For the sake of your families, it’s best to buy organic wherever you can. Many products aren’t available in organic varieties, so we have to do without, but many items are being made with safe ingredients and processes these days, like furniture, bedding, clothing, toys, and food.
If you’re looking to adopt an organic lifestyle or you just need some tips on doing it right, read below.
1. Do your research – You probably have a lot more option for organic food in your community than you know of. You may have to venture away from your favorite supermarket and into some boutique shops or small, family-owned groceries.
2. Check out farmers’ markets – The best place to buy food is from the people who made it. They won’t bother with chemicals and preservatives if the food only has to travel a short distance to be sold. Many farmers are making the transition to organic because the trend is becoming more popular, so you’re sure to find plenty of it.
3. Know your terms – Phrases like “all natural” and “organic” get thrown around a lot, but they don’t always mean the same thing. What is “natural?” Sulfur is natural, but you wouldn’t eat it. These terms are just marketing terms used by companies to persuade buyers. Look for actual organic certifications by agencies you recognize. Further, “100% organic” means everything is organic, but “organic” might mean only parts of the item are made organically.
4. Learn how the food is made – In your quest for a healthier lifestyle, you might prohibit anything non-organic from your home. This isn’t necessary. Some foods aren’t labeled organic because they never used pesticides or additives in the first place. They don’t want to just slap the “organic” label on, otherwise people will assume it’s more expensive than it has to be. You don’t need to buy the following items organic: pineapple, cabbage, bananas, eggplant, mango, sweet corn, onion, avocado, asparagus, kiwi, and peas.
5. Don’t be overly restrictive – Keep in mind that our goal is better health, so there’s no need to limit yourself to only organic food. Those little packages of crackers your son or daughter likes and fit so neatly into a lunch bag? Probably not organic. But weigh the overall healthiness of each time, with it’s organic-ness just one factor.
I hope that helps! Do you have any organic shopping tips?
Written by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk
As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.
She asked herself, “What if I could revolutionize the way parents decorated their crib with a safe and stylish teething rail cover that could be placed on the crib from day one?” Babee Talk® launched in 2014 with organic bedding and accessories. Chew-friendly, drool-friendly, and organic inside and out, her products ensure a healthy start in life for babies.
She only offers products that she would provide for her own children. She hopes moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing safe, healthy, eco-friendly products, especially for babies.
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