Make America Organic Again

MAKE AMERICA ORGANIC AGAIN!

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2016, the year of desperate need for many changes! But the one that must change is, it is time to MAKE AMERICA ORGANIC AGAIN!

Just 70 years ago, everything was organic here in America and it was just food. We didn’t have health food stores back then, we just had grocery stores. And not even huge grocery stores but local corner stores. You know, the places where you walked in and you knew the owners and the employees and they knew you and your family. What happened to that?

Without getting too controversial, we all know what happened.

Also, there were more farms back then that weren’t using harmful chemicals and pesticides. You knew the farmer and just exactly how your food was grown and raised. That has changed drastically with the existence of factory farms.

Back then, healthy food didn’t divide us from the wealthy and poor. It makes me sick to my stomach every time I hear someone say they can’t afford to buy organic food. Food is not a luxury and everyone deserves to eat food without GMO’s, chemicals, harmful substances, and pesticides regardless of one’s financial situation.

In the last 5 years, we have seen a remarkable demand for organic and local food. Not even just organic, but specifically a GMO free America. We want and so desperately need transparency in our food labeling. Just a side note, if it is labeled organic it does not contain any GMO’s. But even with the demand, organic food is still not accessible to lower income families and quite frankly most Americans are not educated on eating organic or anything that goes on in our food system. Most people still don’t know what a GMO is or even what gluten is. So, the demand is certainly there but the knowledge and accessabbility is not.

With that, it is tremendously important to make America organic again. Our society will benefit health and financial wise. “Where there is health, there is wealth.”

With this interesting election coming up in the next few months, changing the food system should certainly be the top priority of the Republican or Democrat Party. As Americans, we have the voice and power to change and revolutionize a broken and controversial food system.

                    NOW is the time to MAKE AMERICA ORGANIC AGAIN!

 

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Love,

Sara, “S.O.Eats”

 

MY NAME IS SARA AND I APPROVE THE CONTENTS IN THIS BLOG POST!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 10 Tips To Stick To an Organic Lifestyle on Vacation

Top 10 Tips To Stick To an Organic Lifestyle on Vacation

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Summer break is here! That means going on vacation and having lots of fun in the sun. When traveling, it can be challenging to stay on track with any type of lifestyle or diet. Going on vacation can knock your normal eating routine out of whack but just know it doesn’t have to. Vacation does not mean that your diet has to go completely out the window. There are many ways to stay on track. Most of my peers ask me how I am able to eat when I go on vacation since they know I eat organic at home. But, I am here to tell you that it is possible to stick to your organic lifestyle on vacation. Just follow these top 10 tips to stick to an organic lifestyle on vacation.

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EQUAL EXCHANGE CAFE

EQUAL EXCHANGE CAFE

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Last week, I was in Boston, Massachusetts for the day. As with every major city that I visit, I always search to see if there are any organic places in town. I saw that there was an Equal Exchange Café. For those of you who do not know, Equal Exchange is a Fair Trade, organic company that sells amazing chocolates, coffee, tea, hot cocoa, dried fruit, and nuts. You can buy their products in Whole Foods Market and at almost every natural/organic market. So when I saw that they had an actual café, I HAD to visit it since I never even knew they had a cafe. Even though I was only in Boston for about 8 hours, I found a way to stop by.

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Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Date Someone With Dietary Restrictions

Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Date Someone With Dietary Restrictions

 

Have you ever felt an instant attraction to someone and then you found out that they had dietary restrictions? Maybe your first thought was this person is high maintenance, prestigious, stuck up, and you ran for the door before you even asked them for their number. But why is having dietary restrictions a sign of high maintenance, prestige, and entitlement? When someone eats a certain type of way, others get intimidated and view this person as high maintenance or abnormal. They think they won’t be compatible because of their differences in food habits. Or, they think going out to eat will be a constant struggle. It is unfortunate because you could be missing out on a wonderful person just because they eat a certain type of way. That is silly. Food should not be a deal breaker.

Unfortunately, living an organic lifestyle has been linked to a person who is all those adjectives that I mentioned. That is strictly based on the fact that organic is linked to the expensive prestigious diet, which is so untrue. But let me tell you that just because someone eats organic that doesn’t mean that the person has a sense of entitlement, at all.

If you are afraid that the person who has different eating habits will push their views on you and try to change you, don’t be. That rarely happens contrary to popular belief. Remember, you don’t have to change for anyone and no one has to change for you.

It is an awesome experience to date someone who eats totally different from you. It is a great way to learn about new foods and how to be more compassionate for someone who is either forced to have dietary restrictions or chose a new lifestyle. You’ll get to try new restaurants, new products, and new food items that you never knew about.

Luckily, I have not personally experienced rejection because of my organic lifestyle. I have come across some awesome people who have supported me which I greatly appreciate. And, I never try to change someone either. But, to those of you that have been turned down for your dietary restrictions, I just want to tell you that you will find someone great who understands and supports you.

