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Organic & Plant-Based.

A whole-food, plant-based diet is centered on whole, unrefined, or minimally refined plants. It’s a diet based on fruits, vegetables, tubers, whole grains, and legumes; and it excludes or minimizes meat (including chicken and fish), dairy products, and eggs, as well as highly refined foods like bleached flour, refined sugar, and oil.
— https://www.forksoverknives.com/whole-food-plant-based-diet/

Organic

The term “organic” refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed. While the regulations vary from country to country, in the U.S., organic crops must be grown without the use of synthetic pesticides, bioengineered genes (GMOs), petroleum-based fertilizers, and sewage sludge-based fertilizers. Organic livestock raised for meat, eggs, and dairy products must have access to the outdoors and given organic feed. They may not be fed antibiotics, growth hormones, or any animal by-products. Growth hormones in our food make us grow and gain weight rapidly. It's the reason why we look at kids today and say to ourselves, "Wow they are big for 10-11-year-olds." 

Pesticides are chemical compounds that are used to kill pests, including insects, rodents, fungi and unwanted plants (weeds). Pesticides are used in public health to kill vectors of disease, such as mosquitoes, and in agriculture, to kill pests that damage crops. By their nature, pesticides are potentially toxic to other organisms, including humans, and need to be used safely and disposed of properly
— http://www.who.int/topics/pesticides/en/

I started to invest in organic produce because I found out in 2014 I had type 1 diabetes. After learning this, I dived head first into articles, books, and websites to determine how I can prevent myself to stay healthy as possible. During my research, I came across a video and article by Dr. Sebi (rest in peace), who is reported to have helped patients cure AIDS, Cancer, Diabetes, and more. Some of the information that he's shared has shaped what I eat and how I eat them. During my research, I learned that by eating organically you avoid the risk of consuming large amounts of Pesticides. Did you know Pesticides were derived from nerve gases developed by Germans defense industry in World War 2? Scientist found by simple changes in Molecules, instead of having the toxicity be for human beings, they could use the toxicity to target insects.   

Pesticides are linked to illness such as Cancer, Neurodevelopmental issues, Hormone disruption, Neurological, Skin, eye and lung issues. Pesticides are dangerous by design. Their job, after all, is to wipe out living organisms, so it's no surprise that they may cause health risks to people in some cases. Health risks depend not only on the toxicity of a pesticide's ingredients but also how much you're exposed to them. Also, some people, like children, pregnant women, sick people and the elderly may be more sensitive to the effects of pesticides than others, points out the National Pesticide Information Center, a project of Oregon State University and the EPA.

 

Fruits and vegetables where the organic label matters most.

According to the Environmental Working Group, a nonprofit organization that analyzes the results of government pesticide testing in the U.S., the following fruits and vegetables have the highest pesticide levels so are best to buy organic:

* Apples
* Sweet Bell Peppers
* Cucumbers
* Celery
* Potatoes
* Grapes
* Cherry Tomatoes
* Kale/Collard Greens
* Summer Squash
* Nectarines (imported)
* Peaches
* Spinach
* Strawberries
* Hot Peppers
— https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-eating/organic-foods.htm
Fruits and vegetables you don’t need to buy organic. Known as the “Clean 15”, these conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables are generally low in pesticides.

* Asparagus
* Avocado
* Mushrooms
* Cabbage
* Sweet Corn
* Eggplant
* Kiwi
* Mango
* Onion
* Papaya
* Pineapple
* Sweet Peas (frozen)
* Sweet Potatoes
* Grapefruit
* Cantaloupe
— https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-eating/organic-foods.htm

Plant-Based

A plant-based diet is a diet based on foods derived from plants, including vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and fruits. The use of the phrase has changed over time, and examples can be found of the phrase "plant-based diet" being used to refer to vegan diets. Which contains no food from animal sources, to vegetarian diets which include eggs and dairy but no meat, and to diets with varying amounts of animal-based foods, such as semi-vegetarian diets which contain small amounts of meat. Consuming more plant-based produce is ideal. From protein powders, meats, vitamins, skin care products, etc. The benefits are EXTRAORDINARY just ask Rachel True.  Rachel is 50, yes 50. I have been following Rachel's website "Some True Things" for some time now; its one of many websites that has inspired my own. 

Rachel is a prime example of investing in your future self. We read all the time about how food is the center of everything due to human health; mental and physical and it indeed is. Plant-based diets promote healthy skin, supercharged immune systems, and helps heals broken skin, allowing soars to recover faster than usual. ConsumersReport.org stated, 

“When you base your meals on plant foods, you’re packing your diet with the fiber, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats that most Americans don’t get enough of,” says Sharon Palmer, R.D.N., editor of Environmental Nutrition. Plant-based diets are also full of phytochemicals, compounds that help keep many of your body’s systems running smoothly. For instance, the Anthocyanins in berries help protect vision; Carotenoids in carrots and cantaloupe, and the Isothiocyanates in Brussels sprouts neutralize the free radicals that cause cell damage, and Flavonoids in apples help control inflammation.

I myself love grass feed and organic plant-based produce. I truly believe the way to live a better life is to be aware as to what you are feeding your body.  A ton of health disease and illness steams from what we eat, and we need to be mindful of that. 

In conclusion, I am not someone who wants or enjoys pushing his way of living onto others. I know not many people will see the purpose or benefits from investing in Organic and Plant-Based produce, especially when they believed they are already living a somewhat balanced life. However, there are a lot of health risk that stems from what we eat and drink, and just by having certain information can help you to become aware of that. 

Do yourself a favor and invest in your future self. 

- Ward

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