You’ve got that bottle of CBD oil just sitting there, right on the shelf that you always grab stuff from, every day on the dot. Yet, for some unknowable reason, you haven’t been taking your oil like you want to. It’s okay! We’ve all been there.

Creating new habits for ourselves has always been a challenge for humanity since time immemorial. Habit creation is infamously difficult. So difficult that multiple think pieces, lectures, and even game systems have been developed to develop different habits. It’s somewhat bizarre. But lo, we are creatures of habit — specifically old habits.

One of the most popular methods of establishing new habits that people have discovered is a simple concept: whatever habit you want to create, do it in conjunction with an old habit. So, for instance, if you want to make a habit out of brushing your teeth every night, it might be a good idea to do it after eating that midnight snack, turning off your phone, or anything else you do every night. That way, your brain correlates the two actions. Then, suddenly, one is as easy to do as the other, and it burrows into the subconscious way, way faster.

So, what can you do to make taking CBD oil more of a habit? Well, the answer is pretty fun: Put it in your food!

Delicioso!

It might feel a bit too clinical to have that bottle in your medicine cabinet. It’s a little bit too out of the way, even if you just love being in your bathroom. So why not put it in your spice cabinet instead?

But how do you administer this stuff to your food? Do you just drizzle it on anything you want or splash the CBD on top of your meatloaf and call it a day?

Yes and no. Yes, because you could technically do that, and mostly it’d be fine. But no, because you may not get the effect you desire.

Inefficiency and Diminishing Returns

To make a long story short, using your actual CBD oil is as doable as expensive. It’s not exactly made for cooking; even though it does not harm the meal, it still can dilute in whatever you put the CBD in. With the only option being to put more of the stuff in, you’re looking at a project that will cost you a pretty penny.

There are two solutions to this. The first option is to select smaller foods to put the oil into. Most baked products are perfect for this, like cookies and muffins, and the like. However, the only way for the CBD to work its magic once eaten is if it’s infused into the pastry after it’s been baked and once it’s cooled off. It is extremely important because heat is the number one facet of the process that will diffuse and dilute your cannabinoids the most. So don’t add your CBD to the batter if you’re making these desserts from scratch.

The Job It’s Made For

The second option you have is not using your CBD oil at all. At least, not those little bottles of the stuff. Instead, it’s probably a better and more efficient option to buy cooking ingredients that are pre-infused with CBD!

The best and most reliable one out there is CBD olive oil. If you’re unsure how much of it you should be drizzling, there are usually serving sizes on the bottle itself. That should give you a good jumping-off point. All in all, it’s just a good idea to be using stuff like this instead of the tinctures because it’s designed to optimize the effectiveness of the CBD.

However, on top of all of that, there’s one extra little thing you can do to make the most out of your culinary adventures.

Fatty Foods

It turns out that you can make your CBD foods even more potent if you mix the oil in with foods with a good amount of fats in them. CBD is fat-soluble, which in general terms means that it gets into your blood faster if it’s ingested with fat. In addition, more of the CBD will get into your bloodstream, and the effects will last longer.

Other than that, that’s about it! Have fun, and don’t be afraid to experiment.

You’re doing it this time. You’re committed to this, and 2022 is the year it happens. The year marks the start of the New Year’s Resolution you’ve been thinking about for ages: you are finally going to eat healthily. You wait for the internal applause to die down, you give your speech, and you look into your pantry and fridge to discover that there’s not a single fruit or vegetable in sight.

Immediately, you wonder if maybe you need to file a retraction to your speech. But don’t fret! Even in this chilly winter season of barren fields of snow, there is no shortage of fresh produce on the market. All you have to do is know where to look.

You Can Find Them at a Supermarket

Yes, but don’t leave just yet!

Sure, you can find almost any kind of fruit or veggie up for grabs at a supermarket, but just finding them is only half the battle. See, there’s a reason why we’re talking about fresh produce during the winter, and it’s not just because it’s timely.

Seasons affect many things, not just weather patterns, average temperature, or family plans. Organic produce is heavily dependent on the Earth (obviously,) and thus, their growth and overall health are also dependent on the Earth. More specifically, each fruit and vegetable’s growing season.

So when you go looking for some succulent squashes, you might see the term “in season” thrown around a few times. It is an important factor in anything you want to buy as organically as possible. You want to go for things in season, the plants designed to be grown during the winter. A quick budgeting tip for our thrifty readers: things in season are often more affordable options.

For instance, you might want to go for some apples, oranges, pears, lemons, grapefruits, kiwis, and others of the sort. These fruits are considered in season during the winter. As far as vegetables, go with cabbage, carrots, and celery. Beets and brussels sprouts are also in season.

So, yes, you can find these at the supermarket. But you have to be careful because a lot of produce is flown in from around the world. Often, these countries lack farming regulations, so they are grown in sub-standard soils and lack nutritional value. So another viable option that many people rely on is local farmers’ markets.

The Winter Farmers’ Markets

Now, this is more like it. It has the local shop vibe you’re going for, and you can practically feel the plaid and denim on your skin already.

All kidding aside, farmers’ markets have always been the go-to when it comes to healthy lifestyles. Even in the snow-buried states, farmers’ markets are up and running, full to bursting with ripe produce. Depending on where you live, you might be surprised at how close to you they are. Likewise, you may be surprised to find that your local farmers’ market is only a few minutes further from your local chain grocery.

Unless, of course, that isn’t the case, and you aren’t quite sure that a whole hour of driving there and back is entirely worth meeting your health goals. Well, guess what? In a lot of areas, there is another option.

CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)

If you are unfamiliar with the term, Community Supported Agriculture comprises individuals within the community who pledge to support a local farming operation while that same farm supports the community. In this model, growers and consumers share the risks and benefits of food production.

Here’s how this works: members of the CSA buy a share of the local farming operations produce before the actual growing season. For doing this, the members of the CSA receive regular distributions of what is grown on the farm. It is a win-win because farmers receive advance working capital, earn better crop prices, and gain financial security. The members, in return, receive regular deliveries of fresh produce that generally works out to be below-market prices.

You can think of it as supporting your local agriculture via a subscription service. It’s kind of like Netflix, but for fruits and vegetables. Different CSAs work in different ways, but the general idea is that you’ll be sent some great, freshly-grown produce. You may even find some items you’d never think to try on your own!

Little Tip: Freeze It

There’s a reason why iceboxes are pretty prime on the list of human inventions: they are invaluable for keeping things stored. So if you’ve got the space, the freezer is your best friend.

The freezer allows you to buy fresh fruits and vegetables in bulk, then freeze what you will not eat right away. But, of course, not all produce will hold up to being frozen. So we recommend looking online for helpful hints regarding the best way to freeze your prized organic fruits and vegetables.