Appreciate your food – part 2.

Nowadays the word ‘organic’ sounds like something exotic, healthy and expensive. A luxury that many feel is out of reach because it can consume a good portion of the budget. So instead of buying overpriced organic vegetables and fruits, they simply dream of it while biting into tasteless burgers at McDonalds or vegetables and fruits from a local supermarket chain. With this in mind, you somehow get the idea of why walking through the aisles of an organic store, with the smells of fresh basil, orange and strawberry in the air could suddenly feel so foreign, exotic and simply out of reach when you try to bring it all to the checkout counter.

Well, we hate to be the barriers of bad news, but if it’s bad news for the corporations and good news for the average citizen of the planet, then it seems like good news after all. The truth is, eating organic is actually more accessible than you think. Basically, it all comes down to you and how much you’re willing to experiment with it. Another good piece of news is that eating well and fresh doesn’t require neither much of your time nor money.

The reality is this: all you need to lead an organic life is a small garden with good soil, access to water and at least 6 hours of sunshine a day. If you’ve got the basics, then the rest is a piece of cake. If you live with other family members such as brothers, sisters, parents, significant others and maybe even kids, then you work is even less than you can imagine.

All this talk of organic and fresh food is making me imagine a farm out in the middle of nowhere, with a beautiful drop back of mountains, trees, sounds of small creeks and fresh air. While all this is nice to have, it is not necessary for eating healthy, and a fresh garden can be yours in a middle of a crowded, overpopulated and bustling city. And the benefits of having a small garden are countless. Here are just some of the things you can get in addition to fresh food:

1. Know the exact source of you food. With recent food scandals and recalls of all types of food: contaminated spinach, horsemeat in burgers, and paying for one type of fish but receiving another in a sushi restaurant, it has become hard to trust that the food you pay for is actually of quality, fresh and good for you. All this worry is automatically cancelled when you become your own producer and provider of food.

2. Satisfaction of eating what you grow. Growing your own food not only means you know it is of quality, but you can feel proud of yourself for growing it. Suddenly the tomato tastes much sweeter, the basil is more flavorful and cooking becomes a passion, rather than a chore. In a world where money can buy anything, you suddenly feel appreciation for doing something with your own hands and knowing that it’s a product of your creation.

3. Eating local. Literally from your own back yard. This means that you don’t have to worry about fair trade, food mileage, use of gasoline, use of pesticides, waste of land, water, and genetically modified food. By growing your own food, not only do you decide the seeds that are planted, watch the first green stem peek out of soil, see the fruits of your toil slowly ripen, and when its time to consume, carry them straight from the garden, directly into your kitchen and onto your plate. In the end you have a delicious and memorable meal, something rare to come by nowadays.

4. Save money. In addition to the feel good effect growing your own food has on your self-esteem, it can have an even bigger impact on the money you save. You can buy seeds of vegetables and fruits for just a few dollars at a local store. Then enjoy a bountiful harvest that can be frozen, preserved or made into jam for future consumption. Suddenly going to the supermarket means buying only essentials, and cutting down on costs of ridiculously overpriced ‘organic’ vegetables or fruits.

5. Eating healthy. This is the rare case where cutting down costs means that you can actually eat healthy. Fresh and locally sourced food, filled with all the right vitamins and none of the pesticides or herbicides. You know exactly what went into growing it, and what you are putting inside of your body. In fact, a study by Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that preschool children who almost always ate homegrown produce were more than twice likely to eat five serving of fruits and vegetables a day and like them, in comparison to kids who never ate homegrown produce.

6. Good source of exercise. If the earlier point of eating organic and healthy food while saving money is not enough to convince you to grow your own food, then maybe seeing it as an exercise could do the trick. It is recommended that we all exercise for at least 15 minutes a day and gardening could help you do just that. Plus, you don’t have to leave the house, pay gym membership or try some extreme sports to do that. And if you’re doing it with family, then it even lets you spend more time physically communicating with family, something our current virtual reality rarely allows us to do.
Resources:

1.The Benefits of Growing Your Own Food: Boost Your Health and Your Bottom Line by Liza Barnes & Nicole Nichols. http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=1275
2. Backyard gardening: grow your own food, improve your health by Heidi Godman. http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/backyard-gardening-grow-your-own-food-improve-your-health-201206294984 

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