Organic, Just Do It!
By Kanarian Kindred
“so take care of yourself from the inside out”
Whether we want to face it or not, a high percentage of African-Americans are overweight and/or obese. According to statistics provided by heart.org, for non-Hispanic Blacks, 70.8% men and 77.7% women age 20 and older are overweight or obese (BMI 25.0 or higher). Therefore, it’s time we began to take drastic measures in regards to getting ourselves healthy. It begins with exercise and most importantly healthy eating. It’s no secret that organic food items are very expensive or lack flavor when cooked. Keep reading, I’m going to give you a few tips that will not only help you eat healthier, but also provide you with shopping tidbits when hunting for organic food items at a bargain.
Tips to get you started: • Try your local farmers market. These places are known for selling fresh garden items from farmers in the area, and some are switching to organically growing certain foods. These questions can be answered by talking to the seller. Farmer’s markets tend to have cheaper and more affordable produce than Whole Foods or Trader Joes. For those in major cities, and like to research online, or need good places to search, use the Eat Well Guide http:// www.eatwellguide.org/i.php?pd=Home a free online guide to finding local, sustainable, and organic food in the US and Canada. • Grow your own. The internet provides several sources for organizations not only providing tips for planting organic foods, but also trading regular seeds with organic ones. A wonderful resource site is http://www.seedsofchange.com, an organization that has been around since 1989 dedicating themselves to organic seeds among other products. A free catalog can be downloaded via the company website.
• Learn tasty recipes that fit your family’s pallet. We all have our own ideas of how we feel certain foods should be cooked, but it’s just as important to ensure the taste is there also. With websites such as http://www.organickitchen.com/ a person can learn the basics of healthy organic eating. The site also includes a cooking link providing websites of various cooking experts offering tasty recipes. • For those interested in subscribing to organic food blogs, these sites are great resources: http://deliciouslyorganic.net/recipes/, http://www.organicauthority.com, and http://blog. wholefoodsmarket.com/. Though this is a quick tidbit, it’s an awesome start to healthful living. Happy Cooking!!!
featuring Angela Simmons