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Food Choices: Understanding Egg Labels

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When you go to purchase an egg you are faced with a lot of decisions.  Brown or white?  Conventional, Cage Free, Free Range, or Pastured?  Conventional or Organic?  Whether you're in the grocery store or buying directly from the farmer it's important to understand what the many different terms mean and their signifigance both to your health and the health of the chicken.  I cannot stress enough how much better it is to buy your eggs directly from your farmer or neighbor if you're fortunate enough to live close to a backyard flock.  You should be able to visit the farm and assess the living conditions of the hens for yourself as well as ask questions about their treatment and feed.  I'll include a list of sample questions at the end.  Unfortunately, especially during the winter months when egg production is typically down, some families will need to supplement with eggs from the store.  In this article I will try to give you all the relevant information you need to successfully navigate the egg aisle and/or interview your farmer.

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Is Commercial Organic Produce Safe?

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In my inbox yesterday I saw an article by Dr. Mercola that warned against buying some produce even if it is organic.  What?!  Why do we buy organic if it's not safe and clean?  Because we just like to spend more money?  Now, I know there are a lot of differing opinions about Dr. Mercola and I don't agree with everything he says, but I'm not one to throw the baby out with the bath water.  Watch this video and see what you think.

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Organic Living: What to Eat When You're in a Hurry

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So now we are dedicated to eating as organically as possible, but as you probably know, cooking everything from scratch is time consuming.  Sometimes we don't have time to cook so... do we starve... or run through the drive-thru?  Or... with a little planning and preparing ahead of time, we have a third alternative.  Making our own "convenience food".

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Organic Living on a Budget: Where to Begin?

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I'm going to assume you already know the basic reasons why one would want to live their life organically so I'm not going to delve too deeply into all that this time around.  We'll be getting into more specifics in the future.  For now, I'm just going to give a basic overview of some of the most important foods to buy and eat organic and some tips on how to manage an organic lifestyle with few resources.

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