Friday, November 29, 2013

Why is organic food so important in our life?


We all know it’s more expensive and harder to find, but why buy organic, really?

Do you know how many people have health problems nowadays because of the continuously intake of processed food? After years taking these terrible products we find in the market today, many problems have arisen and become more popular, even in younger people. I’m talking about the big C (I mean cancer), heart problems in general, clogged arteries, strokes, obesity, asthma, and so on.

Did you know that 90% of the grains you find in the supermarket are in fact genetically modified (GMO – genetically modified organisms)? Yes, that’s right. I’m talking about wheat, soya, rice, beans, corn, etc. The majority of seeds come from Monsanto (oh, how much I hate this stupid company) and they are in all parts of the world, all over the 5 continents, end up in our supermarkets and consequently our table without anybody really knowing.

[Monsanto not only uses very cancerigenous pesticides in all their crops but genetically modify all kinds of products so they look perfect, last longer in your fridge or shelf and are available throughout the year. Have you ever asked yourself why strawberries, for example, are available now all year round when in fact when we were kids (or our parents were kids) it was a seasonal fruit? Because in fact IT IS a seasonal fruit and you’re supposed to find it fresh in the supermarket for about 3 months a year only. This is just an example, and Monsanto is just one of these horrible corporations that really don’t care about you and your family’s health. In fact I try to stay away (as much as possible) from all the big names: Nestlé, Kraft, Unilever….]

And that’s true, nobody knows what they are eating anymore, with the exception of a few countries in Africa and Europe, people have no idea where their food comes from. Especially if we talk about meat and poultry. It really hurts my heart to know such horrible things they do to these animals before they end up at the local supermarket and find their way to your belly. If you are interested in knowing more about the subject, please watch this documentary: Food, Inc. Food, Inc. (2008) Posterfrom 2008.

But beware of the truthful, yet horrifying scenes you’re about to see. I honestly couldn’t get passed the first half of the film, and I am a vegetarian who occasionally eats chicken or turkey. So you can imagine….. My husband, on the other hand, who absolutely loves meat, in all forms, changed his view completely after this documentary and now eats meat about once a month, just because he LOVES it and cannot stay away from it completely!

We only buy organic everything now and I’ll tell you from personal experience that there is nothing better. Not only it tastes better and fresher but we feel more energized, faster fulfilled and most importantly relieved and guilt-free. The fruits are lighter weighted, the veggies have more color and nothing gets really stuck in the container of your juicer after you dispose of all the pulp and peel. Even the beets don’t stain, seriously. The juice is liquid just like water and no after taste. The grapes have a fresher taste, without that annoying feeling of something stuck to your tongue at the end and the chicken breast is properly sized, none of that nonsense we see out there, full of hormones and antibiotics. They run free and are free to nest, as it should be.

Even my cats eat organic and it’s totally worth the price. What you have to remember is that by taking care of your health now you’ll actually save money in the long run, by avoiding visits to the doctor and the hospital and that alone makes a lot of sense to me.

I’ve mentioned before on the blog (the old one that was unfortunately lost) that I would love to go vegan, but it’s really hard for me because I’m a pastry chef and I LOVE butter and milk and eggs and flour, as you would imagine, and that’s why the way for me to do better was to only buy organic. Better for me and my family, better for the local economy and local farmers who need to put food on their table too and better for the animals, plants and environment in general. Find your way to do better too. Life thanks you and you feel it in your heart.

I find it really hard to see how people are treating the lives of others, be it animals, plants or even human beings as nothing worth appreciating. Treating life with not even a drop of respect and expecting to receive health, respect and power in return. I’m talking about the big corporations, again, which I disgust with all my being, but also about you reading this post, you who buys from these companies and never looks back to see what’s being done to these poor beings out there.

I still believe in a world where we can value the food we eat and the lives we take for our own survival. I’m not saying everybody should be vegan, what I’m saying is that if you want to eat meat, you gotta respect the life you’re taking and honor the animal who died for you. I’m completely in favor of hunting if it is for food supply, if it is for your family and if you are well aware of what you are doing. Why not? The world would definitely be a better place and people like me, who cannot envision themselves hunting, would be  vegetarian, and people who do love meat would eat it as much as once a week, which sounds perfectly all right in my book.

So, think about that the next time you have a big juicy burger or steak, the next time you eat butter or drink milk, the next time you have a salad with cheese on it, the next time you eat chicken or eggs and especially the next time you visit your local supermarket to buy food. Search, investigate, don’t settle for anything less than organic, free run and grass fed meat, organic veggies and fruits and mainly certified organic grains and flour. Nature thanks you! Your body thanks you! Your family will too.

*But don’t just take my word for it. If you’re willing to search more about the subject I suggest a few articles online and a few other documentaries that could change your life.