Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle Tip No. 2

Welcome to the Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle tip No.2

Let us look at Tip No. 2 as follows:

Tip No. 2 – Start Eating Organic Foods

Why should we start eating organic foods? Is it healthier?
Good practice starts from our home. It is more manageable here. It is also healthier although it costs more. So by the end of this reading, if you decide to start eating organic foods, you can start with a few food items first and gradually increasing your list of organic food items, with the final goal of going 100% organic.

So what does Organic mean?

What Does Organic Mean?

When you go grocery shopping in supermarkets, have you noticed the term “Organic” on the labels of some fruits and vegetables? They are usually priced higher than the conventional ones. For example, one pound of bananas may cost 49 cents but the same weight of organic bananas may cost 69 cents; 4 pounds of oranges may cost $3.99 but the organic ones may cost $4.99; an avocado may cost $1.49 but an organic avocado may cost $1.99; one pound of carrots may cost 69 cents but a pound of  organic carrots may cost 99 cents; a bunch of broccoli may cost $2.29 vs a bunch of organic broccoli which may cost $2.99. On average, organic produce cost 30% to 60% more than conventional produce.
So if  you start to replace your fruits and vegetables with organic ones, your grocery bill may increase by 30% to 60%!

What about other food staples like rice, bread, eggs, meat, fish, milk…and  the list goes on.

So why eat organic foods since they are more expensive than the existing food items in our grocery shopping lists?

According to the 2019 Organic Industry Survey, new records were made in both the organic food market and the organic non-food market. Organic food sales reached $47.9 billion, for an increase of 5.9 percent. Sales of organic non- food products jumped by 10.6 percent to $4.6 billion.

Unwanted “additions” In Conventional Foods

Since organic foods are more costly, why are organic foods becoming more and more popular in recent years?
It all boils down to consumers being more aware of the unwanted “additions” in our conventional foods which are less or absent in their organic counterparts. These unwanted “additions” when consumed on a long term is harmful to our bodies. They are responsible for the many illnesses in countries (including USA) that use them compared to countries (including some European countries) that banned these “additions” in their produce.  Examples of these “additions” are synthetic chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides, antibiotics, hormones) or genetically modified organisms.
Once consumers know about these unwanted “additions” in their conventional foods, many start to switch to organic foods.

More literature on the term “Organic” can be found in the following:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organic_certification

https://newfrontiersmarket.com/the-difference-between-organic-and-conventional-foods/

https://www.ams.usda.gov/publications/content/introduction-organic-practices

I hope by now you would be more knowledgeable about the term “organic” and why we would want to gradually replace our conventional foods with organic ones.

The next question would be: Where can we buy “Organic” foods?

Where can we buy “Organic” foods

Most supermarkets have started to sell organic produce and food items with the “USDA ORGANIC”.label. For organic fruits and vegetables, look out for the 4-digit or 5-digit PLU code starting with the number 9. Those that start with the number 3 or 4 are conventional ones. If you wish to fill most of your shopping list with organic food products, you may wish to do your grocery shopping at Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe’s. These two supermarkets have more organic food choices compared to others.

For some ideas on organic foods, refer to the topic on Holiday Shopping & Organic Foods.

Some Words of Encouragement

Going organic is not an overnight process as it means changing our eating habits, shopping venues and increasing our food bills. This is a process that would involve everyone in the family to agree and adapt to. However, if we are determined to lead a healthier lifestyle and save huge medical expenses in the long run, it is worth adapting to the healthier path.

I welcome comments and feedback on the difficulties that you may face in switching to organic eating. I will try to give a hand whenever I can and I hope other readers can also chip in their suggestions and together we can move towards the path of leading a healthy lifestyle via foods.

Moving on to Tip No. 3

If you like what you have read so far and have started to change your eating habits or planning to change, Congratulations!

We can now move on to the Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle Tip No. 3.

Cheers!

Sammie

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Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle Tip No. 1

Welcome to the Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle tips.

