In Part 1 of this series, I’m bringing you 25 Organic Living Tips. While I do eat as organic as I can (there isn’t many options in the small town I live in), sometimes it’s just not possible.
Below you’ll find a list of tips so you can live as organic as possible. Be sure to leave me a comment at the end, sharing your fave organic living tip!
- Faucet water contains fluoride in all 50 states and all 10 provinces. Purchase a reverse osmosis filter to remove it. A Britta filter won’t be enough.
- Chlorine in water will evaporate after a few hours. Just leave it in a filter or jug in your fridge overnight.
- Though Nalgene bottles are BPA-free, they’ve been found to leech other chemicals. Use glass bottles to be 100% safe.
- Avoid anti-bacterial soap. Residue on dishes and hands gets in the stomach and kills your “good bacteria.”
- Cooking with coconut oil is better than olive oil. It has more Omega-3s and doesn’t oxidize in sunlight or high temperatures.
- Tom’s or Green Beaver toothpaste (I’m currently using their Spearmint flav) is a great alternative to traditional toothpaste. It’s fluoride free and avoids many additive chemicals.
- Setting up a vertical garden takes a week or two, but can pay off in organic produce for years.
- Coconut or almond based ice cream is a fantastic way to indulge, without eating dairy.
- Most organic eggs come from cooped up chickens fed organic produce. For true free range eggs, find a local farmer on localharvest.org.
- “Organically made” is not the same as “Organic.” “Freely Traded” is not the same as “Free Trade.” Those former foods aren’t certified.
- Avoid cheap vegetable oils at all costs. They’re high in Omega-6 and very unhealthy.
- Most “grass fed” beef are still grain finished. For 100% grass fed beef, look for a local farm you can buy from.
- Most fruits have quite a high glycemic index. The exception are berries (including strawberries) which are low GI and very healthy.
- Think you can’t afford organic? Buy foods that are in season. It’s both more inexpensive and healthier.
- Have a favorite seasonal food? Buy it when it’s in season, then freeze it. It’s healthier than buying it out of season.
- Avoid large fish like tuna. Large fish eat small fish and build up higher concentrations of mercury.
- Be careful when purchasing multi-vitamins. Most multi-vitamins skimp on the important nutrients. Ensure the one you buy isn’t made with fillers.
- Consider supplementing Omega-3s. It’s perhaps the most important supplement of all for the health conscious (if you always get fishy burps from an Omega 3 supp, try Krill Oil instead. I use this brand).
- Look up and remember when your local farmer’s markets are. They’re cheaper, and you can ask directly about how the food was grown.
- Buy green cleaning products to avoid chemicals like ammonia or chlorine in your house.
- Not all food has to be labeled “Organic” to be healthy. If you’re buying directly from the farmer, ask how it was grown.
- Sign up for your local fruit or veggie boxes. Farmers will deliver fresh organic produce straight to your door.
- See if there are food co-ops near you. These co-ops grow organic food and sell it to their local markets.
- Carrots, beets and radishes are very easy to grow. If you want to give growing a shot, that’s a good place to start.
- Try to eat as much of your produce raw as possible. Cooking destroys enzymes and can reduce vitamin content by 12x. If you must cook, steaming in best.
When you peel back the layers of what it means to live as organically as possible, I find it’s best to take baby steps. If you are a “balls to the wall” kinda gal, then by all means, go for it!
But if all of the above tips intimidate you, select 1-2 to start. Slowly implement these tips on a daily/weekly basis. Once they become 2nd nature for you, then you can implement 1-2 more, or as many as you feel comfy doing.
Later this week I’ll have Part 2 of my Organic Living Tips, where I’ll share some sugar, GMO and shopping advice.
Don’t forget to leave your two cents b’low: do you live organically?