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Benefits of organic food

Benefits of organic food

In today’s era of processed and packaged food, every health-conscious person is well aware of what organic food is and how important it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

And, for all those who still haven’t heard, foods that are grown pesticide- and chemical-free to certain standards can be labelled as organic food. Food made using organic ingredients can also fall into this category. That’s the layman’s explanation, though it’s a pretty deep topic.

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Now that you know the definition of organic food, understanding its benefits can’t be that hard. People are returning to all-natural products and foods, because conventionally-grown food is thought to be the reason for the many health issues we experience today.

How can I tell whether a food is organic?

If you are buying packaged organic food, then it will say on the packaging that it is “organic” or “100% organic.” These are labels overseen by the USDA. Producers are allowed to use those labels so long as they adhere to the rules and regulations of that governing body.

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Even if you are buying fruits and vegetables from the produce section of a grocery store, the foods that are organic should be labelled as such. You can also tell by verifying the PLU sticker on the produce.

What are the benefits of organic food?

There are so many benefits of producing, raising and consuming organic food, some of which are:

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  • Organic farming is better for the environment, as it does not cause contamination with pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilisers
  • Packaged organic food and organic produce are sometimes more locally produced, because they contain no synthetic preservatives and may not keep on the shelves as long.
  • Animals raised organically are not given antibiotics, which makes them far healthier sources of protein.
  • Organic food is free from any genetically modified organisms (GMOs). In the US, buying organic is the only easy way to know that your food does not contain GMOs, as there are no labelling standards for GMOs here.

Is organic food affordable?

Well, to be honest, if you are planning to switch to organic food, then be prepared to spend money. Organic food is expensive not because it is trendy or healthy but because it is expensive to grow.

Organic farms are often small, and the cost of maintaining them and producing food is expensive. This is especially true of organically-raised meats. However, there are ways to be a savvy shopper and get the best deals on organic foods.

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What are the easiest ways to purchase organic food?

  • The best and easiest way will be if you have any organic farm in your immediate area, and you almost certainly do. If you have local organic farms nearby, then you can go and purchase the items yourself at the farm or at a farmer’s market. You’ll usually get more affordable prices that way because the supermarket’s profit is removed from the equation.
  • The second way to purchase is to look for local markets where you can buy organic food. You can easily locate stores that offer organic food items, as more and more people are opting for organic choices, and they are getting more popular. This, in turn, is slowly driving down prices as well.
  • The third way is to use online shopping sites like Thrive Market that specialise in organic packaged foods. You can buy organic food items online very easily and get them delivered to your doorstep. These sites offer a large variety to choose from, including items that may not be available elsewhere.
  • You can usually find the best deals at online sites as well. It makes comparison shopping easy. Read this detailed review of Thrive Market and competing sites to see if this is for you.

The reason why organic food is getting more popular is that as people are realising that the fewer chemicals used in producing a food, the better it is for your health.

Also, environmentally friendly practices are sorely needed these days, and organic producers are more sensitive to those issues. So, by making this switch, you can eat healthy, live healthy and keep the environment healthy!

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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