As anyone that is a returning user to this blog knows, we’re pretty passionate about organic foods. In fact, it’s the entire reason that this blog even exists. Most of you know that a while back, me and TJ switched our entire family, including dogs, to organic foods.
Since that change we have seen extremely significant changes in both our physical and mental lives, and are always trying to find ways to reach other people so that they are able to study these benefits as well, which comes from just a small change in perception and diet.
Though most people don’t argue with us about the actual factual basis of why we do what we do, or at least have not ran into anyone that openly express it in that way, we found that the majority of people that argue with us regarding this topic or don’t believe us have done very little research.
We are not responsible for miseducation, but we are all responsible for being uneducated.
If you haven’t done that much research on this topic in the past, you’re in luck because we have done immense amounts of it. We have done enough research to start an entire website over this topic and move our entire family to an all organic diet.
So obviously, we feel like there’s something to organic foods further than it just being the latest health trend.
What exactly does organic food mean?
Any foods that have not been genetically modified, sprayed with pesticides, or grown in on traditional ways, such as CAFO Farming or other disgusting tactics used by farmers to increase productivity and belittle anials and wildlife.
Why is this important?
To start with why we think this is important, I would like to refer you to a book by Kevin Trudeau, Natural Cures “They” Don’t Want you to Know About.
I’ve referenced this book several times and am in no way receiving any type of compensation for advertising it.
I truly think it’s a good book with good intentions, and even if you don’t agree with every part you do need to understand some of the things that go on between our government, Food, and Drug agencies that affect you and everyone that you care about.
It has now been quite a while since I read it, but I still think about many of the knowledgeable points that he brings up in that book.
Whenever we eat foods that are laced with pesticides and herbicides a portion of those chemicals get put into our bodies. In fact, through urine tests we have found even in children that there are traces of these compounds moving through our bodies, and if they’re meant to actually kill types of living things then it’s most likely not beneficial to be inside our body.
That much is obvious, but it goes much further than that. We are being deceived into thinking that convenience foods are brought to us for our personal convenience, never considering the productivity, efficiency, and most importantly the capitalization in store for the monstrous corporations that provide us with these foods that are slowly killing us.
Whenever I think of this, I think a lot of the tobacco industry. I remember as a child for years watching commercials and advertisements showing how many people were dying every year from cigarettes or any other tobacco product. And many people petitioned, many people rallied, and others took far more drastic measures to show the damage of cigarettes.
I also remember a lot of people I know still smoking.
There isn’t necessarily a way to talk someone out of an illusion, if they think a cigarette won’t hurt them that badly or they just don’t care, they’re going to smoke it.
In the same way, if someone has grown up eating nothing but red meat, processed foods, conventionally produced milk, and all the other goods and services that are now being shown to damage the human body, then they most likely won’t think about making a change that would throw them off of the life course that makes them comfortable.
This was our struggle, and the way we got through it was entirely through voraciously reading books, or articles, or even studies that show the importance of organic foods over its counterpart.
This is the first and the most obvious, but we needed to state it and give some reasons why we think this, both personally and factually.
To start with the most predominant health reason that I could think of personally, I would like to mention that in the first four months of switching to organic foods, I lost 90 lbs. without putting any effort into losing weight.
That last sentence may seem astonishing, but then consider the fact that I was not overweight before this process. That makes it that much more astounding to me, the fact that my body was already in decent shape, but after switching to organic foods I have lost almost all my body fat.
It is almost as if I had been eating garbage food for years, and my body was holding on to things that it wasn’t necessarily supposed to.
After the switch to organic foods, my body was able to function in a natural way, without any inhibitions or blockages stopping it from performing the functions that it needs to.
Obviously, this is my personal story, and is subject to skepticism. But taking that out, taking my entire personal story and my personal results out, I know with unwavering certainty that the remainder of my family has also benefited from this process.
Our dogs have gained some bulk, their fur is a lot healthier, and they have a better temperament than they ever have before.
Our kids have always loved food, but they mention more often how much they love organic food. They love the better taste, and the different types of foods that were able to try.
I think even though they don’t openly discuss it they notice health benefits, including physical endurance and strength as well as mental clarity.
TJ has also lost a very significant amount of weight, and has had a plethora of health issues, including seizures and vasovagal syncope, stop 100%.
The health issues stopped completely without the use of medication, in fact in some instances, we decided that she should stop taking the recommended medication.
