How do I decide whether an Organic Lifestyle is the right fit for me and my family? What does Organic even mean? I’m sure these are some of the questions you have been asking yourself. It’s OK, take a deep breath, we are here to address all of these queries.There are a lot of misconceptions about an Organic way of Life. It’s expensive, oh my gosh no more meat and I have to go Vegan? It’s a very time-consuming lifestyle. Ugh, you mean I may have to learn how to cook or possibly garden? Does the food still taste delicious? Do I have to throw away all chemicals in my household? These are all legitimate concerns. Let us begin our discussion To Be or Not to Be.
The goal would be to get down to zero chemicals but that would be virtually impossible. But we believe a healthy goal of 70% all Organic or Natural products is very attainable. Naturally Me will be your guide through this often confusing process. The answers are not black and white. This will depend on your current lifestyle and what works best. We want to help you customize your Organic lifestyle to tailor your everyday needs. Organic simply refers to the way in which food and products are processed, handled, and grown. There are strict guidelines for items to be USDA Organic certified. Remember look for the Organic label . “All Natural” are not the same as Organic, these products are not regulated. There can be no use of pesticides, man-made fertilizers (the use of natural pesticides are allowed) sewage waste, radiation, or GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Animals are not given hormones or antibiotics. So that you are aware, “Certified Humane“ does not mean Organic. It simply implies the animal was not caged during captivity or given hormones or antibiotics.There are three different labels you need to be made aware of:
Researchers from the USDA have found that some organic items are priced up to 30% higher than conventional produce. Especially items such as organic milk. Their higher cost is driven by small scale production and strict regulations. In addition, the upfront cost of becoming certified to distribute Organic products and renewal fees amount to thousands of dollars. Please don’t let money be a deciding factor whether or not you embrace this lifestyle. But my question to you is, can you put a price tag on your health and well-being? If you knew that the foods that you were eating may contain cancer-causing agents would you still feed it to your family? Our sluggish and microwave lifestyle is what’s killing us. It’s time to take back control of what we are putting into our bodies. Truth be told, you can buy your produce and meat locally and it will be far cheaper than a conventional grocery store. It is a much healthier alternative. Don’t be intimidated by the Organic way of life.
One of the benefits is lowering your exposure to chemicals and artificial ingredients. In some instances, buying non-organic products is a smarter option. The quality of the goods may be virtually the same. Don’t pay a higher cost just because you see and Organic label. This is why researching the items you buy is so important. Knowledge of what type of food you will consume, and where to purchase them is a key factor in choosing Organic vs Conventional. Each food category warrants a different approach to how you acquire goods. Rule of thumb is to try to buy all your fruits and vegetables from neighborhood farmer’s market. They are fresher and decrease the chances of exposure to harmful pesticides. For example, you can take the family strawberry picking. For $20 you can get a whole bucket of mouth-watering berries and enjoy some family fun in the sun. A plus is that you get some exercise outdoors and memories that last a lifetime. The kids will love you for it. This also helps them appreciate Nature and teaches them the value of being good stewards of the earth. Also, these strawberries last longer as well. Remember always wash before you eat. If possible try to acquire your green vegetables such as greens, broccoli, kale, and spinach locally as well. These can potentially have pesticides but once you cook them, the likelihood of chemical consumption decreases. However, some of the nutritional value is lost.
The key to Organic living is to consume local produce and meat. I can’t stress this enough. Neighborhood butchers tend to have fresher meat from regional farmers. The location to the nearest farmer’s market is just one click away. Or you can DIY and plant your own garden. Gain your independence, pesticide free and All Natural Goodness. Therefore, you have full control of what you eat. In addition, researchers have discovered cancer agents in makeup and hair dyes as well. Use All Natural or Organic solutions to satisfy your desire to look and feel Fabulous. We will be talking about Vegan makeup and hair alternatives in upcoming blogs. Here at Naturally Me, we will enlighten you to the secrets that Mother Nature has to offer to help you become Beautiful from the inside and out. Till next time.