Sunday, January 9, 2011
The One Resolution I Wish Everyone Would Make
GO ORGANIC. Just buy organic food, that's all. This seems so simple and so intuitive to me that I cannot believe there is still the option--do you want your food with or without poison? By purchasing organic food you are making a statement, you are voting, and you are insuring the most precious thing you have, your health and that of your family. What is more important than that?
Not only is buying organic food benefiting you, it's doing something positive and necessary for the whole planet, people, and animals that live here. Buying organic is protecting the farmers who often are forced to handle food laden with dangerous chemicals and suffer tremendous health consequences. It's protecting our rivers, our oceans, our air quality. It's voting against dangerous GMOs--when you buy organic, you buy GMO free.
"We can't afford it," is the excuse I hear most for why people don't buy organic. This makes me a little crazy because the folks I hear this most from are people with bank accounts that I can only aspire to. If I had to move my family into a one room efficiency apartment to be able to buy organic, I would, that's how important I think it is. Of course, that is not necessary because organic food does Not cost that much more than conventional food and in some cases it's the same and even cheaper. You just have to shop smart. You buy what is in season, you buy in bulk, you buy local. Also, I firmly believe that you either pay now, or pay later in the form of hefty hospital bills and poor health. You can't afford Not to buy organic.
Eating healthy is Not expensive! There is nothing cheaper than beans and rice. Throw in a little kale (which you can grow on a balcony year round for pennies) and you have yourself a hearty stick-to-your-ribs meal on the cheap.
The only reason not to eat organic is because it's not available. I've been there before, living in a region where it was really hard to find. If you are in this position, demand it. Ask your grocer to carry it. Be proactive, grow it, make it a priority. For the last six years, I have eaten all organic food at home. I have a major thing for Thai food and I know my take out is not organic, but as more and more people ask for it, it will become more and more available.
You can still eat whatever you want--cookies and junk food even, just make it organic and you are quantum leaps ahead. We are swimming in chemicals that are killing us and our planet. If that sounds extreme, just have a look at the EWG and the ORGANIC CONSUMERS ASSOCIATION to get your passion ignited. I believe that going organic is possibly the easiest and most powerful change people can make and it can start today.
I may be singing to the choir posting this here, but if anyone is reading this that has not made the switch, I hope you will consider it. Good health to all in 2011!