The Healthy Scoop: Three Easy Ways To Organicify Your Life
Wed, 19 September 2012 1:21PM
Welcome to my shiny, sparkly, new weekly post on PRIMPED, ‘The Healthy Scoop’ – a blog about all things health and wellness. Because, let’s be honest Primpers, who doesn’t love feeling happy and well?
My passion for health and wellbeing started a few years ago when I realised the all-important link between diet, exercise and a healthy mind. Since then, I’ve documented my journey on my blog, The Happiness Cocktail, and now, I’m sharing fun little facts I discover along the way with you here on PRIMPED. Hooray!
I’ll be covering lots of healthy snippets, as well as food ideas, meditation techniques and everything in between. Think of these posts as your weekly dose of health and wellbeing. Ahh! Bliss.
So this week, let’s talk organics.
Food has long been the catalyst for people making the switch from a conventional lifestyle to an organic one. The benefits of organic food include a diet free from chemicals and pesticides, fewer fossil fuels converted into fertilisers (due to organic farming methods), and healthier soil for years to come. The downside? The cost involved in going green.
But it’s not just about food anymore, Primpers. These days, the awareness and education around using fewer chemicals has filtered into other areas, too. Yep, everything from cleaning products to tampons has had a makeover. Here, I show you three easy (and cheap) ways to ‘organicify’ your life!
1. Choose The Dirty Dozen
It’s no secret you pay more for organic fruit and vegetables. The good news? You don’t need to completely overhaul your shopping basket if your bank balance doesn’t allow. Anything from the list below should be bought organic – as these tend to be the most heavily sprayed crops – but other common items such as onions, corn, pineapple, avocados and mangoes (i.e. anything with a thick skin that can be removed) is OK to buy conventional.
Here’s the list of organic essentials: Apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, nectarines, grapes, capsicum, potato, blueberries, lettuce and kale/collard greens.
2. Try Organic Tampons
This might be TMI but I recently made the switch from regular tampons to organic ones and I cannot believe the difference. I thought discomfort was just a fact of life when you had your period, but after switching up my products I realised it’s not meant to be that way.
Aimee Marks, founder of TOM Organic agrees, explaining that conventional tampons are loaded with synthetics and even plastic, and that non-organic cotton is one of the world’s most heavily sprayed crops. In fact, it’s sprayed with over 25% of the world’s total insecticides. “Regular tampon brands are commonly made from a blend of plastics, synthetics and conventional cotton – which is sprayed with toxic chemicals,” she says.
But it’s not just about the nasty ingredients in everyday tampons, there’s also suggestion that Toxic Shock Syndrome is preventable if using organic tampons. “There has been research conducted by leading microbiologist Dr Phillip Tierno from New York University Medical Centre that states if you remove synthetics from tampons; you remove the risk of contracting TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome),” says Aimee.
I’m happy to save my private parts for a cool $7.99 (for 16), what about you?
3. Clean Green
Cleaning products can be expensive but I’ve recently discovered the handy little mix of white vinegar and tea tree oil. This stuff literally cleans everything!
I mix vinegar and water together in equal parts, and then add good dose of tea tree oil to mask the vinegar smell and add antibacterial properties to the cleaner. Then, I spray it onto the kitchen counter, wipe down tables and even use it in the bathroom as the vinegar helps keep things sparkly and white. It’s a massive winner and a much more cost-effective option than your harsh chemical-based sprays. Which means you have more money to spend on your organic fruit and veg!
Tell me Primpers…
Do you want to dabble in organics but find it hard to justify the cost?
Will you embrace any of these affordable options?
Any ideas for upcoming The Healthy Scoop posts?