Whenever possible, buy organic, local and in season.

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Diverse gardenOrganically grown fruits and vegetables use  one-third less fuel than the conventionally grown method. By avoiding chemical pesticides and fertilizers it creates a healthier environment, with less greenhouse gas and helps protect soil, water and biodiversity. Biodiversity means that a variety of crops can be grown to reduce disease and dependence on pesticides and fungicides.

    Fortunately for those of us interested in eating organic foods, there are lots of products available. Natural and organic foods used to be found only in natural food stores, and those could be few and far between. While not as many, there are some stand-alone stores. And the grocery chains are catching on too, with more organic selections than ever before. If you don’t see them in your grocery store, just ask. You’re probably not the only person in your neighborhood who’d like to see more of these options.
 Basket of lettuce

There are also many sites on the Web where you can order organic foods. Just do a search and you’ll come up with a lot of different places to order the foods you’d like to buy. Many of these sites are also full of useful information, to help you learn about eating organic foods, and help educate you on the specific food values.

Experiment with what you like. Take the time to learn a little about what the different nutrients in foods do for you. A few examples:

  • Cabbage – High in Vitamin C; important for healthy cell function

  • Shitake mushrooms – contain essential fatty acids and antioxidants to
    support a healthy immune system

  • Kale – Rich in fiber and helps reduce calorie intake with less hunger.

  • Barley – Loaded with niacin, fiber and iron and is important for health
     blood sugar.

  • Pumpkin – So rich in fiber and vitamins; helps reduce appetite by
     filling the stomach with indigestible fibers




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