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Kirstie Alley’s Famous Organic Turkey Chili Recipe

September7

Kirstie’s own Organic Turkey Chili recipe is a healthy, low-calorie dish that is famously hard to resist and easy to make. Whether you are cooking to eat for a week, or for a special feast with friends and family, don’t miss out on this wholly satisfying and savory addition to any dinner table. Enjoy!

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Preparation Time: 10-15 minutes

Cook Time: 30-45 minutes

Servings: 30 (1 cup per serving)

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Ingredients:

1/8 cup organic olive oil

4 cups organic chopped onions

5 pounds organic free-range ground turkey breast

3 (28-ounce) cans organic chunky tomatoes

1 (6-ounce) can organic tomato paste

2 cups free-range organic chicken broth

1 Tablespoon sea salt

2 heaping Tablespoons cumin

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

3 packets organic chili seasoning packets

3 cans (15 ounces each) organic pinto beans, rinsed and drained

2 cans (15 ounces each) organic black beans, rinsed and drained


Directions:

Heat oil in a big pot. Add onions and saute a while. Brown ground turkey breast with the onions until the turkey is completely cooked. Keep stirring and turning to break up the turkey while browning (it will end up in small, rock-like pieces). Add tomatoes, tomato paste and chicken broth, and season with salt, cumin, cayenne and chili seasoning. Add beans and simmer on low for about 30-45 minutes. Serve with grated cheese and chopped onion on top. Also, have plenty of oyster crackers alongside.

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Nutritional Information: 182 calories per serving

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This Original Kirstie Alley recipe is also in the exclusive Organic Liaison Recipe collection, accessible to Organic Liaison members.

Balanced Eating to Burn Fat

September7

Together, a high fiber carbohydrate and a low fat protein food create a balanced meal—one that keeps you feeling satisfied and sustained.

Think of carbohydrates as your fuel source, since your brain and muscles’ main source of energy is glucose (carbohydrates). When you don’t get enough carbohydrates, the protein you eat is converted into glucose through a very inefficient process that requires a lot of water, making you feel dehydrated and minimizing the protein available to build muscle mass! So, in the long run, if you’re carbohydrate-deficient, your metabolism slows down, causing you to feel lethargic and experience muscle fatigue. That means your body is not in an optimal fat-burning state!

Carbohydrates are essential to the complete burning of fat. Without carbohydrates, your body cannot burn fat properly. (A potential side effect from this incomplete breakdown of fat is the production of ketones, which are poisonous acidic chemicals that could increase your risk of kidney stones, calcium loss, and osteoporosis.)

When you choose a carbohydrate food, go for a high fiber option, such as the edible skin or edible seeds of fruit, whole grains (e.g. brown rice, sprouted grain bread, oatmeal, millet, and barley), or high fiber starchy vegetables (e.g. green peas, butternut squash, artichokes, lima beans, sugar snap peas, yams, and quinoa).

Fiber is also key to a balanced diet because it helps slow your absorption of the sugar in the carbohydrate food. Fiber helps stabilize your sugar levels, preventing that sugar rush that you typically get from a low-fiber carb like white rice, white bread, white potatoes, juice, mangos, or bananas. You can balance out the lack of fiber in these foods by eating them with green leafy vegetables, nuts or seeds.

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Superfood Recipe Picks: Carrot Craze!

September6

Exclusive organic recipes from Kirstie’s Kitchen!

If you didn’t already know, a superfood contains nutritional properties that can confer extra health benefits. We recently revealed 31 weight-loss superfoods that promote both health and weight loss through the nutritional powers of fiber and protein.

Featured Superfood: Carrot

Carrots are low in calories and rich in fiber. (A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the higher the fiber intake, the more the likelihood of weight loss.) For a full carrot-inspired menu: Here are 3 recipes where the carrot shines as a versatile ingredient in soup, entree, and sweets.

Note: All 3 recipes are included in the Organic Liaison Recipe collection, accessible to Organic Liaison members. Learn more about how to begin your Organic Liaison weight loss journey today.


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1. Spiced Potato Carrot Chowder

A savory combination of vegetables complimented by carrot and herb spices to kick your taste buds into gear.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

Servings: 6. Each serving: 1 cup.