So, please don’t write off a person just because they follow an organic, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, nut free, paleo or kosher lifestyle. Every person has something beautiful to offer you and his or her eating habits should not deter you from getting to know that person.

Love,

Sara, “S.O.Eats”

*Disclaimer: Surrounding yourself with someone who leads an alternative food lifestyle and knows how to cook and bake may result in healthier, great tasting food, just saying :).

Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo

Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo

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I am so excited to attend the Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo in Atlanta, Georgia this weekend. I am also excited to announce that I am also one of the official bloggers for the Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo. The expo is on April 2nd and 3rd at the Cobb Galleria Centre. This will be my first time attending this expo! I am a huge proponent for all things gluten free and allergen friendly.

This expo is open to the general public. The best part is that you will get to try samples of gluten free and allergen friendly products! On top of that, you will receive coupons!  There will also be many informational seminars relating to a gluten free and allergen free lifestyle. If you want to learn more about a gluten free and an allergen free lifestyle and taste awesome products then this is the expo for you. Also, you will get to meet the vendors behind your favorite gluten free and allergen friendly products. What more can you ask for?

Where can you buy tickets? 

To buy tickets for the event CLICK HERE . Receive 20% off through 4/1/16 by using the code ADVANCE 

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Want to win free tickets to the expo?

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I will be doing a giveaway on my Instagram account @sarasorganiceats , for 5 free tickets to the Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo. Please go to my Instagram account for more details on how to win. A free ticket allows you to pick one of the two days to attend the expo. 

 

I am so excited for the expo and I can’t wait to see you all there!

Love,

Sara, “S.O.Eats”

 

 

 

CONSUMED Digital Release

CONSUMED DIGITAL RELEASE

 

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For those of you who did not get the chance to see CONSUMED’s limited release in movie theaters, the movie will be available on Digital HD and On Demand on March 22. I had the chance to see it in my local theater that was sponsored by GMO Free Florida back in December.

I have never felt an impact as much as I have with any food type of movie like Consumed. Consumed is not a documentary. It is a dramatic thriller and a political movie that shows the complications and politics surrounding genetically modified organisms. It is the first film that is not a documentary to dive into the complex world of GMO’s. Consumed is about a mother who finds an unexplainable rash on her young son and searches for answers on what the illness is. She believed it was caused by the food she was feeding her son, particularly genetically modified organisms. It also intertwines with stories about an organic farmer, scientific researchers and a biotechnology corporation. The best part is that it shows you from all different angles between the farmer, the CEO of the biotechnology corporation, the researchers, and the common people on how GMOs affects us all. The movie is not one sided which is much appreciated. It is fascinating to take a look at the world of GMO’s from all different viewpoints. The reason Consumed is so powerful is because even though it is “just a movie” it is so relatable to what is going on currently in our country with our food system. This movie is such an eye opener and makes you want to start asking a million questions. The movie is so convincing in a way that makes you want to fight for your food rights and think about what you are eating, without the writers of the movie even pushing their views on you. That is how you know how influential this movie is. Unfortunately, many people still have no clue what a GMO is and how it is affecting us and our children. I hope this movie will shed a light to people who have no inkling or even care about what is going on. I commend the filmmakers of Consumed on their brilliant story and for bringing the topic of GMOs to life through a wider audience.The tone of the movie is a gloomy one, filled with paranoia and suspense. I left the movie theater saying, “wow, this is heavy and super intense”, but it is a movie that must be seen by everyone.

Written by husband/wife filmmaking team: Daryl Wein & Zoe Lister-Jones (Lola Versus)
Directed by Daryl Wein (Breaking Upwards)

Starring: Zoe Lister-Jones (currently starring on CBS hit show Life in Pieces), Taylor Kinney (Chicago Fire), Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory), Anthony Edwards (ER), Griffin Dunne (Dallas Buyers Club) Victor Garber (Argo), Beth Grant (The Mindy Project)
& Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon)

 

Please visit the film’s website for more information: http://www.consumedthemovie.com/ . Don’t forget to mark your calendars for March 22!

Love,

Sara, “S.O.Eats”

 

 

Natural Products Expo West 2016

Natural Products Expo West 2016

 

I just got back from the Natural Products Expo West that was held in Anaheim, California. It took place last weekend at the Anaheim Convention Center. This was my third time attending the convention and I had so much fun. Even within the 3 times that I have attended, the show has grown so much. The Natural Products Expo is where companies from all sectors of the organic/natural industry demo their products for distributors, food brokers, retailers, consultants, health professionals, press members, and bloggers. It is so great coming back each year and connecting with organic companies and keeping informed about the industry. With how huge the show was, it just goes to show you how much the organic industry has grown with no signs of slowing down. The best part about attending the show is surrounding myself with like-minded people and professionals who share the same passion as I do. Also, getting to try all the new organic products is always a treat. Expo West never disappoints!

