To Your Health
May, 2009 (Vol. 03, Issue 05)
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Home gardening isn't for everyone. Some may ask, "What do I do if I don't have a green thumb?" or "How do I fit this into my busy schedule?" Life is a balance and finding the right mix will differ from person to person.

The important thing is to find ways to incorporate healthy food choices whether they are organic or not into your family's diet. When shopping, consider purchasing 10 percent of your food from the organic section or aim to prepare and serve one meal a day using as many organic ingredients as possible.

Back to Basics

Perhaps one of the most health-conscious decisions we can make is to try to get "back to basics" as much as possible. Increasing your consumption of organic foods can contribute to this effort. This means selecting foods high in fiber and low in cholesterol such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Not only do these whole foods provide greater nutritive value, but they also offer less exposure to unnatural ingredients that can be damaging to health.

All About Organic

To learn more about the health benefits of organic foods, visit the Organic Consumers Association Web site ( Numerous online resources provide easy recipes you can make at home; here are a few to get you started on your journey toward the organic lifestyle and better health:

David Barnes, PhD, earned his doctorate from the University of California, Davis, and has participated in various research projects related to nutrition and health. He is the director of research for Standard Process, Inc. (, a whole-food supplement manufacturer based in Wisconsin.