How to Go Organic Without Overwhelming Yourself

DSC_5918Walking into the grocery stores these days can be enough to send you into a full- blown anxiety attack. Row and rows of produce, meat, packaged foods, and frozen items can leave your head spinning. Not to mention the confusing marketing, everything from no artificial flavors, all-natural, sugar-free, fat-free, locally supported, no added hormones, no GMO, farm fresh, and of course organic. Today, there seems to be a misconception about “going organic.” Why wouldn’t there be with all this crazy talk and billions of dollars in marketing? Going organic is about making a decision to eat “cleaner” foods and choosing foods with no synthetic chemicals or fertilizers. Becoming organic is about living and obtaining a lifestyle, guaranteed to keep you healthier and living longer while preventing toxic chemicals from being absorbed into your body.

Here are some ideas to get you started. You don’t have to become 100% organic right away, especially when you’re just starting out, and demographically that may be exceptionally hard for a lot of us. Remember that buying from your local farmer ensures knowing where your food is coming from, it’s fresher, and will have more nutrients since it’s not being trucked across the country, and most local farmers use little to no harmful chemicals or pesticides. Another great thing to keep in mind when grocery shopping if you’re not sure if your produce is organic: check the PLU codes, organic produce will usually be a 4-digit code starting with #9 and genetically modified foods (GMO) will begin with the #8.

First, write out your grocery list. Pick the top 5 produce items your family consumes every week and start buying those organic. Then every time you go to the grocery store incorporate 1 or 2 more produce items. As time continues, you’ll be buying all your produce organic and not even thinking about it. Or you can start with the dirty dozen. The list of top 12 items that are the most contaminated with pesticides includes apples (they are the #1 fruit heavily treated), lettuce, celery, and strawberries. For the full dirty dozen list, visit www.farmfoodieandfitness.com/the-dirty-dozen-fruits-and-vegetables-with-the-most-pesticides.  

Another great place to start buying organic is with animal meats and byproducts. This includes, beef, chicken, pork, eggs, and milk. These are also great to buy local if you can’t find everything organic in your grocery store. Find a local farmer that butchers their own meats. You’ll be able to see their living conditions, what the animals are fed, and even ask the farmer questions. This is great for knowing where your food is coming from and how it’s being handled.

One last place in your grocery store to start buying organic is peanut butter. Choose organic or even try other nut butters like almond, sunflower, cashew, or pumpkin seed butters instead. Fungicides are used on peanut plants to prevent mold; these fungicides are highly toxic to our endocrine systems so choose organic or a variety of nut butters.

These simple ideas should be a great place to start if you’ve decided to go organic!

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About Farm, Foodie and Fitness

Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! www.farmfoodieandfitness.com. When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

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