Going Organic – Healthy Progress not Perfection

It’s a New Year and each day is a gift full of opportunities! What you do with both is up to you and always is. But, regardless what resolution you might make, getting our bodies as toxin free and healthy as we can should always be a top priority. Seriously, though, making the change to an organic diet was one of the key parts of my personal growth –physically, mentally, and now more spiritually – along with Shaklee and now juicing (love it & can’t go a day without it) are continuing to make a huge, positive difference in my life. Luckily, through all this I am learning A TON thanks to my studies and love of reading and documentaries! This is fun for me and I am incredibly grateful to have the time to do this and more of what I love now. But, I do get that it may not be for many people, especially those who already have their hands full, and just as with anything else it can be helpful to have someone familiar to the changes and processes to keep things safe while also providing moral support and guidance. I hope that by sharing my experiences I can help others skip as many dilemmas and setbacks on their journey as I can, how I can.

Choosing to transition the food we eat to non-GMO and organic would be the most effective way to ease into healthy changes, in my opinion. Rather than taking SO much time and upsetting yourself over all the different names of the same basic junk from corn, wheat, and soy used to create the common ingredients of American food, or trying to keep up with what is going on with the latest GMO label laws like which companies are going to remove one or another ingredient, etc. Don’t focus on bad and media blah blah. Redirect to positive, sustainable changes that can be made starting immediately – or as soon as you’re ready, but the sooner the better! I will make this as simple as possible, or as easy as 1, 2, 3. When shopping focus on the following 3 labels with my top reasons for choosing these labels that provide integrity from seed to shelf. For anyone getting started and easing into an organic diet, start with #1 and work to #3 – this will get you off to a really good start!

Food Label Accrediting Organization Top Reasons
 Non-GMO Project Label Non GMO Project
  • Minimum 90% of sample tests must be non-GMO to receive seal
  • Only independent verification for products made according to EU best practices for GMO avoidance in US
  • Goal to reduce GMO contamination for farmers, processors & manufacturers
 USDA Organic Label National Organic Program (NOP) – part of U.S.Department of Agriculture (USDA) & National Organic Standards Board (NOSB).The NOSB is an advisory board of 15 volunteers made up of organic producers (farmers), organic handlers (processors), retailers, environmentalists, scientists & consumer advocates
  • Products labeled “100% Organic” must show an ingredients list
  • Products labeled “organic” must contain at least 95% organic ingredients and must contain an ingredient list that identifies organic, as well as non-organic ingredients
  • Products labeled “Made with Organic” must contain at least 70% certified organic ingredients with non-organic ingredients produced without excluded methods and must be specifically allowed on the National List
 QAI Label
  • USDA Certification
  • International Organic Accreditation Service (IOAS)o
    – European Recognition Programme (EU)
    – ISO Guide 65
    – Canadian Organic Regime (COR)
  • Conseil des appellations reservées et des termes valorisants (CARTV, Canada)
  • DEKRA
    – ISO 14001
  • JAS through Japan-based, MAFF accredited partner EcoCert
  • Pioneer in the organic industry for more than 20 years
  • Leading advocate for certified organic production
  • Only USDA-accredited organic certifying agency able to offer joint certification to the British Retail Consortium (BRC), Safe Quality Food (SQF) and FSSC 22000 global food safety standards, which is required by many retailers.

Focusing on these three labels can really save you a headache and allow you to choose more nutritious food that reduces inflammation that causes diseases and illnesses that are too common today. This will also save you a bunch of time trying to keep up with the latest fads/diets or studies/reports. For example, it blows my mind to read BBC health news articles like these:

Children today being slower than their parents

Obesity quadruples to nearly one billion in developing worlds

Asthma: Altering diet may ease symptoms

Yes, of course, changing our diet to give our bodies’ what they need and crave to perform in balance, which then better attunes the rest of the body systems, organs, cells – everything. Charlotte Gerson explains it best as “You can’t keep one disease and heal two others. When the body heals, it heals everything.” The tough part here is coming to terms with this being a process that takes time and motivation, which can be hard for us in today’s society.

But, it really doesn’t have to be hard and the idea of healthy eating doesn’t need to be crazy complex. The 3 labels above can really provide a good way to see through any unnecessary or distracting labels that present the illusion of something healthy. These help most with any packaged foods, which is a great way to ease into even healthier eating with majority or almost 70% of our diet comprising of organic whole foods – plants, fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts, seeds & whole grains. Screw perfection! Seriously, progress not perfection is most crucial now for our health. Where we have to be careful is when there are already really serious issues going on internally that are most likely being medicated. But, that is where help from a health coach is key to making this process as safe and smooth as possible.

More organic love comes from:

–          Top 10 Reasons to Support Organic in the 21st Century

–          Why Organic?

–          USDA Organic Blogs

–          Check QAI for certified products

Lead with Love,

Blanca

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