A healthy balanced lifestyle is something we try to strive for as a family at Tribe Azul. As part of this, we try to add organic food to our diet and our children’s diet. There are so many benefits to eating and enjoying organic food. To name a few it is nourishing and healthy, grown without chemicals or pesticides, and is better for the environment. While we appreciate it is not always the cheapest option to buy organic, we would encourage you to think of it as an important investment in your health and wellness.
Organic food is a means by which to cherish your body and preserve your health for a long and vigorous life. Organic food can range from fruits to vegetables, and almost everything you are buying in the produce section. We would also encourage people to try and choose seasonal fruit and veg in order to reduce the carbon footprint of your food. There are so many health benefits that come along with the organic food you choose to eat, and below we will list a few we have researched and found.
Just a Few Health Benefits of Organic from ota.com -
- Helps reduce public health risks
- Rich in nutrients, such as Vitamin C, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus
- Less exposure to nitrates, and pesticide residues in organically grown fruits vegetables, and grains when compared to conventionally grown products
Consider Switching These Foods to Organic
We always suggest still rinsing your foods, but there is a drastic difference between organic and nonorganic in the chemicals used and pesticide residue. Even rinsing with tap water is beneficial to help remove the excess coating that may be found.
This article from eatingwell.com discusses a few of these foods a little bit more in detail, in case you want to really process the importance of switching. It “can help you prioritize your shopping, and give you peace of mind that you're limiting your family's pesticide exposure”.
Foods to Not Worry About May Include
- Mushrooms, and other veggies not mentioned above
- Other fruits not mentioned above
Organic food is fresher and has much more quality. Usually, people are turned away by the upfront cost, but it’s worth it due to the health benefits and ways it supports not only our bodies but also our minds and the environment.
Easy Places to Buy Organic Foods From
- Farmer markets
- Trader Joe’s
Typical Places to Shop that Still Have Options May Include
- Local grocery stores
- Chain grocery stores
- Grocery delivery services
Organic food brings no harsh chemicals or pesticides to the table. “Health Benefits of Organic” from ota.com also mentions that “Organic products reduce public health risks to farmworkers, their families, and consumers by minimizing their exposure to toxic and persistent chemicals on the farm and in food, the soil in which they work and play, the air they breathe, and the water they drink.”
We can also get our children to eat organic products alongside us. We realize that we cannot always control everything our children eat - school lunches, daycare snacks, or even another friend’s house. As with everything it is about getting the right balance and doing what we can when we can.
We have fussy eaters and it can be a challenge to get enough healthy vegetables into our boys. We find it is helpful to talk to them about the benefits of eating fresh organic vegetables; to educate them about how they can help their bodies grow strong and healthy while being mindful of the impact on the planet and the benefits of organic produce.
What we put in our bodies is such a fundamental part of ensuring our overall health. We tend to think of exercise as being the foundation of good health and wellness but the quality of what we eat, the fuel, and building blocks for our bodies are where it all starts.
Good quality food, good quality clothing, and good quality company can help us support the environment - one day at a time. Shopping with brands like Tribe Azul can help limit the waste and plastic going into the world, which in turn helps the environment thrive. Making it the perfect place to grow the organic foods we all know and love.