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Organic or “Not” Organic? How Do I Decide?

Posted Jul 31 2008 3:59pm

TODAY’S QUESTION:
Organic or “Not Organic”? 


Ok so we’re back on this “organic” kick again…

In our last posting, we talked about health on a very personal one-on-one level; we discussed the importance of all the “small consistent” choices we make and how they contribute to our overall health.

Today’s discussion is more of the same.  (Do you see a trend here?)

The most important discussion in the community that we hope to spark is the relationship between our “health and healing” and “consistency” - that our health and healing is rarely based on a single dramatic choice (or change)… Rather it’s based on a kind of serial decision making - a mutual respect and love between us and our body, mind, and spirit.

If we consistently love and respect our body, it has a fighting chance to operate like the slick machine that it was designed to be!

So how does all this relate to our “question of the day” regarding whether to buy and use “organic” foods?

Because we cook for “one”, sometimes it’s easier to just dash into the supermarket on our way home and pick up some single-portion-already-prepared-easy-to-pop-in-the-microwave-meal. 

It’s ok… we know it’s tempting.

But let’s pause a moment and examine the basis we’ve already laid in prior posts1. Our healthy cooking for one starts with a healthy attitude about our self value.
2. Our balanced healthy diet contributes to our overall balanced health and healing.
3. Our balanced health and healing have a lot to do with CONSISTENTLY choosing balanced healthy lifestyles.
4.  Breathing clean air, eating healthy food, using non-toxic products help lower our overall toxic load.

Let’s talk about “overall toxic load” for a bit.

Our bodies are virtually bombarded with chemicals and toxins every single day.  We are truly the “guinea pig generation” when it comes to “cocktail mixes” of complex environmental, medical, and other toxic (and “non-toxic”) chemicals.

Even chemicals which the FDA (don’t get me started) have noted as “safe”, have rarely been examined in the common mixtures that most folks experience within a normal daily living cycle. 

Think about it for a second…

Our houses and work places are sealed so we breathe all kinds of noxious fumes. 

We’re surrounded by scented products. 

We use potent brews of detergents, cleaning, and preening products in the home and work place, as well as on our bodies. 

Our foods have been engineered, sprayed, treated, and shipped using all kinds of “high tech solutions” to make sure they arrive to us looking pretty as a picture. 

The story goes on and on. 

Our furniture is treated; our clothing is treated; our cars spew out fumes; our factories spew fumes.

We breathe stuff all day long and have NO IDEA what’s in that air. 

We drink water and other beverages and have NO IDEA what’s been put into them.

We eat food from our safe supermarket and have NO IDEA what’s been done to it or added to it along the way.  Then we put it in our microwave and add an additional load of toxins.

Get the idea?

It’s called “Total (or Overall) Toxic Load”.

So before you go off the deep end, let’s rein this discussion in a bit.  Take a deep breath.  Relax. 

Now let’s start over.

On a cellular level, our body knows what to do with good stuff we put into our machine.  When it’s healthy, it also knows how to deal with and rid itself of a good portion of the bad stuff. 

When our body’s total overall toxic load is low, our immune system has a fighting chance – quite literally – to maintain or return to balanced health and healing.

OUR goal is to maximize the good stuff and minimize the bad stuff…

As we’ve said before: Control what we can because there’s enough bad stuff out there that we CAN’T control…

You see the tie-in?

One of the HUGE ways we can help keep our overall toxic load in check is to choose “organic” foods and products.

Organic foods are legally regulated to be produced within certain strict growing and production standards which preclude use of conventional pesticides, additives, or processes.  And although it might not be a “perfect” system, it IS a huge step in the right direction.

In the past, finding organic food was quite the exercise.  However, since the early 1990s, the yearly growth rate of the organic food industry has been around 20%. Present statistics show that organic food now accounts for 1-2% of food sales worldwide.  (It’s probably safe to guess that figure is much higher in the U.S.)

Future growth of the organic foods industry is expected to range from 10-50% annually.  That’s further good news.  It means that availability of organic foods is definitely trending toward “mainstream”.  It’s certainly getting easier to find.

(Did we just remove another objection?)

So enough preaching… how’s this relate to “Your Healthy Cooking For One”?

As we say time and again: it’s not a glitzy message. 

It’s about balanced lifestyle choices.

It’s about consistent healthy habits.

It’s about making healthy cooking part of our every-day world. 

And it’s about knowing that WE have it easy!  Unlike some of our friends and family members that cook for more than “one”, we are solely responsible to make and control the decisions for the single most important person in our world – US! 

Once again – here’s the simple message: Avoid processed and chemical/preservative-laden foods and choose organic natural ingredients for Your Healthy Cooking For One! 

We want to hear from you!  What do you think?

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