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp organic safflower oil
1 organic onion, peeled and cut in chunks
3 organic carrots, peeled and cut in chunks
3 organic potatoes, peeled and cut in chunks
15-ounce can diced organic tomatoes
14-ounces of organic low sodium vegetable broth
1 cup filtered water
1 bay leaf
1 tsp organic garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon pinch of ground cloves
1/2 tsp dried thyme leaves
1/2 tsp dried ground sage
1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper to taste

Nutritional Information: 130 calories per serving

Fat: 4.5
SatFat: 0.5
Trans Fat: 0
Cholesterol: 0
Carbs: 17
Sugars: 2
Sodium: 340
Protein: 4.5
Fiber: 2.5
Vitamin A: 3969
Vitamin C: 18
Iron: 0.8
Calcium: 271

Directions:

Place oil in large soup pot and place over medium-high heat. Allow oil to get hot then add the onion and carrots. Saute until lightly browned, stirring frequently.
Add the rest of the ingredients. Cover and bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium-low and cook until the potatoes and carrots are tender, about 30 minutes.
Stir occasionally to keep items from sticking. Serve in soup bowls.

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2. Tomato Carrot Spaghetti

Lean past done right – easy!

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4. Each serving: 1 cup.

Ingredients:

8 ounces whole wheat spaghetti
5 organic carrots, peeled & sliced
1/2 organic onion, sliced
1 teaspoon organic garlic powder
1 teaspoon Italian herb mix
2 15-ounce cans organic stewed diced tomatoes
1/2 6-ounce can organic tomato paste

Nutritional Information: 217 calories per serving
Fat: 1.2
SatFat: 0.1
Trans Fat: 0
Cholesterol: 0
Carbs: 45.6
Sugars: 11.9
Sodium: 39
Protein: 7.5
Fiber: 5.1
Vitamin A: 6803
Vitamin C: 15.7
Iron: 3.3
Calcium: 73

Directions:

Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain in colander and set aside.

Spray a large nonstick skillet with vegetable oil and heat over medium-high heat. Saute carrots and onion until tender. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Serve sauce over pasta.

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3. Vegan Low-Fat Carrot Muffin

A delicious and satisfying low fat, high-fuel muffin.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 40. Each serving: 12.

Ingredients:

1 cup organic brown sugar
1/2 cup organic whole cane sugar (unrefined & unbleached)
2 1/2 cups organic all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups finely grated organic carrots
2 large organic apples-peeled, cored and shredded
6 teaspoons EnerG Egg Replacer (dry, vegan & gluten free)
1 1/4 cups organic unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup organic safflower or sunflower oil

Nutritional Information: 257 calories per serving
Carbs: 51.6 g

Protein: 3.1 g

Fat: 4.9 g

Dietary Fiber: 2.8 g

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line muffin cups with paper muffin liners.
In a large bowl combine organic sugars, flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Stir in carrot and apple; mix well.

In a small bowl whisk together the Egg Replacer, applesauce and oil. Stir into dry ingredients. Spoon batter into your muffin cups.

Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Let muffins cool for 5 minutes before removing from the muffin cups, to cool completely.

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31 Weight Loss Superfood Hits!

September5

Thankfully, certain foods can actually help us lose weight! Based on the latest research, the foods listed below are the most recent hits recommend for helping us stay LEAN and HEALTHY for life.

Superfood is a term sometimes used to describe food with nutritional properties that can confer health benefits. The following foods promote both health and weight loss mainly through the nutritional powers of fiber, a natural appetite suppressant, and protein, the key to building the lean muscle that burns calories.

Fit some of these superfood hits into your weekly menu and feel free to contact Organic Liaison Health Director Deborah Klein, MS, RD for ideas on how to incorporate them into your diet.

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1.) Organic Artichokes. A balanced snack and an amazing source of fiber and protein, artichokes are the perfect weight loss food. One medium steamed artichoke has 16 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein. It’s also 150 calories, the amount necessary to for you to get the full benefits of the thermic effect of food (increased calorie expenditure), which helps increase metabolism. Try a steamed artichoke with a drizzling of your favorite flavoring (mayonnaise, hummus, or Italian Dressing) for a healthy fat source.

2.) Grapefruit. Researchers at the Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California, investigated the effect of grapefruit on weight loss and found that eating half a grapefruit before a meal can actually help you drop weight.

3.) Sardines. Packed with protein, sardines makes you feel full and help stimulate metabolism.

