"Organic" is one of the hottest terms in the health industry, with many people aspiring to live more "organically." But what does that mean? It's not as hard as you think.
To find the best organic foods, you need to start in the produce department. Look for fruits and vegetables labeled as organic with the USDA Certified Organic seal. This seal means the food was farmed without the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, irradiation, solvents or food additives. This also means they were grown and harvested in a way that is environmentally responsible and promotes sustainability while reducing waste.
Going to a farmer's market is another way to find organic produce. When it comes to packaged foods, you need to look for the USDA seal there as well -- that's the only way to be certain what you're purchasing is organic. We recommend sticking to whole foods as much as possible and limiting your consumption of processed foods, as they can contain unwanted additives. Purchasing organic produce as well as nuts, seeds, grains and meat allows you to produce organic meals from scratch.
Organic Personal Care Products
Finding health and beauty products that are organic can take a bit more research. For supplements, always look for the USDA seal to be certain you're purchasing a supplement that is made with organic ingredients. Make sure to read the "other ingredients" listed on the nutrition label and avoid any unnecessary fillers or additives when possible. Reach out to your favorite brands to find out what organic ingredients they use and get updates on products that aren't certified organic yet.
When it comes to personal care items like skincare and hair care products, these items will most likely be made with a certain amount of organic raw ingredients, so read labels carefully. You can also contact brands you're interested in to find out where ingredients are sourced from. We also recommend avoiding anything artificial like sulfates, parabens, dyes and fragrances made with unnatural ingredients. Look for those that are instead made with essential oils for fragrance and additional benefits.
Keeping an Organic Household
The first step to making your home more organic is to do a clean out. Get rid of any junk food and other products that aren't made with organic ingredients. Donate what you can and dispose of other items properly to avoid any hazardous waste. Beyond that, here are our favorite ways to make your home more green:
- Recycle as much as possible
- Compost food scraps to fertilize your plants
- Plant your own garden of organic produce
- Plant sprouts in pots on your windowsill
- Make your own household cleaners
- Get your kids to help you cook in the kitchen to learn the value of whole foods
"Natural." "Whole." These are the words that define an organic lifestyle. Take it one step at a time and you'll be on your way to living more organically in no time.