Organic food is food that has been grown or raised without chemical fertilizers, pesticides, weed killers, or drugs. However, one must not assume that foods labeled “natural,” “sustainable,” “hormone-free,” or “free-range” are necessarily organic products. The use of those labels is not regulated by the U.S. government or any of its controlling agencies. Therefore, any distributor can, “if they please” use the previously mentioned labels, although, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has developed labeling rules for organic foods.

A seal and the word “organic” can be displayed on organic foods. This seal is not mandatory, so some organic foods may not be labeled as such even though they are organic. But what would be the reasons why people might want to purchase “organic.”

Some say that they are worried about the environment. Some want to avoid chemicals, especially pesticides, in their food. Foods with the organic label have much less pesticide residue compared with most nonorganic foods. Foods grown with pesticides can have small amounts of pesticide left on them by the time they reach the consumers.

Studies have shown that being exposed to large amounts of pesticides can cause harm. But they have not shown that the amounts of pesticides left on most nonorganic foods are enough to cause health effects such as cancer, adverse reproductive outcome, and immunological effects.

Nonetheless, there is not enough evidence to say that organic food is more nutritious than nonorganic food, nor that organic food tastes better, just because it’s organic. But organic food is usually fresher, because it doesn’t contain preservatives and it needs to be eaten sooner.

Fresher food usually tastes better.  (Unless it’s cold pizza)

Here are some other reasons why one might opt for Organic Foods

  • It’s more Humane.

Much of the country’s organic milk and meat comes from small farms, where animals are often given more space to roam than those at larger factory farms.

  • It may reduce your risk of getting Mad Cow

Organic meat can’t have any animal by-products in its feed, which is a primary contributor to mad-cow disease.

  • It’s getting more accessible.

One question still remains: HOW “ORGANIC” IS IT? 

Products labeled “organic” must consist of 95 percent organically produced ingredients, but products that contain only 70 percent organic ingredients can use the phrase “Made with organic ingredients.”

Again read the labels carefully.


My anti-fatigue aliments

Feeling a bit tired in the middle of the day? Whether it is seasonal or temporary, to give yourself a boost, no need to take extra vitamins. Just stop at any farmer’s market or grocery to fill up your cart or bag. Usually when I feel down I start with fruits. I buy oranges, kiwis, pineapples and grapefruits.

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To fight fatigue, the best ally is vitamin C. Get some! Get plenty of those. It has powerful antioxidants and stimulates the defense mechanism of your body to fight anything that is bad externally. It also allows better absorption of iron present in the same food that you would have consumed during the same meal. Also I buy peppers, cabbage, and spinach. When you mixed those with vitamin C, you will have vitamin C, and folic acid. The latter has the potentiality of aiding your body to defend or to prevent anemia. Try to consume 2 to 3 different type of vegetables a day. Everything is permissible.

Also you can  buy pure dark chocolate and dried fruits .These are high in magnesium. Magnesium is important to our body for it maintains our muscular contractions and our body movements. Thus, one must not neglect it .otherwise, cramps, muscular pains and fatigue will soon and quickly appear. For those of you that do not know, the daily dose of Mg is between 360 and 420 mg. For those of you who like fish. I would stop at the fish market and I would get, crab, salmons. They are all rich in vitamin E, which is also an antioxidant, which plays a role in protecting cellular membranes and brings resources necessary to the brain for better function. To be on top of your shape you must consume 300 g of fish per week. However please be careful for mercury exposure. For those of you that are, meat lover, it is also good to consume red meat such as steak…with this you will get lot of iron. Women have a tendency to lack in iron. Iron is the ally for us to feel alive and to fully feel our tonus. It is advised to eat up to 400 g of red meat per week. You can also choose to alternate with white meat to combat anti-fatigue. For instance, you can buy turkey…turkey contains selenium. It is also an antioxidant that reduces fatigue and boosts your immune system. Lack of selenium may result in cardiovascular problem because selenium contributes to good health for your skeletal muscles and cardiac muscles. It is recommended to consume 60 mg per day for man and 50 mg for women. Also important, you must not forget cheese and yogurts for they contain calcium. If you lack calcium anything that you undertake will seem more tiring and will require more energy. To avoid excess consumption of fat,try to limit cheese to about 50 g per day and choose low fat yogurt.

So readers,try these and let me know how it works out 🙂

What ….hot dogs serve like meals?

All right, So I know lots of you may be wondering..Why hot dogs? Why  is she blogging about those..

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Well, if you are one of those that watch TV pretty often. Have you ever seen this commercial in which a family is reunited at the table for diner and they eat hot dogs and tomatoes? So my reaction was, like, really? What the heck are you eating with your families? hot dogs!?! Not saying that hot dogs are totally wrong to eat, but I believe that Americans are not fully cognizant of all the chemicals, sodium or fat that they contain. Well, if you try to read an hot dog label, you’ll see that it is usually made of meat (could be beef turkey, pork, a mixture of all three), fat, salt, lots of chemicals, flavorings. I know that one hot dog is about 250 calories. Let’s say you eat two a day. It’s already taken out ¼ of your 2000 calories deal daily. Moreover, hot dogs are not a good source of protein for those of you that may mistake it with meat. It’s just totally different. Hot dogs also have preservatives called sodium nitrites that preserves its flavors, pink color and prevents rancidity. Also, a 2010 study conducted by Harvard University found that eating one serving of processed meat a day increased risk of heart disease by 42 percent and diabetes by 19 percent.

