All posts tagged: Organics

How to food plan like a rock star

Before I started my health kick I used to open the fridge door at work at look at the shelves of homemade lunches with envy. There they stood, packed lovingly the night before full of healthy looking goodness. I wanted to be like those who made at work food look so easy. The owners of this food also didn’t have to spend 20 minutes of precious lunchtime hunting for something reasonably healthy to eat. And then pay $15 for the privilege of enjoying said meal. Fortunately, like all those who had come before me, after some investigation I realised that I too could do the food from home thing. All it would take is a little planning, some consideration and confidence and of course, lots of experimentation! You see, bringing healthy, delicious food from home isn’t actually that hard (I know – shock horror!) you just have to prioritise it and apply some savvy organisation tips to the process. Two years later and I’m now a food prep queen (if I don’t say so myself) …

Remembering where our meat and veg come from

Over the last few weeks I’ve been binge watching River Cottage AU. For those of you who aren’t across the Lifestyle Channel production, it’s an Aussie version of famous UK series of the same name. Local foodie Paul West sets up home in the beautiful Tilba region (five hours south of Sydney just near Bega) with the goal of building a fully self-sustainable, organic life on his very picturesque farm. From veggies to livestock, foraging to seafood we see him live a seasonal country existence from the highs of fresh milk from his jersey cow to lows of slaughtering his farm pigs for meat. The show is a stark reminder of where our food comes from and the energy, passion and life that is often required to give us the pleasures we typically take for granted. I’m now coming to the end of season two (there are four in total) and watching Paul’s farm flourish is a guilty pleasure of mine. I dream of creating a similar lifestyle for our little tribe, and hope that …

Why ‘organic’ isn’t always good for you; green washing 101

Recently I posted on detoxing from the outside in – if you missed it you can check it out here. Before I shared this post, I swept my house for nasty chemical-ridden products replacing suspicious looking items with supposed healthier, green versions. I checked the labels on each product I purchased and convinced myself that the extra coin was worth it because I was looking after my body (I still believe it is, but that’s another point). As far as I was concerned, post the purge I lived in a happy, healthy home free of most common household toxins. I’m here today to declare that I fell victim to green washing. Having done my research on the topic I thought I was armed with the knowledge I needed to make smart purchasing decisions. I decided that I would try and buy a mix of products from my local organic health food shop (which has a stellar beauty section) and my closet big chain supermarket. I guess you could say I was hopeful that I wouldn’t …

Detoxing your body from the outside in

I’ve been eating clean and organic for almost a full year now. While there’s no question that reducing your exposure to the pesticides that are found in and on foods is beneficial to good health, this isn’t the only way toxins enter our bodies. We live in a world flooded with dangerous chemicals. Today many of the common household products we use everyday (hand soap, toothpaste, make-up and cleaning products to name a few) are built using a mix of unpronounceable, unregulated or unknown chemicals. (Yes – unregulated – a significant portion of ingredients used in personal care items have not been tested for human safety.  In fact, many household items are full of antibiotics which are helping to build our resistance to bacteria – but that’s a separate debate for another day). Now before you start thinking I’ve truly gone past the point of no return into hippy land, I’m not suggesting that we should abandon modern life as we know it and crawl into a cave (as tempting as that may be some …

Ditch the dirty and get clean

This past week I’ve spoken with several people about the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen. This topic has always been on my need-to-cover list, and with summer now underway it’s become particularly relevant (and important) as we up our salad and fruit intake. If you’re into buying organics you’ve probably heard about these lists before, but if you haven’t or if you’re interested in organics but don’t know where to start – get ready to feel empowered! The Dirty Dozen is a list produced every year by US organisation, the Environmental Working Group. The group analyses the Department of Agriculture’s data to determine which fruit and vegetables have the most pesticide residue when they reach the consumer. On the flip-side, the Clean Fifteen uses the same data to rank which fruit and vegetables you can safely buy non-organic, as the levels of pesticide residue are incredibly low or in some cases non-existent. Why is this list important and fantastic? Today, there are many different types of pesticides that are used, each with a particular …