5 Simple Ways to Eat Organic on a Budget
The only worry about living an organic way of life is the cost. It’s probably the only immediate downside because anything else regarding living organically is very marvelous. Bear in mind, non-organic food often consists of cancer-causing hormones, immunity destroying antibiotics as well as harmful pesticides. Pesticides by nature are designed to kill, they are poison.
Pesticides could potentially cause neurological problems, cancer, infertility, nausea, throwing up, diarrhea, allergies as well as asthma, wheezing, rashes or other skin problems, ADHD, birth defects and more. That’s the reason why purchasing quality organic food and consuming the most nutritious foods worldwide can save you Lots Of Money down the road in medical costs, prescription drugs, and doctor visits.
Also by making careful choices about where you shop and what you buy, you can enjoy the benefits of eating organic without making too big hole in your personal budget.
Here are a few techniques to help you get more of the good stuff—and support your health without breaking the bank:
1. Plant a Garden. It’s an inexpensive and fun way to get your own fresh produce. You’ll never have to wonder where your food came from—and you won’t have to fill up on gas to get to the store. Even apartment dwellers can enjoy fresh veggies using a container garden.
2. Shop Wisely and Avoid Supermarkets. Organic food is seen as a premium product and can be over expensive for this reason. Supermarkets are guilty of this, so it is best to avoid them. Supermarkets normally have their prices available online, note down the cost of the products you normally buy and price check them with online organic shops, farmers market, and greengrocers to find out who has the best price.
3. Get Organized. Unless you have money to burn, you can’t wing it on a whole food diet – you need a plan. The first step is to make a menu and grocery list every week. Although I normally plan dinners, I found that I needed to plan breakfasts and lunches too, because we couldn’t fall back on a bagel or frozen meal in a pinch. Next, organize your refrigerator, freezer, and pantry. Get rid of foods you don’t want to eat. Take stock of the organic and whole foods you already have on hand and put them where you can find them quickly and easily. Then, keep those areas organized; take 10 minutes every weekend to keep your refrigerator, freezer, and pantry under control.
4. Think Cryogenics. You found a great deal on fresh organic veggies, but how to make ’em last? Freeze them ASAP. Though some veggies will need to be blanched first, many veggies won’t—all you need to do is wash, dry, and freeze in an airtight container to preserve them for two to three months. No more wilted veggie waste in the bottom of the crisper and organic veggies always at hand? Now, that’s a good deal.
5. Eat Seasonally. It’s way more expensive to eat out of the seasons than it is to eat with them. For example, organic berries are insanely expensive in the winter, but during the summer grow with abundance so their prices go down. Find a good seasonal food guide and stick to it. If you can’t find a seasonal eating guide, simply watch for the best sales in your store. If it’s on sale, there’s a good chance it’s in-season.