People who are concerned about chemicals and antibiotics in food may want to consider following an organic diet plan. With such a plan they can switch to all organic foods cold turkey or gradually introduced them into their diets. Following a diet plan can help people make smarter choices about what they eat and potentially leave them feeling healthier than they did before.
People who would like start their own organic plan can simply substitute organics for the traditional food products they use. This includes not only fruits and vegetables but also dairy products, meats, flour, sugar, eggs and beverages, to name a few. Most food products are available in organic varieties at natural food stores, including Whole Foods. Some, especially greens and meats, can also be found at farmers markets. Not all foods that are organic are marked as such, and not all foods that are marked as "natural" are organic. That makes it important to do research and ask questions.
Advantages of an Organic Diet Plan
There are several benefits to switching to organic foods. Some of them are as follows:
- Organic foods are not treated with pesticides, which can affect flavor.
- Some studies show that they contain more nutrients than conventionally treated foods.
- They are safer for young children due to the lack of antibiotics.
- They are not genetically modified
Predesigned Diet Plan Options
Those who do not wish to take the time to plan their own meals can go with a premade diet plan. There are several plans available, all with easy to follow instructions.
- The Daily Green offers a diet plan that reads like a diet challenge. The goal is to encourage the dieter switch to a healthier and greener diet within 30 days. While this diet doesn't have a list of specific foods a person should eat, it instead tells them what not to eat, eliminating nonorganic options one by one. For example, on day one of the month the dieter switches to organic wine. By day 30 he or she has eliminated trips to the drive-through.
- Amy's Kitchen, a maker of organic frozen meals, has a diet plan posted on its website that is meant to promote weight loss through calorie reduction. It includes daily planners for up to two weeks, including breakfasts, lunches, dinners, desserts and two snacks. There is a general plan as well as vegan and gluten free options. Of course, all three plans rely heavily on Amy's meals, which is ideal for the person with no time or inclination to cook.
- Amazon sells an eBook version of the Raw Foods Diet Detox that can be read on the Kindle. This plan is not only organic but also features raw foods, which can be cooked only to a maximum of 112 degrees. The idea is that not cooking them helps to preserve beneficial enzymes that can get lost during food preparation.
Unfortunately, popular weight loss programs, such as Jenny Craig and NutriSystem, do not offer organic diet plans. Part of the reason may be that convenience foods are often treated with chemical preservatives to give them a longer shelf life, which pretty much negates organic growing practices.
It's possible to eat organic on the Weight Watchers plan since participants are responsible for purchasing their own food and do not have to go with the prepackaged entrees. All a person who wishes to stick to an organic diet needs to do is make sure the food they eat has the appropriate amount of calories and fiber to fit into the Points program.