Here are some pictures of the products and booths from the show.

 

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A video of me biking and making a Stonyfield organic smoothie at the same time.

 

 

 

Lookout soon for new posts on new products! See you next year Expo West!

Love,

Sara “S.O.Eats”

 

 

Why is an Organic lifestyle linked to Vegetarian?

Why is an Organic Lifestyle Linked to Vegetarian?

 

So, lately I have noticed that when I talk about living an organic lifestyle to others, the question I receive is “are you a vegetarian or a vegan?”

I have lived an organic lifestyle for 7 years now. Within those years, I have come across so many questions, comments, insults, criticism, doubters, haters, to everything about the organic lifestyle. When I tell someone that I am an organic food/lifestyle blogger or that I live an organic lifestyle they always ask me if I am a vegetarian or a vegan. I get that ALL the time. That is the most common question I receive.

Sometimes I am unclear as to why people link organic to following a vegetarian lifestyle. I know many vegetarians and vegans who actually don’t eat organic or shop at health food stores. I don’t know exactly how vegetarian and organic got linked together. Sometimes I think it is because people link organic to the hippie culture. Back in the 60’s and 70’s, hippie’s were mainly vegetarians or vegans who followed an organic lifestyle.

Also, many people link organic to healthy, which is also completely unrelated. I think others believe that those who follow an organic lifestyle eat more health foods like Kale, Quinoa, and Tofu. Don’t get me wrong, most do but there are those that don’t. Because of that, others automatically assume that those who say they eat organic are vegetarians as well.

In my lifestyle, I eat healthy and I portion control, but my whole organic journey has been based on balance. With living an organic lifestyle, I haven’t given up anything except caffeine (for other reasons, as you can read in How I Broke Up With My Love For Coffee). I am not a vegetarian, a vegan or gluten free or follow a paleo lifestyle or a plant based diet. All of the “diets” that I mentioned have been linked to an organic lifestyle. I don’t identify myself solely with one of those lifestyle labels. I eat a variety of food items that are vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, plant based and paleo but I don’t follow just one of those lifestyles.

My whole purpose for following an organic lifestyle is that I am going back to basics and eating organic like they did 60 years ago but in the modern day without depriving myself from the foods I love. Yes I still eat meat, chicken, dairy, raw cane sugar, and bread, but all organically produced and raised. Of course I limit those items but I don’t deprive myself either. I want to raise awareness that by living an organic lifestyle you don’t have to go into the other categories or lifestyles that are somehow linked to organic. You can live the same life like everyone else without any restrictions but just finding its organic counterpart.

Again, there is nothing wrong with any of the other lifestyles, I think they are fantastic and beneficial. Everyone has their own reasoning and views as to why they eat the way they eat. Just make sure that if you ever want to change your lifestyle, research it completely so that you are getting the right nutrients and follow it properly. Also, no matter what, never ever change your lifestyle just to look cool and fit in with someone you are trying to impress. Always do things for you because you know it is going to make you the best version of yourself.

 

Love, 

Sara, “S.O.Eats” 

 

p.s: Don’t worry, you can still come up to me and ask me if I am a vegetarian. I love and always will welcome any questions. Hopefully you will have read this blog post first, 🙂 haha.

Organic Valentine’s Day

Organic Valentine’s Day

 

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching us (hence the big heart around my logo). Although everyday you should spread love and tell those you love how much you love them, Valentine’s Day is still a day that is dedicated to love. It shouldn’t be about the presents you receive or how much your significant other spent on you. It should be about who you spend it with and of course the delicious sweets you are about to stuff yourself with. Even if you spend Valentine’s Day without anyone, just know that loving yourself is the number one greatest love you can have.

On Valentine’s Day, I feel that you can eat as much sweets as you like and no one can or should judge you for it. Chocolate = Love,  plain and simple. Since this is an indulging holiday, why not indulge in organic sweets? There are so many awesome organic treats and delicious organic chocolates that you can celebrate with. In the past couple of weeks I have found so many delicious organic chocolates and candies at Whole Foods Market that are made specific for Valentine’s Day. For me, it wouldn’t be a Valentine’s Day without Green and Blacks Chocolate or Rigoni Di Asiago Organic Nocciolata ( hazelnut spread A.K.A Nutella). I love dipping organic strawberries in the organic Nutella. I also love dipping organic fruit in melted organic chocolate. Sometimes on Valentine’s Day, I love making organic popcorn and adding organic chocolate chips to it as a yummy and delicious treat.

This week I posted two recipes. One is an Organic Strawberry Milkshake and the other is an Organic Creamy Chocolate Mousse . These recipes are so delicious and easy to make to share with your Valentine. There are so many fun and easy recipes out there that you can make on Valentine’s Day. No need to buy store-bought desserts especially because you have no idea what ingredients they use.

Here are some of the organic Valentine’s Day products that you can try.

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