Why I eat organic

Why I eat organic

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CORRYN ULRICH, Staff Writer

First, let me start with my personal beliefs and choices. It’s both a health and a mind thing, and believe me, I’m aware at how earthy-crunchy this makes me sound. I am not a very spiritual person, nor do I identify with any religion.

But there is a connection between what I put in my body and my mental state. Aside from the physical health benefits, I always feel happier, more confident, and more motivated when I eat well. That in itself is enough for me to continue a healthy lifestyle.

Sugar has been proven to be just as addictive as heroin. It has no nutritional value. People eat a lot of it. I don’t, and here is why.

I want to lead a long, healthy, and happy life.

Whether the food I eat is considered “healthy” is not the only factor that affects me. For example, I could still be filling myself up with genetically modified organisms and pesticide infused food under the pretense that it is healthy.

Most pesticides are designed to break open the stomachs of various insects in order to preserve the crop so the big companies can keep their money. But, think about it. If a human is consuming something that is supposed to kill an insect by breaking its stomach open, it probably isn’t doing wonders for the human’s stomach.

It could be argued it is important for people, such as myself, to eat non- GMO, organic food. Because raw whole food is a bigger part of my diet, my health is more influenced by the quality of the health food I am putting into my body.

It’s okay to splurge once in awhile, which I do. However, I find splurging no longer has the same appeal it used to have. I don’t look forward to it as much, because I know I will not feel as good about myself afterwards, and the moment of satisfaction that comes from eating a gluten-infused snack is short lived.

Even when I do splurge, I continue to stand by my ‘no eating sugar’ thing simply as a guideline. I splurge in other ways, like a Five Guys Double Cheeseburger or a Tacos Lupita binge.

I get it. It’s expensive to live a healthy lifestyle. I am fortunate enough to have been blessed with a family who believes in eating well. If you are on a limited budget, making small changes can have a big impact.

Fruits and veggies that have a natural barrier between the food and where the pesticides are, do not necessarily need to be organic. Bananas and carrots, for example, do not need to be organic. However, is it worth spending extra on organic lettuce, peppers, apples, and other vegetables more directly exposed to pesticides.

Join me in the fight against death. Go sugar-free. Eat organic.