1. Eat Real Food: Food in it’s natural form. Unprocessed. Whole Foods. Foods that rot. I try to eat these as much as possible!
2. Choose Organic Whenever Possible.
What is Organic? (From the Non-GMO Shopping Guide Website)
- Prohibit the use of chemical fertilizers, various synthetic substances, irradiation, sewage sludge, or genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in organic production.
- Prohibit antibiotic and synthetic hormone use in organic meat and poultry.
- Require 100% organic feed for organic livestock.
- When the product is labeled “100% organic,” “organic,” or just “made with organic ingredients,” then even the non-organic ingredients cannot be produced from GMOs. For example, products labeled as “made with organic ingredients” only require 70% of the ingredients to be organic, but 100% must be non-GMO.
I encourage you to find ways to make fresh, organic whole foods a priority in your household. Shopping at your local farmers market can help you save! If you cannot shop organic I recommend buying some of the higher contaminated foods organic. Here is the most recent list of foods with the highest pesticide count from the EWG website to help you out. Try to at least do the top 12 from that list as well as the high risk GMO crops listed below. If you cannot purchase ANY organic food it is still better to eat as much fresh fruits and vegetables as you can then to eat a ton of processed or fast food.
A GMO (genetically modified organism) is the result of a laboratory process of taking genes from one species and inserting them into another in an attempt to obtain a desired trait or characteristic, hence they are also known as transgenic organisms. This process may be called either Genetic Engineering (GE) or Genetic Modification (GM); they are one and the same. (From the Non-GMO Shopping Guide Website)
*Although some people argue GMO food can help feed the world I believe our food is meant to be grown and eaten as natural as possible and I personally stay away from GMO’s as much as I can. There have not been any long term studies proving the safety of eating GMO’s so that is another reason I choose to avoid. GMO’s have been linked to infertility, infant mortality, cancer and tumors amongst other things. LEARN MORE ABOUT GMO’s on my GMO RESOURCE page so you can make an informed decision for your family.
4. Read your labels! Most processed and packaged food has corn, soy, sugar, or canola in it. Here is a list of the top GMO foods. If you would like to avoid GMO’s be sure to buy these high risk crop organic:
High-Risk Crops (in commercial production; ingredients derived from these must be tested every time prior to use in Non-GMO Project Verified products (as of December 2011):
- Alfalfa (first planting 2011)
- Canola (approx. 90% of U.S. crop)
- Corn (approx. 88% of U.S. crop in 2011)
- Cotton (approx. 90% of U.S. crop in 2011)
- Papaya (most of Hawaiian crop; approximately 988 acres)
- Soy (approx. 94% of U.S. crop in 2011)
- Sugar Beets (approx. 95% of U.S. crop in 2010)
- Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash (approx. 25,000 acres)
ALSO high-risk: Animal products (milk, meat, eggs, etc.) because of contamination in feed.
Places to Shop:
- Farmers Markets-Get to know your farmer! Farmers markets offer you local fresh produce and food and great prices!
- Follow Your Heart
- Farm Fresh To You (Use Coupon Code 6164 for $10 off your first box of organic produce!)
- Trader Joes
- Farm Direct-Do a google search to find local farms near you.
- I was really impacted by Michael Pollan’s books In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto and Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual
- Other Books that will change your life.
- Read my other blog post: Do you know what is in your food?
- Read: GMO Resource Page
- Watch: Food Inc (Trailer), Video lecture by Robin Obrien, Genetic Roulette,
- If you care about your health watch THIS video.
- EWG: List of foods most contaminated with pesticides.
- My Restaurant Tips & Recommendations here.
- If you would like additional help please contact me for a consultation!