When I found out I was pregnant I felt overwhelmed at the thought of what I was putting in my body was not only nourishing me, but helping to grow a new life. I developed a voice that came from somewhere deep inside me that seemed to yell every time I was about to eat something, “HEY! Is that a good choice?”
Pregnancy is not a time to eat everything insight, but rather the time we really want to think about what we are eating, the impact it is going to have on our body, and most importantly, the impact it is going to have on our developing baby.
Although I will admit this voice has been driving me crazy, I am happy it’s there because now more than ever I want to make sure I’m making the best choices possible. This is why, whenever possible, I buy organic food.
I do truly believe going organic is very important and becomes even more important during pregnancy, these are the top three reasons why I choose to eat organic food.
All conventional produce purchased in the store has been sprayed with pesticides that are absorbed into the fruits and vegetables leaving trace residues which we cannot completely remove through washing and so inevitability we ingest. Although some would argue the amount is so small there is no reason for concern, there are specific fruits and vegetables which are more heavily sprayed. We are also unsure of the effect the combination of all these chemicals has in our body, especially long term.
The best way to avoid or reduce your exposure to the unknown chemicals lurking on and in your food is to choose organic. Buying organic food including; vegetables, fruit and even coffee, is your best bet because organic farming prohibits the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, sewage sludge and growth hormones.
Protect the Environment
When buying organic food you are supporting farming practices that protect the environment, minimize soil degradation and erosion, decrease pollution and optimize biological productivity. In other words, you are helping preserve our planet for your children and their children to enjoy. If you want to learn more, there are a number of studies that have shown the many benefits of growing organic.
Genetically modified organisms, is food that has been created by putting the DNA from two different species together. For many the jury is still out on GMOs, my personal opinion is that the safety of these foods is still unproven and much more research needs to be done on the possible long term health and environmental impacts. As a result I do my best to avoid GMOs by purchasing organic food.
So by now you may be thinking, “great I would love to go organic but I can’t afford it!” I believe you can. In my next post I’m going to share my three best tips for eating organic on a shoestring budget, and how by making the right choices you can eat organic.
I hope you enjoyed this post, does it make you want to go organic? Or do you already eat organic food? How important has eating organic food been to you during your pregnancy? I would love to hear your thoughts, please share them below.