Go Organic - Who Me?
Like many of the readers out there, I was not raised on organic or natural foods. My mother tried her best to feed us healthy, nutritious meals. Back in my day, foods didn't contain the number of preservatives and chemicals they do now. Let's face the truth, our bodies weren't made to deal with all the added ingredients manufacturers put in our foods.
Now that I'm middle-aged, I am concerned with what I put in my body. Besides having a very high cholesterol level and recently discovering I have osteoporosis, I am also a breast cancer survivor. I want to be healthier and fit so I can enjoy my golden years.
So, what's out there for us? Buy organic foods whenever possible. Start off slow and each grocery shopping add something new. Buy organic grass fed beef. These animals are fed nothing but pasture and they have such a better life than non-organic beef. Unlike grain-fed animals, organic fed beef graze on pasture or stored greens from birth until market. Animals that graze on grass also produce products that have more omega-e fatty acids, vitamin E and beta carotene, but less total fat. You can even get organic hotdogs!
Organic fruits and vegetables are a true treat. Organic farmers nourish the plants through the rich soils. They use no pesticides or chemicals. The results are intense flavors and colors.
Try eating organic and wild line caught fish. Instead of using nets that may kill dolphins, birds and other animals, some fishermen use lines. Fish that come from the colder waters of the Pacific Northwest offer a higher oil content which enhances the flavor and gives a much better nutritional content.
Have you tried organic milk and cheeses? If not, you are in for a treat! Organic milk is so rich and fresh tasting. Butter, yogurt and ice cream tastes extraordinary!
Sustainable, organic agriculture protects our health. It reduces our exposure to toxic chemicals that can end up in the air, water, ground and food supply. Organic farming reduces erosion and improves soil quality.So take it from someone who has made a complete circle from eating and buying food without reading labels to getting involved and informed with what goes in my family's mouths. Life is short and it's up to us to take care of our bodies.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mary Reid lives in South Carolina. She has four children and two grands. She loves to hunt, swim and enjoy her family. The author is a breast cancer survivor. Mary has a great site Your Organic Choices that can be found at http://www.yourorganicchoices.com and a second pet related site you can find at http://www.all-natural-pet-and-more.com