The Benefits of Organic Food
There are soooooo many benefits of organic food (or as our grandparents used to call it, "food"), both to our environment and our health. From preventing the emergence of "superbugs", or increasing the health of our top soil or the nutrients in our food, to preventing harmful pesticides in our bodies, making healthy food choices is obviously a global effort with far-reaching impacts.
This is the first subject in our "Health" section, because it should be. Because eating well means living well. The right food for your body impacts your energy, your immune system, the likelihood of disease, the ability to heal from injury, your mood, your enjoyment. You'll hear me say this in 100 different ways: You can be doing everything else right, but if you're still eating like crap it won't matter. Eat like crap, feel like crap. No way around it.
I know, I know...it sucks to eat healthy sometimes. It's not as convenient, sometimes it costs more (although it really shouldn't), or takes more time or planning. But you know what? Last I check DISEASE is the most inconvenient, expensive, time-consuming, and stressful thing I've ever encountered. Compared to cancer, diabetes, heart disease, or just chronic "ugh", the transition involved in eating health is a cake walk.
Below is a growing collection of articles that cover many aspects and benefits of organic food, and the different things to be aware of when making your own healthy food choices. I talk about the advantages, the disadvantages, and how to overcome them (like being able to afford the higher price). I even go into some related food topics, like coffee substitutes or how to wash your veggies. Basically, if it isn't related to illness or recipes, but it's related to food, you'll find it here. Without a little overlap, because it's hard not to.
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What is Organic Food?
Before you can learn about the benefits of organic food, you first get to understand what organic even means. (It's a bit more complicated than it seems.) The article below describes which practices make food organic, and what the organic label may actually be missing. It also covers what organic food is NOT and how they may impact what you buy.
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Organic Food Labeling
Did you know that not all organic foods are completely organic? Or that the USDA allows a certain amount of pesticide or herbicide use, and even certain synthetic ingredients in your food? This article goes further into what organic is with everything you need to look for and be aware of, so you can make the best decision and vote with your dollar and your fork.
Advantages of Organic Food
Are you aware that organic food is healthier than conventional? Or that the pesticides on non-organic foods have been linked to hundreds of illnesses and diseases? Or that organic food has benefits for more than just your own health? This one here goes into all those advantages, as well as the disadvantages and how you might overcome them.
Read More: 15 Advantages of Organic Food
The "Dirty Dozen" of Food
Every year the Environmental Working Group launches their list of the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15 of produce. These two lists are helpful in assisting you in finding which fruits and veggies you should prioritize in your organic food budget and which are safer to "cheat" on.
Read More: The "Dirty Dozen" and "Clean 15"
What is Nutritionism?
We think we know so much about the benefits of organic food and nutrition. But the more science dissects food, the sicker we seem to get and no matter how many supplements and fortifications we throw at the problem, nothing is working. This is what many call "nutritionism": the idea that it's only nutrients, and not whole foods in their entirety, that are healthy for us.
Read More: Nutritionism & Food Nutrition Facts
Making Organic Food Affordable
Organic food costs approximately 20% more than conventional food. But it doesn't have to. In my ebook, I've outlined exactly how to decrease your grocery bill by 15% in one week, 25% in a month, and all the way down to ZERO for those really committed to the benefit of organic food.
Read More: Making Organic Food Affordable
Genetically Engineered Foods
Are GMOs safe? Are they tested? And why have over 60 countries banned them? Learn these answers and more, including what you can do to protect yourself against GMOs and how you can make a difference in the Non-GMO movement within your own home.
Read More: The Dangers of Genetically Engineered Foods
Seasonal Foods Lists
Eating foods in season increases the benefits of organic food in several ways, such as environmental health (less emissions from shipping) to more nutrients from fresher foods.
Read More: Your Comprehensive List of Seasonal Foods
Preventing Food-Borne Illnesses
Seems like we're constantly hearing about some food or another making everyone sick. And I"m not just talking about food poisoning from the restaurant, but the foods we're buying from the grocery store, too. There are some simple things you can do to help protect yourself.
Read More: 4 Steps to Prevent Food Borne Illness
It Doesn't Have to Be Expensive
This is probably the biggest challenge people perceive. But you do NOT need to spend a fortune to get the benefits of organic food. There are tons of food that you can find for under $1 a pound that are packed with nutrition. And tons of strategies to save money on organic food.
Healthy Food Ideas
Probably the next big challenge of eating healthy seems to be in finding simple meals that aren't boring, and are still convenient (the convenience of junk food is the death of health!). Below are several articles to give you some inspiration. Tip: It doesn't have to be a complicated as long as it tastes good and fills you up.
- List of Healthy Foods
- Healthy Breakfast Foods
- Healthy Lunch Ideas for Kids
- Healthy Foods To Eat At Work
- Coffee Facts & 11 Coffee Alternatives
- Healthy Eating for Winter Blues