How to Eat Organic on a Shoestring Budget

How to Eat Organic on a Shoestring Budget

We are surrounded by toxins everywhere we go, from the air we breathe to the products we use on our skin and hair. These toxins build up in our bodies, causing health complications like illness and disease. 

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has even named airborne toxins as one of the biggest health threats facing the current population. One of the easiest ways to avoid toxins and other chemicals is to eat organic produce, which isn’t sprayed with pesticides. 

But eating organic can be expensive! If you’re trying to switch to an organic diet, follow these tips to keep you wallet and your body healthy and happy.

 

  1. Choose from the EWG’s produce guide: The Environmental Working Group’s mission is to empower people to live healthier, happier lives. One way they do that is by providing a guide to help people choose the cleanest produce. 

 

Their “Dirty Dozen” list outlines the twelve worst offenders for toxins and pesticides. If you only eat some organic produce, make it these twelve items. 

 

The companion list, the “Clean Fifteen” tells you which produce items have the least amount of pesticides and chemicals, so you can make smart decisions at the checkout aisle.

 

  1. Grow a home garden: When you cook your own food, you know what’s in it. The same is true of growing your own food. 

 

You don’t need a lot of space or money to grow a home garden. If you have a little backyard, plant the fruits and veggies you use the most, like tomatoes, lettuce, potatoes, onions, and kale. 

 

If you have a smaller space, focus on herbs like basil, oregano, and mint, which can thrive in a windowsill. 

 

  1. Buy from your local farmers market: Most cities have farmer’s markets during the summer, and many have year-round options. You can generally buy organic produce at these markets at a significant discount, since you’re cutting out the middleman.

 

  1. Avoid food waste: Food waste can be a big drain on your budget, especially if you’re new to meal planning. To avoid throwing your money away, buy only what you can eat or freeze in a given week. 

 

Things like berries and leafy greens should be purchased in small quantities unless you have a specific plan for them. Be sure to use your refrigerator’s crisper drawer to give your produce the longest life possible. 

 

Smoothies are a good way to utilize the nutrients in your veggies with minimal waste. Add Power Greens Espresso to your menu, it is an easy mixing, great tasting and energizing “phyto-nutrient” powder mix loaded with certified organic, whole food plant extracts.

 

  1. Shop wholesale and freeze: When you shop wholesale, you can get a lot more food for a lot less money. If you’re okay with a bit of prep time, you can buy some vegetables in bulk, chop them up on the weekend, and then freeze them in Ziploc bags for later use. 

 

They’ll last a long time in the freezer, and you’ll have a stockpile to keep you eating healthy and organic. Onions, carrots, and potatoes freeze exceptionally well.

 

  1. Embrace oddly shaped produce: Depending on where you live, you may be able to get a weekly or monthly subscription to an “oddly shaped produce” subscription service. 

 

You’ll get a weekly box of organic produce items that are deemed too unattractive to be sold in stores. As a big bonus, you’ll pay about 30-50% less than you would in grocery stores.

 

  1. Detox: Since you can’t completely avoid all the chemicals that surround you, it’s a good idea to routinely detox to remove them from your body. Detoxing helps balance and cleanse your lymphatic system, so you can stay as healthy as possible. 

 

One great detox option is an ionic footbath, which removes built-up toxins and chemicals through your feet. 

Each time you choose organic produce, you are consciously deciding to treat your body well. Staying healthy and organic on a budget can be a challenge, but with a simple strategy and some foresight, it can be done. 

At Lisanne Wellness Center, we want to support you on your organic journey. Contact us for a nutrition consultation to learn how to work more fresh produce into your everyday life. 

 

 

 

 Ewg. “EWG’s 2017 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce.”EWG. Environmental Working Group, n.d. Web. 20 Mar. 2017.

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