We have all seen the organic labels before: CCOC certified or USDA organic or even simply the words organic.
“Going organic” seems to be one of the latest healthy eating trends, but are people misinterpreting its meaning?
Before I knew a thing or two about creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, I would go and buy organic crackers, mac n cheese and any kind of candy I could find. I figured that if I committed to changing my ways and switching from conventionally processed snacks like Doritos, Kraft mac n cheese and Hershey’s, I’d be able to jump aboard the healthy train.
After a few months of eating this way, not a thing changed. I was still the same weight. I was still stuck in the same permenant defeatist attitude…and I was also even more puzzled than ever before as to why I hadn’t become any healthier.
Being healthy isn’t designed to be a jigsaw puzzle. It’s basics- you must have your daily intake of fruits/veggies, carbs, lean meats/vegetarian proteins, minimal processed foods and not too many saturated fats. BALANCE IS KEY.
By replacing my conventionally processed junkfood with my newly found organic name brands, I hadn’t changed a thing but maybe make it a little less processed.
This is where healthy goal-setters steer wrong. They believe if they buy everything organic, they’ll automatically become a healthy wonder woman or superman.
My recommendations to anyone who is considering “going organic” is to really only go organic for your fruits, vegetables and meats/proteins. It’s super expensive to buy absolutely every single thing on your grocery list organic, this I know. However, by buying natural food sources instead of processed ones, it’ll curb your urge to reach for the packaged snacks.
By providing your body with organically derived fruits and vegetables, that’s pushing you into cultivating a healthy lifestyle already. Our bodies are able to process organic produce easier due to no harmful pesticides or chemicals being present. Fruits and vegetables naturally decrease your appetite and fiber keeps you fuller for a longer period of time.
You must also consider your portion sizes when “going organic”. You can’t eat a box of Mary’s Gone Crackers, a whole jar of organic almond butter and expect to magically have a rockin’ immune system or fit into your high school jeans.
Just like with conventional foods and most everything in life, moderation is key. All too often I see people who tout this loaf of bread as being organic or this cake slice as vegan and organic and they feel like they’ve just won a life prize. Yes, it’s great that it’s an organic source, but that doesn’t give you the golden ticket into consuming it all day every day.
Lastly, I’d like for consumers to really become aware of the organic brands they are buying- especially if it comes in a box. There have been tons of backdoor deals being made with our good friend Monsanto being the spearhead of it all. Brands like Horizon organic and Cascadian Farms may not be as organic as you originally thought.
If you’d like anymore information on “going organic” or are just simply lost as to what foods to purchase organically, you can always comment or e-mail me. It’s also helpful to consult the NON-GMO website to figure out if the brands you are buying are truly void of GMOs.
What do you buy that’s organic? Ever fall victim to the “it doesn’t have any calories” because it’s organic trap?
Peace, love and proper organics consumption!