You’ve decided to switch up your fuel source for something organic and natural. The wide world of organic eating is filled with so much to choose from. There is no shortage of decisions either, as organic food has picked up steam over the past couple of years. If you’re thinking about bettering yourself through the food you eat, then welcome to the Guru Effect.
Let’s start with what organic food is. When people throw this term around, they usually are referring to a couple different aspects of how the food is grown and processed. In order to qualify as an organic crop, it must be grown without pesticides, bioengineered genes (GMOs), and without petroleum or sludge based fertilizers.
Organic livestock on the other hand must have access to the outside and eat organic feed, usually grass fed is the way to go here. Organic foods in general have more beneficial nutrients and antioxidants that have a big impact on your physical and mental health. You’ll also find that organic food is fresher because of the lack of preservatives.
Making the Organic Switch
There are many reasons for wanting to eat an entirely organic diet. It’s better for the environment, better for your health, and makes you more conscious of what you put in your body. Organically raised animals are not given antibiotics, hormones, or other unnatural products you may be unfamiliar with.
The core of the organic eating quest, is to bring the power back to the consumer and turn food into something we’re in control of. For far too long we’ve let nature’s lifeblood be dictated to us by foreign powers out of our reach.
The biggest issue lately has been avoiding genetically modified food (GMO). GMOs are a tricky and controversial issue. They’re engineered to make crops resistant to herbicides and produce different traits. Humans have been artificially selecting their crops and produce for thousands of years, since the advent of agricultural revolution that is.
Now directly altering a gene is not inherently bad, depending on who you talk to. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with biotech companies claim they are safe. But we should probably take that with a non-genetically modified grain of salt. Some studies point towards consuming GMOs as causing internal organ damage, slowing growth and a host of other issues.
It also doesn’t take a genius to see the overall trend of food allergy after food allergy. But the true proof of organic benefits comes from actually starting a diet and seeing how it affects your own unique biochemical makeup. You really are what you eat.
Organic Eating Principles
A good organic diet consists of a healthy mix of proteins, carbohydrates and necessary fats to sustain your lifeforce. Let’s just assume you eat meat here as well. You’ll have a mixture of foods on your plate that include vegetables, meats, and fruits along with a great organic drink, or here’s a secret… the best drink of all — water!
There are certain guiding principles you’ll want to follow while eating and picking out foods. One of those is to not eat anything with added sugar. Sugar is both a fat and carb, all you need to know is that is bad for your weight, really bad. Sugar is also addicting, so try getting off of it.
Ravenous meat eaters out there and my hunters at heart, go ahead and make sure your meat is free range. So that you can rest assured these creatures gazed upon the stars before they became your dinner. If you’re going to eat fish make sure they’re wild. Cage free eggs are also beneficial for you.
Now here’s something that may excite you or frighten you. A lot of this food we’re talking about buying here needs to be cooked by someone and that someone is you. We can’t be beholden to fast food places and pre-cooked meals. If you’re going out to eat, see what organic offers they have. You’ll learn some new dishes and can try them out at home.
If you’re going to go organic, then why not go all the way. Your cooking utensils, pots and pans are all important parts of a new organic diet. A lot of your cookware is mass produced and contains harmful chemicals in them when they wear out or get overheated. These toxic fumes can be a bane to your health and be imbued into your food.
In order to counteract this, you’ll want to either use stainless steel, cast iron or hell even make your own! Think about the everyday things you use to cook and eat with. They can deteriorate overtime. Not only that, but also the chemicals you then use to clean those.
If someone tells you to go drink bleach, it’s usually not a health tip. But by using these harsh chemicals in your dishwasher or by hand can have consequence. Think about switching to a certified organic soap for dish washing.
We’ve barely scratched the surface on what’s possible with organic food. You can try some great stuff for you overall health like Kombucha, countless fruits and vegetables with antioxidants. The benefits over time will really begin to show as your mental capabilities increase, hair and beard growth, and overall well-being on path to be your own guru.