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How To Ensure Your Organic Foods Aren’t Killing You

How To Ensure Your Organic Foods Aren’t Killing You

If you’re like most people, when you hear the phrase ‘organic foods,’ it brings to mind wholesome goodness. No chemicals, no genetic modifications, just food, straight from nature. It’s a fair assumption. The problem is, sometimes it’s not correct. In fact, a recent study done by scientists at Stanford University found that organic food is not necessarily more nutritious, however it does reduce your overall exposure to pesticides.

“The study did look at one study which found that children who switched to an organic diet for five days had lower levels of pesticides in their urine, but whether the levels have a direct impact on human health is “unclear.””

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Mike Adams, AKA “The Health Ranger,” owns and operates the website, Natural News. He has built his own lab, follows strict EPA testing protocols, modified for food testing, and tests supposedly safe foods. In many cases, he’s found exactly what you’d expect to find in organic foods. Nothing. In some cases, however, he has found high levels of toxic heavy metals contaminating our organic food supply.

Recently, he appeared on the Dr. Oz show to sound the alarm. He took his lab results to the companies found to have toxic levels of heavy metal contaminants, and asked them to make changes. Many did. Some did not, refusing to make any changes at all. That’s dangerous for you, because you may unwittingly go to the store to buy some of this supposedly wholesome organic produce, not realizing that it contains toxic metals, and feed it to your family. You could endanger your health by doing the very thing you thought was going to improve your health, so the question is, what to do about it? How can you know if the food you’re feeding your kids is actually safe?

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A two pronged assault on the problem is the best, most effective option available to you.

First, head over to Natural News. The government isn’t reporting on, or even doing anything about this problem, but Mike Adams is, and you can get a list of the companies who failed the test, and are refusing to do anything about it. That’s the all important first step, simply because it enables you to avoid doing business with people who have been presented with irrefutable evidence that they’re poisoning you, then continue to do it anyway.

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Grow your own food

The second step is to grow at least some of your own food, and no, you don’t have to quit your day job and trade in your trendy clothes for a straw hat and a pair of overalls. There are a number of hugely effective ultra high yield micro-farming techniques that don’t take a lot of your time, and produce an amazing amount of food on very small plots of land. Some of these, you can even make use of if you live in an apartment or condo and have no yard space at all. If you do have some yard space, you can grow a significant percentage of your family’s vegetables in a single 10-foot by 20-foot greenhouse.

By combining the two approaches, looking at the hard data Mike Adams has been able to put together to allow you to steer clear of companies selling toxic products, and taking at least a measure of control over your own food supply, you put yourself in a really strong position to ensure not only your own personal health, but the long term health of your family. Not to mention the fact that it is immensely satisfying to go into your own garden and grab something wholesome and delicious to eat.

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Action Steps – Things you can do to help keep your family and your food supply safe:

Featured photo credit: Organic Foods via flickr.com

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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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