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Growing a green organic family


 

Going green is the new buzz words  for our generation, but how can going green make us healthier and happier.

When we do things that benefit our environment and others, it makes us feel good. This feeling is very contagious. One way to go green is by eating organic and natural products.

What is the difference between organic and natural food?. Many people think that there is no difference between the two and both mean the same. But this is not true. If you compare organic and natural from their definitions, the difference will be clear.
Organic food  are food items that are produced, manufactured and handled using organic means and regulated by  United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) under its Organic Food Products Act.  Natural food, are food items that  do not use chemical processes of any form.   
Eating organically can be demanding on the pocket book but, there are some economic options out there. When looking for organic food items on a budget the first rule of thumps to make a grocery list. There are some foods you can eat and not be exposed to so many of the harmful chemicals you find on conventional produce, meaning produce that has been fertilized with chemicals, and pesticide. Eating organic is a commitment to wellness and the environment, but if eating organic challenges the wallet here is some alternatives:
Check out some of local organic grocery stores and buy in season and what is on sale.
·         Whole Foods, Dekalb International Farmers, Return to Eden- Cheshire Bridge,
·         Visit local farmers market a great place to find local farmers and support your community
·         Go to www.georgiaorganic.org. You can find local farmers, community gardens, restaurants that support our local farmers and serve organic foods for very reasonable prices.
 This website is a gem for people who are looking to eat well on a budget.
 Foods that are very low in pesticides are avocados, onions, broccoli, bananas, cauliflower sweet potatoes, corn, and watermelon.
Those which are high in pesticide residues are; strawberries cherries, spinach, bell peppers, cucumbers and grapes. Try to buy organics when choosing these food items or remember to use a natural vegetable spray like Fits, this product can be found in your local grocery store usually in the produce department. Eating green and eating clean can be a little challenging, during this economy, but these tips will help open new possibilities to live a healthy and happy lifestyle.
Practical ways you can go green at home:
  • A natural home refresher you can make yourself- Get a hardwall plastic container and fill it will distilled water, drop in your favorite aromatherapy oils about 15- 20 drops, you have a natural home refresher with out all the chemicals.
  • Mop your floors with 1 cup vinegar mixed into a gallon of warm water. Add a splash of mineral oil for shine, essential oils for a pleasing scent or 1/4 cup borax for extra cleaning power.
  • Launder Your Clothes At Night
    Doing laundry at night will conserve energy since most businesses are open from nine to five.

Check out the internet to find more ways to Grow a green family.

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