What is organic? According to what we have read online, "the USDA, the regulations: prohibit the use of irradiation, sewage sludge, or genetically modified organisms in organic production. The regulations also reflect NOSB recommendations regarding which substances used in production and processing are allowed or prohibited. The regulations also prohibit antibiotics and hormone use in organic meat and poultry; and require 100% organic feed for organic livestock."
In our household, we try to only eat organic food and non-GMO foods. We use ONLY SEA SALT. This is extremely important. We try to stick to a diet, that we feel, is healthier. After much research on the subjects of toxins, Gmo, flouride, and non-organic, irradiated food, we have found out what works best for us.
We have found that the organic fruits and vegetables have a much better taste. In our experience, the closer we stick to what God orginally created, the better we seem to feel. Most of our allergies have disappeared.
We no longer use chemical room sprays in the house. We use natural room sprays. We buy earth friendly natural cleaning products that claim to be non-toxic.
We find that "Seventh Generation" paper towels and tissue are the best. We use the brown paper towels/ natural color. They are very absorbent. One roll lasts a long time. So one might pay $.30 to $.50 more per roll but we have found that it lasts so much longer than the typical ones that we used to use.
Seventh Generation also makes non-toxic laundry products. We have been using Seventh Generation detergents for a couple of years now and we find them to be wonderful for our laundry and our nose. You can sign up for their free newsletter called "Non-Toxic Times." They also offer $1.00 off coupons on their website.
The only honey we use is "Really Raw Honey." One will find this very jar of honey very different in comparison to other honey brands out there. We find the taste to be sweeter. This is, most likely, the kind of honey John the Baptist ate.
This change of lifestyle did not happen overnight. I think if we were to have switched completely overnight to all the products we use today, we would have never changed to a healthier lifestyle at all. It has been a long process for us. Replacing one product with another takes time. Finding the kind of product that works best takes time. We first eliminated non-organic produce and then non-organic processed foods and so forth. The benefits have been very rewarding to us. This is in no way a medical claim. But in our opinion, for us, we definitely feel better. We are not on any prescription medication.
The microwave is not used much in our home. We use the stove or oven and the toaster oven also. We rarely use our nonstick cookware and only use stainless steel cookware on a daily basis.
A few years ago, BEFORE we switched to organic foods, I was experiencing terrible pains and unusual symptoms. Just one of my numerous problems was that I had developed an allergic reaction to eggs and pasta. My right side [below my rib cage] would be in excruciating pain when consuming pizza, pasta, eggs and then it would subside hours later. Once I purchased a so called "healthy" frozen dinner and had a very bad case of hives after eating it. That was the first time I ever had hives in my life. I called my friend to pray for me because I had no idea what was going on and after we prayed, she asked me to read the label to her over the phone. After about the 25th ingredient, she said, "it doesn't seem very healthy to me. All those chemicals for one fish dinner." I never bought another product from that company again. I have never had hives again either. Turns out the ingredients in that box of "food" contained Gmo ingredients and man made ingredients. Some have warned against GMO.
We have found that we eat less because we feel "full" much more quickly. Some websites have suggested that it is because there are more nutrients found in organic produce and organic food products. I will not personally make such a claim but all I can say is that we definitely eat less now. We also feel much better, healthwise.
I usually can tell when a vegetable is not organic. If you blindfolded me and made me taste the organic tomato vs. the non-organic/conventional tomato, I could tell you which one was which, most of the time. An example: while I was grocery shopping, I quickly grabbed some tomatoes and put them in my grocery cart, thinking that I had grabbed the organic ones. I went home and later washed one and began to eat it and said to myself, "something is not right here...this tastes funny." Sure enough, I looked at the labels on the tomatoes and they were conventional (they were in the organic section.) I can now tell the difference and so can others, who have switched to organic produce.
We have also noticed that the organic food such as the garlic and onions seem to have a much stronger flavor, when cooking. The first organic product I ever purchased for us was a bag of organic carrots. We had never been a big fan of carrots but when I cooked them, it was an incredibly delicious taste. We eat them all the time now.
Organic Bionaturae pasta is one of the organic pastas that we purchase. It, by the way, does not cause any allergy symptoms for me.
The organic yeast-free breads are delicious too. When we do eat dairy, which is rare nowadays, we buy Organic Valley.
Muir Glen organic tomato products are delicious. Their ketchup is fabulous...tastes like homemade. Their fire roasted tomatoes are absolutely the best, in our opinion. We eat most of their products and would highly recommend them to our dearest friends.
Amy's bean and rice (non-dairy) burritos are also a favorite in our household but we buy the non-dairy ones because Amy's dairy products are not made with organic milk, to the best of our knowledge. (Therefore, a lot of non-organic milk in the market these days, contains synthetic growth hormones. I, being a human being, do not want to be big and fat like the cow. "You are what you eat..." may apply here.) Amy's no-cheese organic pizza is one of the best pizzas we have ever eaten.
