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How to Eat More Organic Foods

Studies have shown how eating a plant based diet that emphasizes unprocessed foods has great benefits for health. The trouble is that for many, buying and storing fresh produce can be a hassle. Not only does the food need to be eaten almost immediately after it’s purchased, but it's also slightly more expensive in many cases. On top of this, one may not be used to the tastes and flavors of a more organic diet and prefer the old unhealthy ways of eating based on taste alone. 

For many who have made the switch from the modern artificial diet to a more organic one, success came not through a large, sweeping lifestyle change but through small gradual steps. Small steps that slowly introduce organic elements into the diet can help people to notice small changes in their health, moods, and energy levels which are associated with eating more organic produce. Once these differences are detected, finding the motivation to eat organic foods won’t be as difficult as jumping in head first to a health food diet. Here are some gradual steps that work towards making a diet more organic.

Begin with staple foods - starting out by substituting foods you already eat on regular basis with organic alternatives is a great way to begin the process of eating with better health. This can be done by buying only organic fruits and vegetables that your normally eat, replacing eggs with free range eggs and meat with free range meat, and selecting cold pressed vegetable oils like olive oil or coconut oil, which aren’t subjected to chemical extraction processes. By also preparing the meal with organic ingredients with the family group who will be eating it, conversation about the benefits of organic food can happen which helps facilitate the change.

Buy local - food that comes from the immediate area you live in puts less ecological stress on the world and helps the local economy. Because the food you are buying hasn’t been transported thousands of miles, you are supporting less green house gas emissions. Locally purchased honey has also been shown to help reduce allergies because it is made by bees who have interacted with local flowers and pollen, and the honey they produce may act as an antibody of sorts to them. There may be yet undiscovered similar health benefits to eating other types of local food.

Grow your own - by simply choosing one vegetable to grow at home, a lot of learning can be achieved in a relatively short time. The feeling of accomplishment of adding a home grown vegetable to a salad and experiencing its deliciousness can be enough make the habit stick.

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