If you’ve ever really thought about it with an unbiased mind, you have to admit that our culture has faltered a bit when it comes to mass food production. In order to accommodate our rapidly growing population, we’ve had to make some sacrifices in the way of nutrition. We simply don’t eat like our ancestors did. While no one can say that we haven’t eliminated a whole host of food borne diseases, other problems have taken their place.
Now, we have herbicides and pesticides to contend with instead of those problems of old. We also have meats that have been shot up with artificial hormones and antibiotics; compounds that eventually end up in our systems to detrimental effect.
The good news, however, is that there is a solution. The organic food you see at the supermarket, which is often 30-50% more expensive than standard food, doesn’t contain such chemicals. Organic food also helps detoxify your body and puts your body in a state that makes it easier for you to get in shape. As an added bonus, an overall sense of wellness will develop over time when you are living organic.
It may be easy to disregard organic food and not believe in it, but you would be mistaken. Organic food really is grown in such a way that it doesn’t pass on to you any synthesized compounds. It’s more than a pipe dream. Organic farms treat agriculture differently than your standard farm. While standard farms are pretty much food factories mostly concerned with profit, no matter the cost, organic farmers look at their agriculture business in a holistic way, as a living organism. In other words, almost anything that farmer wouldn’t put in his or her body directly does not go into their product. The organic movement originated in the book, Look to the Land, so if you want to know more about its history that’s where you can get started.
The two best places to find organic food are:
If you want to lose weight and get in shape, there is more than simple exercise involved. Getting fit also involves more than just losing weight. It involves overall wellness and detoxification. So you have to eat right, and this involves more than just counting calories. Proper nutrition really runs the gamut and the best way to make sure you cover all the bases is by eating organic food.
First, go to the health food store. Your local health food store isn’t just a store that stocks supplements for athletes and herbs for treating diseases holistically. If you are lucky you will find that larger health food stores are a treasure trove of exotic and organic foods. It may take some searching, but you can find health food stores that have a fresh vegetable section just like a supermarket.
Next, go to the farmers’ market. The farmers’ market is a wonderful place to find organic food simply because is undoubtedly from a small farm that does not sell to big grocery stores. Big farms like that don’t load up trucks and put up stalls in a parking lot every Tuesday, for example. These little farms make money by growing organically and selling to folks like you, and welcome any questions you may have about their produce and farming practices.
When you get your organic produce and meats home, look online for some ideas to keep the organic motif going. Find some recipes and plug in those Cuisinart slow cookers and get going!
About the Author
Mike Rocha is an engineer from Florida with a passion for food and the Cuisinart brand. As an engineer and hobbyist chef, he uses and stands by Cuisinart because of the ingenuity, quality and functionality of the brand. Being an electrical engineer who designs and develops medical imaging systems, Mike understands more than most what is necessary in creating these advanced appliances. Check out his website for information about Cuisinart food processors and other appliances.