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Cost Conscious guide to eating healthy, how buy Organic on a budget

Do you think eating organic healthy food isn’t affordable?

Do you also have those moments, where you wonder if anything you do makes a difference?  You want to live in an ideal world…. You want to eat the right organic food, make the right choices for yourself,  the environment… You are after all a responsible, conscious, aware individual.

We all have those moments when we are standing in the grocery store holding a $10 piece of organic broccoli and wondering if it’s really going to make a difference, to the $2 store brand….

And let’s be honest when faced with this dilemma unless the dollars are rolling in – we all often go for the $2 option, as the difference is too extreme for anyone to let it slide.

Endless Choices: How to Prioritize and why

The world we live in today has choices coming at us hard and fast – what is a smart, conscious girl to do in the face of it all?

organic vegetable hamper

One option is to curl up in bed and hope to wake up in a world where everything is healthy and organic?  Or can we have healthy food on a budget.  And conquer the dilemma once and for all.

I am here to share a few Healthy Organic Affordable food tips with you – Let’s call it the Cost Conscious guide to Eating Healthy.

I advise prioritizing purchases.  Here is the order of my everyday preferences, depending on what is possible, and of course the price at the time, I’ll go into each in more detail a little further down:

  1. Grow your own
  2. Organic: via farmers markets, or Health shops
  3. Local: Farmers Market
  4. Supermarket Organic
  5. Supermarket fresh food

Cost Conscious Reasoning behind these Choices

  1. Grown your own

    This takes a bit of space and effort, however, the fruits of your labor will be worth it (pun intended).  It’s cost effective, and you know what you have and haven’t sprayed. There are even options for people living in flats called Garden towers, all you need is a balcony. And if you grow your own, I also recommend using a Bokashi, the easy, organic way to recycle your food scraps into fertilizer for your crops.

  1. Organic: via Organic markets, or Health shops

    We are often shocked at the price of Organic food, on that small sad shelf in the supermarket, however, if you go to a local farmers market you’d be surprised at the difference in price and the variety that is available.

    For those that doubt the benefits of eating organic, check out the research done on a Swedish family of five, who were tested before and after 2 weeks of organic food.  Their first urine test contained over 16 different chemicals. Which were are either herbicides, fungicides, insecticides or growth inhibitors.

    Only 2 weeks later, their urine was chemical free.  Scientists admit, that while one chemical in our system would be within regulated safety limits for consumption, we have yet to test the human body for such a cocktail of chemicals.  I guess only time will tell what those results will be.

    Personally, I would rather not need to eat organic, I’d like to live in a world where our food and products are NOT toxic.

  1. Local: Farmers Market

    Get to know the regular stalls and the markets.  I’ve gotten to know some growers who don’t spray with chemicals, and who are not big enough to afford the organic certification (an expensive and lengthy process).  So, I buy my affordable fresh food from them.

    Another benefit of being local is that it is likely to have been picked when ripe, rather than when green and shipped/ frozen – which means it will be fuller of all the taste, nutrients and minerals your body requires for optimum health.  And depending on where you live, the chemicals that your country uses may be less severe from those less regulated abroad.

    An additional benefit of buying local means you also buy in season.  Which is much better for your health as the earth grows the right veggies that our bodies require in the season, once again Mother Nature knows best e.g. Vegetables in the spring detoxify getting the body ready for summer, winter vegetables like beets and potatoes add protein and build up the body ready for the winter.

  1. Supermarket Organic

    The organic selection in Australia’s Major supermarkets may be the saddest I’ve ever seen, however, it is still likely to be healthier than their GMO veggies in the next isle.

  2. Supermarket fresh food

    My last choice. There are times though that I need some vegetables, and there are no markets. If I do buy from the supermarket I try to avoid the dirty dozen (tested to have more pesticides and chemicals on them), and these are: Apples, Peaches, Nectarines, Strawberries, Grapes, Celery, Spinach, Sweet bell peppers, Cucumbers, Cherry tomatoes, Snap peas (imported) and Potatoes.

 How to save more money on your Healthy Eating choices:

Farmers market organic produce

While above is my list of preferences on which food to go for, there are also some great ways of cutting costs when the end goal is good healthy fresh food, such as;

  • Join a local community garden – these are popping up all over the place, check your local council for a list, on what’s near you.
  • Join a Local Coop: Discounted group buying, there is a focus on organic – chemical free, as the group buys in bulk you all pitch in some help packing and share the savings. Search online for one near you, or for a smaller list check here.
  • Find local harvest options near you
  • Buy online, there is surely someone selling something near you
  • Join the Sharing economy, swap your lemons or parsley for someone else’s beans, some people are even happy to swap compost for food:

Cost conscious guide to eating healthy and organicLittle steps lead to bigger changes.

