What Are The Benefits Of Eating Organic?
When it comes to fruits and vegetables especially, eating organic is highly beneficial. The main difference between eating conventionally farmed produce and organic is that organic growers do not spray their farms with herbicides and pesticides. The chemicals used have been positively linked to numerous health problems such as cancer, unhealthy hormone changes and toxicity in the nervous system and brain. These toxic chemicals were designed to kill small pests instantly, so how can it be healthy for people to ingest? Washing the produce before eating it helps, but definitely does not remove all of it. A toxic chemical residue remains.
Some great reasons to eat organic:
- You avoid all pesticides and herbicides.
- The produce is typically 25% more nutritious with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, so it’s worth it to pay a little more! You’re still getting your value from it.
- It supports responsible and sustainable farming techniques, eliminating these toxic chemicals from getting into our environment (air, soil and water supply). In turn, the farmers are also protected from their toxicity.
- It actually tastes better!
The Environmental Working Group, or EWG, keeps a great list of absolute foods that you should ONLY eat organic, called The Dirty Dozen, and also a list of the Clean Fifteen that are the conventionally grown foods that are safe to eat. Here is a link to their website http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary.php
Based on their recommendation, here are the foods you should always eat organic:
- Cherry tomatoes
- Summer squash
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Hot Peppers
- Dark leafy greens
A few of my favorites from the Clean Fifteen list:
- Sweet potatoes
You should always wash your fruits and veggies with a veggie wash before eating them, but at least buying all of these foods as organic, assures you that you’re not consuming ANY bad chemicals!
Support a responsible organic farmer and buy organic today!
Guess what……you can!
There are amazing therapies out there already that ask you to write down your negative thoughts and BURN them, send them up in the air in a helium balloon, run over them, send them down river….whatever it takes….to LET THEM GO!
The research now shows the proof is there in doing these exact exercises! By keeping it inside just circulates the problem and keeps you feeling toxic. In fact, it suggests you can magnify your own thoughts, make them more important and more potent by keeping them inside. Instead, writing out your negative thoughts, expressing them, releasing them and letting them go….allows you to finally be DONE with them.
It doesn’t matter what method you use to do this, even if it means writing it on a document on your computer and then deleting it…..sending it to the trash bin. Do it! Maybe a few times……write it out and then throw it away..
Learning how to treat your negative thoughts as material, concrete objects that you can discard is a healthy thing. This way, afterwards, you can feel like the negativity is actually GONE.
Happiness can truly be a state of mind, sometimes an active one, that is cultivated through a regular practice of cleaning house of negativity and a practice of gratitude, mindful thinking and awareness, close spirituality and relaxing mediation.
So…..take a deep breath and let it GO!!!