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Hi folks! A very Happy New Year to you all!
I usually have a good idea of what I'm going to write about each month well in advance. This month however, I must admit I sat at the computer looking at my past January editorials musing, I'm sure nobody wants to hear me drone on about detoxing or resolutions.
REMEMBER TO EAT YOUR GREENS..
..locally, organically, seasonally grown of course!!
So you've had you've season of over indulgence & the New Year traditionally brings with it a time of resolutions & good intentions. Although, personally, I like to make resolutions throughout the year when my head is ready to make a change, rather than wait for the darkest & often most difficult months to make what can be difficult changes in your life.
However, one of your resolutions over the next few months may be to shop less at supermarkets & more from your local grocer to reduce air miles, road miles & give you the opportunity to ask your grocer where your produce has come from.
Also you may want to increase the amount of organic food you wish to eat. This is a great intention, but there are also some myths around the word organic. "ORGANIC" has been somewhat hi-jacked & now it is only legal to call something organic if it has been certified by The Soil Association in this country. Other countries may also have similar legalities.
It costs money to register each crop you grow organically with the Soil Association (SA). If you have more than one crop, & remember biodiversity is the healthiest way to farm, this can become very costly. This cost is inevitably passed on to us as consumers. It also means that casual growers like myself, can't advertise my home-grown food as organic if I have some surplus to sell on.
Furthermore, such crops registered with the SA, are allowed to use 7 of the hundreds of chemicals available at large as a last resort.
However, other farmers may grow organically but not be registered; & they use no chemicals at all, but because they are not registered, legally they are not allowed to say their crops are "organic". They are, on the hand, allowed to say they are organically grown, naturally farmed, or grown without the use of chemicals like insecticides, fungicides, pesticides etc. Another good option is if something is wild picked sustainably, as is the frankincense that is used to produce the essential oil I use.
Even if the oil I use is not certified organic, it is be tested for chemicals..e.g. the oils I use are tested to 1 part in trillion. Most essential oil suppliers test for parts per billion...that's why I mainly use Kobashi oils in all my preparations & in my massage practice. In addition they are only based in Devon & organically grow the calendula they use to make their beautiful healing calendula oil which I use in my Helping Hands cream for gardeners.
There are some basic ethics as to growing truly organically:
-Farmers aim to grow good crops from balanced living soil.
-use crops rotation so as not to deplete the soil of nutrients, keep it fertile & not to make it susceptible to disease.
-growing organically places a strong emphasis on protecting the environment.
-they won't grow Genetically Modified crops
-parasite problems are controlled through moving animals regularly to fresh pasture; not using drugs.
-biodiversity is often used to minimise causing problems with pests, fungus, disease etc
Why go organic?
-It's healthy & you get a better cross section of vital nutrients such as magnesium, vitamin C & calcium in organic food.
-There are no nasties I certified organic prepacked foods, which may contribute to heart disease, hyperactivity, osteoporosis, and any other health issues.
-you won't be ingesting any chemicals which over long periods can accumulate in your body & can contribute to many health problems e.g. Rheumatoid arthritis
-Nothing is GM, which certain experts believe our bodies struggle to assimilate & therefore has the possibily of bringing another set of health issues with it. It is my personal belief that the less processed & more natural anything you ingest, the better able your body is to digest it, & in my opinion, GM goes against that.
-If your meat & fish is organically raised, it won't have had any drugs in it's happy life. Instead more natural vetinary practices would be used, natural husbandry preventative measures would be practiced to eli8minate the need for routine antibiotics. Antibiotics are routinely used in mainstream farming, & these are passed on to us, making us less resistant to them when we need to use them when we are ill.
-Taxpayers pay £120million to remove pesticides (that are used in conventional farming) from our drinking water.
-Organically grown food is reared or grown using high standards, humane standards, with the future generations in mind.
-It is better for wildlife. With the rapid decline of bees in our country which is a major concern, we don't need to add to their doom - insecticides, which don't just kill the supposed "nasties" but all the other useful insects too. In turn this affects the hedgerow birds, & animals. Such chemicals also contribute to pollution, creating more carbon dioxide.& more global warming..as well as dangerous wastes.
-&...it tastes great! Why else do top chefs use organically locally grown seasonal goodness. If you eat seasonally too, you are getting super boosts of nutrients you need most at that time of year. For example root veg like carrots & Swedes are packed with the feel good B vitamins which we need to boost our happy hormones in a season when more & more of us are affected by S.A.D. (seasonal affective disorder). Forever spinach which grows throughout the winter is also stacked out with these necessary vitamins..
Ask your local supplier where they get their produce from, how it is farmed. Some local suppliers are as follows:
-Your local village store.
-Illogan Village Hall has a farmers market 9.30am to 11.30am each Tuesday
St Agnes has 2 great fruit & veg shops as well as a great butchers & fish shop. In the fish shop they are always happy to discuss their catches, & whether it has been net, pole or line caught.
-the Fishmonger/butchers down the bottom of Redruth Fore St also enjoy telling about the sources of their produce.
-Car boot sales are often crammed with people who have smallholdings or allotments where they grow food with passion.
-local health food shop Country Store stock a great range of local honey, which is good to start eating daily no=w if you suffer with hay fever.
-grow a few pots in your garden or on your window-sill, or grow bigger & grow a plot of goodness in your garden, or get your name down for an allotment. We were surprised how quickly we were offered one when we put down our names with The St Agnes Parish Council for a plot up at Mount Hawke.
So as granny said, eat yer greens & you won't go far wrong.
Be happy, healthy, & enjoy all the great times 2008 will bring,
Nicolle Mitchell I.T.E.C., CThA
Holistic Health Therapist & Practice Manager
THE LITTLE MASSAGE CLINIC
THE PENVENTON HOTEL & HALF MOON SALON
TEL: 01209 203230 OR 711686
DISCLAIMER: we do not diagnose or guarantee cures. We aim to help people make informed choices about their health. Any changes in lifestyle, diet, medication, supplementation or remedies, should be taken with your GP's or health professional's support.