Is buying organic food always the best choice? Is it really healthier for you? When it comes to making food choices, I’m often touting the slogan, “Eat locally, organically when possible.” After saying that, the next comment I get is, “But organic food is more expensive. How can I eat organic and still stay within my budget?”
How to Buy Organic Foods on a Budget
It’s a good and valid question.
Here are some tips to help you go organic without busting open your piggy bank.
Firstly, understand that so far it has not been proven that there is much nutritional difference between conventionally farmed foods and organic foods. HOWEVER, limiting exposure to pesticide residues and promoting sustainable agriculture are reasons to consider buying organic.
Tips for Buying Organic Foods
With that said, here are some tips when you want to eat organic on a budget:
1. Not all conventionally grown foods have pesticide residues. Foods with a hard outer coating such as pineapple and avocado are well protected and insects have a natural aversion to strong smelling foods such as onions, cabbage and broccoli.
The “dirty dozen”, as they are called are: peaches, apples, bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, kale, lettuce and imported grapes, carrots and pears. So consider buying organic for this group.
2. Buying produce from local farmers is a great way to limit pesticide exposure and save money. These foods are not imported, are fresher and you can find out from the growers what farming methods they use.
3. To reduce pesticide exposure, wash your vegetables and fruits under running water. If you’re eating the skins, it’s a good idea to also use a scrub brush when you wash the fruits and vegetables. Peel your carrots and discard outer leaves of leafy vegetables. This should help reduce pesticide intake.
4. Don’t get your knickers in a twist about all this! The health benefits of eating fruits and vegetables far outweigh the risks. Make your choices accordingly and don’t stress out. That’s potentially worse than eating some pesticides!
If you feel stuck and need additional support to adopt a new healthy habit or routine, consider working with me. We can partner up in setting goals, drawing on your skills and strengths, and implementing strategies to help you find your way to lasting healthy success.
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For over 15 years, Shelli has been a freelance writer and wellness habit coach on Joyinmovement. She writes about brain fitness, creating a healthy lifestyle, traveling the world, and making positive habits stick. Stop procrastinating! Take action, join her free newsletter.