Eat Fresh. Eat Fresh. I said it three times but what does it really mean? I thought it meant to eat only raw veggies and fruits, but it doesn’t. If your body is searching for nutrients, it will remain hungry, and it will ask you to eat again. This is where, I believe, dieters fail themselves. Calories are definitely king in weight loss but ask yourself:
“Why is it that most dieters end up gaining the weight + back after their diet is over”?
A) lack of nutrients in the body
B) old overeating habits
The correct answer is C. After starving your body by dieting on frozen, pre-made, non-fat diet entrees, diet soda, and a few pesticide salads tossed in the mix. When the dieting torture is over WHAT DO YOU THINK your body wants? WHOLE, FRESH NUTRITION, and it’s hungry. Think about it.
If you are making an investment in your health and that of your family’s then, the first priority should be to ensure that what everyone consumes works hard for their bodies. Whole, fresh, organic nutrition and pure spring or artesian water are more important than anything else that you can buy for yourself or your family. Nutrients are the building blocks of life.
What “Eat Fresh” means is to source organic food locally to increase nutritional content and absorption.
It also means to eat food fresh/local rather than aged and conventional. The moment food is picked from the vine it starts to lose its nutrition. The longer it takes to reach your table the more nutrition it has lost. If you are bargain shopping organic food to save money but your food is over two months old, it is still better than pesticide or GMO food, but the longer it journeyed to reach you the less nutritious it will be when you consume it. Make sense?
If savings is what you are after, search out your local organic Farmer’s Market vendors. You can save as much as .50 cents a pound on fruit, and if you shop at the end of the day perhaps, even more. If weather inhibits the growth of a variety of produce, organic flash frozen produce is another option.
Nutritional Comparison: Organic Versus Non-Organic
Below is an assortment of organically grown items to compare to conventional produce. What I encourage you to think about is what the nutrients actually DO for your body and how much MORE of them you are getting by consuming organic produce.
Organic apples, potatoes, pears, wheat and sweet corn all have drastically higher nutritional content than their conventionally grown counterparts, including:
63: Percent more calcium. (Calcium helps build bones)
78: Percent more chromium. (Chromium is a critical cofactor in the action of insulin)
73: Percent more iron. (Iron helps build strong muscles and fill you with energy)
118: Percent more magnesium. (Magnesium is a key contributor in metabolism)
178: Percent more molybdenum. (Copper, zinc, selenium, and molybdenum are involved in many biochemical processes supporting life. The most important of these processes are cellular respiration, cellular utilization of oxygen, DNA and RNA reproduction, maintenance of cell membrane integrity, and sequestration of free radicals.)
91: Percent more phosphorus. (Phosphorus is essential to bone strength, because it’s the main structural component of bones and teeth, as calcium phosphate. Phosphorus is also an important element in energy production).
125: Percent more potassium. (Potassium helps your muscles contract, helps regulate fluids and mineral balance in and out of body cells and helps maintain normal blood pressure by blunting the effect of sodium. Potassium may also reduce your risk of recurrent kidney stones and possibly bone loss as we get older).
60: Percent more zinc. (Zinc stimulates the activity of about 100 enzymes in the body. It also supports: your healthy immune system, is necessary to synthesize DNA, is essential for wound healing and supports the healthy growth and development of the body during adolescence, childhood and pregnancy).
Overall, Organic Produce Delivers:
40: Additional percentage of antioxidants contained in organic fruit and vegetables compared with non-organic. (An antioxidant is a molecule that inhibits the oxidation of other molecules. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that transfers electrons or hydrogen from a substance to an oxidizing agent. Oxidation reactions can produce free radicals. In turn, these radicals can start chain reactions. When the chain reaction occurs in a cell, it can cause damage or death to the cell. Antioxidants terminate these chain reactions by removing free radical intermediates, and inhibit other oxidation reactions).
30: Percentage increase in levels of flavonoids contained in organic vegetables compared with conventionally grown produce. (Flavonoids can increase the vitamin c inside cells and may inhibit the destruction of collagen, the most abundant protein in the body, which may keep you younger looking)
55: Additional percentage of vitamin C contained in organic tomatoes at the stage of commercial maturity, compared with conventional tomatoes.
79 and 97: Percentage increase in levels of quercetin (reduces blood pressure) and kaempferol, both flavonoids, in organic tomatoes compared with conventional tomatoes. A10-year study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry compared organic tomatoes with standard produce and found that organic tomatoes had almost double the quantity of antioxidants.
139: Additional percentage of phenolic content (associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular and degenerative diseases, and some forms of cancer) contained in organic tomatoes at the stage of commercial maturity, compared with conventional tomatoes.
57: Additional percentage of lycopene (considered a potential agent for prevention of some types of cancers, particularly prostate cancer) contained in organic ketchup with conventional national brands.
30: Average percentage increase in levels of resveratrol (antioxidant linked to reduce risk of cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and heart disease) found in organic red grapes compared with conventionally grown red grapes.
49: Average percentage of whole food ingredients contained in organic breads, versus 24 percent in “natural” bread and only 12 percent in conventional bread.
58: Percentage increase of polyphenols (antioxidants that help prevent cardiovascular disease) in organically grown berries and corn compared with conventionally grown berries and corn.
52: Percentage increase in levels of vitamin C in organically grown berries and corn compared with conventionally grown berries and corn. (Vitamin C strengthens immunity, protects from diseases like scurvy and is essential to the development and maintenance of scar tissue, blood vessels, and cartilage)
And on and on…
WHAT I DO:
I shop Farmer’s Markets to purchase my produce, dairy, nuts and dried fruits as well as meats from local, organic vendors. I supplement with items from Whole Foods. I dine predominately at organic restaurants with the same local, fresh standards as I have. When faced with having to make a choice at a non-organic restaurant, I choose wild fish and dine on only vegetables low in pesticides or breads baked with olive oil.
Summing It Up:
Nutrients are what our bodies run on. If you’re not feeling energized or good about your weight, what are you feeding yourself to ensure your body isn’t starved for nutrition? Search for local, fresh organic foods to increase essential vitamin and mineral absorption. In Nutritional Comparison studies organic produces delivers more nutrients as compared to the same conventional produce.
Journey to Organic… It’s fresh
Be Well xo