Why organic? What is conventional? What is the big deal?

Why organic?  What is conventional? What is the big deal?

 

Remember when your parents would tell you, “You are what you eat!”  The amount of truth in this statement is telling.  When I was a kid, I LOVED pickles!  LOVED THEM! There was no pickle I wouldn’t eat and I ate them all!  I was at a friend’s grandparents’ house for a birthday party, probably 8 or 9 years old, and there I was, standing by the snack table, stuffing my face with PICKLES! Nanny, my friend’s grandmother, said, “You know, you keep eating those like that and you will turn in to a pickle!” I knew that I wouldn’t ACTUALLY turn in to a pickle, but there was a boatload of truth to that statement as well.

You are what you eat.  Think about that.  Now think about what you ate today. How much of that was whole, real food?  How much of that was conventional? Was any of it organic? Do you know the difference?

 

CONVENTIONAL

Foods grown conventionally are foods that are grown using conventional standards.  What does this mean?

“Conventionally grown is an agriculture term referring to a method of growing edible plants (such as fruit and vegetables) and other products… Conventionally grown products, meanwhile, often use fertilizers and pesticides which allow for higher yield, out of season growth, greater resistance, greater longevity and a generally greater mass.” (oh how we love Wikipedia)

Fertilizers and pesticides used in conventional growing are synthetic. These products force more production and the higher yield that keeps conventional produce so low in cost. One of the most heavily treated fruits are apples. Because they are so prone to pests, they are treated at many stages of their life cycle and where do you think all those pesticides end up? An apple a day, keeps the doctor away?

These things keep me awake at night.

 

 

ORGANIC

Organic farming is a form of agriculture that relies on techniques such as crop rotation, green manure, compost, and biological pest control. It excludes or strictly limits the use of various methods (including synthetic petrochemical fertilizers (yuck) and pesticides; plant growth regulators such as hormones; antibiotic use in livestock; genetically modified organisms; human sewage sludge; and nanomaterials for reasons including, sustainability, openness, independence ,health,  and safety. (more Wiki)

Human sewage sludge?  WHAT WHAT WHAT???!!! I’ll have exactly ZERO of that please!

Organically grown foods do not use any of the conventional methods. In fact, they are held to a much higher standard.  Treatment for pest and other garden critters are of organic methods. There are no synthetic ingredients in the fertilizers and organic methods of growing go back to nature using carefully monitored watering and fertilizing systems, that include organic matter derived from nature such as seaweed, egg shells, bone meal, compost, and more.

A quick way to make sure you are getting ORGANIC GOODNESS ONLY, check out your PLU codes at the grocery store. They will have FIVE numbers and start with the number NINE!!! Pay close attention and be good to yourself!

Happy eating!!!

 

 

 

 

MINT To Be! A Lemon, Cucumber, Mint Water Detox!

Mint is refreshing. It is minty. It smells pretty.  But did you know that mint can help settle an upset belly and aide in digestion?

Lemons are great for making lemonade and for adding a citrus note to a beautiful piece of fish or a little squeeze in your cocktail.  Did you know lemons are great for boosting your immune system and even for helping to curb your appetite?

What about cukes? CUKES ARE MAGICAL! There is so much information out there about cucumbers and their health benefits, but here are a few of the reasons I make them a part of my diet! They have anti inflammatory properties and they are great for re hydrating!  That is why you put them over your eyes to reduce puffiness and rehydrate!  Cucumbers also have a very high water and fiber content which is a great addition to any diet and especially to those who are trying to get beach body ready!  That water will help flush the fat and the fiber helps you to feel satisfied! WIN WIN! They also a great source of silica, which is known to help promote joint health. It’s always a good idea to take care of your joints!

