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“Nourish is an organic cafe.” What does that actually mean?

We like to be transparent with our practices and teach our customers and clients about nutrition and wellness so they reach optimal health.

We recommend to our customers and nutrition clients to make every reasonable effort to eat as organically as possible, but we realize that it is impossible to do something 100% of the time unless you grow all your own food and control every ingredient 100% of the time.

According to the legal definition as identified by the FDA, there are four categories for organic labeling on prepackaged foods.

  • 100% Organic: All ingredients are produced organically. It also may have the USDA seal.
  • Organic: At least 95% or more of the ingredients are organic.
  • Made With Organic Ingredients: Contains at least 70% organic ingredients.
  • Less Than 70% Organic Ingredients: Three of the organic ingredients must be listed under the ingredient section of the label.

Nourish makes every reasonable effort to use organic produce and ingredients in the cafes and meal plans along with wild sustainable fish, grass fed beef, and clean ingredients.

For the Nourish cafés, in a small percentage of cases, local organic options are not available and Nourish is forced to use produce that is either not officially certified organic but are grown by farms that use organic practices or they are conventionally grown. For brief periods of time, some ingredients may not be available certified organic because of shortages due to gaps in the growing seasons or because of problems with rainfall and other weather conditions detrimental to growing.

When financially reasonable, and appropriate to a recipe, these gaps or shortages are remedied with organic frozen produce. Otherwise, in some cases, conventional produce or eliminating menu items is necessary.

Like many restaurants that choose to use organic ingredients, in some cases, Nourish may choose to use produce officially labeled “conventional” that is in fact produce grown by farms who follow organic practices but may not yet be certified organic because of waiting periods or cost of certification.

Sometimes, Nourish is forced to temporarily make certain menu items or juices unavailable because we are unable to get organic ingredients.

Illness cannot survive in an alkaline pH state, so the goal is to have the blood be at a balanced pH (7.35) or above.
Many things will contribute to a low or acidic blood pH such as:
  • pesticides
  • chemicals in our foods, beauty products, and cleaning products
  • poor air quality
  • stress
  • anxiety
  • low quality food
  • foods that are listed on the acidic side of the chart
  • low activity levels (poor fitness)
  • foods that are not organic
  • food that are genetically modified
When the body is more acidic, it will pull from other resources in the body to try to pull the blood up to balance (7.35pH), such as pull calcium from the bones, energy from the mitochondria, and energy from the adrenal glands – which long term will lead to illness and disease.
Anticipating and responding are ways that the body manages stress. Managing it well helps you control how the body responds to it. Are you anticipating the stress and is it real? Or are you responding to an actual true stressor? This will change the body and it’s state of alkalinity and acidity.
Add Oxygen
Lean into as many things on the alkaline side as possible that work best for you. And learn about how to alkalize the body by adding more oxygen into the blood (deep breathing and meditation) and other calming techniques.
Some Acidity may be OK
Just because it’s on the acid side, doesn’t mean it’s inherently bad (animal protein), just keep in mind that lots of animal protein (especially protein that is not grass-fed or wild) will begin to outweigh the positives even for people who digest animal protein well.  Those with A blood type typically have difficulty digesting animal protein and do much better when leaning away from animal protein except sometimes fish and eggs work for them.
For more information on how to balance the body and pH, check out special events and classes or work one-on-one with a Nourish Holistic Nutritionist.