Recently I read Dr. Walter Crinnion’s book, Clean, Green & Lean where he proposed something curious: what if your environment was to blame for your weight issues? We all hear tons of excuses from when it comes to why a guy is unhealthy or overweight: he can’t afford organic food, he’s are big-boned, it’s genetics, he hates vegetables. Have you ever heard a guy blame his weight issues on his environment? I hardly hear anyone exclaiming that it’s the air that’s making them fat; or it’s the soap they’re using, the toothpaste they brush with each morning, the cologne or body spray they’re using. Why should you look at things other than food for the cause of your health and weight issues?
When we hear the term organic, we immediately think of food. We think of EXPENSIVE food. We think of a ploy for grocery stores to charge you seemingly outrageous prices for produce. Why would anyone want to go to Whole Foods and pay $1.99 per pound for organic navel oranges when you can go to Wal-Mart or some other grocery seller and buy them for 44 cents per orange? No one really takes the time to explain the benefits of organic living beyond ‘it’s better for you’. Organic doesn’t just apply to food; it can apply to the everyday products you use as well. Here’s a short spill to convince you to consider going more organic within your lifestyle and how going organic can improve your health.
Guys want to be skinny. It’s just one of those basic human desires. We want to be thin, we want to be slim, we don’t want to be that guy on the beach or in the club completely covered up head-to-toe just because we have excess fat or a little more jiggle than anyone else. We’re encouraged to be skinny and fit and we’re told all it takes is tons of exercise and to ‘eat right’. Okay, that sounds simple enough. People go forth and exercise: hours and hours are spent in the gym or running because we know to burn fat and lose weight takes exercise and calorie burning. We ‘eat right’ which is a term that carries different meaning based on who you ask: some think it means no red meat, for others it’s no pork, for some, it’s all salmon and fish; then there are the vegetarians who swear by nothing but vegetables and absolutely positively no meat; then there are the vegans, who go by no meat, no dairy, just ‘whole’ foods. Enter in all of the niche groups- those that are intolerant to gluten, those who don’t eat anything white (pasta, bread), those who actually can’t tolerate wheat. So, what exactly does it mean to ‘eat right’ when you’re trying to lose weight and be healthy?
Enter in people like Dr. Walter Crinnion and his book. Organic is a term that’s probably been commercialized too much. It’s lost a lot of it’s meaning and is more synonymous with excessive prices than eating right. Organic is a term that actually goes beyond just food. When you go organic, it means you’re embracing a lifestyle that’s all about natural foods and products. When I discuss weight loss, I always say the main problem people have with healthy eating is all about the nutritional label. Reading labels is scary because it reveals that we really don’t have a clue what we’re eating! Monowhatever, blahblahsucralose … half of the things in labels aren’t food or things you’d find in real food, they’re chemicals and compounds created in a lab. What do they do? Add nutritional value to the food? Make what you’re eating healthier? No, they usually are no better than embalming fluid for foods: they make the foods have longer shelf lives, suck the nutrients and minerals from the food, give foods unnatural hues and colors, make them more sweet and addictive. Now, that doesn’t seem very appealing, does it? Now, that’s what you’re eating … and it’s far from ‘whole’ or natural.
Now, organic is the opposite. In terms of fruit and produce, organic fruit doesn’t have all of the chemicals and pesticides used by farmers to either make their crops more bountiful and plenty or plump things up to monstrous sizes; instead, they use natural treatments to grow their foods so that when you eat an organic apple or strawberry, you’re getting more nutrients, vitamins, and minerals from it because it’s been less tampered with than the cheaper non-organic version. Meat can be organic, too. Grass-fed beef is said to be tastier and healthier than regular and even dairy can be organic. These are all good things: you want to know that if you’re drinking milk, you’re drinking the stuff from a cow, not the stuff from a lab or chemistry experiment. Organic means you’re eating the healthiest, most natural, less tampered with version of the food as you can.