4.) Pumpkin. Canned pumpkin is loaded with fiber to help you feel fuller. Try for dessert: 1/2 cup pumpkin, sprinkled with cinnamon and nutmeg, topped with a teaspoon of Agave and a tablespoon of slivered almonds/chopped walnuts.

5.) Organic Grass-Fed Beef. Protein stimulates metabolism, helps you feel full longer, and helps decrease the desire to overeat. Learn more about the benefits of organic meat and why grass-fed beef is better grain-fed beef.

6.) Green Tea. Raises the metabolic rate and speeds up fat oxidation, thus helping with weight loss. Drink green tea daily to boost your metabolism. Some studies have shown that five cups a day is the magic number for fat loss.

7.) An Apple. An apple a day not only keeps the doctor away; it’s also a great weight loss food! One organic apple is 100 calories, yet takes 150 calories to digest. That’s an extra 50-calorie burn!

8.) Organic Peanut Butter. Replace regular butter with organic peanut butter to provide protein and fiber.

9.) Organic Raw Almonds. Keep your intake to around 12 almonds a day. Full of unsaturated fat and protein, almonds help you lose weight by increasing your metabolic rate.

10.) Beans. Black beans are the healthiest. Beans naturally suppress the appetite as they are extremely rich in fiber and are a high protein source.

11.) Burdock Root. Contains inulin, a carbohydrate that may regulate blood sugar and control hunger. Find burdock in the produce section of natural food stores. Slice it into thin slivers and add it to your vegetable stir-fry.

12.) Carrots. Low in calories and rich in fiber. A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the higher the fiber intake, the more the likelihood of weight loss.

13.) Chili Peppers. The capsaicin that gives chili peppers their kick may help your body burn calories at a slightly faster rate. Chilis include jalapeno, cayenne, and habanero (the spiciest). Simmer half a pepper (with some ribs and seeds removed to control the spice) in marinara sauce.

14.) Ginger. When you’re counting calories, you’re more likely to feel satisfied with smaller portions of food if you make sure they are highly seasoned – with spices like ginger. Add freshly grated ginger to soups, stews, and stir-fries.

15.) Kimchi. This spicy Korean delicacy, made of fermented cabbage, garlic, and chili peppers, may suppress appetite and prevent overeating. Find it in Asian supermarkets or natural food stores, and eat a small amount as a side dish with meals.

16.) Onions. Accelerates the break down of fats in your food. As a result, your body is more apt to excrete rather than simply store fat.

17.) Vegetable Soup (broth based). Takes up space in your stomach so you feel fuller. Try Kirstie’s famous organic green soup recipe.

18.) Quinoa. Gives you more satiety per chew to help with weight loss.

19.) Tomato Paste. Provides 5 grams of dietary fiber per ½ cup canned tomato paste. A fat free satisfier! Add tomato paste to your spaghetti sauce or eat with a tortilla/whole grain English muffin as an excellent source of fuel.

20.) Broccoli. A top superfood and great source of calcium. Studies indicate that the more calcium there is in a fat cell, the more fat that cell will burn. Enjoy steamed or raw.

21.) Kelp. Helps you maintain an effective metabolic rate by keeping your thyroid healthy.

22.) Amaranth. An excellent source of fiber, amaranth also provides a balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat.

23.) Barley. Provides satiety while increasing the rate that your body burns calories. Try barley in an easy multigrain cereal. Combine 1/2 cup barley, 1/2 cup cracked wheat, and 1 cup steel-cut oats with 4 1/2 cups water and cook on high heat. Cover and boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let sit covered overnight. In the morning, reheat and eat.

24.) Greek Yogurt. An excellent and quick source of protein, providing sustainability, and calcium.

25.) Organic Kefir (unsweetened). A quick, balanced, high calcium snack, kefir can be digested as a healthy, fuel filled drink before exercise. Enjoy a cup to get your carbohydrates, protein, fat, and fiber all taken care of in one drink.

26.) Organic Ricotta Cheese (part-skim). Add some cinnamon for flavor; spread on top of a piece of sprouted grain toast or a multi-grain waffle. It also makes a great added protein source when incorporated into spaghetti sauce.

27.) Egg Whites. A low calorie, quick protein source to keep the metabolism up.

28.) Hemp Seed. A quick protein source. Add 2 tablespoons of shelled hemp seed, stirred into your cereal, to get 11 grams of protein.

