An Introduction To Going Organic And Living A Healthier Lifestyle

Food has become very unhealthy, highly processed, full of additives and preservatives, and dependant on chemicals.

Everyday household cleaning products, car cleaning products, beauty products, toys, games, art supplies, jewellery, pet food, bedding, and even clothing, contain toxins that are harmful to our health.

Each time we use these products, without even realising it, we possibly cause a little bit more damage to our health and well-being.

A lot of the products we use, even foods, are packaged in environmentally unfriendly plastic, which is not only bad news for us, but also for the environment as well.

But here’s the thing. If you ask your grandparents or great grandparents about what it was like when there were growing up, they will no doubt tell you that consumer choice was never as complicated as it is now.

Things were simpler then. People, without even realising it at the time, because there was no buzz word, were actually eating and living organically.

And they were healthier, a lot healthier. Sure they had their fair share of illness, but nothing to the extent that we are now seeing, throughout the world.

Cancer and heart disease are epidemic. High blood pressure is increasing. Diabetes is on the rise. Arthritis is crippling people. Depression is at an all time high. Suicide is on the increase. Alzheimer’s is more prevalent.

We need to make some changes, not all at once, but one step at a time.

We need to get back to how things were and realise before it’s too late, that organic products are healthier for us, and can offer us some degree of protection against the onslaught of chemicals, toxins, preservatives, additives, and synthetics we are coming in contact with each and every day.

It is up to each and every one of us to decide that we will not allow ourselves to be dictated to when it comes to making a conscious choice of deciding whether to go the artificial route or the healthier organic route.

We really must treat our bodies and our planet correctly, and do what is right for both, or we will end up destroying them.

There are a whole host of great reasons why you should go organic:

  • It’s healthy
  • No nasty chemicals, toxins, additives, preservatives or synthetics
  • No risks from supplemental hormones
  • No pesticides or chemical fertilizers
  • No genetically modified organisms
  • No hidden costs (how many millions do taxpayers pay to have chemicals removed from drinking water – too many in Ireland!)
  • No reliance on drugs (high use of antibiotics on farm animals on non-organic farms)
  • Good for Pets
  • Good for Wildlife
  • Good for Planet
  • Higher standards
  • Better taste

Going organic can be done in simple, small steps. Becoming more aware of the differences between organic and non-organic products is a good starting point.

Learning more about organic living will help with making suitable choices for you and your family.

Doing your bit for the environment will help you to feel more empowered and create more passion. Start with something as simple as recycling.

If you are green fingered, learn how to create your own organic garden and grow your own organic vegetables.

Or if you love flowers, why not start growing your own organic flowers from scratch and see the enjoyment you will get as you watch them come into bloom.

Start making some small changes in your food shopping cart, as you familiarize yourself with the array of organic products that are available.

Get your children involved and teach them all about organic foods. Maybe let them grow their own vegetables, or plant their own flower. Educate them on the environment and what eco-friendly and organic actually mean.

And remember, going organic is not just about making changes in your diet.

It’s about the products you use on your skin, and your children’s skin.

It’s about the products you use in your hair.

It’s about the bedding on your bed, your children’s bed, and your baby’s crib.

It’s about the jewellery and clothing you and your family wear.

It’s about the grooming and food products for your pets.

And the list goes on.

But please, don’t let this overwhelm you. Going organic is a lifestyle choice, and changes in lifestyle are incremental, and take time.

Going organic won’t happen overnight, but even if you commit to taking the first step, even if it is only a very small step, then you will have done something you can be proud of.

You will have contributed towards protecting the environment, and more importantly, you will have contributed towards protecting you and your family.

This website is designed to be a community based website, which means, everyone, and I mean everyone, irrespective of where you live in the world, is welcome and encouraged to comment, share their stories and experiences, and make recommendations and suggestions, as the planet belongs to all of us, and working together, we can play our part in keeping it beautiful!

And to remind us all of just how beautiful our world really is, I have intentionally chosen photos of scenery from countries around the world, to remind us all how beautiful our environment really is and that we should never take it for granted. The plan is to eventually have photos from every place in the world, so if you have scenery photos you would like to share, of where you live, or somewhere you visited, then please send them into us and we will feature them on forthcoming articles!

Enjoy the website, and if you have any questions at all, always feel free to drop me a line or make a comment. I would love to hear from you! I would love to know what you think about going organic, and your thoughts on protecting the environment.

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About Mary Ruddy

Mary Ruddy is the owner of Organic and Natural Choices, a community website created to share resources, tips, advice and guidelines with people around the world, who are living or would like to live, a healthier, more eco-friendly, organic and natural lifestyle. Mary lives in Ireland and grew up in the country on a small farm. She welcomes and encourages every reader to comment, share experiences, provide tips, share recipes, and make suggestions.

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