Now, what you don’t consider: our lives and what we consume goes beyond just food! So imagine if you’re doing your best to eat organic but you aren’t living an organic life beyond that. What all are you consuming and putting into your body each day? Think about it for a moment – in the morning you brush your teeth, you use mouthwash, you shave, your spray stuff onto your hair, you moisturize, you use colognes and perfumes and body sprays … all of these things may be actions you do to yourself and they are also things your body is taking in and being exposed to! So read the label of these products: do these things naturally occur in nature? A lot of these products have odd chemicals that can’t be pronounced and are nothing more than science experiments than they are things to keep you healthy. Those fragrances you use are allowing toxins and chemicals to enter your bloodstream; the little toothpaste you swallow allows strange compounds to travel through your body. A lot of these things can end up making you feel sick and sluggish than healthy and spry.
If you really want to get healthy, go organic. Consider the definition of organic to be “anything that is as close to natural or ‘whole’, as found in nature, as possible.” Another consideration: the fewer the chemicals and ingredients, the better. It shouldn’t take 45 strange chemical reactions and compounds to make something like soap. You shouldn’t ‘clean’ with a cleaner that’s going to spread harmful chemicals around your home. What happens when you aren’t using ‘organic’ cleaners, products or food? Well, all of those pesticides, chemicals, and harmful products seep into the air and you consume it: you sniff them, smell them, inhale them, eat them (unintentionally), bathe in them, brush with them and overall, you poison yourself with them. So do you exercise 3 or more times a week, eat right but the weight is still there and you don’t feel energized or healthy? How organic is your life? If you suffer from insomnia, depression, headaches, nausea, allergies, sluggishness, severe mood swings … again, look at what you’re eating and what you’re exposed to. How organic is your life? On the flip side, how chemically packed and influenced is your life?
Being non-organic has more side effects than saving a little more in the grocery store. If you’re not following an organic lifestyle, chances are you’re suffering from toxic overload in some way. The toxins you eat or inhale end up in your body and in turn make you feel sick and make you unhealthy. If you exercise and still have weight issues, it’s probably due to using something(s) not organic. Insomnia problems may be caused by toxins in the air; lingering fat or weight after tons of exercise and healthy eating can be due to pesticides and toxins in your food. Saying this though, there may be other reasons that someone suffers from insomnia. It could also be the fact that they are not getting enough sleep. This could be as simple as switching to a brand new mattress, as this could help with improving comfort levels. Sites like The Dozy Owl explains the importance of getting a brand new mattress.
Additionally, at this point, you’re probably wondering what you can do or should do to turn your life around. You’re thinking that going organic is going to break the bank and that you can’t afford it. You can! Going organic is actually easy and in some ways fun. Consider these easy tips:
1. Buy more organic fruits and vegetables. Certain fruits and vegetables tend to have more pesticides than others. Ideally, you’d want to buy all of your fruits and vegetables organic but let’s face it, who has the money? Start off by buying the following organic: leafy greens (lettuce, spinach, kale, collards); strawberries & raspberries; apples; peaches & nectarines; celery; potatoes; imported grapes; bell peppers. These foods tend to contain the most chemicals and pesticides. Produce like asparagus, onions, papaya, bananas and broccoli tend to have fewer chemicals (even the non-organic versions).
2. Rid your body of toxins. You need to flush out your body and get healthy before you can really enjoy the benefits of organic food. If you’ve been eating a lot of processed or non-organic foods, your body is probably a vessel for chemicals and toxins that have made you weaker, more fatigued and sicker than ever. You need to detox and start over. O/at. It’s true, you don’t need to ru an out aniall diet products or starve yourself for days – all you need to do is increase your fiber intake. Eat more beans, bran, oatmeal and vegetable in general and you’ll help clear things naturally through your digestive system. Basically, the more you poop, the better you’re going to feel.
