You’ve probably read more than a few articles about the dangers lurking in all kinds of foods, from processed snacks to lean ground beef. Unfortunately, figuring out which ingredients to stay away from can be a challenge. To help with this, a variety of websites are available to provide you with the information you need to make a healthier, organic lifestyle a success.
Find It Locally
The best organic websites help you locate organic food for your family all over the country. Local Harvest tells visitors that the best organic foods are the ones that are grown closest to home. The site helps you find farmers markets and other places where food is sustainably grown in your area. And, if there are none where you live, the site also has a comprehensive online store.
If You Need Answers
At Organic.org, you can find everything from organic education to baby food reviews to nutrition tips for toddlers and older kids. Learn a little about the experts behind the healthy food choices available from Organic.org, stay up-to-date with blogs and information and connect with real moms from around the country who are also striving to create a healthy lifestyle for their families.
A healthy, organic lifestyle goes far beyond the foods you consume. It also involves knowing what other types of products — such as toothpastes, sunscreen and body moisturizers — contain potentially harmful ingredients that you’d rather keep away from your family. “If you think that it’s easy to be duped by food labels, beauty and cleaning products are even worse,” explains Allison Reyna, nutritionist and co-founder of Cheer Up Buttercups, “since there’s less regulation of labeling.” When she’s unsure about the ingredients in a product, she turns to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database, where thousands of products are rated based on the carcinogenicity level of their ingredients.
Informed shoppers are efficient shoppers. Knowledge from the above websites should make navigating the supermarket aisles much easier.
Rosenya Faith has been working with children since the age of 16 as a swimming instructor and dance instructor. For more than 14 years she has worked as a recreation and skill development leader, an early childhood educator and a teaching assistant, working in elementary schools and with special needs children between 4 and 11 years of age.