’s most important – nutrition. Convenience is at the forefront, while nutrition and sustainability have taken a back seat.
Have you ever thought about the meat at your local grocery store? It’s been exposed to harmful things like hormones and antibiotics. Likewise, your fruits and vegetables have been sprayed with harmful substances such as pesticides in order to maximize profit and production. This is not a good thing!
Organic foods devoid of such harmful substances and practices are the way to go.
Organic Food as a Part of Overall Physical Fitness
Physical fitness is about your body being healthy overall, not just losing weight. You have to detoxify your body to get rid of the harmful things that have built up over the years because of your typical Western lifestyle. Eating organic foods over a long period of time allows you to do this seamlessly.
We all see the “organic” label on various foods at the supermarket and take it to mean healthy food that is often overpriced, but there’s more to it than that. Organic food is food that has been raised on a farm that is treated as a whole organism, rather than a food factory.
No manmade synthesized chemicals are used, such as pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, antibiotics or hormones. Organic livestock also has requisite pasture time, rather than being locked in pens. The term originated in Walter James’ book, “Look to the Land”.
Requisite Steps for Organic Living
Eating right is half of physical fitness. Exercise is equally important (of course), but eating organic food is the perfect way to eat right and detoxify. To really embrace organic living, there are two essential things you must do:
- Visit your local farmers’ market
- Buy organic foods at your local supermarket or visiting a whole foods supermarket
The farmers’ market is the perfect place to buy organic food. You will never have any doubt about where the produce comes from at a farmers’ market because the person selling it is usually the farmer him- or herself! You can take the time to ask him or her any questions you have about their farming practices on the spot. Their produce is grown for you, not for national chain supermarkets.
Farmers’ markets aren’t hard to find, they’re often held in the same place every week, at the same time on the same day (as long as the season is appropriate). Organic meats can be found at your local grocery or maybe even a butcher shop if you still have one in your neighborhood. A whole foods store is another good place to look for meats and other obscure organic foods.
Cooking organically is all about substitution. All you have to do is replace your old food and techniques with organic ones. Read some organic recipe books for ideas, or look online for organic fitness tips. If you have a Cuisinart food processor, the sky is the limit when it comes to organic cooking, as the possibilities are endless.
About the Author
Melissa Cameron is a 33-year-old mother of two who enjoys spending time with family, scrap booking and writing. Her dream is to one-day work for herself online as a freelance writer. Melissa is an avid Internet surfer enjoys digging up deals and is known by her friends and family as a walking infomercial. Check out her website for a great deal on a Cuisinart slow cooker and much more.
I cannot wait for the farmer’s markets to open up again! Will you be choosing more organics and visiting some of your local farmers this season?