Why buy organic food?

The comment I hear most often when I discuss food with a client is... organic food is so expensive! To buy organic food is probably one of the hardest adjustments people make when learning to eat optimally. To begin thinking that the benefits of buying organic food far outweigh the cost is a big step for all my clients.

One of the biggest steps you can take to becoming optimally well is to buy organic food. It benefits your body, your family and the planet. So every purchase of organic food you consciously make contributes to the welfare of earth.

The key in successfully purchasing organic food is to start slowly and only replace foods that are the most contaminated. The dirty dozen is a great place to start. The dirty dozen are the top twelve food items that contain the most pesticides, hormones or antibiotics.

You can determine which fruit and vegetables are organic by the codes on the stickers attached to the food. Organic PLU (Price Look Up) codes are 5 digits long and will always begin with a 9. For example: Broccoli would have the PLU 94060 sticker attached to the vegetable.

Conventional fruit and vegetables have PLU's that are 4 digits long. Which means the food is grown with pesticides and fertilizers, and maybe genetically modified. Broccoli would have the PLU 4548.

Another type of PLU that is now in circulation is the GMO PLU. Genetically Modified produce is also 5 digits long, like the organic PLU but will always begin with an 8. Genetically modified foods are produced from genetically modified organisms (GMO) that have had their DNA altered through genetic engineering.

One of the best books I have ever read has to be "Harvest of Hope, A Guide to Mindful Eating", by Jane Goodall (with Gary McAvoy and Gail Hudson). When reading this book you are introduced to the importance of eating organic and the impact it has on the earth. It gives easy and insightful ways to eat consciously. I believe it will change the way you view food and introduce you to the power we all possess to make a positive contribution to ourselves and our earth.

Introducing the Dirty Dozen