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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I want to be 100% Organic! Baby steps!

In my opinion, it is important to switch as many things in your life as possible to organics. The reasons for this are numerous and new evidence seems to be added almost daily. I am taking baby steps to reach this point, it's expensive I know ... but I do believe it can be done!
The obvious, of course, is to avoid putting toxins and poison into your body in the first place therefore not having to detox to get rid of them!
Less obvious are things like the poisons used by farmers getting into our water supply, as well as the earth itself. Don't even get me started on people who spray their lawns with chemicals to get rid of weeds ... it kills weeds for god's sake and then their kids are out there playing on it! YIKES!! Good rule of thumb ... if you have to warn people to stay off/away from something, you probably shouldn't be spraying it all over the place!
It's been said the most important place to start switching is meat and dairy. Maybe just milk at first, then cheese, then eggs ... cut out some junk food to offset the higher cost. To enter a contest to win coupons for free Organic Valley products, visit this blog ...
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Grow a few vegetables in your yard! Don't buy those chemical "miracle" fertilizers or soils though ... use organic! Your yard may not be 100% pure, but it's better than store bought and it doesn't get any fresher! If you live in an apartment and have a balcony you can still grow a few things. Tomatoes can grow in a pot, peppers, lettuce, herbs whatever you use a lot of and have space for. Consider using edibles instead of flowers in your front yard. Some of them are just as beautiful as they are delicious. one thing to watch for though is chemical spraying neighbors and dogs walking by ... they like to pee on plants and personally, I'm not thrilled with the idea of eating something I suspect has been a bathroom for the neighborhood hound! So, keep it away from the sidewalk and from the neighbor's property line (unless you know they don't use chemicals). Lawn chemicals will kill most veggie plants anyway ... that's their job, to kill anything and everything that isn't grass!
I also think that we should use only natural cleaners, after all whatever goes down your drain ends up in the water eventually! Remember the news story about the prescription drug levels in water supplies? Using natural cleaners can save you enough money to spend a little more on organic food! I'm not talking about the so-called natural cleaners on the market, many of them are using the term very loosely because right now it's "hip" to be green ... I'm talking about simple, effective cleaners that you probably already have in your kitchen! Things like lemon juice, baking soda, vinegar and hydrogen peroxide! They cost pennies and do a wonderful job at cleaning AND disinfecting! But that's a subject for another day.

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I love to work in my gardens ... flowers, herbs and vegetables all intermingled. I am an organic gardener and use companion plantings to help control the pests and diseases. I also love to help "young people" learn that they can make a meal from scratch just as fast as they can open a box of Hamburger Helper or go through the drive through. I run a business from my home teaching people to cook & selling the tools to do so. I work full time at the local grocery store, so I see many sides to the food we eat. Most of it is not good. We need to get back to feeding ourselves as much as possible and stop shipping our food thousands of miles! I also am an avid supporter of the Humane Society, La Crescent Animal Rescue and other local groups that help animals. Recycling, composting and re-purposing are also very important causes to me! I run an online greeting card business and a business that sells plant based cleaning products & natural supplements as well.