29.) Salmon. Dense in protein and healthy, omega-3 fatty acids. Check out these 3 great organic salmon recipes.

30.) Soy Nuts. Weight loss primo! A ¼ cup of soy nuts is a balanced source of high fiber and protein, making the perfect on-the-go snack.

31.) Flaxseed (grounded). A key food for weight loss. Add 1 tablespoon a day to your cereal or yogurt to give you more for your chew.

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As always, fat-free herbs are great way to add flavor (minus the calories) to your food.

All these foods are aligned with the main principles for achieving weight loss. They help increase your metabolism and give you more satisfaction per chew. To optimize your eating and reach your weight loss goals, focus on eating foods that fill you up without excess calories.

Meals with fiber and protein make you feel fuller for longer and prevent you from over-indulging. Aim for foods with 5 grams of dietary fiber per serving. Have a high-fiber carbohydrate (satisfying fuel) source and a low-fat protein source (sustainer) at each eating time, because protein takes longer to digest. Eat within an hour and a half after waking and every 4 hours throughout the day to keep your metabolism up.

Take advantage of these superfoods and you’ll be successful at nourishing your leanness and hotness one day at a time!

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5 Tips On Calorie Burning Moves You Can Do At Home

September3

Featured article by Jeff Boone, guest instructor at our recent FREE 1-hr Workout Seminar, ‘Power Hour!’ Benjamin is an National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer and founder of Burn Sweat Live. See Jeff’s full bio here.

Often times, people skip out on their workouts because they don’t feel like going to the gym. But the gym isn’t always necessary for a great workout. Using a combination of body weight exercises and inexpensive equipment (such as resistance bands), you can burn calories and get a quality workout all in the comfort of your home.

5 Tips:

1). To maximize the calorie burn, do an exercise circuit. Pick 5 to 7 exercises and do them one after the other with little to no rest in between sets.

2). Incorporate exercises like body weight squats and lunges into your workout. Not only are they good for toning your legs, but also great for burning calories. Your legs have some of the largest muscles in your body. So, by working the larger muscles, you exert more energy and thus burn more calories.

3). Make sure to work every major muscle group. Having a balanced body can help prevent injuries, whether you are playing sports or conquering everyday life.

4). Do total body movements like a lunge to curl. By doing movements that work more than one muscle group at a time, you exert more energy and burn more calories.

5.) Finish your workout with cardio intervals. Pick an exercise such as jumping rope or running in place. Go hard for 30 seconds and then go easy for 30 seconds. Repeat this for several rounds and you will continue to burn calories even after you are finished working out.

For more information on Jeff Boone and calorie burning moves you can do at home, visit: www.burnsweatlive.com.

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Kirstie’s Tip: Make Weight-Loss Management Easy

August30

Organic Liaison’s online member tools make up the finest weight-loss management system out there, especially when used with our weight-loss products.

The tools are easy-to-use, personalized, and accessible 24 hours a day. You simply log in to use your own Daily Weight Loss Journal, Meal Planner (with built in Calorie Calculator), Organic Recipes Collection, Organic Network Locator (just input your ZIP code), and more. You even get a quick-glance checklist to make sure you’re on track with the program.

This is the same system that Kirstie uses to maintain her now rocking figure. She did it, so can you!

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Organic Foods and Children

August28

logoFeatured Article by Elaine Lipson

from Organic. It’s Worth It.”

What does “organic” mean?

The organic label on foods tells you that the food was grown and produced in accordance with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) organic standards. Except for farms that sell less than $5000 of organic products per year, all those who sell organic food must have their practices certified (by an agent accredited by USDA’s National Organic Program) as compliant with federal law governing organics.

USDA organic standards are specific and detailed. In broad strokes, the standards prohibit synthetic pesticides, genetically modified ingredients, irradiation, and the use of biosolids (sewage sludge) as fertilizer. Organic livestock eat organic feed and are not given antibiotics or hormones, and have access to pasture. Producers keep written audit trails to demonstrate that organic integrity is maintained throughout farming, processing, production and transportation of organic foods.

In order to farm successfully within these rules, organic farmers use a variety of methods to create ecosystems that are balanced, naturally pest-resistant, and appropriate to the climate and the region.

Visit http://www.usda.gov/nopwww.usda.gov/nop to learn more about the National Organic Program and organic certification.

