Thursday, October 22, 2015

ORGANIC PRODUCE CHEAT SHEET: The Most Important Foods To Buy Organic

Organic foods are not always easily available and are more expensive than non-organic foods, but you still want the best for your family especially as pesticides and other environmental toxins are cumulative and very detrimental to young children. So which organic foods should you buy first if you are on a limited, food budget?

What And How To Buy Organic:

1) Buy organic animal food (meat and dairy) first as they bioaccumulate toxins from their hormone-, anitbiotic-, pesticide-laced feed. This includes chickens - so buy organic eggs. Watch this video for the low-down on what's actually going on with your food:

2) Then buy those produce that poses a high risk to your famly's health. Check out this video cheat-sheet below, which reveals the most heavily, pesticide-sprayed crops and therefore the ones to buy organic. It also shows the produce that are safe to buy as non-organics.

Always "Buy Organic" For This Produce Category:
Peaches, Carrots,  Strawberries, Green Beans, Sweet Bell Peppers, Hot Peppers, Tangerines, Nectarines, Cranberries, Sweet Potatoes - as these are more heavily laced with pesticides.

What Produce To Buy Organic: Produce Cheat Sheet

How To Prepare Food To Make It Safer:

You've invested in your family's health, spending time and money as you carefully navigate the hurdles to put good, wholesome food on the table. So it makes good sense to go the whole way to the podium and do justice to all your effort by prepping your food to preserve all its nutrients to the max while at the same time, eliminating all unwanted bugs and toxins once it's in your kitchen. Watch the following video for how to prepare food to reduce pesticide risk without excessive nutrient loss.

Watch: 5 Food Prep Tips To Reduce Pesticide Risk

Fresh Is Best - Especially Fresh-Picked & Fresh-Cooked:

All your effort would go to naught if you don't watch your timeframe between buying your produce and serving it on the dinner table. The sooner you serve your produce after it is gathered or bought the less the nutrient loss. Nutrient loss can leach out at a rapid rate ... more than what most people realise.

The best way to ensure you get the absolute max from your produce is to eat or prepare it as soon as it is picked - so for that reason, your own garden organics has a huge advantage over bought produce especially if the latter has to be transported over long distances.

The other great option is to shop locally at your local markets especially if you're lucky enough to live in a community where you have passionate, organic, small-holders or market gardeners offering a variety of produce, both plant and animal-based. In that case make the most of your good luck and also participate - you never know when your stall, blog, produce or cook book, etc., could go viral and become a huge hit ... well beyond the confines of your local community!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

How To Get Awesome Skin Glow and Lustrous Hair At Low Cost

Looking for a low-cost yet powerful, personal care product to beautify you INSIDE and OUT that does not contain harmful chemicals or additives?

Then look no further than your kitchen cupboard - a natural oil that most communities who live in coastal, tropical regions have known and used for centuries, ie. the humble coconut oil, treasured as a hair conditioner which gives gloss and sheen and a strong, lustrous thickness to hair, plus as an effective, skin moisturiser.

In Indian cultures, the women routinely apply the coconut oil liberally and leave it on overnight to maximise its health and beauty effects. Although you might smell a tad oily, when you saturate yourself with coconut oil and then leave it on overnight (that is the most effective method), it is well worth the sacrifice once you shower off in the morning and find that your skin is more supple, softer, less lined and baby-smooth.

For that reason it might be better to take your coconut 'bath' in the weekends. Alternatively look for deodorised, organic, coconut oil so you can still indulge in your beauty treatment without driving away your nearest and dearest. For some people coconut oil applied often to their hair and scalp has even been known to keep grey hairs at bay.

TIP: If you want to be beautiful, start with a gorgeous can't go wrong when you start with the basics - afterall you are covered in skin (it's actually the biggest organ in your body!). Once your 'blank canvas' (your skin) is in glowing condition, then sure, apply your makeup, etc. You won't need much if your skin is in peak condition - in fact, less is more as you want your natural glow to shine through...oh, so naturally and then some - looking and feeling silky smooth (which btw, is what your guy likes!). Remember that beauty begins from within, so remember to include coconut oil in your diet too in addition to your external, coconut-oil, beauty regime.

Check out the following infographics to find out the many uses of the wonderful coconut:

coconut uses infographic
Learn how the coconut tree provides all-around benefits -- from its husks and roots to coconut oil -- through our infographic "Plant of Life: An Infographic on Various Coconut Uses."

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