Food and Non-Harming: Living in Harmony with our World
Continuing with not harming yourself: ask your doctor if that prescription he/she is writing is REALLY necessary? Is there another option that may have less deleterious effects? Many times, there certainly are other options, but our doctors are trained to quickly resort to prescriptions. So get them on track with your thinking and many should be happy to provide you with alternatives, or give you the names of someone who can safely offer alternatives to synthetic drugs.
According to 5,000 year old Ayurveda, food is medicine. Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food – as Hippocrates is thought to have said. It’s ever more relevant today when so much of our environment is full chemicals. Including our food – and to help sort through the good and bad – reduce or eliminate entirely any prepared boxed or frozen foods. Food does not grow in cardboard or plastic and processed foods are just that…processed. Don’t eat them. Buy your groceries from the outside aisles of a grocery store, or a farmers market where you may be able to talk to the grower.
Organic food is definitely preferred, but it can be expensive. However, not everything need be bought organic – below are two lists of produce: the dirty dozen that should definitely be organic, and the clean fifteen where you can choose to save some money 🙂
Here is the list of the “Dirty Dozen” or the most pesticide laden food that our market sells in grocery stores. I probably don’t need to mention that pesticides are bad, mostly because we have no idea what they do in our systems and NO ONE has ever actually studied the effects of them and they do not occur in nature in the form they will ultimately be ingested. My advice: buy organic when you purchase the above veggies and fruits.
Here is the list of the “Clean Fifteen”. So these, feel free to buy conventional, unless you want to avoid GMO’s ( I certainly avoid these as they have not been studied at all unless by the company that stands to gain financially by selling them).
When you are buying meat, dairy, or eggs – keep in mind that livestock in this country is fed conventional feed, sometimes feed that is not natural to the animal, and usually they are raised on heavy handed doses of antibiotics. Whatever those animals ate, you will eat. Eat less animal products if you need to, but buy organically, humanely and sustainably raised meat, dairy and eggs.
You may not care about an animal that your going to eat – however, the stress and anxiety produced in a factory farmed animal is well documented and this creates a host of issues in the animal. The USDA has guidelines as far as raising healthy animals, but when you delve into the life of factory farming, it is quickly evident that those minimal guidelines are likely not being followed. People want ‘cheap’ food, but that ‘cheap’ food comes at a cost. Would you knowingly eat a sick animal?
A plant-based diet is best if possible, but at the very minimum, introduce a few meals a week and you also reduce your risk of disease. Your body will certainly thank you! As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or if you have any other questions regarding a non-harming lifestyle or diet.