YOU DON’T NEED A SILVER FORK TO EAT GOOD HEALTHY FOOD
Good day Sunday,
What is your new norm? Have you changed your ways since the corona virus? Dan and my new norm are now shopping on line, I never thought I would go grocery shopping for vegetables and fruit on line.
I always liked checking out what I was getting. You know, such as when you get a bag of apples and one or two are rotten, one or more eggs cracked, or getting a brand that is more reasonable in price. I miss those days!! However, it’s time to embrace the corona age.
You can start over again! Don't even think about quitting now! It is easy to replay in your mind how things did not work, how much you lost, what you are going through, how angry you are. There is no amount of conversation or magic that is going to wipe the slate clean. You are wasting valuable time and energy that could be used to regain a new normal and start another version of your life. Even though you are hurt and you may be feeling down — stop kicking yourself! Face what has happened. Make the decision to start over again. Les Brown
So far, we have not had to buy clothes on line. I don’t think I would, for I always have problems with size. I have bought some furniture and lamps through Target.
The other day we signed up for the red card, since we do buy household goods through them. It’s great to get 5% off and free delivery, every bit helps.
I woke up this morning, first making up my bed, second saying good morning to Dan happy for a new day, third saying hello to Heckle and turning on his light. The final step is smelling coffee that Dan made, ready for me. Today, I went out to the porch and did some blogging with the sun peaking over the clouds and the breeze blowing the leaves of my little garden. I can smell the basil traveling toward my nose.
We sense that ‘normal’ isn’t coming back, that we are being born into a new normal: a new kind of society, a new relationship to the earth, a new experience of being human. Charles Eisenstein
Continuing with organic living, today I am going to blog on the benefits and organic cooking.
In my previous blogs I posted this article on Tuesday, April 5, 2011
BENEFIT OF ORGANIC FOODS
For decades, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other environmental groups have been advocating using and buying organic products. These products are grown using natural means without harmful chemicals. Organic is not necessarily the cheapest or most cost-efficient farming system. Without the use of chemicals, pest management and weed control must be done by hand.
The labor-intensive process is slower and more complex which is why labor costs can be up to 30% higher. But, the overall added benefits of organic farming make it a valuable option which is promoted by the USDA, environmental agencies and many consumers.
Organic Benefits the Environment
When you make an organic choice, you are helping to reduce the toxic levels in the environment. According to the USDA, there are only about 0.5% organic crop and pasture lands in the U.S. This percentage is small compared to the 99.5% that use agricultural chemicals. Imagine all of the synthetic fertilizers not only affecting the food that we eat, but also the health of workers exposed. Even more, consider the exposure once these chemicals start drifting downstream, eventually leading to seas and oceans, affecting marine life and even non-farming communities.
Even low-level exposure to pesticides can cause neurological effects, increase the risk of cancer and decrease fertility.
Choosing organic products also help in building healthy soil. Chemical fertilizers used in farmlands have a top soil loss costing about $40 billion per year.
Organic Benefits You
When you opt for organic foods, your body is able to derive the maximum nutritional levels. The loss of topsoil not only is expensive, but also contributes to the loss of natural nutrients that are found in fruits and vegetables. For instance, fruits and vegetables fertilized with organic compost do not lose their nutritional value and do not absorb harmful chemicals.
Besides increased vitamins and minerals, organic products also taste better when compared to those that were grown using synthetic fertilizers. The researchers at Washington State University conducted taste tests on organic vs. conventional food using organic and inorganic berries. Their findings showed that organic berries tasted sweeter compared to their counterparts. These results support just one more reason why the body benefits when making an organic choice.
The government is encouraging farmers to produce USDA organic farms. They use 30% less energy on average, promote healthy water and local habitats, and are safer for those on the farm or downstream from it. However, more help is needed for farmers to sustain organic growing. By supporting organic products, you’ll help to secure this healthier and safer option for your family and future generations.
As I was just healing from cancer. I was learning how to manage my health with supplements, meditation and changing my eating lifestyle. In a post on Monday, April 4, 2011, I was learning to substitute process sugar and foods to organic foods.
One of the ways to make your family happy is by cooking delicious meals. Yes, healthy food and great taste can go hand in hand, as opposed to the misconception that healthy foods are bland and downright tasteless. Most kids could care less if it’s nutritious as long as it tastes good. Cooking with organic products offer more flavor and you can feel confident the food you’re serving has the nutrition they need.
Cooking the Healthy Way
The key to cooking a healthy and delicious meal is partially in the process, but mostly in the ingredients. The only way that you can be assured that you have the most nutritious ingredients is to be certain they are organic. Organic ingredients were grown without using synthetic fertilizers or pesticides.
When you buy the ingredients, you need for organic cooking, make sure that the products you pick are those that have the USDA Organic certification on them. This is the label given by the US Department of Agriculture on products that have successfully passed organic standards. When you see the USDA label, you can rest assured that you are buying organically grown food.
If you haven’t tried cooking organically before, the internet has a wealth of information and you can check out various recipes. Or, you can try an organic cookbook. Either way, you should pick a couple of organic recipes to serve as your guide while experimenting with cooking organic meals.
Having an Organic Kitchen
Some homeowners choose to grow their own organic vegetables right at home.
That way they can be assured that there haven’t been any harmful chemicals or pesticides used in growing the vegetables. This offers an inexpensive source of organic products. The dried leaves and other waste materials from the vegetable garden can also be made into compost, which will benefit the soil. This process is common in nature and is a truly sustainable option.
EMBRACE OBSTACLES ❓
Good morning 🌻 Sunday. We have to embrace obstacles to reach the next stage of Joy 💐 Have a fantastic day
Other Ideas for Organic Cooking
Organic cooking also compliments the idea of buying locally. This is a great way of supporting local farmers and helping them to continue to provide healthy products for local consumers. Food that is locally grown doesn’t require large long-haul trucks to transport it from the source to the market. Transporting foods can increase the CO2 emissions in the environment, thereby contributing to its deterioration.
These are just a few organic ideas that you can apply at home. They are very easy to do, but the small contribution you make can greatly help your family and the environment.
I spend a lot of time holding the refrigerator door open, looking for some inspiration and through my imagination create a picture in my mind. To be honest, if it was not for food, you and I definitely did not stand a chance to live even for a day. I am not saying this just because I am a big foodie, but because what I am sharing with you today is sure to inspire you, the way it inspired me.
Let’s play a food game, I had made seven brunches or breakfasts for Dan and I during last week. What if you came to Sherry’s place all week for brunch or breakfast, what would you crave Monday thru Sunday? Number by picture!!
If there is something not listed on Sherry’s menu, she would like to hear from you?
Until tomorrow, "Your diet is a bank account. Good food choices are good investments" - Bethenny Frankel.