Why Organic Foods May Matter Most to Children

In the past decade, research and analysis has shown that children may be much more at risk than adults for pesticide exposure, and may suffer greater harm to health and development from exposure. Yet standards for safety and tolerance limits for these chemicals rarely include adequate consideration of risks to children.

Recent laws now mandate factoring in these risks and re-evaluating safety limits, but the wheels of re-evaluation have turned very slowly. Organic foods, therefore, may be especially important to more fully protect children from the risks of exposure, even when pesticide levels in foods are within existing legal limits.

Why are children at greater risk? First, they ingest more food and water per pound of body weight than adults, so any exposure is greater in proportion to their size. Second, these chemicals may be more harmful to developing organs and bodily systems, including neurological and reproductive systems, than they are to mature bodies.

In a study published in May 2002 in Food Additives and Contaminants, organic foods were shown to have significantly lower pesticide residues than conventionally grown foods (for a number of reasons, such as persistent residues in soil that last for many years, some organic foods may still show residue).

Other studies show the environmental benefits of organic agriculture to air, soil and water, lowering the total toxic burden to our ecosystems. As demand for organic foods continues to grow, more farmers are likely to view organic methods as a viable and marketable option, helping to stabilize supply and price.

It adds up to an evolving landscape that increasingly allows for–and makes a compelling and credible case for–including organic foods in children’s diets whenever possible. As concerned parents, teachers, administrators and food service professionals create and insist on innovation and reform in school lunch programs, organic foods make sense as part of the picture.

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Learn More About Children, Pesticides, and Organic Foods:

BOOKS:

Wargo, John. Our Children’s Toxic Legacy: How Science and Law Fail to Protect Us from Pesticides (Yale University Press, Second Edition, 1998)

Landrigan, Philip J. et al. Raising Healthy Children in a Toxic World: 101 Smart Solutions for Every Family (Rodale Press, 2002)

Lipson, Elaine. The Organic Foods Sourcebook (Mcgraw-Hill Contemporary, 2001).

ON THE WEB:

Environmental Working Group
http://www.ewg.org/http://www.ewg.org/www.ewg.org
EWG has conducted research and published many substantive reports on children, pesticides, and other environmental toxins and concerns. Visit the site for downloadable reports, including “How ‘Bout Them Apples? Pesticides in Children’s Food Ten Years After Alar”; “Overexposed: Organophosphate Insecticides in Children’s Food”; and more.

Children’s Health Environmental Coalition
www.checnet.org

Organic Trade Association
www.ota.com (see also www.organic-center.org)

REPORTS and ARTICLES:

National Academy of Sciences. Pesticides in the Diets of Infants and Children. Washington: National Academy Press, 1993.

“How Safe is Our Produce?” Consumer Reports, March 1999

Baker BP et al. “Pesticide residues in conventional, IPM-grown and organic foods: Insights from three U.S. data sets.” Food Additives and Contaminants, 19(5), May 2002.

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Maintaining Weight Loss for the Long Haul

August28

Losing weight is like dating – it’s a lot of getting to know what works for you and what doesn’t. Maintaining your weight is like getting married – it’s meant for the long haul. If you’ve ever lost weight only to regain it (ahem!), you know how frustrating it can be. For many, it often seems like the real challenge when it comes to health and weight is not necessarily achieving weight loss, but maintaining the results. So, to put it in a new-age figurative sense, the biggest challenge on the weight loss journey begins after losing the weight.

The following tips will help us say, “I do!” to weight loss for the rest of our lives:

1. Eat organic foods and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Healthy foods like fruits and vegetables are full of fiber and make you feel fuller quicker and longer. They are nature’s miracle weight loss food! Here are ways to add more vegetables to your diet.

2. Think of it as a lifestyle – this is forever. If you think of the Organic Liaison program as a lifestyle change and not just a weight-loss plan, you will see better results over a longer period of time. Commitment to a healthy lifestyle means committing long-term and not abandoning your good diet and exercise habits the second you hit your goal weight on the scale.

3. Plan your meals. Meal planning is just as important for maintaining weight-loss results as it is for working towards weight-loss goals. Planning your meals ahead of time leaves out any guesswork involved in how you should plan your week, activity level, and splurges. It also saves you time, money and hassle! If you’re a member, continue to use the Organic Liaison meal planner to help you out.