Now, this is obviously scary for anybody taking prescribed medication, but we should know the money that is being made in the process of us being prescribed pills. It’s a disgusting process, I do not want to comment too far here, perhaps we’ll make an article about it. I would highly advise you to research this topic, even if you don’t take medication you can help somebody become a little more knowledgeable on what exactly they’re putting in their body.
Objectively, organic foods are much different than conventional foods.
For instance, with milk, there have been studies for years that show the effect of mass producing cow farms, as well as the antibiotics and methods that they have used to keep these farms going.
If one wasn’t to research some of these things, they would never know them. For instance, the fact that some of the toxic substances that are used are associated with other things that we would be terrified to eat.
For example, 4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, which sounds like something we would have nothing to do with. It was actually one of the main chemicals used in agent orange, the notorious nerve agent used in Vietnam leaving many deeply injured both physically and mentally.
Due to some of the processes that we use to grow conventional foods, the pesticides have made what are called “superweeds” which require harsher chemicals such as this one to subdue them.
It is extremely obvious why we wouldn’t want this sprayed on our food, or even to reduce the number of weeds that grow next to our foods.
This is just one example, but there are many other chemicals that are being used on our food, and many other means of food production that are hazardous to both us directly and to the planet.
In my life, or at least in my past, I have always struggled to find people close to me that actually consider Mental Health.
This isn’t necessarily just an experience in my life, I think that most people either have a misconception of exactly what mental health, or more particularly emotional health, entails.
What I am referring to here isn’t necessarily academic intelligence, meaning that you don’t just start eating organic foods and become Einstein.
What I refer to when I say mental health, or intelligence gained through organic foods, is purely emotional health.
What is emotional intelligence?
The ability to wake up, spill coffee on your shirt, bump someone’s car on the way to work, get yelled at by your boss, and then go home with a smile on your face.
It is the ability to have your entire day go terribly, and not overreact when your dog pisses on the floor.
It is unnecessarily difficult for most of us, mainly because we aren’t taught this topic. We just grow up having emotions and energies that we don’t understand run rampant through our bodies uncontrolled, until we either snap or read enough books to understand exactly what these emotions and feelings are.
Switching to organic foods won’t reveal everything regarding emotional intelligence to you, but it does help whenever your mind physically is not bogged down with chemicals, neurotoxins, and your body isn’t clogged up with red meats, fats, or compounds which are completely foreign and indigestible to your body.
This may sound a bit scary, but I reassure you after some more research regarding exactly what processed foods do you, you’re going to be a hell of a lot more scared.
As I mentioned in the last point, I lost a lot of weight, without having much to lose in the beginning.
Where did this weight come from?
It came from my guts, primarily my intestines which were holding on to far more than they really need to. This is from eating foods that the body is not able to digest, or maybe foreign in a way that harms the body.
This is the type of fat that causes heart attacks and a slew of other terrible health conditions, that we must avoid at all costs, but unfortunately receive from the majority of the foods that we eat.
One thing that I have noticed from switching my lifestyle around, is that our mind and body are only separable in terms of the Mind.
What I mean by this is that your mental functioning, your health, your personality, and most everything that you think that you are comes from your metabolism.
At base, we can think of ourselves, as a mind with a stomach both functioning for each other.
Inseparable, yet independent.
We all know the feeling of being hangry…
Eating too much food makes us feel tired, and there are many other observations that we can make within ourselves that will lead us to this idea.
What you eat makes your mood, it makes your emotion, and it really makes your mental processes function all around better.
Abraham Maslow proposed a hierarchy of needs in human functioning, and though most of us don’t really think about this past 10th grade psychology class, we need to consider it more often.
The entire reason I mention this is that physiological needs, such as hunger or thirst are at the base of the pyramid of fundamental human drives. This seems pretty obvious because we can’t do much else without food or water to sustain us.
You could absolutely forget any ideas of self-actualization, because whenever you’re hungry and thirsty to the brink of death there will not be another thing on your mind until you’re able to obtain nourishment.
Though that is a bit drastic, a lesser instance would occur when someone eats only junk food and fast food. Your body isn’t able to run off of those foods alone, so to some level it will be craving proper nutrition.
I know that my mood is altered after I eat some greasy fast food.
I know that it seems a little odd, it is a bit of a weird concept to grasp, and you have every right to be skeptical because I’m just some random guy on the internet.
