Everything about organic eating – interview with Lydia Dearie

I met Lydia in a Facebook group and we were both looking for people to collaborate with. I asked Lydia if I could interview her for my blog and I am very happy she said yes. In this article, we’re discussing everything about organic eating. Organic eating is something I didn’t know anything about, which made it even more interesting.

Can you tell us something more about yourself?

I’m 24 years old. I live in the US. When I was in college I was in the track team and we went to nationals twice. I’ve always been pretty active and into fitness. When I was in the track team, I really started to focus on the foods that I was eating.

Do you eat completely organic?

Not completely. I probably eat 80% organic. I think it’s important to find a balance. It’s harder to find organic food and it’s often more expensive. In a restaurant, it’s also harder to eat organic.

Where can you find organic food?

You can find it at the grocery store. In the US, organic food is becoming more popular. More stores are selling organic food. In summertime, we have farmers markets where the farmers sell local, organic food. In winter, you have to buy everything in stores. Some stores have more than others.

What does organic mean?

Organic foods are non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organism). This means they are straight from the ground. It’s straight from nature. Producers can’t use chemicals. If food is not organically grown, producers are using a lot of chemicals.

Is it safe to eat organic?

Some studies compare food poisoning between organic and non-organic food. There’s no data backing up that there are more bacteria in organic food. One of the problems is that there are a lot of companies that are producing non-organic foods. Because these companies are using so much chemicals, the weeds and the bugs are turning into superweeds and superbugs. They are becoming resistant to the chemicals. They need to make the chemicals stronger and thus more dangerous and harmful. This is affecting all farming, not only organic.

How do you know food is organic?

In the US they have labels. It’s a circle that’s green in the bottom and white on the top. It says ‘usda organic’ which means that it’s organic food, it’s non-GMO, it doesn’t contain pesticides. In the US they are required to label the foods. It can be labelled non-GMO or organic or both. Everything that’s organic is non-GMO but non-GMO is not always organic. It’s not that hard to find organic foods.

What is the difference between non-GMO and organic?

Non-GMO means it’s not genetically modified. They modify plants in laboratories instead of taking them from the ground. Non-GMO is good but organic is even better. Organic means it’s non-GMO but it also means there are not chemicals being used.

Is organic healthier than ‘normal’ food?

Yes. GMO’s haven’t been proven to be negative to our health but they have proven that there are less nutrients in GMO products. The vitamins and the minerals are not as good as in organic food.

Why did you decide to start eating organic?

I was really into healthy eating but I had an eating disorder in college. I wasn’t eating enough. After that, I was going the opposite direction. I started eating everything I could find. Then I wanted to found a good balance and I found out about organic eating. I felt very good when I started eating organic. You’re still able to eat in a balanced way. I don’t have any disordered eating anymore. It’s the best of both worlds .

How did you find out about organic eating?

It’s popular here and I did a lot of research on my own. I have a business degree and I worked for a research institute when I was in college. I was really into research. I follow a lot of people on Instagram and I listen to a lot of podcasts about organic eating.

Are there any websites or podcasts you would recommend for people who want to get started?

The one podcast I always recommend is the Fun’ktional Nutrition podcast. They are both certified holistic nutritionists. They are very knowledgeable. They post a new episode every week.

What are your best tips for students to find a good balance between studying, health and free time?

What worked for me is to plan ahead and manage my time. I’ve always been a big planner. I would write all my plans, deadlines and exams in my calendar. I also carried a planner with me to class with a to-do list, a schedule for the day and a week view.

I learned so much during this interview and I really hope you did too!

Love,

Jana

source image label: https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/organic/organic-seal

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