Seniors Look at Healthier Food and Personal Care

Jun 24th, 2011 | By Sharon Shaw Elrod MSW EdD | Category: Lifestyle, Health & Fitness

SCJ Editors recently made a decision to switch to organic food… that is, fruits, vegetables and meat.  It wasn’t an easy task because they live in a rural area at least 100 miles from stores that routinely stock organic food.  The impetus for making the change was the increasing news highlighting the dangers of pesticides and herbicides on food that is not organically grown.  Groups such as the Environmental Working Group make it a point to do the research for those of us too busy to do it on our own; we take advantage of their results and can, as a result, make better decisions about the food we purchase.

The first thing the editors did was to find a food coop online.  They discovered three that operate in their area, did the research, asked the questions and then decided which one to join.  They have not been disappointed.  Their plan is to pick up their produce and meat at the coop drop site (a church, in this instance) bi-weekly.  They can order a full share (enough for a family of 4-6) or a half-share (for 2-3 people).  The cost is only slightly more than food tainted with poisons.

They have been coop members for three months now, and they have noticed the general malaise they have experienced is gone.  Just yesterday, one said, “I think I feel better since we started eating organic and natural.”  Yea!

The other change came as a result of this editor’s experience switching to safe and beneficial personal care products.  She did the research (again!) and found several product lines that claimed safe, beneficial, no toxins, no artificial sweeteners or coloring… and made the choice to switch to Arbonne products last year.  In January, the company released the new product line which is an impressive assembly of nutritional items, supplements, body cleansers, diet regimen, and safe aids to better health.  Slowly the editors began making the change to the new safe products.  Again, these are items they would be purchasing across the counter.  The difference is not only are the claims accurate, but the products are also totally vegan, gluten-free and trans-fat-free.  This product line is the only one they found that met all their requirements for safety and allergy issues.

Seniors everywhere are looking for opportunity to continue to live more productively.  Safer food and personal care products are two ways we can accomplish this.



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