There are a few new additions coming to the blog which I hope will be of interest to you and inspire you in many different ways. These posts are more lifestyle focused and intend to give a glimpse in to other subjects I care about and think are important in day to day life. To help me with these posts I am very lucky to have a new contributor, writer Tracey Clayton. Tracey is a full time mum of three girls, she is passionate about traveling, fashion and healthy living and has some great subjects coming up which I can't wait to share here. Today Tracey is talking about something very important to me - working towards an organic lifestyle and encouraging future generations to get healthy. Grab a cup of tea and take a read!
How Important Is It To Teach Our Children About Organic Lifestyle, And How Do You Incorporate Organic Food In To Your Diet?
With the organic obsession on the rise, most of us have embraced it for health reasons rather than the latest trend. The
organic awareness doesn’t apply only to people with families, but extends to singles too, with the idea of increasing the quality of lifestyle and health, overall. With the times we live in (dull corporative state of affairs and too long working hours), it’s essential we give our best to live as healthy as possible, because otherwise we will end up run down, with our immune systems failing and our bodies unable to keep up with our modern lives.
Why should we be switching to organic?
Organic products and foods are in essence items picked from nature and aren’t chemically processed. Unlike the products you normally use, organic products won’t potentially poison your blood system (yes, toxic ingredients can sometimes be absorbed through the skin of the food) and be the cause of any inner or outer discomfort. That alone makes for a good reason to go organic. Still, let’s not be stingy about it – these are the main benefits to think about:
The only way to avoid the cocktail of chemical poisons present in commercially grown food is switching to organically grown foods. Further, organic food is saving you from the horrific GMO which can seriously mess up your health.
Avoid hormones, antibiotics and drugs in animal products
Latest research suggests that 90% of the pesticides consumed through food are actually from the commercially processed fat and tissue of meat and dairy products.
Benefit from more nutrients
Organically grown foods have more vitamins, minerals, micronutrients and enzymes than the commercially grown foods. Organic food is grown in the soil which is nourished and managed with sustainable practices.
Preserve our ecosystems
Organic farming is in harmony with nature and it supports eco-sustenance.
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I want my kids (one day) to understand organic, and embrace it. How do I achieve that?
Kids learn best from their parents and adopt patterns they see at home. If you apply an organic lifestyle in your home, your kids will get accustomed to it from the get go and they won’t see it as something they need to adjust to, but as a normality. Sure, they’ll be tempted to try things that come out of the bag, but as long as they have the consciousness about eating healthy, they’ll be fine. Also, kids gather information through talks with their parents. Make sure you educate your kids on the importance of healthy nutrition and exercise. Talk to them about organic products, how they differ from the chemically processed foods and why you all eat it. You may even organise a game night where you draw cards and answer questions. They’ll remember that! What you can also do is take your child shopping for second-hand or sustainable clothes. This will be the perfect chance for them to see what sustainable stuff is really like, and see how many people are actually embracing it. Even though plenty of sustainable brands do tend to cost more than the mass-produced fast fashion pieces, they are made of better quality (often organic) materials that last longer and cause less damage to our environment and the workers creating the products. Until you adjust to sustainable clothing, you can start by purchasing some second hand clothes, look for quality pieces and team them with your newer pieces, it is the ultimate form of recycling and much better for our planet.
NOTE: You should aim to introduce sustainable materials in all that you buy, not just clothes.
What is the easiest way for all of us to switch to organic?
Buy food at the local market, and look out for organic grocers - By buying organic products from your local farmers you are investing in small family businesses and directly contributing to a cost-effective future, as well as someone’s honest work while you are, at the same time, investing in your family’s health and well being. Shopping local enables you more access to information about farming practices and makes it easier to find out if products are grown organically.
Grow food yourself - If you love to garden, maybe you should explore the option of growing some veggies and fruits yourself. It will take time and effort, but if you feel like that’s something you’d love to do – do it!
Introduce organic cleaning products - Keep your home green with all-natural household cleaners that can be purchased in organic stores, or make some yourself. You don’t have to switch to sustainable straight away – let the transit to organic come naturally and gradually, and you will see how much you’ll enjoy both the process and the aftermath of it.