Update: Organic Lifestyle

Eight months ago, after doing a lot of research I decided to become an informed food consumer. I made a conscious decision to only buy organic produce as well as grass fed meats/dairy, etc. I am happy to say that I still purchase 95% organic or non-gmo foods for my family. It really makes me feel great when I prepare a meal that I know has no antibiotics, no pesticides, and no gmos – especially now that Halley is starting to eat solids.

I’ve had to change the way I shop because the farmer’s market isn’t open during the winter here in NY. So I do most of my shopping at Mrs. Greens. The prices are reasonable and the all the produce is organic. It is also a small store so it’s easy to get what you need and not be distracted a la Fairway or Trader Joe’s.

Do I always eat organic? Unfortunately even in NY, most restaurants don’t serve organic food – so if I’m out or ordering in – it’s most likely not organic. Most of my family/friends don’t eat organic either so if we’re together unless I cooked – it’s most likely not. Does this bother me? A little. I would like to convert my family and friends to organic eating but I have to give it time.

I think the main thing that I have learned from this experience is that we should be eating real food. I definitely wasn’t eating enough vegetables before this. I also think that it opened my eyes to alternative sources of protein (other than meat and eggs) which is more cost effective. I think to a certain degree we all feel better when we do stick to our organic diet.

Have you made any diet or lifestyle changes? What were the results?  Thoughts, comments, share below.

There’s a special place in hell…

I have yet to find the origins of the quote “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women” but it has been repeated by celebrities and persons of authority/influence. Do I think women should help other women? Yes. In the same way I think people should help people. Women shouldn’t only help other women and not men and vice versa.

The first time I heard the quote used, Taylor Swift used it to refer to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler after they made fun of her love life at the Golden Globes in 2013. To me, Taylor Swift was upset because she couldn’t laugh at herself. All celebrities get made fun of by comedians and most laugh it off – but she couldn’t. I personally think of Fey and Poehler as women who do bring a voice to the feminist movement and especially as women who help other women. After Swift made that statement, the quote has left a bad taste in my mouth.

Very recently, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright used the quote to describe women who are not supporting Hillary Clinton in her bid for President. Everyone is entitled to their political opinions and to vote how they want to, but it is completely off base to say that women who don’t support Hillary Clinton don’t help other women or belong in hell. It is very disappointing that an educated, respected and professional woman like Ms. Albright would make such a statement.

Maybe women who use that quote are the ones with a special place in hell? I don’t know. All I know is that it’s not very feminist to “shame” other women in to doing or not doing things you don’t agree with…