|Organics - Better for Health!|
organically grown foods in your diet this article is for you! Here are many reasons including the beneficial effects on the environment, the people who grow and harvest our food, the animals raised to provide food and your own health. Thank you for taking this important step in your life.
Chris and I eat almost exclusively organically grown foods when we're at home. At 73 and 60 years old respectively(Feb. 2023), we are both very healthy. We take no prescription medications and, in fact had a bottle of aspirin pass it's expiration date in our medicine cabinet once because we were too slow in using it for occasional muscle soreness or headaches! We each have had three colds in the last 16 years but no other illnesses that caused us to be bed-ridden for even a day. Our food is our medicine (along with other healthy lifestyle habits including meditation, stretching and exercise practices and a generous lifestyle geared towards service) and we feel strongly that a societal shift towards an organic, whole foods, plant-based diet would have significant positive effects both on people's personal health and the health of the natural environment as well.
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This post offers an overview of what we feel to be the most important reasons to shift to an organic diet. For those readers who have the financial means to make this shift entirely, we encourage you to jump into an organic life-style whole-heartedly. We also encourage you to cultivate relationships with local farmers through shopping at farmer's markets and co-ops that feature local, organic foods or joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). See also: Seven Tips for Shopping at a Farmer's Market
Another option to increase your intake of organic garden-produce is to start your own garden, or start or join a community-garden. LINK: So, you want to start a Sharing Garden.
We like to remind ourselves as we adopt new lifestyle choices that "it's a direction, not perfection." Be gentle on yourself as you make new changes and, if sometimes you decide to eat something on your "no-no list", do it consciously, do it with joy and then re-commit to following your chosen dietary guidelines once again. Happy eating!
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Healthier for you: Ingesting farm chemical residues isn't good for your health. Many of these chemicals can build up in one's tissues over time so, even though we may only eat small amounts with each meal, their accumulated amounts can be significant over a life-time. Also, children tend to be more susceptible to environmental toxins as they are building new tissues at a faster rate than adults. LINK-Pesticide Action Network
Any farmer who grows "organically" may not use herbicides, pesticides or fungicides - unless they have been approved by the organic-certification agencies.
|Slow-grown food is more nutrient-dense.|
This is why it is important to know your farmer so you can confirm that their food is slow-grown and that the farmers are replacing the minerals that get depleted in their soil from harvesting crops.
|Adding compost-tea to our gardens is one way we replace many of the nutrients that are depleted through harvesting.|
We feel strongly that it is important to avoid eating any genetically modified plants. We feel it is especially important to avoid eating animal-products (meat, dairy, eggs) from animals fed on GM feed.
|Sharing Gardens - 2019|
By definition, organic farmers are not allowed to grow Genetically Modified crops, or feed them to their livestock.Better for the environment. Anyone following the news knows that our environment is under attack from all sides. Industrial farming is one of the biggest culprits.
Pollinators are under siege from the practices of growing "mono-crops" (all one variety) for thousands of acres, offering no variety in their diet of pollen, and many farm-chemicals are damaging to their health as well. LINK - Why growing sunflowers is great for bees.
|Honey-bee on tansy. We let some weeds flower in our garden intentionally as they provide important pollen-food for beneficial insects. Here's some good news: Grassroots bee petition in Bavaria forces greener farming practices:|
|Healthy soil means healthy soil-organisms. Eight-year old, Ricardo holds an earthworm found in our gardens.|
Many bird species have a hard time finding enough insects to feed their young. Farm chemicals tend to concentrate in the tissues of animals, the higher-up you go in the food chain as Rachel Carson so famously proved in her landmark book from the 1960's titled Silent Spring.
|Thorin, Eliza and Adri harvest cabbage, 2018.|
Organic farming practices keep our air, water and soil healthier and can even contribute to the increase of viable habitat for wild plant and animal species.
|Organic farming is better for the farmers and farm-workers who grow our food. Sharing Gardens volunteers digging potatoes 2018.|
|Get to know your farmers! Chris and Llyn in the Sharing Gardens, your friendly, neighborhood "farm-acists".|
|Bella loves kale!|
Organic diet intervention significantly reduces urinary pesticide levels in U.S. children and adults - Science Direct
What the pesticides in our urine tell us about organic food - The Guardian
The States in America That Use the Most (and Least) Glyphosate - Zero Hedge
What's in standard 'fast food'?
Sharing Gardens here. We've had a few inquiries about whether we use any commercial vitamin or mineral supplements in our diet. The answer is basically "no". Because our diet is so nutrient-dense, we haven't felt the need for vitamin and mineral pills or tinctures. We've also seen some recent studies that indicate that eating these concentrated nutrients, isolated from their natural food sources can lead to strain on certain organs such as the kidneys and liver over long-term usage. It just feels more natural and holistic to secure these nutrients through whole-foods in our diet.ReplyDelete
When we recently took a class offered by a vegan doctor, we became aware that, for those on a plant-based diet (especially if you are fully vegan - i.e. NO animal products, that it may be important to supplement with Vitamins D and B-12. For these two nutrients we again rely on nutrient-dense foods. We've found a nutritional yeast that is supplemented with Vitamin B-12 and have discovered that mushrooms that are exposed to sunlight carry traces of Vitamin D. We go hunting for wild mushrooms seasonally (and freeze the surplus) and have friends also who bring some to us also. Also, since we eat eggs regularly and occasionally eat cheese and, as gardeners, we are probably exposed to more sunlight (a precursor to Vit. D) than most folks, that our levels of these two essential nutrients are probably fine.
The only other "supplements" we use on a regular basis is a homemade tincture made from grain-alcohol (190 proof) and dried cayenne pods and citrus peels which are steeped in the alcohol for a month or more and drained off. For us, gargling with a slightly diluted eye-dropperful of this at the first sign of a cold, or any hints of oral infection (tooth-ache or foul smell) nips both these conditions in the bud!
We also grow our own Ashwaganda plants and eat the leaves fresh during the summer and dried in the winter (either chewing them straight, or made into a tea). The professed health-benefits of Ashwaganda are legion (look it up!) and whether they are true, or just from the placebo effect, we're not sure but we have some form of the leaves 3-4 times/week and feel it helps our energy stay more "even" (less up and down) and our overall immunity to colds and flu remain strong.
We hope this helps clarify things :-). Llyn and Chris
I have garden. this garden have many plant. i want this type of article in you website that might help me a lot for growing my garden. thank you for giving us good articleReplyDelete
Alan - thanks for writing such a nice comment. We're glad we could help! Llyn and ChrisDelete
Wow, this post is absolutely astonishing. As manufacturers and sellers, we can't find such great products when trying to fill our catalog in. Not everybody is willing to learn and to grow 100% natural products as yours. Thanks for raising awareness and for showing that a fully natural lifestyle is more than possible.ReplyDelete
Such a beautiful project! Ecological food, organic infusions, vegetables that taste like they used to do. It's so worth it!ReplyDelete
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Hi Llyn & Chris!ReplyDelete
Thank you for this beautiful article and for the gift and blessing of your presence in this world and in our lives!
With gratitude and much love,
Bodhi & Cordy
Stay Healthy, dear friends! Llyn and ChrisDelete