3. Cut down on the canned foods you buy. The problem with canned foods? A) they’re full of salt B) the cans are lined with plastics (BPA) which leak into the foods, tainting them and you’re consuming who knows what! When you buy vegetables, again, the more natural they appear, the better. Can you go out and pick a can of pineapples in a field? Or do pinto beans grow by the can out in fields waiting for harvesting? No. Yes, dry beans take more time to wash, sort and cook but they’re a much better buy in many cases and far more healthier for you.
4. Rid your home of toxins and chemicals. It’s time for you to go au naturale at home, folks. You don’t want chemicals where you sleep, breathe and especially not where you eat. Go to your kitchen and remove aerosol cans – box them up and put them in a closet far-far away from where you usually are. Do you have any scented plug-ins or use scented sprays! Unplug them or stop using them! Those fragrances used to make your house smell like fresh linen or a field of lilacs are poisoning you and making you sick. Think of how many chemicals it takes to create that ‘natural’ smell. What’s the best way to clean house and rid the air of bad chemicals and toxins? An air purifier! Check out Air Purifier for Medium to Small Rooms if you want to get rid of stale air in your house. These are underutilized and not valued enough. If you live in a stuffy house or apartment, you should have one of these air purifiers that clean allergens, charcoal and pollutants from the air. The HEPA-type are the best and you can get a decent one at Target or Holmes. I was skeptical of this move at first. After one day of buying a purifier for my small apartment, I got the best sleep I’ve had since moving in. I woke up feeling more energized and rested than I have in months! Think of all the weird smells and chemicals that are probably trapped in your home, work office or living space. You literally need to clear the air if you want to truly be organic. Otherwise, all is moot because you’re continually exposed to the bad stuff. So, go out and purchase an air purifier or at least crack open a window and let some air circulate. It’s relatively easy to get an air purifier from somewhere like https://betterairus.com/, so what’s your excuses for not purchasing one?
5. Find natural remedies and recipes for everyday usage. This is the part that’s a bit of work but also a bit fun. Think of all of the things you do each day. Now, how can you do those things naturally or organically? Why do you need toothpaste when brushing with baking soda may bring better results … without all of the chemicals? Why spend a ton on cleaning products when you can make your own out of vinegar and baking soda or from using a cheap vodka? Using organic products such as cleansers, soaps and deodorants will keep your lifestyle clean and clear of pollutants that are making you sick. The best part – your body will start to change. You’ll feel healthier, little lingering symptoms like nausea, allergies or constant coughing will lessen without the need of medications. Also, the less toxins in your body, the more ‘organic’ your entire body becomes which means your body will release fats and the bad stuff more easily and you could lose weight without having to actually work out!
6. Supplement your life. A lot of us don’t get the daily dosages of this or that vitamin, mineral or nutrient. If you’re a meat eater and hate vegetables, you probably are lacking in all of the healthy stuff that comes from chlorophyll in plants. If you’re a vegan, you undoubtedly have a time getting calcium as you would from dairy or some of the B vitamins that are from meats. What are you to do? Supplements like multivitamins can help. There are some who advocate taking 30 or more supplements a day. You can do that if you want and you’re an expert or are working with your doctor to make sure you’re doing the right thing. Or you can stick to some essentials such as a multivitamin that has all of the essentials, a fish oil pill for the Omega-3 and a vitamin C supplement. There are tons of others that you could take and the key is to research them and make sure they aren’t going to work against other conditions or medications you may take.
Organic living is definitely not just a ploy to get you to spend more money or a fad. It’s a lot like fast food: fast food is cheap, it’s addictive but the cheap price and good taste doesn’t make it good for you. Organic food works in a similar fashion: it’s expensive, sometimes it doesn’t taste as good as the food pumped with hormones and chemicals, but it’s ten times better for you. After allowing your taste buds and body time to adjust to the new food, you’ll feel better! You’ll sleep better, you’ll react better, you’ll think more clearer and you’ll lose weight easier too.