Just today I was having a conversation with a friend about real foods. The conversation started when we got to talking about how we plan to feed our kids as they grow and just how much food has changed in the last 50 years. Our bodies are designed to eat real, natural foods from the earth but today we are almost “forced” to eat an abundance of sugars, salt, preservatives and an array of chemical additives. As much as we try to eat whole, organic, natural foods you still never know if the food your buying deemed “organic” truly is. It’s a scary realization that our society has gone down the path of eating this way. Don’t you wish we all had the time and know how to grow our own food? I know I do. What’s alarming to me is that most people are just okay with the way our food is grown today. Chicken’s pumped with hormones so large they can’t walk, strawberry’s grown double their natural size because of the chemicals used to fertilize them. Scary, isn’t it? So how can we change the way we eat? What are some of the things you and your family do to eat in a more natural way?
Recently while in the grocery store, it dawned on me that I don’t know the true difference between organic foods vs. foods that are labeled as “all natural.” So I decided to do some research. Here are the definitions of both. You be the judge of what works best for you and your family. Interesting though, right?
Organic- The USDA’s National Organic Standards Board defined the national standard for the term “organic” in the year 2000. According to these criteria, to be labeled organic, food must have been produced without the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides (with a few exceptions), antibiotics, irradiation, genetic engineering, or growth hormones.
Natural- Generally refers to food items that are not altered chemically or synthesized in any form. These are derived from plants and animals. Thus a natural food item is not necessarily organic and vice versa.
Recently we came across this terrific chart of food items, that when NOT grown organically are injected with the most amounts of pesticides- eeeks! So, if you are at the market and are not buying everything organic (we realize it makes a difference in your wallet) definitely try to use this guide for your “must be organic” selections. Enjoy, and healthy eating!
I recently came across this interesting interview from GOOD with Joe Dickson, who works with the USDA’s National Organic Standards Board and at Whole Foods Market. I find it so interesting/infuriating that almost anything can be labeled as organic and “natural.” I like to think of the word organic meaning earth friendly, without chemicals, toxins, etc….Here is what Joe had to say:
Joe Dickson: In a general sense, organic foods are grown in earth-friendly ways without the use of toxic or persistant agricultural chemicals. Thanks to the clear federal definition of “organic,” organic food is made of at least 95 percent organic agricultural materials grown using earth-friendly practices without toxic or persistent pesticides. The remaining 5 percent can only contain carefully vetted substances from a short list of approved additives.
Check out the full length interview HERE.
Recently my 10 month old pup was neutered and upon being sent home, the vet gave my husband and I extremely unrealistic goals for our dog, like try not to have him smell things too much outside. Really!? He’s a dog! That’s what dogs do! We were also told to prevent him from licking his stitches which I totally get but again, nearly impossible. We were sent home with the god- for -saken E-Collar (you know, the giant cone) which broke my heart. I really just don’t have the heart to put it on him. Which got me thinking- How come the vet does not send us home with a natural anti-lick ointment? Sounds simple enough, right? Let the natural, organic pet supplies search begin! Just like our children, I figure our pets are part of our families too. If you are like us, your pet truly is like your child, which is why they deserve the all natural organic treatment too (we’re not weird, I swear) Have you seen his big, brown, puppy dog eyes!? I could not leave this awful thing on for more than an hour or so. Poor guy. Lucky for him, I found some great organic supply stores and goodies!
Here are a couple favorites that I’ve found:
Get Lick’d Dog Goodies (For yummy treats and adorable hand made beds)
Botanical Dog (For products, toys, food, vitamins, you name it and they’ve probably got it)
Father’s day is now just a few days away. We spend so much time focused on Mommies, we think it’s only appropriate to give our Daddies a little praise too!
Dixon Earth Golf Balls- 100% eco friendly and recyclable! No lead, no cobalt, no tungsten. Dad’s are sure to love these earth balls on the links. Apparently, the distance and spin of a high quality ball is GUARANTEED! Can’t go wrong with that….
Toms Shoes- Super trendy, super comfy and made from recycled materias! Score! We can’t get enough of these kicks. Aside from the style and comfort of these shoes, for every pair that YOU buy, a child in need gets a pair. How cool is that? True definition of a win-win.
Peak Organic brewing company- Summer session ale. For those beer loving Dad’s. Ingredients for the brew come from organic local farmers. Enough said!
Surge, hybrid iphone charger- brought to you by NOVOTHINK, these stylish iphone cases not only protect your phone, they add battery life too! State of the art solar panel technology allows your phone to power up using solely the sun! Plus, there’s a color choice for every Dad. Cool.
Organic pacific gourmet- Delivered! Choose from a variety of meats all coming from grass fed, hormone free, additive free, and antibiotic free. Literally delivers a gourmet steak to your door. All you have to do is prepare it BUT that should be easy, right? You can always use the line, “made with love” and i’m sure those Dad’s will love whats on their plate! And for those Vegeterian Dad’s, check OrganicDirect for the best delivered organic, vegetarian options.