As wise buyers, we often think of how to save money on food but hardly entertain the idea of going organic right? Think about it, we are all aware that conventional and processed foods contain additives and preservatives, antibiotics, hormones, and pesticides that are partly to blame for many of the health problems, but we also don’t want to waste money on any fake organic marketing stuff.
1. Free range, fresh, healthy eggs. It didn’t take much looking for me to find a local small farm that has excellent eggs from free range chickens. The prices are better than at my local health food store, at $2.50 per dozen. And if you believe all the negative stuff about eggs that circulated a few years ago, it’s all been debunked. There is no link at all between egg consumption and high blood pressure or heart attacks, eggs are a great source of protein, omega 3 fatty acids, and they are filling and delicious. If you don’t live in an area with local farmers, bite the bullet and buy free range eggs from a health food store. Even if they’re $4.00 per dozen, it’s still inexpensive as most people only eat one or two per meal.
2. Meat can also be purchased from farms, where the cows actually eat grass, and roam free in pastures just like nature meant them to do. Half a beef purchased from a farm and put in your freezer can provide enough healthy cuts of meat to last several months, at prices comparable to the local grocery store, where the meat is full of antibiotics and the animals were fed whatever bulked them up the fastest, while they lie in closed pens, never seeing a grassy field or even walking on their legs. Sad, but true.
3. Many organic products from the local health food store are more expensive than the cheaper, lower quality items at the supermarket, but in reality, the actual increase in your monthly budget is small when compared with the improved health potential. For example, I have substituted coconut oil for all other oils in my cooking, and a container lasts about 2 months. So although it’s much more expensive for a jar of coconut oil than for a container of canola oil, for example, the actual increase in price is about $2 per month. Not bad for a huge increase in healthy omega 3 fatty acids, and a huge drop in unhealthy omega 6 found in the canola. (Omega 6 isn’t by itself unhealthy, but most Americans get about 20 times too much of it compared to the Omega 3 that we tend to be deficient in.)
So, while I was dragged into the whole “organic” thing kicking and screaming, the more I learn about it, and the more I live it, the better I feel, and the better my health gets over time.
A great resource on the topic is the book “Perfect Health Diet.” Google it, it’s a great read. I bought the e-book version and read it on my iPad, it was instant, and I read it in a few days, I think it’s one of the best health books going.
Be advised though, some foods are stamped “organic” that are, frankly, wasting your money. Those are:
-The thick peel keeps them from absorbing chemicals.
-Currently no organic standards, so the “organic” stamp is meaningless, and probably an excuse to charge more.
-They grow underground, away from chemicals, and naturally repel pests.
-Naturally impermeable to pests.
-The thick tough skin keeps bad stuff out.
-The USDA found no detectable chemicals in any samples it collected.
-It comes from trees, which require no pesticides or fertilizers.
-Naturally resilient to bugs, just peel the outer leaves off a non-organic, and the rest is naturally organic.
-Their thick, inedible peel absorbs any pesticides, none reaches the fruit.
-The skin is edible, but don’t eat it, and the fleshy inside fruit is pure and chemical free.
To your success!
Founder, EZ Wellness
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