Going green and eating clean can be a huge challenge, but today Embracing Imperfect is linking up all kinds of crafts, recipes, recycling and repurpose tips and more to help you go green!
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As you know, I firmly believe that feeding children with special needs a clean, organic diet can help them physically, medically, academically and behaviorally. As I mulled this issue, though, it occurred to me that perhaps this blog has been leaving out a portion of the population.
The truth is, EVERY child should be eating like this. Now that’s not to say that if your child doesn’t have food sensitivities they cannot have an occasional sugar feast or soda on holidays. I see no reason to deny them all the time. But there’s plenty of reasons why they should eat better most of the time!
14 reasons every child should eat organic:
- Organic foods have more nutritional value because the nutrients haven’t been stripped away through processing so you’re child really IS eating better.
- USDA organic produce must be free of pesticides, so no more worrying about the Dirty Dozen.
- Growing bodies with immature immune systems, not to mention kids who do have auto-immunity issues, cannot process out these toxins as well as an adult. That can lead to a dangerous toxic build up in your child’s body.
- Because organic farming has no pesticides, it keeps local water sources cleaner and is more eco-friendly.
- Organic foods are free of neurotoxins, chemicals that target the nervous system and can disrupt proper brain signaling, causing your child forgetfulness, brain fog, memory and poor academic performance in milder cases.
- Organic foods are free of irradiation, a process that exposes food to dangerous radiation in order to preserve it longer.
- Organic foods must be GMO-free. GMOs, as you know, can cause all kinds of complications in your child’s gut. In addition, some GMO foods are so resistant to common pesticides, that far stronger ones are needed for each crop exposing your child to more toxins.
- Organic foods are better for the environment. Organic practices keep the environment clean and pastures safer.
- Organic meats are free of antibiotics that can pose a health risk to a kid’s immature system in the form of antibiotic resistant bacteria, particularly if is not cooked well enough.
- Organics are free of unsafe hormones, such as rBGH in milk, which some studies been know to make cows sick.
- It’s more humane because animals raised organically cannot be pumped up full of products that change how they develop, such as chickens that are too fat to ever walk.
- USDA organic products must be free of sewage sludge. I don’t have to elaborate on that one, do I?
- According to Psychology Today, a 2011 study from Newcastle University found organic produce to have “on average 12% higher nutrient levels” than non-organic produce, particularly in antioxidants.
- Because it hasn’t been manipulated at a chemical level, organic produce tastes better. Just compare an organic tomato to the regular. Better yet – nonorganic tomatoes are loaded with nasty pesticides. Just eat the organic one. And doesn’t every kid want better tasting food?
Feed your child organic and you – and they – will feel better about their health! Stay tuned with Embracing Imperfect as I share frugal ways to save money on organics in the weeks to come. Meanwhile, log in below for the giveaway!
What Inspired This Post
Last week, my husband taped a bit of a show that really disturbed him. It was about a young man with Down syndrome who was struggling with everything – from keeping his tongue in his mouth to tying his shoe laces. My husband was convinced these parents were not feeding him clean foods because he can see how much progress they’ve made since we’ve cleaned up our daily menu. This is not to say that every disability can be treated with healthy foods, but I believe that starting off right can go a long way.
Green Living Tips
As mentioned, we’ve got lots of great tips for you:
Reusing Your Food Containers
Mother Earth / Nature
Kid’s walk to collect trash in your community – with printable bag decoration
This post is not trashy