Losing Weight Eating Organic Foods
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Today it seems like everyone is looking for the weight loss secret, the so-called silver bullet, the one diet, pill or exercise that will help them drop lots of weight with very little effort. Whether it’s the water diet or the latest exercise craze, people just want to lose weight quickly. Dropping 20 pounds overnight is neither healthy nor realistic. However, there are weapons that can give you an edge in the weight loss battle. Drinking more water, getting a lot of rest, exercising with weights, doing cardio and eating an organic diet food are just a few of the many available ‘weapons’ you can use effectively to win the weight loss battle. Organic food, grown without pesticides, hormones, preservatives and other harmful chemicals, is designed to work naturally with your body and can help you lose your excess weight naturally.
When organic fruits or vegetables are compared to their traditional counterparts, the beneficial vitamins, minerals and other nutrients found in the organic produce far exceed those of their traditional counterparts. In some cases, the amount of certain nutrients is as much as three times higher in organic fruits and vegetables than in their traditional counterparts. These high amounts of nutrients give you more energy, which helps you lose weight. If you are planning to eat organic diet food, for an even more effective weight loss plan, you might consider a juice fast just prior to starting an organic diet; however, juice fasts should only be done under the supervision of your nutritionist or doctor.
While proper amounts of nutrients and a lack of harmful chemicals in your body will keep your body functioning more efficiently, what does either of these facts have to do with weight loss?
By digesting food quickly and efficiently, your metabolism increases and you maximize your food’s energy potential so you will be less fatigued and more prone to get up and move; in other words, you will have the energy you need to burn fat and calories while you build muscle. Studies have also found that people who eat organic diet food sleep better, which means you’ll be even more rested and better equipped to accomplish your weight loss goal.
When your body is working properly, you’re less likely to get sick. Staying healthy allows you to use the energy you would use to fight off infections to stay active and get into better shape. Dieters who feel healthy tend to stay on their diet. While switching to an organic diet is a great way to lose weight, you should also remember to eat the right organic diet. Try to eat fresh, unprocessed foods which are high in fiber as this will keep you feeling better and help you lose even more weight.
What is the Future of Organic Foods?
The organic food craze has gotten a solid footing and has spread across the world like an errant wildfire. While more people are switching to healthier, organic versions of their favorite fruits, vegetables, meats and other products, does this mean that traditional food and farming will become a thing of the past? Will organic food be as popular in ten or twenty years as it is today or will the organic food craze fade away, leaving people to revert back to traditional food?
Chances are high that traditional agriculture is here to stay as it is much more profitable than organic agriculture and it has worked well for more than 300 years. Since commercial fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides increase yields and decrease losses, they increase profits; therefore, as long as farmers work the land using traditional methods and means, commercial farming will exist.
At some point in the future, people might be forced to choose between the easy option and the environmentally friendly option. However, as the world’s population increases, the need for larger amounts of food increases, too. Were we only employing organic farming methods, we would quickly run out of space for crops.
Will the organic food craze fade into the background and join the myriad of other health food fads gone by the wayside? Since organic agriculture has been around for many years and continues to gain mainstream acceptance and popularity, the answer is a solid ‘no’. Once, not so long ago, you had to look everywhere to find organic produce. Now, some of the world’s largest supermarket chains stock a large variety of organic products. Organic agriculture will likely become more common and popular as people become more aware of the negative environmental and physical effects of pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, hormones and other chemicals. In developing countries, studies have shown that families that employ organic agricultural actually make more money than traditional farmers in the same areas and have a higher standard of living.
As organic food and product consumers raise their children on organic products, they are creating an automatic market share, ensuring that the future of organic foods is bright. If children are not exposed to traditional foods and products they will not use them, instead opting for their organic counterparts. The organic agriculture industry will continue to grow as the trend toward buying local sustains itself, as happens periodically and as local businesses continue to support each others’ industries.
Organic agriculture may not be able to take over the world and solve every environmental and dietary problem but it is and will continue to impact the world. As people continue to be concerned for their family’s safety and that of the world around them, it is a safe assumption that the future of organic foods is a bright one.
Why Buy Organic? Beyond the Health Benefits
People have heard that organic food is better for them because it contains more vitamins and minerals and fewer chemicals than traditional food; however, when people buy organic they don’t think about the side benefits of their purchase such as their positive effect on the environment. Additionally, organic products put fewer pesticides, fertilizers and other dangerous chemicals into the environment which means they benefit your family, as well as other families now and in the future.
Organic farms also have better soil quality on organic farms, compared with soil on traditional farms, which proves it a major benefit of reducing chemical use in agriculture. Organic farming works to build the soil naturally through companion planting and crop rotations, another great reason to buy organic. By comparison, traditional agriculture uses fertilizers to enhance soil which fixes the immediate problem but doesn’t repair the actual problem, nutrient deficient soil.
Where do all the chemicals used by farmers go?
Unfortunately, water from rain and irrigation runs off into lakes, rivers and streams, taking all the chemicals used to farm the land with it. This water also seeps deep into the soil and enters underground water supplies. Sadly, even if you buy organic food, chemicals used in traditional farming could be infiltrating your local water supply and, while many places control the amount of these chemicals, others can’t. In many rural areas, the only available water comes directly from the ground, modern filtration not included.
