Is organic and natural the same thing? NO! So if you are eating your veggies, but they are not organic, you may not be getting the nutrients promised in, lets say, your salad. I hate to disappoint you, but it’s time to make a another baby step. Start buying organic.
What is organic? There are specifications required for a food to wear the “USDA ORGANIC” label.
Organic food has no chemical toxins. First of all, if you want to lose weight, you want to avoid toxins! Toxins hold on to fat and sticks to you! Too many toxins effect your bodies natural detoxification system, liver, kidneys, colon, and they can’t do their job which can lead to weight gain, or even cancer.
Organic food also has more nutrients, and they are more easily absorbed. When my daughter was supposed to be learning to eat solid food, my La Leche League Leader suggested that she eat apples with her cheerios because the vitamin C in the apples would help her absorb the iron in the cheerios. A lot of food is like this. Don’t be fooled, the box of cheerios says it’s fortified and you see all these vitamins on the nutrition label, your kids, guaranteed, are not absorbing those vitamins. In fact, a lot of kids get stopped up because it’s “high in fiber and iron” but your little one can’t process the fiber or the iron. You will notice the same issue with formula fed babies. The formula makers have to load the powder with all of these vitamins to compete with breast milk (impossible) and the babies end up with horrible painful gas. The awesome thing about breast milk is that it does absorb easily, so even though there is not as much iron as the can of Infimil claims to have, your baby is actually absorbing it and benefiting. This is where organic food comes in, you and your kiddos can absorb the vitamins in organic food so you are actually benefiting. When your body is working properly it is able to begin getting rid of the crap.
Let’s talk meat. Organic meat means the animal was not tortured, it was not fed or injected with hormones. It was grass fed, if it was a cow. Cows do not eat corn or grains, by the way… Cows eat grass. And you want a cow that has been roaming around happily chomping on grass. Not a cow that has lived in a cage, walking around in manure with 100 other cows it’s entire life. You do not want milk from a cow that has been injected with hormones and antibiotics, caged and attached to a milking machine, been impregnated over and over to keep up the milk supply and had her babies be taken away to either become veal, or to be impregnated and caged and attached to a milking machine just like her mother. You do not want a chicken that has lived it’s life, a full… 7 weeks in a dark warehouse with hundreds of other chickens who can’t walk around because they have been pumped with a growth hormone that makes them grow too fast only to be abruptly kidnapped in the middle of the night and slaughtered? (This is a HUGE reason I don’t eat meat.) Organic meat means the animal was raised humanely, and was not fed any hormones, chemicals or drugs… Which means you are not consuming the same hormones, chemicals and drugs.
The other day my fiance said, “Organic is the same as other food, just three times the price.” I laughed. The government wants you to think this. It’s pretty disappointing, but not surprising, so if you are shocked by this, think about it. It is more cost efficient to produce genetically modified food, grow it on the same old soil that is completely devoid of nutrients and covered in pesticides, than create new crops and avoid chemicals. Sometimes, yes, organic is more expensive, however, this is the way I think of it. You are getting quality. Your body is actually using the nutrients in your food, and you are not putting toxins into your body which means it is worth every penny.