What is Organic Food?
Organic food has not come into contact with chemical fertilizers, pesticides or anything harmful to the human body and the natural environment. Organic food is also free from chemical pollution and is not a Genetically Modified Organism (GMO-Free).
Organic farming adopts composting and permaculture practises instead of manufactured fertilizers. Anything that is unfriendly to the soil is avoided. The aim is to promote and enhance biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. Organic food also supports the use of renewable resources.
Before something can be labelled organic it must be certified by an official regulatory organisation. This means all processes of production have been stringently checked and you are guaranteed organic status. (In NZ ‘BioGro’ is the official mark of organic accreditation www.biogro.co.nz )
Easy and Economical Ways to Maintain a Healthy Organic, Plant-based Diet
1. Reducing your meat and dairy intake can help maintain health, as these animal proteins tend to accumulate more chemicals and toxins and increase acidity and toxicity levels in our body.
2. Increase plant-based protein in your diet. You can replace animal proteins and fats with nuts (almond, walnut, pine nut, Brazil nut etc), seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, sesame etc) and beans (adzuki, black bean, mung bean, black-eyed peas etc).
3. Avoid the five refined white foods, white rice, white bread, white flour, white salt and white sugar. All these foods have been refined and the nutrients are imbalanced, causing the body to become acidic.
4. Avoid refined oil and fried foods, they are heavily processed and can enhance acidic and inflammatory conditions in the body. Replace with raw, cold pressed ‘good’ fats like flaxseed, hemp, olive, coconut, avocado and nut oils.
5. Replace dairy milk with plant-based mylk (oat, soy, almond, hazelnut, hemp, coconut).
HEALTH BENEFITS OF AN ORGANIC, WHOLEFOOD DIET
Organic food is associated with a HEALTHY whole-food diet. A ‘clean’ diet may benefit you in the following ways:
1. Reducing/Preventing Non-Communicable Diseases (eg. high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, gout, stroke etc) A healthy organic, whole-food diet avoids chemicals, utilizes healthy oils from plant sources to protect the heart and blood vessels and maintain a healthy weight. These factors lead to the decrease and prevention of lifestyle related diseases.
2. Increased Food Quality – Foods with added chemicals, preservatives and artificial flavourings and colourings may cause health complications to humans. Organic foods are high quality foods which are free from these additives. Many claim that the nutrient density of organic food is also higher.
3. Detoxification – Wholefoods, naturally high in fibre, can help eliminate toxins in our body and improve proper absorption and digestion. You may find yourself more energetic, less fatigued, refreshed, clear-minded and calmer emotionally.
4. Balanced Diet – Have three meals daily with proper meal planning. Vegetables and grains could be the main food with added fruits, nuts, beans and seeds. Quote: “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper”.
5. Include Raw Fruit and Vegetables – Raw fruit and vegetables contain active nutrient compositions. The enzymes in raw food help to rebuild and replenish body cells.
6. Natural Immune-bosting – If you are falling sick or feeling uncomfortable, go for natural antimicrobials when possible, such as propolis and ocean derived sea minerals to speed recovery and boost your immunity.