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Organic Weight Loss with the Mediterranean Diet

Date Added: January 18, 2009 06:27:57 PM
Author: Peter Stockwell
Category: Health: Weight Loss
The best way of losing weight is a lifestyle change. Short term diets work and there are some good ones available, but there is a danger of reverting to your old ways once you have lost weight. The Mediterranean diet with its fresh vegetables, fruit, lean meat and oily fish can easily become a way of life. It is one of the best weight loss diets around and is even better if the ingredients are organically grown. There is a school of thought that argues there is no clear evidence of a difference in vitamin or mineral content of foods grown organically and inorganically. But even if this is the case by eating organic produce you are minimising the chemicals going onto the land and leaching into the ground water. With organics you are helping the planet with your weight loss program. Surely a good thing. But what are organically grown fruit, vegetables and meat anyway? The definition is that it is food grown and processed using no synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. Pesticides derived from natural sources such as biological pesticides may be used. There are programs in some countries certifying 100% organic labels, so that you can buy from shops with confidence. Organic food is available from most supermarkets, but the best and cheapest way of buying seasonal produce is at garden gates. Many gardeners sell surplus fruit and vegetables very cheaply and do not heavily use chemicals. Their produce may not be 100% organic, but it is likely to be better than 90%. So now we have healthy fruit and vegetables for our Mediterranean diet. What about meat? Organic meat is produced by giving animals and poultry organic feed, access to the outdoors, rotational grazing, a balanced diet and clean housing to minimise disease. Not only does it benefit us, it greatly improves the living conditions and happiness of the animals and birds. There is no denying that healthy eating, including the Mediterranean Diet, is more expensive than unhealthy eating. The cost of farming organically is high and this must be passed on to the consumer if farmers are to make a living. So you must decide whether you can afford to go the organic route or not. If you can’t don’t despair, just buy the best ingredients available at the price you want to pay and watch those pounds slip away.

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