An organic diet might sound like it would be too expensive but consider how much a healthier body is worth. There are ways to eat cleaner without breaking the bank. With a bit of planning and strategy, anyone can eat organic food on a tight budget.
Now that summer is here, there are so many more fruits and veggies in season! And that means they’re more affordable. Stock up as much as you can and remember that you can always freeze them.
Summer is also the perfect time to start growing your own food. Buy organic seeds, get outside and start planting! More than likely, you’ll end up with enough vegetables to freeze that will last throughout the year.
So, what happens when summer is over?
One thing you should avoid is buying processed foods. Using organic ingredients and cooking your own food from scratch is less expensive. The trick is to cook food that’s microwaveable and just re-heat the leftovers. A hearty soup, for example.
Before you go grocery shopping, write a list and make sure you’ve eaten. (We’ve all been there; a starving belly takes over and insists we grab anything that looks delicious. Filling up your cart with items you don’t need will put you over budget. This applies to items that have “healthier” ingredients.) Consider buying both organic and natural foods.
But, you’ll want to balance it out so that you don’t have to buy any “dirty dozen” foods. At least not all of them. There’s quite a few that have elevated levels of pesticides, so, it’s worth paying more for organic if you’re able. Scientists have proven that consuming pesticides can increase chances of kidney problems, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, cancer and other severe health issues. Instead, when it comes to buying produce, it’s more affordable to stick to the “Clean 15” and avoid the dirty dozen.
Eating less meat, at least for one or two days a week, will help stretch your budget. Organic milk can be expensive, too, and being moderate with servings is best if you can.
Where are you shopping currently?
Search out a selection of local natural food stores and do a price comparison. Keep an eye out for their coupons by downloading the store app or creating an account on their website. Their social media outlets will always have the latest details about specials, too. Even if you’re already stocked for the next couple of weeks, take advantage of deals and freeze that organic chicken!
Something else to consider would be to join a Co-Op, if there are any in your area. Whether it’s organic, local or natural produce, these programs are worth looking into. Local farmer’s markets, too!
Now that you have some tips and suggestions, doesn’t the idea of clean eating feel much more possible? It’s helpful to have an idea of meal-planning and there are free organic meal planning books and worksheets that can be downloaded online.
Just create a plan, stick to it and don’t get discouraged!