We have been told, time and again, that eating healthy is one of the keys to a long, full life. Still, we get tempted to eat fatty burgers, fried foods, bad carbs, drink too much caffeine and alcohol—that it doesn’t seem like we’ve fully taken to heart how important it is to take care of our health.
Gellyn, a nutritionist who happens to own an organic food shop in Singapore, shared this is one of the reasons why obesity is high at these modern times, “Fast food restaurants are everywhere. We feed kids with pancake in the morning instead of giving them fruits and vegetables. We eat in front of the television with a big glass of iced tea and red meat seems to be okay as an every day meal. Everyone should be aware that a balanced diet is needed to not be susceptible to diseases at a very young age. Remember, go, grow and glow! The right serving of carbs, protein, and vegetables and fruits should always be taken into account if you want to eat right.”
Some wise individuals even prefer planting and rearing domestic animals just to make sure their own food is safe. “I grow most of my food at home,” said Miss Amy, a retired school teacher, 67. “I want everything I eat to be organic and fresh. From leafy vegetables to fruits, even the eggs came from my chickens in the backyard. This is how we were in the earlier times. We grow our own food.”
“What is organic food, anyway? Though organic food can be produced with certain synthetic ingredients, it must adhere to specific standards regulated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Crops are generally grown without synthetic pesticides, artificial fertilizers, irradiation (a form of radiation used to kill bacteria), or biotechnology. Animals on organic farms eat organically grown feed, aren’t confined 100 percent of the time (as they sometimes are on conventional farms), and are raised without antibiotics or synthetic growth hormones,” wrote Jessica DeCostole in her article 5 Things You Should Know about Organic Food posted at edbookmag.com.
Lianne, who only eats organic produce and organic products in Singapore, shared what made her decide to be more mindful of what she consumes, “My family has a long history of diabetes. I want to make sure I am not going to be overweight nor am I going to suffer from any sugar-related disease like my other relatives. I exercise regularly. And I eat only organic food.”
Eating healthy is important now more than ever. Good thing is that information about healthy food can easily be read online. There is no more reasons and excuses not to be consciously taking action to eat healthier food. “Avoid chemicals. Eating organically grown foods is the only way to avoid the cocktail of chemical poisons present in commercially grown food. More than 600 active chemicals are registered for agricultural use in America, to the tune of billions of pounds annually. The average application equates to about 16 pounds of chemical pesticides per person every year. Many of these chemicals were approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) before extensive diet testing,” said the article Top 10 Reasons to Go Organic of Renee Loux for prevention.com