We all have a say in how we live our lives, what we eat, and the small actions we can make daily for our own good health, that of our family, friends, community and planet.  Each small action contributes, and while we perhaps can’t change the world overnight, being conscious of our health, what and how we buy certainly contributes to the steps it will take to living in a more enlightened away, and in harmony with the world around us.

Be sure to enjoy your future fresh food purchases, and let me know if you have any tips that I might not have thought of, I’d love to hear them.

Sources:

Swedes show how eating organic eliminates a family’s pesticide load

 

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Top 5 ways to support Arthritis Naturally

Yes, it’s ironic, that I’d be writing about Natural Arthritis Prevention and management when my “Wayfarer’s Magic: Comfrey Ointment”, provides relief to Arthritis.

Yet,  I’d prefer to prevent Arthritis than manage the symptoms of it. Wouldn’t we all prefer a happy pain-free world for everyone at whatever age?

As Hippocrates, once said ‘Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food’, and there was never truer words spoken. And it’s these words that play in my mind as I continually educate myself on good health and well-being.

Friday Bingo

Friday Bingo

When I volunteered at an aged care home in Buenos Aires, I was in charge of Friday’s bingo and had the honour of meeting Betty* (* name has been changed to protect the not so innocent).  Betty had been married, must’ve and still was a stunner – she captured my imagination with the stories of the wild escapades of her youth.  Sure, skinny dipping in the river with a bunch of girlfriends might not be shocking now, it certainly was back in the 1930’s.

Betty had been married, must’ve and still was a stunner – she captured my imagination with the stories of the wild escapades of her youth.  Sure, skinny dipping in the river with a bunch of girlfriends might not be shocking now, it certainly was back in the 1930’s.

She was independent, strong and positive, the only thing that bothered her was her Rheumatoid Arthritis. She often spoke of her inability to hold a pen to write to her 3 grandchildren living in the USA, and wasn’t able to knit as she’d done all her life.

I wish I knew more about Arthritis then, and if she were still around this is the advice I’d be giving her:

Manage and Prevent Arthritis by following these simple steps:

  1. Keep hydrated, drink water – this is what keeps the fluid in our body well oiled, and rids our body of waste products that otherwise contribute to the Arthritic inflammation.
  2. TurmericEat beneficial spices such as Turmeric to your diet wherever you can, this earlier post explains how. Ginger also calms inflammations as does Cinnamon.
  3. Make sure you are getting your Omega 3-6-9, either through eating Fish, Flaxseed/ Olive Oil or Udo’s 3-6-9 Oil which is the best oil for all three Omegas.
  4. Eat enough veggies & Fruit: Preferably organic or home grown, especially berries for antioxidants, citrus fruit or kiwi for vitamin C, broccoli, dark green veggies as well as squash, carrots and apricots:
    • – Organic is preferred, as it is free of chemical pesticides, it also has more nutrients and minerals from the soil for our body so it can more readily renew our cellar tissue.
  5. Avoid Coffee, Alcohol, Smoking, food additives and Sugar-
    – These either stop the nutrients you need from being absorbed in your body, which you need for cell renewal, or they directly help to cause the inflammation.

Yes, I would also gift Betty a jar of my “Wayfarers Magic: Comfrey Ointment”, as an adventurous traveller I have no doubt she’d have loved the name and the opportunity to use it.

More than that, I’d have like to see her on a healthier diet that was able to manage/prevent the pain caused to her by Arthritis. If nothing else so she’d be able to write her grandchildren without needing to dictate her innermost thoughts and affections for them through another.

Highly recommend this book if you’d like to know more: The Autoimmune Fix

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New Product. Eternal Serenity Face Oil Debuts

EternalSerenity005Wahoo!!! Eternal Serenity Face Oil finally makes its debut.  I’ve been using it for awhile and have to admit am completely loving it (I know I say this with all my products, and while it could be a sales pitch, it’s not!  If I test something and it’s not working, and I don’t love it – I make it again and certainly don’t keep using it or make it sell.  If I don’t love it then don’t expect anyone else to either – so I am both the critic and guinea pig of all testing :)).

While I was moving I ran out and didn’t have it with me for over a month and the difference was significant –  so glad to have settled in, finishing my first new batch and having my skin is back to its natural healthy glowing, soft self – which is why I am so thrilled to now have the opportunity to share it with you all.

