The Complete Idiot's Guide to Organic Living

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Penguin, 2009 - Health & Fitness - 315 pages
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Environmental issues are more of a concern now than ever before. From concerns about the health of the foods we eat every day to the cleaning products we use in our homes, there are endless questions about how to protect the health of our families while preventing damage to our environment. It's everywhere - the answer is to 'go organic,' but few people really understand what that means, and how to implement changes in their daily lives in any meaningful way.

Living organic means being aware of the way our foods are grown and our products are made. It's a shift toward eating foods that are grown and processed in a practical, ecological partnership with nature, as well as choosing 'certified organic' when we buy clothing, cleaning products, personal hygiene products, and more. Harmful synthetic pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, chemical fertilizers, and herbicides are not used in organic products, and they are minimally processed with no artificial ingredients, preservatives, or irradiation. Choosing 'organic' - or growing your own - safeguards our health and enhances our ecology with a sustainable food system.

But understanding where and when to go organic can be confusing, to say the least, and readers need simple, practical advice when considering their options. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Organic Livingis just that - a comprehensive and easy-to-implement guide to moving toward an organic lifestyle. Organic expert Eliza Thomas and author Sonia Weiss offer simple step-by-step information on how to examine everything from the food we eat to the cleaning products we use to find ways to start living a more organic life.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Organic Livingincludes in-depth information on everything readers need to know to implement lasting change in their lives. Topics include-

  • The benefits of organic living - to you, to the environment, and to local farmers
  • Choosing quality natural products that protect your family's health and promote small farmers, as well as reducing the 'toxic load' by keeping chemicals out of the air, water, and soil
  • How to sidestep common pitfalls, read between the labels, and make the healthiest choices for everything from clothing to cleaning products to beauty aids
  • Expert advice on finding the cleanest and greenest organic products on the market today
  • Finding - and evaluating - holistic alternatives to conventional medicine
  • Steps to take to detoxify your body
  • Organic gardening, from how to grow to what to grow
  • Great-tasting and original organic recipes
  • Advice and insight from nutritionists, farmers, chefs, food scientists, and other experts working in the organic space

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Organic Livingis a must-have reference for practical advice on beginning to make the switch today for a greener life tomorrow.

 

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Contents

Toward an Organic Planet
15
What Living Organically Does for You
27
Living the Organic Life
41
Mmm Mmm Organic
51
Mmm Mmm Organic
53
Shopping Organic
67
Deciphering the Labels
75
Cooking Organic
83
Safer Beauty and Personal Products
179
problem but you can make good choices and avoid products
194
Make Your Own ChemiFree Beauty Products
195
Creams Lotions and Oils
201
Toners and Astringents
208
Fragrance
215
Organic Fashion and Interiors
217
Organic Fashion and Interiors
219

Appetizers
90
Dawns PeachBlueberry Pie by Dawn Brighid
107
Going Organic from the Ground Up
113
Going Organic from the Ground Up
115
Pump Up Your Soil 722
122
The Grass Is Greener
123
Feed the Soil
129
The Lawn Goodbye
135
Piling It On
149
Naturally Beautiful
163
Home Is Where the Health Is
233
Organic Furniture
245
Housework Made Healthy
255
Laundry Detergents
267
Clean It Green
269
Freshening the Air
283
Appendixes
285
Further Reading
293
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\Eliza Thomas is a writer, editor, and environmental consultant. As editorial director for CE Media, Thomas oversees four eco-lifestyle city publications and websites. As editor-in-chief of an online health and wellness network, she reports on issues of sustainability, food, beauty, yoga, green gear and all things local and organic. Thomas's work has appeared in many national healthy lifestyle and ecoculture publications and her research was recently documented in the book The Blue Zone: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who've Lived the Longest (National Geographic, March 25, 2008).

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