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Five Ways to eat More Organic Food

Five Ways to eat More Organic Food

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    According to Forbes, about 88 percent of Americans are willing to pay more for organic foods. People are drawn to organic food for good reason, as studies show that it contains more nutrients than non-organic food. Still, eating more organic foods can be tricky. Following are five ways to help you.

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    Too pricey? Rethink the list.

    A common reason that people have a hard time adopting more organic choices is because organic food is relatively pricey compared to non-organic food. A food activist got in trouble recently for suggesting that poor people eat less. She later apologized and refined her statement by saying that those who cannot afford organic food should pay attention to their shopping lists and eliminate unnecessary junk. Focus on fruits, vegetables, and bulk foods such as beans. Bulk foods are a great way to reduce the cost of food while still providing healthy meals for the family.

    Consider more home-cooked meals.

    Buying organic means buying fresh fruits and vegetables. It also means buying fewer prepared meals or frozen meals.

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    Generations of people have forgotten how to cook or have limited food-preparation skills. If one does not know how to cook, recipes can be found on the internet that can be as simple as smashing an organic avocado and mixing in tomatoes, vinegar, oil, and seasonings to make a dip. Potatoes are a good, bulky food which is versatile and relatively cheap, even when organic. One can easily make mashed potatoes or baked potatoes. These are just a couple of ideas.

    Make kid-friendly organic meals.

    Some families attempting to make the switch will have to deal with a backlash from the smaller mouths in the family. Kids can be quite picky when it comes to food. It might be wise to start with small changes instead of changing their entire diet all at once. This could be done by simply using normal bread and peanut butter but adding organic, raw honey.

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    You can slowly introduce sprouted bread and organic peanut butter when the kids get used to the initial change. Another good way to introduce organic foods to kids is to give them treats. One great idea is to freeze three organic, sliced bananas. Place them in a blender with two spoonsful of honey and two tablespoons of milk. Blend the mixture and give your kids organic “ice cream”. The key is to let your children see that organic food can be delicious.

    Join a neighborhood co-op.

    Organic fruits and vegetables do not last as long as non-organic ones which means that you may have to shop more often. One solution to this is joining a neighborhood co-op. A co-op allows you to buy a share in the grocery store which means that you will qualify for great discounts that you can use to buy items in bulk rather than in small batches.

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    It might also be a good idea to learn how to preserve foods. A lot of people have to go shopping frequently because some foods go bad before they are eaten. You can solve this by learning how to ferment vegetables and make jams out of fruits.

    Have it delivered to your door.

    If you don’t have time to go to the store, you might want to have organic food delivered to your door. This will avoid a trip to the store and save money on gas. Buying online can provide more options that you might not be able to find locally. Major grocery stores are making the switch easier, but it has not fully integrated, making it hard for some people to find what they want. You can also have food delivered to your door with an organic meal delivery service.

    Hopefully, these tips can help you eat organic foods more often. You can start by deciding on the options that fit best with your current situation and lifestyle.

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    Last Updated on December 9, 2019

    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

    5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

    Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

    Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

    Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

    1. Get Rationally Optimistic

    Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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    This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

    In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

    The result: no more mental stress.

    2. Unplug

    Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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    How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

    It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

    Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

    3. Easy on the Caffeine

    Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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    Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

    4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

    That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

    How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

    • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
    • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
    • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

    While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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    5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

    This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

    The result: mental stress will be gone!

    So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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