I know eating organic is expensive. Everyone always tells me,“I don’t know how you do it” or “why do you do it”? But eating organic doesn’t have to be hard or complicated & for me it definitely is worth it. If you can’t go all organic maybe you can go half organic and still reap the benefits and feel the impact it can have in your life. Foods today are filled with chemicals, GMO’s, preservatives, additives and pesticides. It’s no good. Going organic is the only way to avoid all the chemicals that commercially grown foods contain. “More than 600 active chemicals are registered for agricultural use in America, to the tune of billions of pounds annually. The average application equates to about 16 pounds of chemical pesticides per person every year”(Loux,2011) .
When I decided to change my lifestyle and start eating organic. After 3 weeks, I noticed a huge change in my body. For some reason, when you see my before and after picture. (I apologize for not having the pictures, it was five years ago and I can’t find it anywhere). I looked like I was swollen EVERYWHERE in my before picture, and in my after picture it didn’t seem like I had lost weight, more like… like slimmed down but like I was supposed to look like that. It was weird. Chemicals, preservatives, pesticides, all those things swell you up. So when people tell me that eating organic is a waste of money, to me it isn’t. I reaped the benefits myself and I feel better. I’ve been eating organic for 5 years now and every time I go to a restaurant or snack on something that has bad ingredients, my energy goes down, my stomach gets weird, sometimes my face breaks out, it’s so easy to distinguish the difference between bad foods and goods foods now. Your body looks and reflects what you eat.
If you can’t afford to go all organic, how about just going half?
Consider everything that you only have to buy once in like.. a month or two.
- bread crumbs
- cream cheese
You get the picture… That way, the base of your kitchen is organic. So when you can’t afford to buy the organic meat, chicken, and so on.. You have organic spices to cook it with and organic butter to put on your toast.
Check the ingredients in foods and make sure they don’t have to many ingredients AND that they don’t have weird ingredients. ( Weird ingredients are likely to be the ones you DON’T understand).
- If you are buying orange juice, make sure under the ingredients it just says ORANGE JUICE.
- Make sure the ingredients are actual real foods.
- Oatmeal should say whole grain oats.
and so on..
By the way, whoever loves peanut butter, you should seriously try these bars. THEY ARE BOMB! 💣
“NATURAL” IS NOT ORGANIC!
Okay, so there are some foods that are labeled NATURAL in the packaging. These foods are not organic. The FDA doesn’t even have a definition for the term NATURAL. I think it’s some sort of selling technique that big companies use to get you to buy their products. Just wanted to share that with you guys. “Natural” does not mean healthier or organic. If you want to read more about this Click Here .
Reasons to go ORGANIC
- To avoid chemicals.
- Avoid GMO’s
- Better taste
Avoid hormones, antibiotics and drugs in animal products
- Preserve our ecosystem
- Support farming
- Reduce pollution
- Protect water and soil
Should you go Organic?
Obviously, its entirely up to you. Whatever reason you are doing it for: environment, taste, to eat without chemicals, pesticides, additives, to support farming directly. Its up to you. I hope I was able to share something new with you guys. & that you would consider eating better, and making healthier choices. ✌🏻
Food. (2016, 9 14). Retrieved from FDA: https://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/LabelingNutrition/ucm456090.htm
Loux, R. (2011, 11 3). Prevention. Retrieved 2 20, 2017, from http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/top-reasons-choose-organic-foods