Well I am not saying that we need to deprive ourselves completely. To be honest with you I do not intend to do so. I just love them at barbeques and sometimes at home when I’m watching a movie. What I recommend is to save them for special occasion like a major barbeque…also one thing that might help is to buy brands that are lower in fat and sodium for it will somewhat decrease chances of acquiring certain illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and so forth.

Food matters

So today, I had a pretty lengthy and heated discussion with my sister about “Food Matters”. I am sure that a lot of you have heard about it prior to today. If you haven’t I highly recommend that you take a look at the trailer below.

Overall this documentary was very informative, for it covers aspects and points that deal with everyday life and activities: the cause /effects of food and nutrition on our body and health. This documentary is constructed in such a way that it promotes heath and it proposes solutions to the crucial health problems recurrent in our society .There are many points that this documentary enlightens and made me really take into account.

For instance, my sister talked to me about how over the past 40-50 years our food has changed greatly. Nowadays not only our foods but also our consuming methods have shifted. Back then, our grandparents did not know the frozen food or the fast food and microwave era. The industrialized foods have revolutionized the food consumption. Also, the invention of microwave and all food modifiers, genetically transformed food, make a big contrast with food consumption now and then. Unfortunately the new ways of consumption makes the population more fragile and more likely to catch fatal diseases than the old traditional ways. What is important in this documentary is basically saying that malnourishment caused depression. That one can treat cancer and cure disease by having a good nutrition.

Like my sister said.. ”she does not think she can do anything, substantially, to greatly change the current crisis except inform the more people she can. She wanted to share this to make them aware of what they are exposed to. Because the only way for everyone to take action is to first understand and to know .”

What about you?Do you think you can do anything?

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If you’re like me when finals are around the corner, you eat a lot, you sleep a lot, you don’t feel like doing anything and you don’t want to do anything. Then you feel guilty about being lazy and you eat a lot and so on and so forth… it seems like a vicious circle…BUT! I work better under stress as well, I just need to pull myself up and get to work.

While our CUNY schools cannot really afford to offer us a stress-less week like the University of Mississippi , we can find ways to deal better with stress.

But first here are tips offered by college fashion that I think are to be noted:

1. Avoid stressful people. Ha! easier said than done right? my friends, don’t avoid me please! BUT Stress actually is contagious. During exam week, resist the urge to have a study session…

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What About Gluten Free?

Health from the Hearth

Growing up in Boulder, Colorado, I was exposed to much that has gone through the world of “health food” in the past 35 years.  From the days of the small local co-op (the smell of comingled bulk grains, greens, and patchouli still feels like home to me), through the advent of larger stores such as Wild Oats and Alfalfa’s (where the milk is dairy free!), and into the more recent years of much larger, corporate, sparkly beautiful and expensive stores where you can find just about anything under the sun, there has clearly been a revolution in how we view and value natural foods in this country.

One of the most beautiful aspects of this revolution is that those foods that used to be an adventure to locate are now coming home to my local conventional grocery store.  When I started naturopathic medical school in 1999, gluten free grains such…

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“Spices and Herbs” enhance flavors in a healthy way

I am from the Caribbean and back home our foods are rich in herbs and spices. Herbs and spices are a vital part of our diet and lifestyle. So, adding more spices and herbs to your cooking/food is a step that you can easily adopt to engage in a healthier diet thus toward enhancing your overall health and that of your family. Common herbs and spices may help protect against certain chronic conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

Herbs are usually from plants and plants parts for instance basil, parsley, rosemary whereas spices often come from the seeds or the roots of plants. It is beneficial to consume or to add herbs and spices to your food for sometimes it can limit inflammation. For example, cinnamon, a good antioxidanthas been linked to lower inflammation, as well as reductions in blood glucose concentrations in people with diabetes.

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As a way to manage your health, herbs and spices are a fantastic way to increase the medicinal value of your food. They can also have the role of flavor boosters. So for instance, instead of adding an exaggerated amount of salt in your food to enhance the taste, you can liberally season them with herbs and spices. Below are some herbs and spices you may have been enjoying with no idea as to their value:

Garlic – Garlic contains a substance which has antibacterial, antioxidant, lipid lowering and anti-hypertension properties. Moreover, fresh garlic has more potent cardio-protective properties than processed garlic.

Cinnamon – Cinnamon not only prevents heart disease, it can also prevent diabetes. It was discovered that consummation of cinnamon increased in antioxidants connected with lowering blood sugar levels.

Onions – Onions contain an antioxidant found to prevent heart disease and stroke.

Rosemary-A cornerstone of Mediterranean cooking, this distinctive, aromatic herb is packed with flavor and antioxidants

Oregano – This herb contains a substance which has been proven to be effective against blood pressure.

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Knowing that herbs and spices have antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects on your body’s health, I would recommend using them more in soups, meats, anything that is food rather than salt. They have lower calories and can increase the medicinal values of your food.