But I would suggest that you study the endocrine system, the limbic system, primarily the pituitary and pineal glands, and basic hormonal functioning and then come back to this and reread this article. If you still don’t agree with me, at least to some extent, then message me directly in explain why because I would love to hear an alternate idea.
Organic farming, though was around before pesticides and herbicides, is essentially like our idea of farming, but with only natural elements.
To be more specific, that means that if we want chickens to produce more meat we don’t pump them full of antibiotics, steroids, or any other compound that may assist them in being more productive meat chickens.
It means not milking cows to the point where they produce puss-filled milk, contaminating the product and creating damaging effects physically and psychologically for not only the mother but the babies that are obtained from that cow.
I could ramble on about this forever, but we all know the effects of mass-produced farming, and the effect of bad farming habits such as what led up to the Dust Bowl in the early 1900s.
I would personally say there’s a few fundamental issues that traditional farming imposes on our environment.
First, would be the fact that it puts production over the environment.
Efficiency is put over the importance of the environment consistently, whether that be trying to overproduce land, or stripping farm animals of all dignity or humane treatment, which we must keep in mind the animals are part of the environment.
The other fact is that it always seems to presuppose that humans are more, or dominant to the environment.
I come from an extremely rural town with much farming, and ironically enough before moving out of the extremely dense farm population, I knew nothing about organic farming.
And I do know that most farmers are respectable people and they’re trying to make a living for their family and produce food for the betterment of all.
But we need to understand when it’s simple miseducation, not uneducation.
Any good ecologist knows that a bee is nothing separate from the environment around it. The environment around it, namely the flowers are absolutely dependent on the bees’ survival, and vice versa. The bee would not exist, nor have a reason to exist without the fact that there are flowers in the environment.
We could get far more philosophical with this, but what we need to understand is that humans are absolutely not above the environment, and are not separable from the environment in which they are in.
This means, through what I would consider an act of the universal law of attraction, if I go out with a dominant mind towards my farmland and till it aggressively, urge it to overproduce, while I’m not putting the care in or taking time to make sure the soil and the land around me is healthy, then it surely will end in a disastrous result.
My land will become bear, my crops may even produce prolifically initially, but always at the cost of quality, and I will be doing in measurable and inconceivable damage to everything else around me.
This to me at least is traditional farming.
Organic farming is a much more natural and beautiful process.
I would like to refer you to our outdoor winter garden that we made, which we have wrote a post about with instructions.
We do not use any pesticides herbicides, we use all-natural organic soil, and nothing else. We use the compost that we make right outside our house, and the water from the hose.
Yes, there are bugs in our garden, and yes, there are some that may even try to eat our plants.
This used to bother me, as it does most gardeners. You walk outside and see some leaves with bites taken out of them and immediately get angry. This is where most people grab pesticides and get to spraying, but we took an alternative approach.
We had recently purchased a book from the bookstore, it was a very little known and random book that we happen to grab. It’s called Windowsill Ecology, and it goes through reproductive cycles of various insects, including aphids, mealy bugs, or any other ones that may try to eat your food. But it also goes through the reproductive cycles and habits of beneficial insects.
What I found from this has turned to be true, that the insects we don’t want in our garden did have a small spike in population and there were some leaves that were eaten. However, after the spike in reproduction, the reproduction rates of the predatory insects also rose, due to the fact that they now have an abundance of food to eat.
What that translates to for an organic gardener, is that though you may have lost a couple leaves of kale, you now have a natural way to control the past that you don’t want in your garden, and you don’t really have to do that much.
In a bad scenario it may help to grow beneficial plans that will attract a certain type of insect that will assist you, such as the praying mantis, but it’s not always necessary.
Insects are just a byproduct of having a garden, it is a completely natural process and using harsh man-made chemicals is another exertion of our dominance over nature.
- Practical Learning Experience
Though some may not agree with me, organic foods are vital to living a natural and healthy lifestyle, at least in the way I envision it.
The most important thing that I think I could say about my experience of eating organic foods is that I have learned a tremendous amount during this process.
I’m a lifelong learner, who personally feels left behind by a school system that only cares about turning kids into the concepts of which they were envisioned being in the beginning.
To bring up a random point, I feel that it is fallacious the try to live a moral code based around a completely fixated standard of what morality is, because of morals, just as the remainder of the universe, are transient and fit to every certain situation. A situation may call for something to happen, that may be seen as morally wrong in another situation.