And then we have water. Water is one of the most important things we can put in to our bodies.  Water keeps us alive. We have all heard that our bodies are made up of around 70% water. Have you ever thought about what that means and what that translates into for your muscles and organs?  If you have ever forgotten to water a plant, you know what they look like.  Imagine that happening inside your body. Drinking enough water isn’t just the “in thing”, it is necessary for LIFE!!! It is necessary for healthy cell production, healthy muscle tone, detoxifying your body, and for helping you feel your very best! Have you ever noticed that the people who drink a lot of water seem to always be happy? Just an observation I have made in my years as a water drinker. 🙂

 

So what happens when we combine all of these things together and leave over night in the fridge?  Well, I’m glad you asked!  After spending the night getting to know each other, they become a kick ass detoxifying monster that not only tastes AMAZING, but helps to flush your body of daily toxins and help curb your hunger pangs. It will also hydrate you while helping you shed some extra pounds! There really is no reason not to drink this water!

What You Will Need:

12 cups filtered or distilled water

1 medium organic cucumber

2-3 organic lemons

10-12 organic mint leaves

Combine all ingredients and let sit over night and then drink throughout the day.  Do this daily and watch what happens.  It makes you feel amazing!

 

Enjoy this health tonic! Love yourself and do something great for you!

You deserve it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fairy Post Weekly

BRRRRRRR Mainers!

Lot’s of exciting news today! First up on the agenda is the amazing organization, Midcoast Maine Bags Of Blessings Project! Have you heard of them? They are filling backpacks full of necessities for those in need. Right up our alley! We are heading up to visit Rebecca Bodeen and her crew and helping fill those packs next month! Keep an eye on our blog to see how it goes. Until then- we will be collecting items for our Give Back Item Of The Week program to donate to the backpacks! YES!!!!

Now let’s talk food. Guys! I’m so excited to tell you that we will be rockin’ your dooryahds this ROMANESCO!!!!!!! The most beautiful cross between broccoli and cauliflower EVER! 

Recipe Of The Week: Roasted Romanesco Curry

KEEP IN MIND– We have GIFT CERTIFICATES !!!! You can purchase them right through our site for your friends and family for all your New Years Resolution Gift Needs!  How much does that rock? Give the gift of healthy eating! Love it!

Ok, my loves…Now is the time! Go ahead and log in to your accounts and flip, switch, swap, and shop until you find the combo that works best for you and your loved ones. If you have any problems through the process remember you can always email [email protected] or even call! I love chatting on the phone:) Keep posting what you’re cooking on our facebook,we love it! Use our hashtag #organiclovestory, Tweet at us! Yelp us! Love your neighbor! Spread a smile…or five…and be happy in your hearts!

Happy Presidents Day,

Jillian & The CBO Crew

Refer us for FREE PRODUCE : Log in to your account, scroll to the top of your screen and note the little banner that says Tell A Friend! Click it! Options to add a friends email or share with the social media outlet of your choice are built in as well as an already typed message(that you can change) to go out to your friends providing them with a personalized discount code that will give them $5 off their first delivery and will give you all a $10 credit to your accounts!!! And guess what!!!?? It’s unlimited referrals which means that you could get tons and tons of free produce. So share away and let us know what you think.

Veggie Pro Tip: Don’t forget to leave a cooler outside if you aren’t going to be home to ensure maximum freshness! 

Fairy Post Weekly

BRRRRRRR Mainers!

Lot’s of exciting news today! First up on the agenda is the amazing organization, Midcoast Maine Bags Of Blessings Project! Have you heard of them? They are filling backpacks full of necessities for those in need. Right up our alley! We are heading up to visit Rebecca Bodeen and her crew and helping fill those packs next month! Keep an eye on our blog to see how it goes. Until then- we will be collecting items for our Give Back Item Of The Week program to donate to the backpacks! YES!!!!

Now let’s talk food. Guys! I’m so excited to tell you that we will be rockin’ your dooryahds this ROMANESCO!!!!!!! The most beautiful cross between broccoli and cauliflower EVER! 

Recipe Of The Week: Roasted Romanesco Curry

KEEP IN MIND– We have GIFT CERTIFICATES !!!! You can purchase them right through our site for your friends and family for all your New Years Resolution Gift Needs!  How much does that rock? Give the gift of healthy eating! Love it!

