Eat Your Plants
I don’t want to sound like your doctor during your yearly physical, but eating your fruits and vegetables is very important to living a healthy life. Last fall I took a very interesting class where I learned a lot about the powerful health benefits found in all plant foods(fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds). This class made me take a step back from my eating habits (which was already fairly healthy) and made me start to really think about what I was eating everyday. Eating ‘healthy’ is more than just eating salads and not eating fast foods/junk foods. Eating healthy requires a mindfulness. You need to be aware of the foods you are eating and what they have to offer you.
In the class we talked about organic vs. non-organic fruits and veggies and it was very eye opening. I know organic options are more expensive, but your health is worth the extra couple dollars spent on the organic options. The non-organic fruits and veggies are either filled with GMOs or covered in pesticides/insecticides, which are harmful to health. One way GMO foods can cause health issues is through the introduction of free radicals into your body. Simply, free radicals are a form of stress placed on the body by introducing foreign substances to your cells. These free radicals are very unstable molecules that steal an oxygen from our healthy cells (this is called oxidation) and they take over these cells and can cause damaging changes to the DNA of that cell. Through this, free radicals can cause premature aging and increase cancer risk. Luckily the best way to fight against free radicals is through antioxidants; and thankfully organic fruits like berries and veggies like broccoli, spinach, and kale are good sources of antioxidants.
So the next time you are at the grocery store take a peak at the labels and make the choice for organic. It is a little extra, which is extremely upsetting because the foods that will give you a healthier life cost more than a bag of chips. But honestly you can’t bring this money with you when it is time to leave this Earth, so why not spend a little extra money to make the time you have here as healthy and lively as possible?
That is my rant for this week. Sorry I suck and haven’t posted in a while, I don’t have a good excuse for that. I have been trying to enjoy my summer and time just gets away from me. Thanks for reading!