Consider Eating Real Organic Life-Affirming Food to Reduce Chemicals For Your Best Life
This month we are sharing ideas to live a more holistic lifestyle and today our post share ideas on eating real organic life-affirming foods to reduce chemicals for your best life.
Yesterday we wrote about cleaning with natural cleaners to eliminate toxins from your home (here is the post) and today we want to share the idea of eliminating toxins you eat to live more holistically.
As you begin your journey of learning to live a more natural and holistic life, you will be much more aware of what you put in your body. So many processed foods contain chemicals, additives, MSG, and so many more ingredients that you don’t want to digest but are completely unnecessary. That is why eating real organic life-affirming foods at each meal is recommended so often.
The easiest way to do this is to simply to make your meals at home with real organic life-affirming food cooked in your own kitchen. For many of us, this might be a challenge to begin. Partly because for many of us we have lost the art of home cooking and partly because our senses are out of practice eating and enjoying the pleasures of real organic food.
Consider The Types of Food Additives
It helps to first understand what food additives might be in your food, which tells you which direction to go. Look closely at the ingredients of any processed food you eat, specifically for some of these ingredients:
High-fructose corn syrup – There is no reason to ever need to buy something with high fructose corn syrup. This is a type of additive that makes food sweeter and is even used in foods you wouldn’t need to sweeten. For example, some store-bought premade cold cuts sandwiches contain high fructose corn syrup, even though it should be naturally sweet using real foods like cranberries and apples. To see a list of premade foods that contain HFCS
Nitrates and nitrites – These are most often found in deli meat and other processed meats. It is a type of preservative that is going to help keep the food fresher longer, as well as giving it the salty flavour you want. The problem is that it has been linked to a higher risk of certain cancers, higher cholesterol, and just in general, not a healthy or necessary additive.
Food colouring – Lastly, look out for artificial food colouring in your food, yet another unnecessary ingredient often used in processed foods. All it does it change the colour and brightness of food to make it look more appealing, but there is no reason to use it. You might see ingredients like Yellow 6 or Red 40, which are just food dyes.
When to Choose Organic
Now that you understand what chemicals and artificial ingredients might be used, you can start eating a real organic food diet. This means going organic, but when do you really need organic foods? Here are some things to start with. When we began making the changes in how we were eating we learned about the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15. It was a real help to understand that some real foods have more pesticides than others. We started by eliminating the Dirty Dozen. Check them out here.
Dirty dozen – There is a list known as the dirty dozen, which includes 12 fruits and vegetables that tend to contain more pesticides. If you can purchase these organic, that is highly recommended. They include spinach, kale, strawberries, grapes, cherries, peaches, apples, nectarines, celery, pears, potatoes, and tomatoes. Here is the Dirty Dozen list
And we also were not as strict with the Clean 15. Over time, however, we made the choice to get most of our food from local farmers who were growing organic and biodynamic foods. You can check out the Clean 15 list
Eggs, meat, and fish – Beyond produce, it is also a good idea to go organic, farm-fresh, and pasture-raised with things like eggs, meat, poultry, and fish.
When you can afford it – There are a number of ways to afford to make the change to a real organic food diet. Buy in season at local farmers' markets or local roadside farms.
Look for sales or promotions either through your local farmer, at the supermarket or even online and co-ops. We get our fruits and veggies through a local organic co-op. The food is delivered to our front door each week, it is fresh and delicious. If we go for a drive in the country we always look for roadside sides or farmers.
At the end of the day, it is up to you if you feel it is important to improve your diet. For many individuals in our modern world just eating more fruits & veggies will help improve how they feel.
So, no matter where you are right now with the foods eaten the big message is to eat better. Eat more fruits and veggies at each meal. Consider eliminating as many chemicals in the foods that you eat as possible.
Make food purchases where there is no packaging, no food labels and short shelf life. These will be the life-affirming foods that will help you on the journey to a holistic lifestyle.
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