Healthy Lifestyle: What are the Lifetime Benefits of Organic Food

What are the Lifetime Benefits of Organic Food

The benefits of organic food are numerous. We buy and eat organic food, because it’s better for our environment, for biodiversity, for our food supply, for our health, and for farmers as well. How to explain all these advantages?

For us, to buy organic food is a way to contribute to a better world. With this in mind, we have no problem with the extra price we pay for organic food. It’s an investment that pays off immediately.

Organic food is in fact cheap because we hardly spend money on doctors or medication. We also enjoy to invest in the devotion and enthusiasm of the organic farmers and shopkeepers we know. We admire their craftsmanship and their courage for going against the conventional farmers and food industry.

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Food with a conscience, is more than just healthy food

Food with a conscience, is more than just healthy food

Food with a conscience is something most of us want more and more. We visit the supermarket and try to think beyond what we want on our plate. Yes, we want healthy food, but we also want to know where the food comes from.

However, the more we have to buy, the more difficult it is to keep track of our good conscience. That’s why I’ve made up some rules of thumb for ‘food with a conscience’.

Straight from the field

When I lived at home with my parents this was totally different. We used to buy our food everyday. Most of the food was cultivated nearby. Now and then we went to a farmer to pick up food ourselves straight from the field.

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What are 7 Healthy Eating Habits when You want to Be Active?

Healthy Eating Habits?

In the Netherlands, when we were children, we ate 2 sandwiches with chocolate sprinkles or peanut butter for breakfast. The same for lunch. And at the end of the day between 5 and 6 pm the warm meal: potatoes, meat and vegetables.

The same every day.

Later, when Tom and I had our son and wanted to be a healthy family, we changed some of these habits. Only fruits for breakfast, sandwiches with cheese for lunch and more variation for the evening meals, alternating the usual Dutch food with rice, pasta, salads and such. Changing the time to a hipper 7 to 8pm.

It is obvious that the heavy stuff was digested at night. Now that we are aging we have a completely different opinion about whether that are healthy eating habits. We want to be both active and sleep well. Food plays an important role in accomplishing that.

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To eat healthy or not to eat healthy? Is that the question?

Drink enough water

‘To eat healthy’, gets far more gravity in these days of confinement. That is because to sit at home all day comes with the imminent risk of over-eating and under-exercising.

It takes quite some self-discipline to eat healthy and to stay in motion when locked up inside four walls.

But what is ‘to eat healthy’? Does this mean that you eat healthy food and drink healthy? Most eat-professionals suggest certain food consumption behaviors. For example:

  • Chew your food well
  • Take and mark your time to eat
  • Drink enough water
  • Eat fresh produce 
  • Vary what you eat from one day to the other

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Blue and purple food, the royal colors

Blue and purple food, the royal colors

The last 40 years Tom and I breakfast with fruits. Back then we didn’t vary a lot. One reason being there wasn’t that much available and the other one that we were not as much into trying new things as we are nowadays. Apple, orange and banana – that was about it.

My father had Alzheimer’s, so whenever I read or hear something about preventing this dreadful disease I am all eyes and ears. Blueberries are said to benefit your brain immensely, making me include them in my breakfast almost every day now. 

There are more reasons to add blue and purple food to your plate.

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Green food and why I should have eaten it more as a kid

Green food and why I should have eaten it more as a kid

When I was a child I hated spinach, cabbage, leek, lettuce and Brussels sprouts the most.* Do you see a resemblance in this row of vegetables?
I didn’t! Until I started this blog about green fruits and vegetables.

Unfortunately my mother was a really bad cook I am sorry to say. Don’t get me wrong, I love(d) my mother dearly. But it wasn’t until my husband started to be the cook in the house that I discovered that food – any food – can taste deliciously. And that I came to the conclusion that not only my mother, but I too am a very bad cook. 🙂

Yet it should have been a big advantage if I had eaten more green vegetables as a kid. For years I suffered from severe bronchitis and one of the major plus points of green food is its ability to dissolve mucus in the lungs!

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White fruits and vegetables

White fruits and vegetables

A high intake of white food may reduce the risk of a stroke with 55%. In a Western diet white fleshy fruits and vegetables are the most common. They constitute 40% of the total fruits and vegetables consumption.

Some ten years ago my father died. Ten years before that he had a massive stroke. After the stroke he was no longer able to speak anymore. His walking capacities were also badly impaired.

Strokes usually run in the male line of the family. That’s why his stroke was a wake-up call for me. I cannot tell whether he ate too little white fruits and vegetables. As far as I remember he hardly ate any fruits. But why are white fruits and vegetables so important?

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What’s wrong with milk? 

What’s wrong with milk? 

Can anything be wrong with milk? When we were young we drank three glasses of milk a day. And we ate a lot of cheese and yogurt. Dairy products were considered extremely healthy.

In 2015 the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) still recommended three glasses of (fat free or low fat) milk per day for adults. The question is of course whether their dietary guidelines are free of agricultural concerns.

Of course, what we ate and drank when we were young brought us were we are now. Nevertheless dairy has lost much of its appeal. So, what’s wrong with milk?

The ‘wrongs’ of milk

Some myths about milk have been dismantled. The ‘wrongs’ of milk are diverse. Milk can cause nasty respiratory and digestive problems. Moreover, some of the replacements of milk produce comparable problems.

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Yellow food, perfect for your skin

yellow food

In the series about colored food (not meaning food that is colored but has a color!) yellow food has two big benefits: it’s a mood booster and it’s very beneficial for your skin. Like its color it’s sunny, glowing and radiant.

Yellow fruits and vegetables contain phytochemicals, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that can combat against severe illnesses and heart issues. 

One of the phytochemicals in yellow fruits and vegetables is called bio-flavonoid. This is sometimes referred to as Vitamin P. This element is especially helpful for the skin to replenish itself.

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Red Food: red is the color of love for a reason

Red food

They always say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. I have always thought this was a funny expression, but I have to admit Tom cares more about good tasting food than I do. I eat to stay healthy. 

And especially when you are getting older it’s important to look carefully at what you eat. The emphasis lies on variety. Second important aspect is to look at which part of your body and health needs extra attention.

For example: my husband had a couple of fierce gout attacks years ago and has kept a purine-free diet ever since. I have a tendency for arthritis, so I avoid among other things the use of salt and alcohol.

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