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The Ultimate Slimming Smoothie Recipe
and secrets for a slim energetic body!

More Benefits of the Big O

Benefits of OrganicWell, of course I mean Organic – what were you thinkin’?

Yes, by now we should all know that eating Organic is just plain better.  Better for our bodies, our soil, and our planet.  Eating organically leaves behind the pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, GMO’s and irradiation that are all part of the conventional counterparts.

Research shows  that there are even more benefits you may not have known about.  Check out these 3 benefits that are especially alluring for women:

  1. Fewer Wrinkles – A European study found that organic fruits and vegetables contain up to 40 percent more antioxidants than the chemically-farmed produce.  Antioxidants gobble up those pesky wrinkle-causing free radicals and are essential for a healthy glow.
  2. Weight loss – Now that you know antioxidants are important for less wrinkles, you want to maximize them right?  Consuming foods rich in antioxidants means feasting on more whole foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.  Whole foods are rich in fiber, and by default, fill you up on less, so you have less calories in, with a feeling of satiety.
  3. Smaller fat cells – Eating a conventional or non-organic diet is filled with toxins our body cannot process.  Simply put, when your body does not know what to do with something ingested, it’ll store it in fat cells.  And the more toxins ingested, the bigger these fat cells will get to continue storing.  Yes, these little suckers can actually grow!  Keep these toxins out of your diet and you’ll see slimmer results on your body.

With Organic farming becoming more in demand, our food supply shows it.  Over the years, organic products have come down in price, making them more affordable for most of us.  Whenever possible, opt for the organic version of a product.  Whether it’s an apple, spinach, eggs or meat.  Check the Environmental Working Group website that tracks and list foods with the most and least pesticides:  http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary.php

Make a date to go to your local farmer’s market to get some delicious, in season and interesting veggies!  Here’a  resource to find a farmer’s market near you:  http://www.localharvest.org/

Now, for a simple vinaigrette recipe to use on all those fresh farmer’s market greens.

Simple Vinaigrette
Serves 12
Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
95 calories
7 g
0 g
7 g
2 g
1 g
34 g
103 g
5 g
0 g
6 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 95
Calories from Fat 59
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 103mg
Total Carbohydrates 7g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 5g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 cup Champagne Vinegar (or white balsamic)
  2. 1 cup roasted hazelnut oil, pistachio oil or walnut oil
  3. 2 teaspoons honey
  4. 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt (or more if desired)
  1. Place the above ingredients in a bowl and whisk until well emulsified. Store in a glass container. This dressing keeps for about two weeks in the fridge.
Tania Mercer http://taniamercer.com/
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  • Sue Ann March 22, 2014, 5:28 pm

    I’m all for eating organic. I think it’s a commitment we make to ourselves and ultimately to our environment. Thank you for sharing the piece on where toxic chemicals land in our bodies. Unfortunately, that’s what it’s going to take to get people to pause and consider the consequences for their bodies. I understand the benefits of providing consumers with the “dirty dozen” list but I fear the “clean fifteen” list is misleading. Those plants are still grown in soil that is laden with toxins so there really is no such thing as “clean” when it comes to growing (and consuming) food that isn’t organic. Thank you, Tania.

    • Tania Mercer March 25, 2014, 10:24 pm

      Yes, Sue Ann, I completely agree. That’s why I wrote this post. Perhaps if it’s a vanity issue (less wrinkles, less fat cells) people will pay attention :) I love using the EWG’s list of the dirty dozen. They are a reputable organization that actually has the funding to do the lab research and report on it. Of course, if I or anyone else can purchase exclusively organic, we would. I use this list as a guide and offer it to those who ask me to prioritize their organic purchases. Another option (which I personally take) is to simply not purchase the item until it’s available organic at a reasonable price and is in season – like strawberries, for example.

  • Michelle March 22, 2014, 9:50 pm

    You had me at fewer wrinkles. ;-)

  • Angela March 22, 2014, 9:57 pm

    What is the best option between organic and locally grown? I can buy organic (but not local) at the supermarket OR locally grown (but not organic) at my local veggie shop, but not both. :-(

    • Tania Mercer March 25, 2014, 10:19 pm

      Angela, it really depends on the item. Plus, if you can speak with your local veggie shop and ask if they know about the farm it came from, and the practices they use. I know it sounds like extra work, but if you are buying the same items week in and week out, it would be worth it to find out. I did that at my local veggie store when I lived back east. I always prefer local.

