A few weeks ago, Sara a friend I have not met in years, contacted me to meet her about something exciting she had to show me – and I of course couldn’t wait to catch up with her. The last time we met was way before I got married and had baby Luna. Back in the day, Sara and I used to hang out together, attend dance classes together, perform together and also party very hard together. Those were the wild days haha Now it’s different. We are more settled mums who enjoy their careers and families, and we try to juggle it all gracefully.
Busy lifestyles and new relationships have separatedus for half a decade but it seems like we are meant to meet again – and what fun it is to meet her – she has not changed one bit! Sara now runs Just Organic Malta, a small outlet in the heart of Naxxar that provides healthy, organic and natural products for the whole family and she wanted to share her knowledge with me about the Organic Lifestyle.
This is their Facebook Page if you would like to Follow it www.facebook.com/JustOrganicMalta
Some of you are already way into organic food and are super advanced. Me, to be honest, I have never felt the need to shop organic before but as a person who is interested to always improve her healthy lifestyle and that of her family, I am now more interested to begin the journey slowly, without going crazy right away, so when I was told about the benefits and shown around her store, I went on home to do some further research. Here are some interesting facts I am learning about Going Organic and I am seriously intrigued.
The benefits of organic food
How our food is grown can have a major impact on our mental and emotional health as well as the environment. Why? Because Organic Foods often have more beneficial nutrients, such as antioxidants, than their conventionally-grown counterparts and people with allergies to foods, chemicals, or preservatives often find their symptoms lessen or go away when they eat only organic foods.
- Organic produce contains fewer pesticides. Chemicals such as fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides are widely used in conventional agriculture and residues remain on (and in) the food we eat.
- Organic food is often more fresh because it doesn’t contain preservatives that make it last longer. Organic produce is often (but not always, so watch where it is from) produced on smaller farms near where it is sold.
- Organic farming is better for the environment. Organic farming practices reduce pollution, conserve water, reduce soil erosion, increase soil fertility, and use less energy. Farming without pesticides is also better for nearby birds and animals as well as people who live close to farms.
- Organically raised animals are NOT given antibiotics, growth hormones, or fed animal byproducts. Feeding livestock animal byproducts increases the risk of mad cow disease (BSE) and the use of antibiotics can create antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. Organically-raised animals are given more space to move around and access to the outdoors, which help to keep them healthy.
- Organic meat and milk are richer in certain nutrients. Results of a 2016 European study show that levels of certain nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids, were up to 50 percent higher in organic meat and milk than in conventionally raised versions.
- Organic food is GMO-free. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) or genetically engineered (GE) foods are plants whose DNA has been altered in ways that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding, most commonly in order to be resistant to pesticides or produce an insecticide.
- all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Companies that handle or process organic food before it gets to your local supermarket or restaurant must be certified too.
Initially my impression was that the price of everything organic is more expensive. There are a multitude of products which seem expensive but there are others which in the long-term actually save you lots of money while you also benefit from other organic benefits. There is a washing system for example that I will soon tell you about that looks awesome and it looks ideal for family saving so I will tell you about that in some of my upcoming posts!
My SHOPPING CART from Just Organic Malta in Naxxar
So thanks to Sara and her team, I left the shop with a few products to begin my journey with, including things to use in the household, and as I will try them out, I will do my best to share some information as I try them out on my blog or on Facebook as a post at BLOG BY GRAZIELLE. So let me begin from these simplest ones – organic chocolates and Greek Mountain tea.
1. Greek Mountain Tea
This organic Greek mountain tea is made from the Arogaia herbs are hand-picked and all natural.
The herbal tea is commonly prepared by boiling the stems, leaves and flowers in a pot of water, then often serving with honey and lemon. I boiled them and added honey. Smells and tastes delicious!
A few properties of this tea:
Аntioxidant- builds up ones immune system
Аnti-imflammatory. It is used to help prevent colds, flu and allergies, sinus congestion
2. PACARI organic Chocolates
These dark organic chocolate bars with the best fruits, herbs and spices native to Latin America, from Cuzco pink salt from the Maras salt terraces in Peru to roses grown in the heart of the Andes. Apparently this bar range has won over 20 international chocolate awards.
I picked coffee, lemongrass and passionfruit but there are so many other flavours I wish to try next time! My family loved them so they taste delicious and they are totally organic!
Will let you know what else I tried in the next feature about organic things. OK?
Thanks to Just Organic Malta for introducing me to this new world! It was about time right! Yeah!