Category Archives: Organic and biodynamic food

Fresh food all year round…

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Hi,

I was scrolling my old pictures and found this one. These were vegetables that I got in May in my organic package.

vegetables

If you see that photo you may indeed link these vegetables to that period of the year. How misleading that is… Nowadays with all greediness for highest revenue, food became a part of intense, unhealthy manufacturing industry. I do not write about processed food, there is no doubt this kind of food is produced with purpose to make the manufacturers, brand owners richer and more influential. I am writing about unprocessed food, such as fruits or vegetables.

Expensive marketing tricks made people believe they need to eat a strawberry or a tomato in winter. Do you really need that food in winter? No you don’t. What you need are products that provide lots of vitamins and minerals, food that is as little processed as possible, food that will grow during the season, it will be cultivated outside in soil, not coming from hot-/greenhouse farming.

The hot-/greenhouse farming creates food that in fact will never grew in winter. If you have your own garden you will know it is not possible to cultivate strawberries or tomatoes in winter. At least, not in northern Europe… I am sure, in fact I saw it myself today, despite it’s just February I could buy all these vegetables/fruits in my supermarket. This makes me really sad. The availability of the same products all year long make life so boring and so unhealthy. The truths is, food that does not grow in your garden at that time of the year, is either coming from hot-/greenhouse farming or from warm country far away. In result, it’s either low quality or has big impact on our environment due to transportation. Therefore, once again – please eat local, think global. Even little adjustment to the season will be beneficial to you and the environment…

Greetings,

OnMyDish.wordpress.com

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Organic food and health

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Hi,

It’s been a while since I’ve read an interesting article.

Since I buy organic vegetables, I found this topic particularly interesting.

According to Stanford University in United States, organic food is not healthier than a regular food. The director of Dutch Louis Bolk Institute, Mr. Jan Willem Erisman, didn’t agree and responded that above 90% from 237 researches has been concentrating on just a few components such as vitamins or proteins. He underlined that many other components, which obviously have also important role in human health, were not inspected yet. Summarising, according to Mr. Erisman, effects on human health have not been fully researched yet and it is too early to make a general final statement about organic food and its health effects [1].

Louis Bolk Institute has performed many researches, i.e. on effects of conventional vs. organic dairy products on children. Together with Maastricht University in the Netherlands and Swedish Paracelsus Hospital, came to a conclusion that women who ate organic dairy products in their lactation period, produced more favourable fatty acids than the ones who ate conventional dairy products. Further, the first group had less trans fats. It was stated that up to 30% of two years old children had less eczema than kids eating conventional, regular milk products [2]. This is just one of many examples.

There are speculations that lack of chemical fertilizers and pesticides in organic food is the reason of making organic food healthier. Still, making a statement that organic food is healthier than the regular one, can lead to overuse in marketing [3] and it requires further research [1].

You may ask: “Am I healthier by eating organic food?” I would say: it doesn’t really matter. It is not only that you eat organic vs. conventional food. People who eat organic are more interested in eating healthy and being healthy. I doubt if you see many people buying organic and then drinking an excessive amounts of sodas, alcohol, eating fast foods, sweets, or smoking. Many of them are so self-conscious and have healthier lifestyle. Sport is one of the factors to be healthy.

So… don’t think too much about what you should eat and what you shouldn’t. Why don’t you go just now and do some simple exercises for a couple of minutes?!?!?!?

It’s a good start …:)

Greetings,

Anna *OnMyDish.worpdress.com*

Source:

[1] “Voeding Nu”, Te vroeg voor conclusies over effecten biologisch voedsel, http://www.voedingnu.nl/te-vroeg-voor-conclusies-over-effecten-biologisch.173871.lynkx?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=utcam&utm_content=Te+vroeg+voor+conclu&utm_source=Newsletter&utm_name=Te+vroeg+voor+conclusies+over+effecten+biologisch+voedsel, 5 September 2012

[2] Louis Bolk Instituut, Biologisch-dynamisch melk gezonder, http://www.louisbolk.org/news/114/160/Biologisch-dynamische-melk-gezonder/, 22 September 2011

[3] Louis Bolk Instituut, Koala: onderzoek naar biologisch gezonder, http://www.louisbolk.org/nl/onderzoek/gezondheidszorg-en-voeding/voeding/koala-onderzoek/

Healthy food hunter

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Hi,

We all know that some healthier, organic food costs twice as much as regular, non-organic food.
That is probably a barrier for most of us, especially the ones who have less income. Wilma Waterlander in her PhD writes that a cheaper healthy food probably contributes to healthier food choices. She wrote that discounts encourage people to buy healthier food. However, discounts should be set just to fruits and vegetables. If you offer discount on all healthy products, it will just lead to higher caloric intake [1].
I agree with the author. Many times I feel really bad about the fact that healthy food is so expensive. As you know I buy organic vegetables but not all the time. If something is organic or not, in fact is not the highest priority for me. Of course, I feel much better eating something that is healthier and better to the environment but I don’t cry if I buy a normal food.

