How To Go Organic On A Budget

Eating healthy can sometimes be very costly, as it’s cheaper to eat foods that are less costly to produce by adding preservatives, packaging and certain ingredients. So why should we educate ourselves on Organic products? To save our health. Even on a budget.

To be honest, eating healthy, raw, whole or organic foods is not cheap, nor should it be! Unfortunately not everyone has easy access to farms these days and a lot of our foods have to travel over land or even seas in order to get to our grocers.

It’s pretty great that globalization exists in the way it does and that we are able to get tropical and exotic foods that we can’t grow naturally in North America. But many of us forget that when it’s all in front of our face at the Superstore. And there’s the problem. Superstores. North America is full of them providing us anything and everything we want when it comes to what we put in our bodies. In turn, it’s actually ruining our health.

Organic foods and farming has recently become popular with lots of Organic restaurants and delivery services available in our cities and towns. While this is great news for our health, it’s not always great news for our wallets. Why buy Organic foods for almost double the price of the same looking foods at the Superstore? Because they’re cheap for a reason.

Not only are you helping local farmers and our environment overall, but you’re contributing to your own health that is constantly being diminished with the use of pesticides and GM (genetically modified) products. The population is growing every day, which in turn means more and more demand for food. We use pesticides and GM’s to make more and bigger quantities of food. Even our wheat isn’t what it was 50 years ago. Owner of Goodness Me! Natural Food Market Janet Jacks gives some insight on this in her book “The Power of Food”. Author of the very popular “Wheat Belly” books Dr William Davis, MD, notes that:

“This new high-yield wheat stands 18 to 24 inches high, unlike traditional wheat that stands 4 and a half to 5 feet tall. Modern wheat comes with an entire collection of unique and genetic and biochemical characteristics beyond its short height.”

These include an array of protective proteins that cause addictive eating behaviours and even extra calories you don’t even realize you’re consuming. This is why, for weight loss reasons especially, the limitation of wheat is CRUCIAL. Once you do so after some time, you will realize that you feel less boated, experience less cravings for carbs and sugar and actually lose quite a bit of weight.

While there are many studies and facts that show how genetically modified our foods have become, it’s a good idea to look at going Organic. Going fully organic would mean that you need to do more research on the foods you’re buying (i.e making sure they are actually organic and not a Marketing ploy), spend a little more money and account for buying more as it begins to naturally decay. While none of this seems ideal, I’ve found some ways to incorporate Organic into your diet that will help not only your health overall but also the environment we depend on every single day.

AltHealthWorks explains how a University was able to save you money on buying Organic. To quickly sum it up: Buy in bulk! You’ll be saving delivery and packaging costs (fancy marketing slogans) By doing so, you’ll be saving the environment by limiting the use of package waste that ends up in our landfills.

If you can’t afford to go fully Organic, educate yourself on the “Dirty Dozen”. The David Suzuki Foundation offers a helpful list of the Dirty Dozen fruits and vegetables containing the most pesticides that you should be buying organic. Below is also a list you can use (save the picture for future use when you shop):

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If you buy only these Organic, you won’t break the bank and you’ll be saving yourself a lot of health harming.

And of course I can’t forget to add the list of ‘clean fifteen’: foods you can buy that don’t have to be organic:

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I hope this was able to help you not only understand why it’s important to add Organic foods to our diets but also how doing so greatly effects the environment without breaking the bank.

Do you have any tips on buying Organic? Let’s change the way we spend money on our health and make sure it’s for the right stuff!

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