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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 January 21, 2020

    The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

    The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

    Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

    your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

      Why You Need a Vision

      Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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      How to Create Your Life Vision

      Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

      What Do You Want?

      The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

      It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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      Some tips to guide you:

      • Remember to ask why you want certain things
      • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
      • Give yourself permission to dream.
      • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
      • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

      Some questions to start your exploration:

      • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
      • What would you like to have more of in your life?
      • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
      • What are your secret passions and dreams?
      • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
      • What do you want your relationships to be like?
      • What qualities would you like to develop?
      • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
      • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
      • What would you most like to accomplish?
      • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

      It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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      What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

      Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

      A few prompts to get you started:

      • What will you have accomplished already?
      • How will you feel about yourself?
      • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
      • What does your ideal day look like?
      • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
      • What would you be doing?
      • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
      • How are you dressed?
      • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
      • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
      • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

      It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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      Plan Backwards

      It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

      • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
      • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
      • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
      • What important actions would you have had to take?
      • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
      • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
      • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
      • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
      • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

      Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

      It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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