The most important for me is to deliver as much vegetables and fruits as possible. I try to eat recommended quantities of fruit and vegetables which are 200g/per day each (depending on scientific source, your age, gender, etc.).
In below picture you will notice how much I enjoy eating healthy. Beautiful, tasty, healthy fruits and vegetables for this week for two of us:) Yummy, they just look so appetising….!


Following one of the cooking groups, I found an interesting post about: “What best describes your cooking personality?” began by Meta West (Independent Cooking Instructor, Food Writer and Consultant, see more info and interesting tips at: http://cookingwithbarryandmeta.blogspot.com.
In my opinion “cooking personality”, all dishes that you prepare and consume are based on your lifestyle.
My curiousity pushed me to check out and also do online personality assessment. I clicked on the link posted by Barry and Meta and with the “My Plate, My Way” [2] interactive tool I did the test.
Do you have any doubts about my results? According to the test I am a “Health Seeker”. Well, that does not surprise for me at all. In case of doubt, scroll up and look at the picture once more:)
According to the site there are different food behaviours which depend i.e. on income, prizes, “the way we view food, what motivates us to choose one food over another or how much time we’re willing to spend preparing a meal” [2].

I encourage you to do the test. I am curious of your results:)
See below for all cooking personalities mentioned by ” beefitswhatsfordinner “:

1. Lean lover
You take pride in the way you look and it shows. The food choices you make not only help you manage your weight, but they can also help you feel good about yourself. While your current diet is on the healthy side, you seek improvement and satisfaction in your healthy eating habits. People with your personality type often go out of their way to select healthy food and enjoy trying new foods [3].

2. Buff and Cut
People with your personality type usually enjoy being physically active. Whether it is a walk in the park or a regular exercise routine, getting your blood flowing is a great way to feel good about yourself. You enjoy new experiences when it comes to both your exercise routines and the foods you try [3].

3. Cost Slicer
As a smart shopper, you know that it pays to look for specials on your favourite foods. However, you often find it difficult to get healthy foods that fit into your budget, especially in today’s economy [3].

4. Health Seeker
You make health a priority in your life, so you appreciate when social occasions incorporate a healthful element—whether it be food or fitness. As you’re staying active or eating, your favourite times are when you are surrounded by friends and family [3].

5. Family Chef
For you, family is a source of pride and pleasure. Sharing mealtimes with your family provides a time to tell stories about your day and keeps you close. But pleasing the whole family can sometimes be difficult, especially if you have picky eaters [3].

6. Time Tackler
You aim to live a healthy life, but often find it hard because you are constantly running from point A to point B tackling your ever-growing To-Do list each day. The “grab-and-go” type of meals and snacks appeal to you, but they may not be the healthiest options. Once you know something is good for you, it’s a no-brainer because it removes the guesswork [3].

7. Flavour Saveru
Flavour rules in your book. Life is too short to eat foods you don’t enjoy, so you look for foods that will provide taste above all else. You love reading and trying new recipes on your quest for flavourful food [3].

8. Two-Stepper
People with your personality type often eat to live, rather than live to eat. But in doing so, you may find yourself eating the same foods a lot, which can lead to “food fatigue.” Changing up your routine doesn’t have to be complicated, if you just spend a few minutes each week planning out simple but delicious meals that you can prepare in less than 30 minutes [3].

Let me know what you think about the whole idea of cheaper prices leading to increased interest of healthy products. I am also curious of what you think about the cooking personalities and what your result was.

Greetings,
Anna *OnMyDish.wordpress.com*

Sources:
[1] Nadine Salehy, Korting op groente en fruit stimuleert gezonde keuze, http://www.voedingnu.nl/korting-op-groente-en-fruit-stimuleert-gezonde.171450.lynkx, 22 juni 2012
[2] http://www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com/myplatemyway.aspx
[3] http://www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com/myplatemywaypersonalities.aspx

Organic vegetables-02-06-2012

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Hey,

I’ve promised once that I will write a bit more about my organic vegetables.

Well, a long time ago a colleague of mine ate blood orange for lunch. In Poland they are quite common and in the Netherlands that was the first time I had seen this precious fruit. I’ve asked where it was coming from. It has been one of the fruits/veggies delivered with organic bag. I’ve immediately liked the idea. I buy organic veggies since around two years. Every week I get a surprise package. I don’t have an influence on what I receive. Sometimes I feel like a rabbit: leaves, leaves and once more time leaves.

Well, to be honest- this week is a good example of a “rabbit” combination 🙂

In the package were:

–          Endive

–          Chinese cabbage

–          Oak leaf lettuce

–          Zucchini

–          Cherry tomatoes

In the coming days I share with you some of my ideas for the above listed vegetables.

*Cheers* OnMyDish.wordpress.com