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36 x January 5 - 18, 2017 x www.SouthwestOrlandoBulletin.com The new year is a great time to reflect on your life and think about what you can do to become happier and healthier. There are many resolutions you can make, but one that can benefit you, your family, your community and the planet is eating more organic food. It can also be easier than you think. To be USDA-certified organic, food must be grown without toxic synthetic pesticides and herbicides, genetically engineered ingredients (GMOs), antibiotics and artificial growth hormones. “Simply put, organic is better for you and the environment,” said Arjan Stephens, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Nature’s Path. “When you’re eating organic foods, you’re keeping harmful chemicals and GMOs out of your body, and some studies have shown that organic farming produces more nutrient-dense crops. Organic farming supports a healthier planet by not adding chemicals to the air, water and soil, as well as keeping them away from you and future generations.” Going organic is simple. You can start small and feel good knowing that every ON THE SUBJECT OF New Year, New Organic You Organic eating can be easier than you think! time you choose organic, it benefits you and the environment. Here are three ways to go organic this year: • Look inside your pantry. Fresh fruits and vegetables may be the first things that come to mind when you think about organic, but don’t forget about your pantry. Staples such as flour, sugar, vegetable oil, peanut butter and more can be swapped out for organic options and make it easier to have organic food as part of every meal. • Start with what you eat every day. A good place to start is with the foods you consume daily. If you and your family start each morning with a bowl of cereal, try eating organic cereal. • Think outside the cart. You may think that organic food costs more, but you can find less-expensive options by shopping at your local farmers market; comparing prices online; buying in bulk, which is better for the environment; and even growing some of your own food. For more tips on going organic, visit blog.naturespath.com on the web. Article sponsored by Nature's Path Oatmeal Latte Ingredients: 2/3 cup water 1/3 cup vanilla soy milk 1/2 cup Nature’s Path original hot oatmeal Pinch of salt 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1-2 shots espresso, for topping 1/2 cup warm vanilla soy milk, for topping Nature’s Path flax plus vanilla almond granola, for topping Pinch of cinnamon, for topping This organic oatmeal latte is easy to make, healthy and delicious. Instructions: In a small saucepan, bring water and soy milk to simmer over medium-high heat. Add oats and salt. Turn heat to medium, and cook until oatmeal reaches desired consistency. Stir in brown sugar and transfer to bowl or mug. Using steamer, milk frother or whisk, froth warm milk until foamy. Top oatmeal with espresso and frothed milk. Stir gently. Top with granola and cinnamon. ª New Provider Sarkis Barupian, MD I’m proud to announce I’m joining the WellMed Network. Together, we’re helping senior patients live longer. I’m now accepting new patients with Traditional Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans from the following health plan carriers: UnitedHealthcare, WellCare, Freedom and Optimum. Call today to meet our doctors and take a tour of our clinic. This is an advertisement. WellMed does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in its health programs and activities. ATTENTION: If you speak English, language assistance services, free of charge, are available to you. Please call 888-781-WELL (9355). ATENCIÓN: Si habla español (Spanish), hay servicios de asistencia de idiomas, sin cargo, a su disposición. Llame al 888-781-WELL (9355). (Chinese)888-781-WELL (9355). 16_0756_AD_FLBARUPIANPROMO_C071316 Orlando, FL 32819 For more information, call: 407.351.1235 wellmedhealthcare.com | www.facebook.com/wellmed WellMed at Southwest Orlando 5979 Vineland Rd., Ste. 208,

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