Hey DiamondFit Enthusiasts,
Should you buy into the Organic Hype??
Food trends, diets, and fads come and go. And if you care about your health and
well-being, you’ve probably bought into at least one of these fads at some point,
and that’s okay.
While some of these are clearly hype geared towards selling a specific product or
service, there are some that are worth learning about and participating in, and
one of these is organic food.
What is Organic Food?
Let’s first quickly go over what organic is, and what it isn’t.
Organic food is quite simply food that has been grown without pesticides,
chemicals, and harmful fertilizers. That’s it. There are other specifics, such as
labeling laws, but from a health standpoint, this is the most important thing to
know. That wasn’t so bad, was it?
Ok, not so fast. As important as knowing what organic food is, it’s also important to understand what organic food is not. x Organic food is NOT necessarily healthy food. x Organic is NOT a type of diet. x Organic food will NOT automatically improve your health. That’s not to say that eating a diet rich in organic foods can’t be healthy or improve your health, it just means that the term “organic” on a label does not make it a perfect food. You can buy organic soda, organic cookies and organic potato chips. While it may make you feel better about buying organic, these food choices won’t make any lasting impressions on your health.
So, why do you want to buy organic food anyway? Well, because it’s better for your health. It’s better for the environment. It’s better for your taste buds. It’s just all-around better. The chemicals and pesticides used to grow conventional fruits and vegetables are just plain bad for you and the environment. These products are designed to make produce look prettier, bigger so it yields more, and longer lasting, but it’s not necessarily nutritious. In fact, nutrition is often the least important factor in growing anything conventionally now-a-days. When you buy organic fruits and vegetables, you are ensuring that you’re not getting any of those nasty chemicals in your veggie stir fry or fruit salad. Organic meat is not pumped full of harmful hormones and antibiotics. And organic foods provide all the essential nutrients and antioxidants needed to fight off inflammation and diseases. All that being said, eating organic isn’t always as easy as buying conventional foods and it’s often more expensive, but there are ways to do it, that makes it less difficult and more affordable. If you can afford to buy everything organic, you should, but that’s not possible for everyone so we’ve created some easy to follow tips on buying healthy foods:
1. Start at your local farmer’s market. You’ll find their produce much more affordable, more fresh and tastier. And just because a farmer doesn’t label their food organic, doesn’t means it’s not; many small farmers can’t afford the hefty fees for organic certification, but they still practice organic growing habits. Always ask before you buy.
2. Fruits and vegetables in which you eat the skin are most important to buy organic. Apples, berries, peaches, leafy greens, and bell peppers are on this list. Meat, poultry, and dairy are also important to buy organic if possible…and often more so than produce.
3. Foods with thick skins that you peel away are less important to be organic. Bananas, pineapples, onions, and avocados are on this list.
4. Organic is not the most important factor in buying food. The number one rule of healthy eating is to buy whole, unprocessed food rather than processed food, whether it’s organic or not. In other words, don’t talk yourself into buying organic applesauce over a conventional apple because you think it’s better for you.
5. Buy only what you need. It’s important to remember that conventional foods last longer than organic foods, because of the pesticides that they were treated with. If you’re used to buying conventional foods, keep in mind that organic food will not last as long; so plan accordingly to avoid waste.
6. Be realistic with your budget and lifestyle. Being aware of what you eat is an important step in changing your diet and improving your health. Don’t feel guilty about having to buy conventional produce if that’s all you can afford, do the best you can. That being said, some foods are safer to eat than others.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) lists the cleanest and dirtiest conventionally-raised fruits and vegetables. This is a great list to follow if you’re shopping for conventionally grown foods and you want to make sure that you aren’t consuming high levels of pesticides. But keep in mind that the health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh risks of pesticide exposure. Focus first on what you’re eating, as opposed to how it’s grown or produced. A diet rich in whole foods is always better than anything processed or made in a factory.
Summary Of Organic Food:
Grown without pesticides
Grown without chemicals
Grown without harmful fertilizers
Meat without hormones & antibiotics
Better for your health
Better for the environment
Better for your taste buds
Contain essential nutrients to fight inflammation
To start YOUR Healthy Eating Plan…Contact Diamond @ 954-658-0479 for your FREE 30 minute Transformation Session!!
The Diamond Guru- Founder and CEO Diamond Guru Fitness LLC