The reason I bring this up is because knowledge is the exact same way. We may know something today that would be completely wrong tomorrow, we may even eventually abhor what we thought was right, like the Inquisition.
We must keep in mind that we can be adamant about our position on things, but only after an extremely large amount of research has gone into it, and we must also ensure that we never become dogmatists to our ideas.
This is my fundamental problem with almost every religion and many philosophies, they become to dogmatic and request and require too much from people that are trying to read it open-mindedly.
I never open a book with an idea of the book in mind, I open the book and let the words speak themselves to me until the end, at which I reflect and draw the opinions and ideas that I like and would like to integrate to my life.
It is the idea that through life the soul goes through different transformations, in the most interesting case I’ve seen is from the book Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friederich Neitchze.
In this book he describes ways in which the human soul changes and takes different forms.
The first is that of the camel, which is a beast of burden. And this stage are soul carries heavy burden from the concepts, ideas, and opinions of all of those who have preceded us, not only in an immediate sense like our parents, but our ancestors.
The burden may come from society, and in the collective thought of the environment in which we are born into.
After this stage, the soul transforms into that of a lion. The way I understood this is not necessarily a positive thing, but the beginning to understanding ourselves as dominant, as well as proud. We decided that we don’t want to be beasts of burden, and we don’t want to be weighed down by anyone else’s thoughts about anything, so we become fierce in standing independent with our own thoughts.
Those who have been through this stage understand that it is almost the same hell as the first stage, at least in intensity but not in the same way.
We’ve lived our whole lives thinking that we must eat this way, we must clean our house this way, we must read these books, we must listen to this music, and fundamentally we must think these thoughts.
We lived our whole lives being burdened by the thoughts of others to a point where in almost a teenage backlash, we revolt and start to become increasingly opinionated, all the while hurting ourselves in the name of Independence.
The final transformation of the Soul comes as a child. This stage is the entire reason I brought up this topic, because the child knows more than any other.
It knows how to witness events without prejudice, bigotry, or perception from previous events.
the reason it is beneficial to live this way it’s because it is entirely free from the concepts, precepts, and fallacious thought processes that have plagued us for our entire lives.
Organic food, organic gardening, or simply an organic lifestyle can be seen as another means for knowledge. Knowledge in the purest sense, the knowledge obtained by a child.
Knowledge obtained with nothing but pure open-mindedness of mind and heart, with no intention.
That is to say, not only with no intention of damaging the concepts or yourself in the process of learning, but also without the intention of becoming a “better” person, or a wiser person than those around you, or seeking Enlightenment in a way that doesn’t come organically and naturally to us.
I know I’m going a bit off on a tangent, but this is near and dear to my heart. Organic foods have led me through hours upon hours of research, purchasing books, watching videos, reading articles of anything that I could find on any side of the argument, by anybody that had something to say about organic foods.
This is important for me, but I also think that it should be important for far more people. Far too many make decisions based on the opinions of others, which are generally baseless and also usually opinionated in the wrong way.
This last point is a long-winded way I’m saying that organic foods, organic gardening, and an organic lifestyle has brought me many new topics to research, and a tremendous amount more knowledge that I didn’t have before I began this journey.
This is important for my path, as knowledge gained from the correct areas, and used correctly is the key to wisdom.
it doesn’t quite matter how many experiences you have, meaning at least not in the raw number or by even your age. What matters is the quality in which you are able to experience those experiences.
Open-mindedness and knowledge are the key ways to lead your mind to wisdom.
I would say this is the most valuable thing organic has brought me. Not only another topic to research, but it has brought me an overall paradigm shift, which is a fancy way of saying that my perspective has been completely changed in a lot of areas, such as food and gardening.
Paradigm shifts are important because it’s one of the most effective, slap-in-the-face type of changes that we have in our lives. I would say this because I’m the exact person that I mention in my articles, most of them are me. I was raised to believe that fats were the devil, while eating foods that were bereft of nutritional content and filled with copious amounts of sugar and who knows what else.
I made a change, not because anyone recommended, and definitely not because I was taught to think in this way. I made this change out of the mass of education that I provided for myself, because it’s all that I have.
I don’t have roots, or a heritage, or anything like that to actually be proud of. I have nothing but the books I’ve read, and the knowledge I’ve gained that make me a peaceful and content person, and I’m completely happy with my life this way.