Following on from the first part of this article ‘Is organic food worth the money?’ We fully understand that it may be that you can’t afford to eat a fully organic diet, or maybe you would like some practical steps that will help you to eat more healthily on a regular basis without having to sit down and plan every single meal each week. Here are some practical steps to help you on your way with thanks from Joanne Hart Nutritional therapist.
Grow your own vegetables, you have fun and you can avoid using unwanted chemicals. You also learn about the effect of nature and while you’re fighting off your slugs it makes you wonder how the farmers keep the bugs off their plants. Then another year when you find out that nobody could grow onions on the allotment you’ll be wondering how the farmers manage it. (image of a courgette plant on the left)
Educate yourself with information from The Environmental Working Group It publishes a list of fruit and vegetables they say we should only buy organic, it includes strawberries (easy to grow), peaches, tomatoes (very easy to grow at home!), potatoes (also easy to grow!) and spinach (easy to grow!).
Choose organic dairy products such as milk, cheese and yoghurt because these have high levels of fat and fat stores chemicals. Studies also say that there is a higher level of omega 3 (a beneficial essential fatty acid) in organic milk.
As a side note, if people lose weight too fast then they sometimes experience what we call ‘detox symptoms’ like headaches, sinus issues, dark eyes and joint issues which is thought to be due to too fast a release of toxins from the fat cells. Slowly and surely is the way forward, with a rainbow of fruit and vegetables and adequate water to support that fat loss.
Carrots are also a good place to start if you shop in the supermarket. If you get an organic carrot then you’ll feel more inclined to just wash them than peeling them – time saving!
If you can’t get organic or can’t afford organic meat, then your next option is to buy from a local farm or butcher where you can ask about the source of the meat.
Wild fish is my preferred choice when I can; did you know that a colour is added to some of the farmed fish as well as pesticides?
Organic eggs. I tend to choose organic or buy from a farm I know. Eggs contain fat, and organic hens will experience better animal welfare than those that aren’t.
• Store cupboard foods. You can get organic foods in your supermarkets, your local health stores and online
Joanne Hart of health & hart is a degree qualified Registered Nutritional Therapist, & Registered Nutritionist MBANT BSc (Hons) First Class, BEng (Hons). She provides personalised and practical nutrition and lifestyle advice to support your goals. Joanne is also a British Wheel of Yoga Teacher, and a Coach.