Recently I have made the decision to really start taking care of myself (and my family!) better. This includes all aspects of health: nutrition, exercise, taking care of my skin better... just being more healthy in general! So after doing SO much research the past few weeks, we are going organic!
I had some reservations at first. This is going to cost us SO much more money -- I don't know if we can afford to eat organic! Have any of you ever felt like that? I want to let you know that if you TRULY commit to eating organic, you probably won't notice that much of a difference in your grocery bill. You may even save money!
Let me give you some of the resources I used when researching this, wondering about all of the benefits and trying to decide if it was something we could afford to fit into our lifestyle. There is a TON of great information out there, and here are just a few websites I found helpful.
The short of it is, that organic food is much healthier and safer than it's industrial produced counterpart. I mean, just take that term: INDUSTRIAL PRODUCED FOOD. Does that sit well with you? It doesn't with me. Through researching, I've found that organic food has 25%+ more vitamins and minerals than industrial produced food and it's shelf life is 20% higher. Better food that lasts longer. That right there got me. How often do you throw out spoiled produce? I know that we did more often than I would like. By more NUTRITIOUS food lasting LONGER, I knew I would be doing something good for my family and for my wallet.
Then there's the chemical/pesticides issue. Organic food doesn't have any! Organic food doesn't contain any chemical additives (like MSG, artificial sweeteners, or preservatives) or pesticides. Did you know that with UN-organic food, more than 400 chemical pesticides are used? Ick. I can NOT take feeding that to my little Logan. I just can't...
As for the budget issue, I will have you know that I went to the grocery store today and STOCKED UP on organic food without going over what I normally spend. This is because of CUTTING OUT all of the icky, processed foods -- those things that are BAD for you end up costing some serious moolah.
Another way I saved money? COUPONS. I know you all know about my coupon/saving money addiction, and I admit, I was worried that I wouldn't be able to use a lot of coupons with organic food. I mean, how often do you see those coupons in your Sunday circulars? However, I found that with some digging and more researching, I was able to find PLENTY of coupons (as many as I normally use on a shopping trip) online at various websites, so I was still able to save money!
I plan on sharing my journey on this blog as I have done in the past with various things, last one being our potty training saga. I hope to learn a lot and maybe help others understand some more about organic food along the way! I've already got some great tips/recipes/money saving advice in the works. I hope you're as excited as I am! ;)
So how about you? I'm just curious. How many of you have tried the "organic thing" and how many of you have made it a part of your lifestyle? Do you have any advice/tips of your own? I'd love to hear about it!