Many people choose organic food as a healthier choice for foods. With an increased concern about sprays and pesticides and their effects on health, people believe organic foods are a wiser choice. Research indicates a concern about commercially produced foods and the effects of products used on them to produce beautiful and perfect fruits, vegetables and other products.

A concern exists that many additives used in processed foods affects our health in adverse ways. People are concerned these toxins and additives remain in our bodies after consumption, and over time trigger other medical concerns or conditions. Parents with children choose organics to treat food and additive allergies. People with food sensitivities also choose organics to avoid some of the triggers for allergic reactions. Some people are concerned about maintaining optimal health and choose organics to help them in this quest.

I am one of those people who choose to purchase and eat organic foods. About 97% of what I eat and drink is organic from my dairy to my grains, fruits and vegetables. Yes, my food is probably at least 30-40% higher in cost, and perhaps my organics are my choice of to believe I am doing something healthier for me.

A few years ago, I turned fifty. My health has been good compared to most people. I do not have high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol or any other medical concerns or conditions. I studied people my age and older and realized those IF I wished to continue to preserve my health, changes were necessary.

Before my commitment to purchasing and eating organics, I researched the benefits of eating organic. I had purchased organic items occasionally, but now I was convinced my change was healthy and positive. I also realized there were certain foods and beverages, organic or nonorganic, that was not in my best interest to consume.

For more than two years, I was an organic vegetarian. I consumed soy but over time, the soy did not process well in my body. I found my levels of protein lacking and after soul searching returned to a minimal consumption of organic chicken to supplement my diet, but I am still researching alternatives to soy and chicken in my diet. I have supplemented my diet with other organic foods, such as Kombucha and ground flax seed.

Organic alternatives are available, for even the junk food we eat. Many of those organic foods are still unhealthy if over consumed. A piece of chocolate cake may have all organic ingredients, but is chocolate cake with all the fat and calories, flour and other ingredients. Organic cane sugar is sugar and without moderation and change in diet, a person can easily gain weight from organic foods.

I reside in Austin, Texas where organic products are easier to obtain. With choices of organic co-ops, Sprouts, Vitamin Cottage, Whole Foods and organics in commercial markets, my choices of what to purchase is extensive. We also have organic restaurants such as Kirby Lane offering delicious organic dishes with a commitment to purchase local organics.

For people residing in other places, being organic may be a challenge. Traveling on business is a challenge in organic creativity when the destination is a nonorganic small town or certain cities in the United States. Organics are not readily available, and if a market carries a few products, the products are over priced beyond the normal prices for organics. Experience taught me to pack a few protein bars and other light organic food items to aid me when such situations occur.

Many people try to convince me that my quest for organic health is expensive and unnecessary. My family complains I eat oddly and don’t appreciate normal and good food. I am not a doctor nor a nutritionist, a scientist or an expert. I made an informed choice on what to eat and how to eat. My choice is important to me. I feel great, and perhaps part of the positive result of my consumption of organic food is my positive mindset.