Relax, Go Organic

20130910-205242.jpgMuch to my surprise this picture was on the front page of yesterday’s Asheville Citizens-Times. (Click it to see it full size, in all its glory!) I am taking it as a message that de-stressing and eating more organic foods are becoming more accepted and possible revered. Even with Jaiden at my head I still look blissed out. This has not come easy but after lots of practice, I think I am getting there. I can’t say I have mastered being at peace in the midst of stress or difficult times, however I value its importance and I keep working towards it.

Practicing yoga, meditating, being in a healthy relationship with yourself and others, adequate exercise and of course making choices that support a healthy body & mind are all important when setting goals for health & wellness.

Eating organic is part of the puzzle. Especially at this time when GMO foods are popping up everywhere. You may not mind being part of an experiment but when I have the choice to eat foods that are not being manipulated then I choose organic. The combination of local and organic together is the best. Also, buying foods from the farmer’s market is nothing short of soul-enriching. I love leaving the market with a bag of locally grown and produced foods. It is simply delightful! Try it if you don’t already – you might like it too.

20130910-205830.jpgHere is another picture of the “Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15” with Jaiden pushing a cart in the background.

I saw this sign posted in the produce department of an Ingles grocery store. I was so pleased to see this awareness & education being brought to shoppers in a large grocery store not just health food stores.

Here is a summary from the Environmental Working Group’s 2013 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce.

If buying all organic produce is not available to you, then take a look at the dirty dozen list. This list will inform you as to which fruits and vegetables are most saturated with pesticides and herbicides and therefore the ones you want to avoid purchasing. Many of these pesticides are toxic to the nervous system. This list does not reflect GMOs. If you want to avoid GMO produce that you would need to buy organically grown fruits and veggies.

The article also provides you with a list of 15 fruits and veggies that are not as saturated with pesticides due to various reasons & criteria. I am hoping for your health that you are eating lots of fruits and veggies and that is why I think it is important for you to consider this article the next time you grocery shop.

Just another tool in your box for becoming more aware and remember awareness is the key!