  • Susie March 22, 2014, 10:26 pm

    You had me at smaller fat cells ;)

  • Susan March 22, 2014, 11:03 pm

    Me too! (the fewer wrinkles….)

  • Kelly Hine March 22, 2014, 11:45 pm

    I totally agree Tania, but you’re talking to the converted here! I enjoy my food a lot more when I know it’s organic. The extra cost is so worth it, with the peace of mind that comes from knowing we’re putting clean, pure food in our bodies. I’m in an organic co-op which is a great way to get organic food at reasonable prices.

    • Tania Mercer March 25, 2014, 10:15 pm

      Kelly I completely agree with you! The cost is 100% worth it.

  • Heather March 23, 2014, 2:27 am

    I fully agree that we should all be eating more organics, and if I could afford it I would be eating exclusively organic. However, I am curious to know where you are getting your evidence? Are you saying that pesticides cause weight gain and wrinkles? I love well researched evidence, would love to know more.

    • Tania Mercer March 25, 2014, 10:15 pm

      So interesting isn’t it Heather? Yes there are well documented studies showing the adverse affects of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, etc in our food supply. These chemicals (like other substances in our world) create oxidative damage to our cells. And, as you may know, oxidative damage to our precious skin cells (like the ones on our face) induces the breakdown of collagen. This one example is one of many examples how toxins wreak havoc on our cells.

  • Cheryl March 23, 2014, 2:57 am

    Yep, agreed; #1 sold me but then again I’m a long time convert. My favorite way to eat is right out of my own garden. Thank Tania.

  • Dana March 23, 2014, 3:13 am

    Great advice and #1 grabbed my attention too!

  • Bon March 23, 2014, 3:56 am

    So jealous of your garden, Cheryl! Wow… how nice that must be! And what a way to be SURE what you’re eating!

    • Tania Mercer March 25, 2014, 10:10 pm

      Bonnie, you only have what I know is the best Farmers market in the country right in your backyard! Love Santa Monica :)

  • elizabethmacleod@wildwomanenchanted.com March 23, 2014, 6:17 am

    I didn’t know fat cells could grow!!!!!! Makes me feel even better about choosing the Big O!!!!

    • Tania Mercer March 25, 2014, 10:09 pm

      Yes, they can grow and multiply like nobody’s business!

  • Lorna March 23, 2014, 11:46 am

    All the more reasons to stay the organic path! These are good to know. Thanks.

    • Tania Mercer March 25, 2014, 10:09 pm

      Lorna, good for you staying on the organic path!

  • Marg March 23, 2014, 12:30 pm

    Thanks for this info Tania. Simple and clear. Sounds like organic is the way to go.

    • Tania Mercer March 25, 2014, 10:08 pm

      You’re welcome Marg! Sure is the way to go – whenever possible.

  • Zoe March 23, 2014, 7:16 pm

    I recently changed to organic – aside from everything tasting so much better, I feel so much better and I look so much healthier.

    • Tania Mercer March 25, 2014, 10:08 pm

      That is wonderful news Zoe! The flavor upgrade is definitely worth it.

  • april March 25, 2014, 1:25 am

    oh my gosh, tania – “fewer wrinkles?!” i wholeheartedly like the sound of that. (by the way, you are a perfect testimony to all that you’ve outlined above – you are simply radiant in your videos!)

    • Tania Mercer March 25, 2014, 8:03 pm

      Yes April, fewer wrinkles! I love that benefit as well. Thank you so much for your kind compliment :)

  • Marci April 4, 2014, 12:49 pm

    Wow, I always try to eat organic, but never considered some of these added benefits. Fewer Wrinkles? Loving that! And smaller fat cells.. oh.. really loving that one :) Thanks for the great post – sharing this!! :)

  • Cathy April 4, 2014, 4:28 pm

    Definitely all for eating organic foods. I wouldn’t have it any other way…how can you resist? The benefits are just so high! Smaller fat cells, I will take that any day.

    • Tania Mercer April 11, 2014, 5:32 pm

      Yes, Cathy! You are correct. How can one resist??

  • Christine April 4, 2014, 10:31 pm

    All very motivating reasons! We always try to eat organic, but it helps to know the why behind, rather than doing it just “because”.


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