We only cook with organic Olive oil in our home. We use Spectrum for the most part.
One can find many of these products in the local health food store or local co-op. Also most grocery stores can order anything their customers desire. One can make a list and ask the manager. Online health food stores also carry all the products mentioned here. One may go to Info.com and type in "organic foods." There are many stores to choose from. Some even provide discounts and free shipping if you exceed a certain total.
Remember that health food stores also carry foods that simply say "natural" but are not necessarily organic so I have learned to read labels while shopping for items. "Natural" could mean "no additives" but still may contain GMO or irradiated ingredients. I strive to only buy foods that say "NON-GMO" and "Organic." We have found that the price of organic is right around the same cost for non-organic food in many cases. Not much of a difference. Organic meat and ocean fish seems to cost the most, in our experience.
Did you know that many of the fresh fish one buys in a grocery store has been farm raised? I had no idea until one day I looked and the sign said "farm raised...color added." I questioned the man at the counter and he said that most grocery stores only carry farm raised, nowadays. He said, "the farm raised fish lack the color many times, so they add it into the fish." I thought, "Shouldn't a healthy fish have its own color? Who would want to eat an (orginally) gray colored salmon?" Sometimes, the grocery store may have "wild caught" fish for sale but the only downfall is that it is very expensive. We also eat Tuna and canned fish but only the canned ones found in health food stores that are packed in olive oil. Many tuna products are derived mercury-laden waters.
We only cook with non-irradiated ORGANIC SPICES. We use "Simply Organic" and Organic "Frontier." Frontier also makes non-organic spices so I am always careful when purchasing that I buy the correct label. These organic spices usually do not cost any more than regular commercial spices in a grocery store but we think the taste is unbelievably different...a much stronger flavor, in our opinion.
The "Simply Organic" baking extracts have worked very well in all my dessert recipes. Again, we find the flavors are much stronger than the non-organic ones.
Poultry and Meat:
When we have to eat in a hurry, the processed chicken dinners by Ian's are really delicious. We personally buy their chicken kiev's. They are our favorites from this company. According to the company's website, Ian's uses "antibiotic and hormone free poultry, pork and beef...no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives" in their foods. They claim to have half the saturated fat and have more protein than other kids meal brands.
We are not big meat/poultry eaters anymore but when we want to make a turkey club sandwich, Applegate Farms has a wide variety of what they claim to be "nitrate free" Natural and Organic Meats. They will ship directly to your home or you can find their products in many grocery stores across the USA. Many health food stores also carry their products. We buy their "Sliced Oven Roasted Turkey." They also have nitrate free labeled hotdogs. Many times, AppleGate will have "specials" on their website.
Laura's beef seems to be VERY lean. Everytime we purchase the meat, it is lean...no fat. Her company claims "no antibiotics or hormones."
For chicken, we purchase "free range" with no hormones or antibiotics.
If one really wants to eat organic beef, then one can also eat totally grass fed beef. Laura's beef is grain fed but there are many organic beef farmers who raise grass fed cattle. It can get pricy unless you are buying in bulk. Read below: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "According to Dr. Samuel S. Epstein, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Medicine, University of Illinois School of Public Health, Chicago: "The government's assertion that irradiated food is safe for human consumption does not even pass the laugh test."
"Irradiated meat is a very different product than natural meat. This is hardly surprising as the Food and Drug Administration's approved dosage of 450,000 rads is approximately 150 million times greater than that of a chest x-ray. Apart from high levels of benzene, new chemicals known as 'unique radiolytic products' were identified in irradiated meat in US Army tests in 1977, and recognized as carcinogenic. Later tests identified other chemicals shown to induce genetic toxicity."
Restaurants, caterers and institutions are not required to tell you when their beef is irradiated.
Beef which is an ingredient combined with several other ingredients does not have to be labeled as irradiated. Popular "meals to go" in grocer's shelves using beef as an ingredient would NOT have to be labeled as irradiated.
The government proposes to use irradiated ground beef in the national school lunch program without parental warnings in most cases.
Even the largest mail order gourmet steak provider in this country (which is left unnamed in this article) sells irradiated ground beef.
If you are a beef consumer . . . your chances are very good that you have eaten irradiated beef either knowingly or unknowingly."
Paul Newman' company makes his own organic and natural product line. We love the Newman's Own Organic peanut butter cups.
Shady Maple Farms features the most delicious Organic waffle cookies and also their maple syrups are excellent.
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We believe the closer one sticks to the natural foods that God made, the better off he will be. Despite the junk foods man consumes, the Lord still protects him. We are all still alive and that is evidence enough that God has us in His hands. I know this to be true as I learn more about the toxins in our food and water.
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