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.

minimalism

Over the past few months, I have been evaluating a lot of decisions I would normally make without thinking about it. This can range anywhere from how much should I be saving? to do I really need an owl hand towel from Target? Decision making is something that we are forced to do on a daily basis and there a multitude of ways to make decision making easier.

One thing that has really struck me – is something that apparently Barack Obama, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, etc. all have in common. They either have a standard outfit for how they dress every day – i.e. black turtleneck and jeans or a formula of what to wear such as a navy or gray suit. Because I am pregnant and the clothes I wear are mostly temporary, I have yet to venture into this endeavor but I plan on doing so. This obsession with creating a highly functional and minimalist wardrobe has brought me to explore minimalism. What is minimalism you ask?

According to merriam-webster, minimalism is a style or technique that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity. But I like the elevator pitch from the Minimalists:

Minimalism is a lifestyle that helps people question what things add value to their lives. By clearing the clutter from life’s path, we can all make room for the most important aspects of life: health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution.

There are many flavors of minimalism: a 20-year-old single guy’s minimalist lifestyle looks different from a 45-year-old mother’s minimalist life. Even though everyone embraces minimalism differently, each path leads to the same place: a life with more time, more money, and more freedom to live a more meaningful life.

I unintentionally started this process as a part of moving. While packing, I was able to set aside two bags of clothing to donate as I knew I had not worn them anytime recently and wouldn’t wear them in the future. Now that I am starting to go through the boxes in our new apartment I am really evaluating what I need because I am 7 months pregnant and 90% of my regular clothing is now rendered useless. I put all items that I know I can’t wear going forward (for at least the next 4 months) in a storage container. If I start needing them in the next 4 months I will pull them out but if I have no interest in them/they are uncomfortable, I will be throwing them out.

After reading about the Minimalists, I have decided that I want to take my own journey towards removing clutter and adding value to my life and my home. I am not sure that I will do everything the way they did it – but I do start out on a much different path than they did. So in the upcoming posts, you will start to hear about my journey towards leading a more fulfilling life, which I can thank pregnancy for 🙂 

Any suggestions, comments, questions, please feel free to leave below.