We Deserve Real Food Too: Black Women’s Search for Healthy Organic Food

We Deserve Real Food Too: Black Women’s Search for Healthy Organic Food

For Harriet | Janice Gates

About 6 years ago, and after losing 45 pounds, I made a commitment to only choose organic and non-processed foods. I researched the web for the best health blogs and fitness professionals to follow, subscribed to newsletters, and followed fitness and health gurus on social media. I was ecstatic! I had discovered the secret to losing weight and optimal health: a balanced diet of fruits, veggies, and lean meats, as well as daily exercise. After 11 years as a vegetarian who rarely consumed an actual vegetable and one year as a vegan who over indulged in heavily processed meat and dairy substitutes, I had finally taken control of my health. I lost 45 pounds, my acne disappeared, and I had a lot more energy.

Eventually, I noticed that very few of these bloggers, experts, and gurus looked like me. Even when I read articles detailing the top health and fitness blogs, very few were African American—and even fewer were African American women. I could not understand this, especially with the unique health challenges we face. I found a few blogs, websites and online groups that spoke to black women, but they were few and far between. >>READ MORE

The amazing truth about Costco’s organic food

The amazing truth about Costco’s organic food

SFGate | Mark Morford

You like to think you’re all special. You think you’re engaged, thoughtful, doing your part by recycling all your bourbon bottles and buying fair-trade coffee and always showering with a friend because hey, you actually care about the drought, mostly.

And why? Because these things matter. Choices matter. “Be the change you want to see in the world,” someone – I think it was Beyoncé – once said. Damn straight, girl.

But you are also not stupid. You know there’s a bit more to saving the planet than composting your dryer lint and flipping off Taco Bell every time you pass by (but by all means, do it anyway). You understand that sometimes the only way serious, lasting change can happen is when it happens at scale, from the top of capitalism’s ruthless food chain on down. Sad but true.

You know, for example, that sometimes it requires the faceless CEO of a massive retailer based somewhere in Issaquah to decide it’s time to start selling organic food alongside the regular, heavily processed stuff in their various megastores – lots and lots of it, historic amounts, even – and boom, farmers for 1,000 miles convulse, consumers flock and the world lurches forward, sort of, a little, because capitalism. >>READ MORE

Shopping at the Farmers Market 101

Shopping at the Farmers Market 101

US News | Toby Amidor

How to reap the benefits of fresh, local food – without falling into food safety or nutrition traps.

Farmers markets filled with seasonal goodies are springing up all over the country. There are many amazing things to purchase and experience at the farmers market. For one, shopping locally can help support your community and the farmers who work hard in your area to make a living off the land. Next, going to the farmers market also often means eating organic. Although the produce and other foods may not be labeled as such, they actually may be grown under organic conditions since many local farmers use organic practices to grow their food but cannot afford the hefty fee to become certified organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.>>READ MORE

5 Medicinal Herbs You Can Grow in Your Backyard

5 Medicinal Herbs You Can Grow in Your Backyard

Yes Magazine | Miles Schneiderman

These herbs aren’t just for cooking—here’s how you can use them to treat ailments from asthma to anxiety.

At its core, most of medicine is still herbology, according to Dr. Jenn Dazey, naturopathic physician at Bastyr University’s Department of Botanical Medicine. And growing your own medicinal garden is easier than it might seem. In fact, you might already have one. Many common culinary herbs have a long history as traditional medicines. >>READ MORE