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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 July 10, 2020

    How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

    How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

    We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

    We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

    So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

    Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

    What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

    Boundaries are limits

    —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

    Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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    Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

    Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

    Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

    How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

    Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

    1. Self-Awareness Comes First

    Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

    You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

    To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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    You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

    • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
    • When do you feel disrespected?
    • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
    • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
    • When do you want to be alone?
    • How much space do you need?

    You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

    2. Clear Communication Is Essential

    Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

    Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

    3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

    Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

    That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

    Sample language:

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    • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
    • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
    • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
    • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
    • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
    • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
    • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

    Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

    4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

    Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

    Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

    Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

    We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

    It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

    It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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    Final Thoughts

    Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

    Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

    Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

    The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

    Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

    Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

    They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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