Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Organic Vs non-Organic

Hi and welcome.  :)  Here is where I post recipes, stories and the focus is always on education and on ways to improve the health and vitality of your life.  50+ years ago, when we grew crops, they were organic. There weren’t rampant pesticides to worry about until later.  These chemicals, along with all the ones we breath in daily and put on our skin, become part of the ‘body burden’.  These toxins are stored in fat cells and can disrupt our hormones and cause cancer and other illness. Land was crop rotated so that minerals could be restored that one plant took, where another plant provided.  Genius!   Land was also ‘rested’ in between crops.  While it is vital to eat organically, to avoid toxins, with Factory Farming methods compromising our soil (erosion/mineral depletion)  this means that the same spinach, the same tomato, the same eggplant today is vastly different in nutritional value than their counterparts decades ago.  So while it is a fact that organic produce is higher in nutritional value than non-organic produce, our bodies struggle to get enough of every mineral and vitamin necessary. Supplementation can help however, firstly the body doesn’t like incomplete sources, it wants whole food sources.  There are many nutrients we are still learning about, still discovering!  Secondly, the vitamins taken must be plant based in order for the body to recognize and assimilate them.  Most vitamins on the market are chemically made or made from rocks or shells and the body really doesn’t know what to do with that.  A plant does, however!  If you take iron and shave it into a capsule, our body cannot assimilate it.  But if you put those same shavings into the soil, en voila, the plant absorbs it into iron that the body can utilize.  Fascinating!   So as even the best supplements are not ‘complete’ the best way to get what you need is though juicing and living foods, such as sprouts, wheat grass, barley grass and of course rolling up your sleeves, nurturing your own organic soil and raising your own crops! 

Part of what I do as a Holistic Health and Lifestyle Counsellor is help others with ways to incorporate a more plant based diet into their lives and be less meat centric which, even if you eat only organic meats, is still not sustainable for our planet or healthy for us at the rate most of us imbibe currently.  Everyone lives differently and baby steps can be taken!  I espouse a diet where meat is eaten 2 days per week (or best not at all) with the remainder vegetarian with a focus on fresh greens and sprouts.   I work with clients to help them discover the best ways to get greens into their diet, be that through a Miessence green tonic, fantastic for those who travel or work long hours, or through incorporating the easiest tools for growing sprouts and wheatgrass at home for pennies a day.   1 lb of seeds creates 10lbs of produce!  And its delicious!  For your next meal, think green and hug yourself!

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