“Good Food Is Not A Luxury, It’s A Right”

“Good Food Is Not A Luxury, It’s A Right” 

“Good food is not a luxury, it’s a right.” This quote right here is everything I stand for. A couple of months ago, I wrote a blog post called “Make America Organic Again“, where I touched on the topic that organic food is a right. This week I went to the new Lucky’s Market that just opened up in Plantation, Florida ( a suburb of Fort Lauderdale). As I walked up to the cash register, I saw this huge quote hung up on the wall. It said “Good food is not a luxury, it’s a right.” I saw it and I immediately took a picture of it. The meaning of that quote is something that I strongly believe in.

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How To Stay On Track With An Organic Lifestyle During The Holidays

How To Stay On Track With An Organic Lifestyle During The Holidays

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Holidays occur throughout the whole year. During the months of October through December, when all the big holidays arrive, we give ourselves the permission to gorge a little more than normal thus resulting in forgetting our “diets”. Let’s face it, those holidays are all centered around food first and family and friends second. Our coworkers bring in all these amazing cookies and cakes into the office and there are so many sweets lingering around the house. We tell ourselves “It’s the holidays, it’s okay.” I am sure many of you can relate to that statement. The holidays are a time to enjoy and celebrate with our families and friends and of course to eat our family’s best dishes. The most important thing to remember and to teach ourselves is portion control so that we are able to maintain our weight, still eat our favorite foods, and not pack on those lovely holiday pounds. Also, to maintain an organic lifestyle during this time of year, the best way is to cook with organic ingredients and only keep organics in the house. I am here to tell you that it is possible to get through the holiday season without ruining your organic lifestyle and without buying new pants.

Now if you are like me, who is very devoted to an organic lifestyle, how do I possibly make it through the holiday times with eating organic and maintaining my weight?

Here are a few things that I do.

  1. Since I love to cook and bake, I have taken on the liberty to cook at almost all of our family functions during the holidays. That way, I am certain that everything has been prepared using organic ingredients.
  2. I make all of our family’s favorite holiday dishes using organic ingredients when in the past we used conventional ingredients.
  3. Sometimes we have parties or holidays at my family’s house and they have been so supportive that they will make organic dishes for me. Also, I will usually make something as well and bring it to the party.
  4. Even with the holiday season I still shop, eat, and keep organic food in the house. I wouldn’t sabotage my lifestyle just because these holidays are surrounded by high fattening, un-organic, sugar laden, tempting foods. But, I want to be clear and tell you that I still do eat high fattening, sugar laden foods but made organically and of course in moderation.
  5. The way I maintain my weight during the holidays is really all about portion control and eating small amounts and trying my hardest not to take seconds. I have taught myself the power of portion control and self control and that has made all the difference.

Here are a few things you can do. 

  1. You can offer to cook for your families and find some healthy alternative recipes that still taste great.
  2. Keep organic foods in your house.
  3. Go out and buy organic ingredients for your recipes. This is the only sure way that you know you are sticking to an organic lifestyle.
  4. If you are going to a family or friends house during the holidays, make a few dishes or desserts that you know you will eat and with organic ingredients.
  5. Don’t be afraid to tell the host of the holiday dinner you are going to, of your dietary lifestyle.
  6. Portion Control is the most important to learn and it takes a lot of discipline but you can do it!! It really is all about mind over food. The best advise is to use smaller plates. The smaller the plate you use, the smaller you will take. Also, if you try something and don’t like it, don’t force yourself to eat it.

 

Food brings us together and reminds us of our memories and our family. What makes the holidays so special are the people we share it with especially those friends and family members we only get to see once a year. So please enjoy the food that has been so lovingly prepared. Just remember that you have the willpower to stay on track during the holidays and you can eat food without it eating you.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones!

Love,

Sara, “S.O.Eats”

 

Too Much Nutrition Information Overload

Do you suffer from too much information overload about nutrition and diet from the media and others?

 

This is good,

This is bad,

Don’t eat this,

Don’t eat that,

Today Kale is the best green,

Tomorrow Kale is bad unless you cook it,

Caffeine can boost your metabolism,

Caffeine is bad for you,

Don’t eat eggs they have too much cholesterol,

Eat eggs, they have excellent nutrients for you,

Don’t drink milk it causes cancer,

Drink milk, it’s good for your bones,

Eat meat,

Don’t eat meat,

Don’t use the microwave,

Only eat a raw vegan diet,

This list goes on and on……

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If this sounds like an everyday occurrence, well then you are not alone. The media constantly produces information about what to and what not to eat. You can’t turn the news on nowadays without hearing a new story on why a certain food item is going to harm you or about a food item that is now healthy for you. This can make a person confused and frustrated. On top of that, each person has their own opinions on what is good and not good to eat as well. Some people keep their opinions to themselves while others constantly tell you what you should and should not eat even when they have no evidence. When most people tell you what you should not or should eat, it comes from an opinion that is based on their own experiences rather than facts based on real nutrition. Also, many people use fear tactics to persuade you which is never healthy because you don’t know whether they are doing that to sell you something or because it is actual true. That is something to always remember when you are listening to someone talk about food. Most of us fall into a victim of this to the point where you don’t even want to eat anymore or don’t know which is true or not. After awhile, I just stopped listening and got fed up with all those, this is bad one day, this is good the next. It is hard enough to make decisions everyday on what to eat, but to have the media and other people keep telling us that one day something is good and the next day that it can kill you is an awful mind trick. If you really want to get technical, nothing is actually good for you. I mean with all this information overload that we are fed and the foods to “stay away from” there is really nothing left to eat or drink when it all boils down to it.

My number 1 rule of all the information you hear everyday is to let it go through one ear and out the other. It is always good to listen and then educate yourself but it doesn’t mean you must make yourself crazy. Life is all about balance so if you are eating healthy all day, you can allow yourself to have that one cookie, small slice of cake, or piece of chocolate. Life is all about moderation, portion control, and exercise. You must do what works best for your body, as you know it best. What is good for one person may not be good for the other person. Just eat healthy in the idea of what you think healthy is.

Love, 

Sara, “S.O.Eats”

*Disclaimer- Do not stop eating because of the contents of this article. There is too much delicious organic food in this world to give up now. Always ask a Nutritionist or Doctor if you are ever uncertain with what the media and people are saying on foods to stay away from before you do anything drastic like get your nutrients from solar energy.