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October’s 31 Days of Real Food-Day 22

by Olivia Furlow



Day 22-Organic

Eating well means living well. The right food for your body impacts your energy, your immune system, the likelihood of disease, the ability to heal from injury, your mood, and your enjoyment. You can be doing everything else right, but if you’re still eating like crap it won’t matter. Eat like crap, feel like crap. No way around it.

I know, I know…it sucks to eat healthy sometimes. It’s not as convenient, sometimes it costs more, or takes more time or planning. But you know what? Last I checked disease and/or sickness is the most inconvenient, expensive, time-consuming, and stressful thing you will ever encountered. Cancer, diabetes, heart disease, or just chronic “ugh”, can make the transition in eating healthy a must and an investment in your health.

I often hear someone say….

“Life is short, so I may as well enjoy it right?! So why not eat what I want!”

However, it’s not totally about how long you live but the QUALITY of those years. Feeling healthy and energetic to have fun and explore life sounds much better to me than battling off cancer, obesity, or lifestyle-preventable diseases.

What we call “organic food,” our great-grandmothers would have simply called “food.” These new ingredients didn’t exist when we were younger. They have only been created in laboratories, patented and then introduced into our foods in the last few decades. I highly recommend buying organic, whole foods…foods that ARE ingredients, not foods that HAVE ingredients.

Organically produced foods must be produced without the use of:

• antibiotics
• artificial growth hormones
• high fructose corn syrup
• artificial dyes (made from coal tar and petrochemicals)
• artificial sweeteners derived from chemicals
• synthetically created chemical pesticide and fertilizers
• genetically engineered proteins and ingredients
• sewage sludge
• irradiation

Wow, who knew that conventional, non-organic food could contain these ingredients, since sewage sludge and artificial growth hormones aren’t on the label?! Big time yuck!!

Breaking it down with the question, Should we ALWAYS eat organic? I would say these are the priorities.


I firmly believe that organic for children is very important because their bodies are still developing. Pesticides and synthetic grown hormones may cause real harm.


If you consume meat and/or dairy products, these are a must to be eating organic.

Aside from the fact that conventionally-raised animals are allowed to be given synthetic growth hormones, many conventionally-raised animals “live” in Concentrated Animal Feedlot Operations (CAFOs), the most despicable and inhumane institutions in this country.

Furthermore, conventionally-raised animals may also be fed GMO-grain.

Do we really want to be ingesting sick animals????


Non-organic fruits and vegetables are allowed to be sprayed with toxic pesticides, insecticides and herbicides.

Fruits and vegetables where you eat the skin, such as grapes, strawberries and spinach, are the foods that should be purchased organic. Many of these foods are on The Dirty Dozen list.


Also, do not be fooled into thinking that you can buy a miracle fruit and vegetable wash. You can’t simply wash off pesticides from conventionally-grown produce. It absolutely won’t happen.

Pesticides have penetrated the exterior and are deep inside of the food.


Coffee is one of the most chemically-treated crops on the planet. If you’re a coffee drinker, switch to organic.


Fruits and vegetables where you don’t eat the skin, such as bananas or oranges.

I hear all of the time that eating conventional bananas is totally fine, eh not necessarily true. Less pesticides? Yes, but the peels aren’t some kind of super duper protective armor that combat those strong chemicals as if they were shields. They can easily and definitely go through the peels! The same people who put out the Dirty Dozen, the Environmental Working Group, also published the Clean 15, a list of the least sprayed fruits and vegetables.


I hope everyone enjoyed the AWESOME weather today! Check back tomorrow for Day 23!

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