I didn’t find the organic life, the organic life found me

I Didn’t Find the Organic Life, the Organic Life Found Me

 

I didn’t find the organic life, the organic life found me. This is a quote that I coined a few years ago when I took a look at my story to where I am now. I always say that I didn’t find the organic life, the organic life found me because it is true. This has been a 9 year journey that I have been on now with living an organic lifestyle. This lifestyle has literally saved my life as I have mentioned in previous blogs. I am who I am today because of the hardships that I went through about 9 years ago. I have never truly opened up to many people about why I live an organic lifestyle. In 2018, I am committed to being more open. So, here is my story.

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Thankful for Organics

Thankful for Organics

 

I am so thankful for organics. This is the time of year where we reflect on all the things we are thankful for. Although everyday is a chance to show gratitude, this time of year is especially important. This year has been a fantastic year! There have been many ups and downs but I am so thankful for it all. Continue reading “Thankful for Organics”

Talk Organic to Me

Talk Organic to Me

Talk organic to me. Yes, it is true. I love when people talk to me about organic food and the organic lifestyle. My already light blue/green eyes get lighter and my whole body is glowing when I am having a conversation about organics. You can literally see my pupils dilating. Why do I like when people talk organic to me? Well, it is simple. I have the largest passion for organics and it sets my soul on fire. Continue reading “Talk Organic to Me”

How to Stay Energized with Proper Nutrition

How to Stay Energized with Proper Nutrition

 

Proper nutrition is extremely important to stay healthy and energized throughout the day. Eating healthy and sticking to a certain lifestyle is challenging in itself. We all lead busy and hectic lives these days, which can certainly derail our health efforts. But just know that is doesn’t have to. With proper planning and proper nutrition, you can all feel energized throughout the day. Continue reading “How to Stay Energized with Proper Nutrition”

“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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Cascadian Farm

Cascadian Farm

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Last week I was in Seattle, Washington. Seattle is one of the top 10 most organic cities in the United States. Since I knew that beforehand, I was so excited to visit new organic places. Even though I had a list already of the places I wanted to visit, I forgot that Cascadian Farm was out of Washington. I think the reason I forgot was because they are not actually in Seattle. One of the days on my trip, we took a drive to Diablo Lake, which is a beautiful mountainous area famous for its’ turquoise colored lake. On the way, we passed by this little house situated on beautiful land with the sign of Cascadian Farm Organic. I was so excited to have seen it and I even think I was screaming a bit from the excitement. I must have been so annoying but that’s what finding organic places does to me. We made a u-turn since it was on the left side of the road and we went to the farm.

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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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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.

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”