It’s made up of the same  Comfrey Infused Blend that is also used in my other products, however the difference is in the additional oils which are just heaven for the skin;

Hemp oil is pure food for the skin, Regenerates and Rejuvenates the skin’s protective layer, thanks to its high levels of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, it has a composition similar to skin lipids, which makes it an great natural emollient and moisturiser.

Argan oil is extremely rich in nutrients including fatty acids and vitamin E.  It softens, hydrates, reducing wrinkles by restoring elasticity and has an anti-oxidant effect. On top of that it also helps to heal acne and reduce inflammation

Red Raspberry Seed oil is especially protective of the skin, shielding it from UV-B and UV-C rays as well as infrared. It is also anti-inflammatory due to high content of alpha linolenic acid and phytosterols therefore helpful for eczema and psoriasis and has anti-ageing benefits thanks to it’s anti-oxidant properties.

And the essential oils used are also particularly great for the skin in how the tone, embalm, even out the skin tone, calm and EternalSerenity006smooth out the skin too.  Our skin is our first contact point to the world, it’s important what we put on it, and these ingredients are pure nutrients for the skin.

Anyone interested in trying some, to celebrate it’s debut feel free to use the discount code SERENE  for a 20% off, valid for the next 2 weeks. Find it in my shop here.

The healing Magic of Comfrey

comfrey ointmentI for one, have this innate believe that whatever illnesses, aches and pains that we might have, there is a natural solution, just often times we may not know of it, it doesn’t quiet have the marketing clout or PR budgets that a packaged product might have, and lets be honest most research is paid for by pharmaceuticals, so more often than not natural products don’t quiet have the field testing or quantifiable scientific research behind it.

The reason I bring this up is, that in the past and often my favorite herbs of all times can been seen to get undeserved bad rap, please see sources articles at the bottom if you’d like some more information on all that.  Comfrey has a vast history, it was used to heal bones, bump and bruises by the gladiators, was used by wise women and healers in medieval times to the point it earned the nickname ‘knitbone’, which it is still know by today, and is still widely used.

While it gets an undeserved wrap for internal use, it is still a star for external treatments and highly recommended.  I personally use it for almost everything, I make my own organic ointments from an organic sunflower oil infused with comfrey, to which I add burdock, devils claw, calendula, lavender and horsetail as well as some all healing essential oils such as juniper, cedarwood, bergamot and frankincense – all organic and all natural ingredients (I love seeing and knowing what goes into my concoctions, as then I know what it is where it comes from). In the rose version I’ve used Rose geranium and Rose otto oils instead of the other essential oils, which smell incredibly delicious and great to use on your face at night.

comfrey ointmentIn my lip balms which are a new comfrey offshoot,  I add lemon balm, lemon verbena, calendula and camomile as well as peppermint essential oil for that hint of freshness.

My body oils are something I’ve been using myself for ages and really works a treat, it’s the same comfrey infused oil as listed above, only I’ve added sweet almond oil, coconut oil, arnica oil and grapefruit Essential oil which is a great start to the day and is great for the skin and cellulite too.  As you can tell, am loving comfrey and the products. I’ve tested it on any issues that come up for me, pulled a muscle in my neck last week and apply the ointment before going to be and voila, after two nights it’s gone, I use it on my RSI, burns and any achy muscles, I see it help my mum’s arthritis, and a friends eczema – I even use it as a night cream and am loving that too.  I suggest you try it, or look into what natural remedies and products work for you.

I recall someone asking me once if I would drink petroleum, to which of course the answer is no – however we do daily slather our skin, which is our largest organ in just that – I dare you to go and read the label of the product you are using. I was shocked that indeed my oh so healthy cocoa butter that I was using was also a petroleum based, nothing other than a bi-product from the petrol industry – of course from that day onwards I’ve stocked up on organic coconut oil and have been using my home made recipes ever since. You can make so much right at home and it’s equally as good, cheap and much healthier for you, your skin and the environment.

Anyway, if your looking for some healing you can drop me an email if your in Adelaide and would like to buy some, I can at times be found at the Flinders Street Market, or in stock at the Organic Ministry and online you can also find my products on etsy.com, click here.

Or would like to find out more, please feel free to check out some of these resources:
Comfrey website (this is the place in French Island that I first learnt all about the magic of comfrey )
Scientific Research  (although do look at whose funding the research, no all research is created equal – I wish it were)
Summary and a good detailed overview of comfrey
Herbs are Special website, more interesting information about comfrey

Another good source of information and uses