4. Keep track of what you eat. It seems like a no-brainer, but some of us know all to well how it feels to lose weight and then feel like the honeymoon stage is over and it’s time start eating crap and not track calories again. Before you know it, you have to break out the fat pants once more. You use a meal and exercise planner even after you’ve met your weight loss goal, until you can manage to track your intake intuitively. Remember, a healthy lifestyle is meant to keep you healthy forever.

5. Exercise. According to the National Weight Loss Registry (they keep tabs on people who’ve maintained a loss of at least 30 pounds for at least a year), successful “maintainers” exercise over 200 minutes a week. That’s about half an hour, every day.

6. Stay accountable, stay connected. Support is important: The National Weight Loss Registry also found that people who had a support system were more likely to maintain their weight loss.

If you’re a member, lean on the Organic Liaison online community and your Chubby Buddy to keep each other accountable and honest. If you are not a member, you can still connect with peers on Phitter, a 100% free micro-blogging service brought to you by Kirstie and Organic Liaison, focused on health, fitness, diet, and weight-loss talk.

7. Motivate yourself. At the end of the day, you have access to countless people and resources to keep you on track, but the only person who can make you do anything is you. Be empowered by that.

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Organic Foods Vs. Natural Foods

August27

It may seem strange to think about, but there was a time when a carrot was just a carrot. Now we walk through the grocery store and we see organic carrots, natural carrots, peeled carrots, baby carrots, and genetically altered monster carrots as big as our arms. But if they are still called carrots, aren’t all carrots basically the same?

Unfortunately, things aren’t that simple anymore. Farmers and scientists have genetically and chemically altered many of the foods in our grocery stores. We have to make sure we know which foods to buy and which to avoid so that we don’t accidentally introduce toxins to our bodies.

Many of us know that giant, unnatural looking vegetables are bad for the body.

For some of us, however, the real dilemma is choosing between “natural” and “organic” foods. They both sound like good options, but let’s look at the definition for these two groups.

Organic foods are food items that are produced, manufactured, and handled using organic means, as defined by the USDA under the Organic Food Products Act. In short, “organic” refers to a system of agricultural practices and certification to production and handling standards.

Natural foods are minimally processed foods. Despite calls from the industry to regulate, no current federal rules legislate what constitutes a natural product. This has led to the sale of products with questionable “natural” credentials.

So, there is no certification backing natural food labels. Organic labels, on the other hand, require certification by the USDA.

All this jargon about certification boils down to this: if a vegetable has an “organic” sticker on it, we know that at no point during its journey from the fields to our grocery stores has it been touched by pesticides, chemicals, or preservatives. The “organic” label certifies this fact, with laws and standards.

A “natural” label indicates minimal food processing. However, this does not guarantee that natural foods have not come into contact with pesticides and preservatives; and we don’t really know how most natural foods are processed.

Bottom line: There is a reason why “natural” foods are not labeled “organic”—because they are not the same thing.

We may never be able to go back to the days when a carrot was just a carrot, but thanks to guidelines set up by the USDA, we know that organic carrots are as close to being just carrots as possible.

The more organic we eat, the healthier our bodies will be. Toxins and harsh chemicals don’t just pass through the body; they build up over time and cause many of the health problems we face everyday. (Chemicals can also cause weight gain, among other health problems. Learn more.)

Meanwhile, an organic diet can help cleanse the body and promote long-term health! (See 10 foods you must buy organic.)

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Read more about natural and organic food definitions:

  1. Organic Food Information Access Tools from the USDA National Agricultural Library
  2. Organic Foods Production Act Backgrounder from the Organic Trade Association

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Teddy says Organic Liaison Rescue Me Helped Him Cut Calories Easily

August27

Member Teddy W. recorded a video thanking Organic Liaison for helping him finish his personal 100 Day Weight Loss Challenge and achieve his goal to be a yoga instructor.

After doing extensive research on the Rescue Me Kit and all its individual ingredients, Teddy joined the program:

“Rescue Me allowed me to cut calories and not feel it. It wasn’t painful, I didn’t feel like I was sacrificing anything because it curbed my cravings, assisted my levels of nutrition, and… helped my energy levels in yoga practice. I used the site to find recipes and track my diet changes in the online journal. Plus, I found the staff helpful and accessible!”

Today, Teddy uses Organic Liaison products and tools to maintain a highly active lifestyle! His final thoughts: “It’s so easy, it’s all laid out there for you. If you’re thinking about it, you should be doing it!”

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