There has been a lot of controversy about eating organic. It's a waist of money, it’s healthier, there’s no difference, it’s not real, it’s just a term the food industry came up with. In my opinion, eating organic is the way to go if you want to avoid all the unnecessary pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. We are exposed to so many toxins throughout the day; in the air, in our homes, makeup, laundry detergent, literally everywhere. The least we can do is not consume it.

Organic poultry, eggs and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones. Did you know, when an animal is given growth hormones, they grow at such a fast rate that they can barely walk and are miserable their whole lives? That’s the least of it, I won’t get into all the health risks they go through.

When did you start eating organic?

Eight years ago. I really wanted to take the next step into healthy living and saw how well my body responded to this change. I started getting my period regularly, which was NEVER a thing for me, my skin looked better, I started going to the bathroom regularly.

How do you afford eating organic?

I love Trader Joe’s for this. They have a variety of organic produce for a better price than Whole Foods or Publix. Also, there are certain vegetables and fruits you don’t have to buy organic. Vegetables and fruits with a harder skin like avocados, pineapple, cabbage, asparagus, foods like these have very little to non pesticides in them. Therefore, these foods I buy non organic.

Also, always check the ingredients. Sometimes something isn’t stated as organic because the brand is to new and they can’t afford the USDA stamp on their products.

Advice for someone that wants to start eating organic?

Of course! What I always say is, start with the base of your kitchen. Things like: ketchup, mayo, mustard, salad dressings, cheeses, deli meats, juices, cereals, as in; things you always have in your fridge. If the base of your kitchen is organic, you are of to a great start!

What do you have to say about all the myths against eating organic?

Honestly, I have seen a difference in my body after the transition. That’s all the proof I need. I always recommend, and this goes for everything in life, don’t knock it till you try it.

Q: Alfredo

A: Judith