Pesticides also adversely affect wildlife in farming areas because if you kill off all the bugs, the birds have nothing to eat. If animals survive with chemicals in their systems, they can poison larger animals that eat them. One of the many negatives of pesticides is that they kill good insects and bad alike, which in turn kills beneficial wildlife.
Possibly traditional agriculture’s worst sin, and the most harmful practice, bar none, is planting the same crop year after year because it can, and often does, make plants more susceptible to pests while depleting the soil, thus increasing the need for pesticides and fertilizers. To keep the soil from washing away, new soil requires more fertilizers so plants will grow. Unfortunately, traditional farmers are not trying to reduce their use of chemicals. In many cases they are simply trying to keep the family farm.
In addition to the benefits of chemical-free agriculture, organic farmers work with the environment as a system. They promote conservation of water and soil and strive to maintain the land so future generations can work, and benefit from, the land as well.
What’s Green Living All About? Facts and Myths About Organic Living
When you hear someone say ‘green living’ or ‘go green’, are your eyes alight with curiosity?
Or do you think that since you ‘reduce, reuse and recycle’, you’re living green? If you’re like most people today, you do the standard ‘green’ things, almost entirely unaware that there’s a greener, cleaner world of options available to you. The truth is, opportunities to live better, cleaner and healthier abound. Cleaning green, eating organic, being kind to the environment, urban gardening and incorporating organic ingredients into your everyday life are all aspects that you can adopt in whole or in part. Even if you only chose to adopt one aspect of living greener, such as cleaning green, you’re a leap ahead of where you were before. Let’s discuss some aspects of organic living.
The biggest myth about eating organic is that, if you’re eating organic, your diet consists of sprouts, roots and berries, in that order. The fact of the matter is there are different levels of eating organic, so your diet can contain a wide variety of foods, all of which will be healthy and good for you, without sacrificing taste. For example, if you eat organic fruits and vegetables, you’re not ingesting pesticides and herbicides which commercial farms use on regular produce found in your grocery store, so you’re already eating healthier having changed one thing. Most people who eat organic enjoy free-pressed juice, almond and other nut butters, home-made wheat bread and chocolate, too!
Cleaning green is another practical aspect of organic living. So, what does ‘cleaning green’ mean?
In a nutshell, you’re using natural ingredients to clean, thus eliminating harsh ingredients that require you to ‘open a window for ventilation’. Did you know that salt, sugar, vinegar and lemon juice, among other common household finds, double as cleaning products? There are many recipes online for homemade, organic cleaning solutions as well as commercially available products for everything from cleaning the windows to cleaning clothes.
What does it mean to be kind to the environment?
When you are being kind to people or pets, how do you behave? Offering a shoulder to cry on, an ear for listening, an uplifting hug and advice are all acts of kindness to those you love or care about. You reach for things that are out of reach for someone else or you stoop when someone cannot bend. You cuddle and feed your pets because you love them; these, too, are acts of kindness. Since you cannot hug the earth or give it advice, how do you show the environment kindness? Eating organic, pesticide-free foods and foods, planting trees, driving environmentally friendly cars or riding bikes or walking and simply recycling, which keeps plastics, paper and cans out of landfills, are just a few things you can do to be kind to the environment.
These are just three of the many different aspects of organic, green living that the average person can adopt without doing anything terribly life-altering. There are many websites that allow you to explore urban gardening, alternative energy, creative uses for various products to keep them out of landfills and many other so-called green topics that enrich your life and the world around you at the same time.
How to Grow Your Own Organic Garden
Do you love organic vegetables and fruits?
Have you considered buying organic produce, deterred only by the prices?
If you have the time, space and the light available, you too can learn how to grow your own organic vegetables. Start your own organic garden and grow your own vegetables. Do some cursory research on organic gardening and you will discover many websites offering hundreds of tips, trick, ideas and resources that will help you get your garden started. Important decisions you will soon be making include where to locate your garden, how to prepare the soil and what vegetables to grow.
When you plan your garden, first determine which vegetables you want to grow and make sure you have the space, in the right light, for your garden. Once you’ve done this, it is vital to know the pH of your soil so you can compost and prepare the soil accordingly, to get it ready to grow abundant organic vegetables for you. You may want to invest in a pH kit, which you can get from a local garden or hardware store, so you can make sure that your soil’s pH is compatible with the pH requirements for organic vegetables of choice. If the soil is too acidic or needs to be more acidic and you plant your garden, it may very well be dead before it starts. Therefore, make sure to treat your garden soil with care.
Once your garden is planted, naturally repel pests and fertilize the soil by companion planting, or plant more than one crop in the same area. If you have an insect problem, research plants to repel specific pests. If you have larger animals eating your plants, choose vine vegetables that furry friends prefer not to cross. Choose complementary plants if you want to restore nutrients to the soil. Rotate out different vegetables every year to further build soils.
Now that you know where you’re going to put your garden, what you need to do to prepare the soil and what vegetables you’re going to grow, what are the benefits of all of this work?
You’ll be saving money and time because you won’t have to go to the grocery store to get your vegetables. You also know that you’re giving yourself and your family the gift of fresh, organic vegetables and you know where your produce came from. If you the time, space and light for an organic garden, the benefits far outweigh what it takes to grow the vegetables.