Ok, my loves…Now is the time! Go ahead and log in to your accounts and flip, switch, swap, and shop until you find the combo that works best for you and your loved ones. If you have any problems through the process remember you can always email [email protected] or even call! I love chatting on the phone:) Keep posting what you’re cooking on our facebook,we love it! Use our hashtag #organiclovestory, Tweet at us! Yelp us! Love your neighbor! Spread a smile…or five…and be happy in your hearts!

Happy Presidents Day,

Jillian & The CBO Crew

Refer us for FREE PRODUCE : Log in to your account, scroll to the top of your screen and note the little banner that says Tell A Friend! Click it! Options to add a friends email or share with the social media outlet of your choice are built in as well as an already typed message(that you can change) to go out to your friends providing them with a personalized discount code that will give them $5 off their first delivery and will give you all a $10 credit to your accounts!!! And guess what!!!?? It’s unlimited referrals which means that you could get tons and tons of free produce. So share away and let us know what you think.

Veggie Pro Tip: Don’t forget to leave a cooler outside if you aren’t going to be home to ensure maximum freshness! 

Keep On Moroccan Me, BabY! – Sam Rispoli

KEEP ON MOROCCAN ME, BABY!

 

Moroccan Me

DETOX

Do you get kind of excited and nervous when this word is in front of a recipe claiming to “rid the body” of toxins?

“Feel more energized!”
“Clean up your system!”
“Jump start your metabolism!”

I won’t lie. I almost called this a recipe a Detox Salad. I know the word ”detox” is a buzz word often employed as a means of grabbing your attention and implying quick results.

Detox wants you to think she is a magical word that when placed in front of a seemingly healthy meal or drink, it melts weight magically and cleanses your body of last night’s pint of ice cream and this morning’s breakfast sandwich. Oh sister detox, forgive us now and at the hour of our mozzarella sticks. Amen.

Detox is a lying tramp.

Want the truth? The truth is that your body will naturally filter out toxins through your liver, kidneys and skin. They are always doing this job because your body wants to be balanced, and in order to be balanced, all these organs function simultaneously. You don’t even have to THINK about it!

Now… don’t be confused. Just because your body will detox itself naturally does NOT mean you should still make poor diet choices. A great many food products are made with toxic chemicals and preservatives that can make your precious organs work OVERTIME to filter out the junk.

This can confuse your body. It’s like “Oh cool, thanks for feeding me this food! Oh…wait…is this food? What is this? Can I use any of this for energy? No? WTF is this? WTF IS A SLURPEE? What am I supposed to do with this?”

 

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Copyright Bill Watterson, 1989

 

 

And if you are stressed and time crunched and keep ingesting weird non-nourishing food items then your body is forced to try and convert them to energy. The problem is these products can be more toxic than energizing. So it backs up the system when trying to get filtered.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?!

Well….you can start by eating more vegetables on a daily basis. Starting with this Moroccan spiced Carrot Salad! I was going to call it a Detox Salad was because I used Casco Bay Organics’ carrots, which contain Vitamin A, known for assisting the liver in flushing out toxins. I also used some Chioggia beets, which are also popular for their cleansing properties. This duo can help un-gunk your pipes naturally on the inside and support healthy, glowing skin on the outside. I fancied these fabulous organic veggies up with some garam masala spice, cumin and cinnamon for an interesting spicy-but-not-hot-spicy/sweet mix.

Moroccan Spiced Carrot Salad

1 lb organic carrots, shredded
1 organic Chioggia beet, shredded
¼ cup olive oil
Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
1 package Eden’s Organics apple juice infused dried cranberries
½ Tablespoon cumin powder
3 teaspoons garam masala spice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

moroccan spiced carrot salad

 

Shred carrots and beets in food processor or grate over box grater. Pour on olive oil and lemon juice and toss with spices and cranberries.

 

 

 

 

Sam is a Holistic Health Coach with a passion for feeding the masses with nourishing, delicious meals using REAL FOOD. She enjoys spending time in her laboratory/kitchen and delighting people with her inventive fare and witty commentary. She believes in inspiring others to find their own personal path to health and wellness. You can find her on instagram @NourishingNomsWithSam

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