Let us look at Tip No. 1 as follows:

Tip No. 1: Filter Tap Water at home

New York City drinking water is world-renowned for its quality. Each day, more than 1 billion gallons of fresh, cleanTap Water
water is delivered from large upstate reservoirs—some more than 125 miles from the City—to the taps of nine million customers throughout New York state.
However, during its journey through miles and miles of pipes before reaching our taps, despite the cleanliness of its source, water gets contaminated with multiple contaminants that we don’t want in our drinking water. Examples of these contaminants are lead, chlorine, fluoride, pesticides, mercury, just to name a few.

These contaminants and toxins can lead to complications in our health when consumed every day and on a long term as they get built up in our bodies(Refer to my post on Healthy Lifestyle Tip No. 5). Examples of these complications or illnesses include joint arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, autism in children, weight gain, just to name a few. While the Environmental Protection Agency regulates municipal tap water and sets legal limits on certain contaminants, and most water utilities generally stay within these limits, “some of the legal limits may be too  lenient,” said Paul Pestano, a research analyst with the Environmental Working Group.

Introduction to Water, its importance and why filter your tap water

Water is essential to life. About 70% of the human body is water. It has many functions, some of which include lubricating the joints, flushing waste and toxins from the body via urine, being the primary component of saliva which is used for digesting carbohydrates and aids in swallowing foods. Since water is so important to our human body, we don’t want contaminants in our drinking water. It is thus important to filter our tap water to reduce the contaminants found in it.

Get a copy of your tap water quality

But water contaminants and water quality vary from one local water utility to another, so you want to purchase a filter that is effective at capturing the right contaminants.

You can request a copy of your water utility’s annual water quality report – called a right-to-know or consumer confidence report — to find out which contaminants in your local water are of concern.

You may also wish to do your own testing of your tap water. There are water analysis kit which you can purchase from Amazon at fraction of a cost and time compared to getting lab test for each element. I like this inexpensive one from Amazon called:Drinking Water Test Kit For Municipal Tap and Well Water – Simple Testing Strips For Lead Copper Bacteria, Nitrates, Chlorine and More (refer to my page on Holiday Shopping & Organic Foods for details). I bought one to test my tap water which smelled strongly of chlorine. After installing water filter, a second test produced negative results for chlorine and other contaminants.

Choosing your filter

After knowing which contaminants are in your local water, you can then choose a filter that is certified by NSF International, an independent public health organization that assesses products.

You can look into these suggestions for your home water filter.

Congratulations to you !!!  On taking the first step towards leading a healthy lifestyle and happy living!

Now that you have cleaner water at home, we can move on to the Top 10 Healthy Lifestyle Tip No. 2.

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Sammie

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About Me

Welcome to the website of Healthy Lifestyle Happy Living!

About Me

Hello,

My name is Sammie,

I like to eat, and eat healthily so that i have the energy to go about my everyday life and help people lead as healthy a lifestyle as much as they would love to and thus live a happy life.

My STORY

I did not start off knowing the meaning of eating healthily. Instead, any food that looked nice, tasted good was okay for me as I was not choosy about food, just enough to keep me going. It had been like that in my home country in Asia all my life then and I was in a pretty healthy condition except for that occasional coughs and sore throats which went away quickly after taking some Chinese herbs.

After coming to New York, USA, I thought things would be the same. However, I was wrong, very, very, very wrong. I went through the hard way to realize that not all food here can be eaten like I used to eat in my home country. I need to be selective about what to eat in order to have a healthy body. I regret that I did not take the warning of a book that I came across when I first came to New York.

Why I Want To Help People

Now that I am well after having fallen into the “American Food Trap” (I was very, very sick but fortunately, through the help of my Teacher, friends, doctors and nurses, I was able to get up and recover), I believe I have the calling to provide to you, as a visitor to my website, the collection of healthy lifestyle tips through my research and personal experience so that we can all have a say as to what we want to put into our bodies. When more and more people are aware of what are healthy foods, it will help make such healthy foods more available and affordable for everyone.

As this collection of healthy lifestyle tips is not exhaustive and is ongoing because I am discovering new tips everyday, I welcome all of you, as visitors to my website to also share what you think and discover so that together, we can influence and change the American food industry to be a healthier one for our present and future generations.

Feel free to leave your thoughts and discoveries in the comments below.

Cheers,

Sammie

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