This post is the first in a series focusing on the benefits of organic products in our everyday lives. Stay tuned for future installments!
It's no secret that organic products tend to be more expensive than many conventional products - whether that product be eye cream or bananas. It's also no secret that these products are growing tremendously in popularity here in the U.S., despite the fact that they are not as affordable. There are several reasons for this shift, one of which is the critical fact that most of us make purchases based at least in part on our emotions. As I dive into why shopping organic is so important to me, I thought a good place to start would be just there - with my emotional motivations.
I first became interested in organic goods, like so many other things, due to the influence of my mom. I would describe my mom as someone who was loosely "organicurious," occasionally buying organic products and supplements but mostly shopping generic items. That all changed when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer shortly after turning 48. While she was giving a 2% chance of survival, and while she ultimately succumbed to her illness only a year later, she did not take her diagnosis laying down. She became a great advocate for her own health and fought valiantly for her life. I'm proud of my mom for many things, but the way that she lived the last year of her life - informed, empowered, determined, and still full of hope + joy against all odds - is probably what makes me proudest to be her daughter.
After doing significant research on how she could support the great work of her doctors with her lifestyle, my mom made the following key lifestyle changes:
- cut out sugar completely and focused on a high produce diet
- incorporated gentle walking into her daily routine
- quit the use of conventional beauty products in favor of organic skin and haircare
As an 18-year-old, watching my mom's actions provided me the first glimpse into the following truths (simplified for brevity):
- your diet is important for more than just weight management
- your activity level is similarly important for more than just weight management
- the products you put on your face, body, and in your hair can impact your health
As a young college student, even after my mom's passing, I still felt sufficiently immortal to continue buying budget beauty products and eat Pop-Tarts from the vending machine, but fortunately as time has gone on, my habits have shifted to more closely align with my mom's.
Shopping organic is important to me personally to honor my mom's legacy and to promote my own health and well-being so that I might be able to better serve others as a wife, mom, sister, friend, and colleague.
The picture above is my wedding bouquet - two precious friends & bridesmaids made me the locket with photos of my mom to take with me down the aisle.
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