Eating Organic Economically

Eating Organic Economically

 Organic is a way of life. A way of measuring quality and value through the chemical and genetic nature of our food. What goes into our bodies and ultimately what feeds every living cell within us with information is a foundation for health and wellbeing. And is not to be taken lightly.  The cost of buying organic can be frustrating and simply expensive. Here I have shared my top tips, for feeding a family of four (and that includes two teenage boys) within a reasonable food budget.  Buy in season. Most produce in season goes on special, is cheaper and fresher. This is a great time to freeze extra produce and make extra batches of your favorite seasonal recipes to freeze.  Visit your local farmers market. This approach works best if you have made up a weekly menu plan with in season recipes. This is a great way to explore seasonal goods, while supporting your local community! it can also give you insight into the type of farm and methods used. A good tip is to go towards the end of the market and bargain for deals with the vendors.   Shop the bulk section. Buy your beans, grains, nuts and seeds here – all dry goods. Some stores have extensive organic bulk sections, where you can stock up on your oils, nut butters, syrups and honeys too. It really can be worth a slight detour, or running a special errand to a organic grocery store with a large bulk section.   Shop online. As much as I cringe because this doesn’t support local businesses and the environmental impact of shipping. Shopping online can be very cost effective and help achieve...
Our Inner Ocean

Our Inner Ocean

 The mighty and mysterious Lymphatic system is easily one of the most overlooked healing systems in the body. It is the backbone of the immune system and is responsible for the movement and flow of lymph fluid. The lymph picks up blood cells and discharged cell materials and carries them to lymph nodes, where the lymph is flushed, cleansed and regenerated. The lymph nodes have a high concentration of white blood cells, lymphocytes which are key players in the healing of infection. The lymphatic system also plays an essential role in the detoxification of the body, as the lymph fluid gathers and moves out toxins and cellular waste through its vessels and into the colon, where it is eliminated.  Our bodies are between 70-90% water and the movement, exchange and cleanup of our intercellular fluid is paramount for our overall health and wellbeing. An important fact to know about our lymph system is that it does not have a pump like our circulatory system has the heart. The lymphatic system moves by way of muscular and skeletal function… this is so important to understand, as most of us lead sedentary lifestyles which tax our bodies in many ways.  Scientists are still discovering the massive span of the Lymphatic system, but as recent research now shows, this intricate and vast system moves from the brain and throughout the whole body. I like to think of the Lymph and blood as the oceans within, both vitally important, one nourishing and delivering vital nutrients and the other cleaning up and making sure everything is in check. The integral relationship of the lymphatic system and the blood can be likened to yin and yang, they both work together and are part of a larger functioning beautiful whole.  Some...