In this chapter of the My Organic Story series we hear from Sarah, childhood intervention specialist, wife and mother. Sarah’s passion to provide a healthy and holistic lifestyle for her family is obvious and her thoughts on why we should eat organic make perfect sense. Sarah’s story is just further confirmation as to why going organic is a no-brainer if your family’s health is a priority.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself
I have a husband and two primary school aged girls. I work part time in early childhood intervention, alongside families that have a child with a disability.
Our family is interested in bringing things back to basics: decreasing stress; enjoying the outdoors; getting exercise; and eating to fuel our bodies and minds. And most of all, we want to spend quality time with each other.
We have no family living in Victoria; they are all scattered across South Australia, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. Family and connections are important to us so despite the distance we love to travel to see them or have them stay with us.
2. When and why did you start to eat organic?
My daughters had some health issues when they were young. Some visits to the naturopath saw us take a path into holistic health and I have been reading and researching ever since!
I believe food grown how it was intended is the healthiest for us. Our world is so full of toxins from every aspect of our lives. . . I try to live a low tox life – using low tox products everywhere I can, (for example: make up, personal products, home cleaning, bedding, cookware and the list goes on). When embracing a life low on toxins, this naturally extends to the food we eat. Our bodies can only take a certain load of toxins before things start to go haywire. I want to give my family the best chance to be as healthy as they can be.
3. What do you think are the benefits of eating organic?
I believe organic products decrease the toxin load on the body so that it can function better. This also benefits the environment as less toxins are being added to the air, soil and waterways during the farming process. I believe eating organic is simply eating the way nature intended.
4. What barriers have you come across when choosing organic?
The main barrier I have come across when sourcing organic food is the price. It comes at a cost. Other barriers include the lack of variety of organic produce at regular grocery stores, and the insane amount of plastic packaging of organic goods at the larger supermarket chains.
5. What do you wish more people understood about eating organic?
I wish more people would understand that even if you wash non-organic produce well, it still doesn’t remove the toxins! People also need to be aware of what eating non-organic food does to your body at a biochemical level – it may not be visible but it is harmful.
When we eat organic produce, we are nourishing our bodies and therefore decreasing our chances of becoming sick.
6. Anything else you’d like to share?
If more of the population demanded and bought organic, then we would have more people producing it. This would hopefully overcome some of the major barriers of eating organic, for example, its cost and availability.
Do you want to make the switch to organic for your family’s health and wellbeing?
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