We've been trying to eat healthier foods. We live in farm country now, and have experience with big ag. That model is capital, petro fuel, and petro chemical intensive. (When a farmer has six figures in a large piece of equipment, he needs to produce the big yields.) But, we've been going to local area farmers markets to buy some of our food & also have our own garden.
Organic food can be expensive. But if you take longevity and health into consideration, its seems worth it, to me. What dollar number can you put on spending additional healthy years with your loved ones ? That said, its costly to try going all organic. Here's an article sent to me on the most important foods to get organic. (Please note that I'm new to this. I look forward to reading the thoughts & suggestions of those who have been doing this for awhile.) Thanks -
You picked one of the best health web sites. Dr. Mercola is excellent. I've been growing my vegetables organically since the 70's with very good success. Have over 30 varieties in my back yard.
Here in Kentucky, my harvesting season begins with spinach (planted in Oct.) in late Feb. and ends in Dec with lettuce, broccoli, kale, carrots (last winter picked carrots in mid Feb), and cabbage.
If you have the means, and/or land to garden (even a small backyard garden), then I highly recommend the "Back to Eden" gardening method. The following link is for the original "Back to Eden" film explaining the natural way to garden.
And if you search on youtube, you can find even more on this. This documentary is about a guy from the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State who rediscovered "God's" un-hidden secrets of gardening. Being familiar with this area, I believe he's somewhere around the Sequim, Port Angeles area (which is amazing in itself).
Since you are new to all of this, I politely refer you here:
information like this that can actually be used to improve our lives today, IMO is well worth the cost of admission.
My favorite book on companion planting is here https://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=n%3A283155%2Ck%3Acompanion%20planting
It is good to plant your own lettuces, tomatoes, kale, and potatoes, but all leafy greens are great. Nutrient density is what you want, pesticide residue and nutrient decay (shipped veggies are notoriously low in nutrient density by the time they reach your grocery isles) are what you are trying to avoid. We have grown all sorts of stuff, but organic cucumbers can be difficult. Organic tomatoes grow great with ground up eggshells and one long nail in the ground near the stock. (don't forget to pull it back up when you take out the plant) Crops should always be rotated, plant plenty of herbs amongst your veggies and just expect the raccoons to find and eat your sweet corn...that is how we know it's ready.
If you are in an area that gets a bit dry adding a tsp of unflavored gelatin to the soil near the plant and mixing well will help easily retain moisture and the plants seem to love this. A little food grade diatomaceous earth mixed in near the plant also helps unlock soil nutrients and drive critters away.
Carrots will taste sweeter if you let the first mild frost happen and then dig them, so delicious.
By the way, if it's good enough for the bugs to be eating it, it is good enough for you. I search out the veggies with holes in a farmer's mkt, I know that farmer is truly organic ;) Good gardening!!
JW, I've never had anyone take me up on the challenge, but maybe you will. Try eating organic only for 3 weeks. When I did it I realized I had more energy and was actually eating less food. (I think many people overeat because their body is "hungry" for nutrients not available in modern processed foods.) If you want bread or pasta, learn how to make your own using organic einkorn flour....Amazon, via Turd's portal. Like chocolate? Make certain it doesn't contain soy! Again, Turd's Amazon link: Vivani Organic Chocolate Bars. I live in a small town with one grocery store and a Walmart, but I'm able to get most of the food I need from those two locations. TJ's and Whole Paycheck are a 70-mile round trip away. Amazon is good for staples. We garden, too...heirloom seeds and no nasty stuff. No source of completely organic meat in the stores here, but there are ranchers near me that raise organic beef, pork and fowl. In a pinch I will buy grass fed meat raised without the use of antibiotics or growth hormones. Take a look at this site:
For me it seemed like it was more about changing habits than the cost. When I first started I had to stop and think about everything I bought, and about everything I was accustomed to making in the kitchen. Now, it's easy. If you really want to commit, the best first thing you can do is to clean out the pantry....right down to the baking soda with aluminum in it, and the crappy Morton's salt. There's probably a food pantry near you that would be thrilled to get the extra food.
More on how to afford organic here:
Happy, healthy eating to you!
Building your soil...a great short clip on how it can be done. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAHGbbjenhI
was facinating, brilliant even.
I had heard a little about this method of animal pasture rotation. Working with nature doesn,t need to be so complex,.Nature can be simple. These very interesting articles that you and others post are why i love this website.
I need uplifting after watching some horrid videos of the muslim invasion....best wishes to you. Will
something new to be learned here @TFMR; if we are what we eat, breath, and think this aspect of organic foods is one of the three legs we stand on (I think trinary is more stable than binary; and more real too)
Nutrient density is important, the lowly morinaga tree is an easy, fast grower, and can be grown from seeds or cuttings. The leaves taste a little like clover, slightly sour, slightly tart, goes great in smoothies, on salads, anywhere greens are welcome. Grows best in tropical areas but is such a fast grower can easily be grown as an annual in other areas. Why grow it? https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Moringa+Tea+Side+Effects&view=detai...
What's is good for? https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Moringa+Tea+Side+Effects&view=detai...
For those trying to heal digestive health, naturally, it is a real blessing. Happy eating :)
I grow almost all of our own vegetables organically in my yard in Louisville Ky. This year I have found a way to plant broccoli in March and keep it going through the summer and dry weather and into the fall. My plants are now 5 feet tall and produce lots of delicious broccoli. For the last 20 years I have had to replant it in the fall as the spring broccoli always bolted and had to be composted. I had not read this anywhere and was wondering if I have discovered something new or is this something you all have done or heard about?
High nutrient, organic food is the first defense against disease.
Glad to see this forum active. Please keep the info coming. I'm getting better, but nowhere near a purist.
Tonight: Roast Venison with gravy (used almond flour instead of cornstarch), potatoes, onions, garlic (lots), and peppers cooked in grass-fed butter. Garlic and peppers from garden, gotta work on some onions and potatoes next year, they were from the store. And a .
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You can eat all the good food you want - but if your gut can't digest it...............................
Why you can't just suddenly switch over...........so many questions answered.
Kombucha, kefir, fermented foods for folks that do not have histamine issues. Also when eating have lemon juice, olives, apple cider vinegar, and/or celery with the meal or just before to help digest via HCL production. Papaya and pineapple also high in enzymatic action to assist on digestion.
Try this out yourself, get kefir grains and introduce the same amount to regular milk, and organic milk and let stand for 20 hours, the results will amaze you. Now think, that is what is happening to my gut bacteria EVERY time I consume regular milk/dairy.
GMO foods doused in glyphosate is like eating a cancer stick IMHO.
It's a great test for the family, really brings the evidence through to all. Have fun with it.