The Beginners Guide to Organic living

Until a few years back we were in love with ‘hybrid’ till we got educated on this term. Suddenly ‘organic’ became the new mantra and everyone decided to jump onto the organic bandwagon. Today, we want everything from our food to our clothes to be organic. And why not? It’s clearly the better choice. But how many of us truly know what the term ‘organic living’ means? Today ‘organic’ has become a big business. What had once started as a well-intentioned movement, has somehow managed to dilute itself and become a meaningless food trend. Organic living is all about sustainability and producing food and other produce that has been cultivated in a chemical-free and environmentally friendly manner. The joke is upon us when we head to the supermarket to pick up foods that are grown ‘organically’ in a far off distant land or when we pick up a bottle of heavily processed food like ketchup or gummy bears because it reads ‘”USDA Organic” on the label.

It is no surprise that as soon as the term ‘organic’ became fashionable it turned into a marketing label. However, everything related to organic living is not as bleak as the picture that we have painted so far. The original organic movement is making a slow and steady comeback and we can see it in many forms, be it in the promotion of buying local or a greater consciousness towards chemicals used to make vegetables ‘healthy’. Today we are more aware of almost everything that we consume and most of us criticize the indiscriminate use of chemicals, pesticides and hormones that makes the food on out tables look beautiful. We are more aware of the health hazards that these chemicals bring to us and hence are more willing to give organically grown products more shelf space. Here we try to explore some ways in which you can adopt the organic lifestyle:

To make a big change start small.

We have been brought up in a heavily processed environment. Making a completely 360-degree lifestyle change will not only be difficult but will not be sustainable. Since organic living is more a commitment towards your own wellbeing and towards the wellbeing of nature as well, small changes can go a long way. Simple switches such as making your own organic cleaning agents, using soapnut instead of harsh detergents or growing a small vegetable patch are small but sure steps that you can take to build an organic life.

Compartmentalize

You can’t go all commando on organic living….maybe you can…but you shouldn’t. The idea is to incorporate the change in a manner that it becomes a way of life instead of a fad that you follow until the next thing catches your fancy. To do this, compartmentalize the areas that need the organic touch and then build on it. Some people start by looking at the food on their plates. They either plan to grow their own food or only buy that food that is chemical free. Some start with reducing and then completely eliminating the use of chemicals from their homes and substituting them with organic, chemical free options. Others look at replacing clothes opting for more breathable and natural fabrics. Some make the skincare shift choosing DIY home remedies over the bottles of elixirs delivered by the beauty industry.

Take stock

Before you begin your organic journey, take an objective look at how you have been living so far. What have your eating habits been like? What is your carbon footprint? Do you reuse and recycle? Do you think of how many loads you put in the washing machine? What is your chemical diet (from the seed that was planted until the food reached your table or your use of chemicals in other household things)? To begin your journey organic journey:

• Eat seasonal and buy local

• Grow some of your own foods even if it means growing herbs

• Buy from organic farmers instead of the supermarket

• Make your own cleaning supplies

• Buy organic clothing

• Use organic toiletries and skincare products and makeup. Reach for the kitchen cabinet for most skin care requirements

With everything been said, organic living doesn’t have to be an ‘all or nothing’ proposition. Remember that even the smallest of change that you adopt towards mobbing towards organic living is not only going to do you a world of good but will help the environment as well.

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