People's most common concern about 'going organic' is the expense. So some people ask whether organic food is worth the money. To me, this question is like asking, "Is your health worth the money?"
Organic food is more expensive for several reasons. Organic farmers tend to have lower yields and higher production costs than conventional farmers because they don't use herbicides; some crops are weeded by hand, which is labour intensive. Organic farmers don't receive the many agricultural subsidies and other perks available to conventional farmers.
You need to weigh up the extra cost in the short-term with the long-term health benefits of sparing your body from all the chemicals going into it. Spending the money on organic foods will protect your future health, prevent illness, and help you lose weight all at the same time. Plus they taste better! The way I see it is that purchasing organic foods is an investment in my health.
In terms of budget, you don't need to switch to all organic products all at once. You can still achieve good weight loss and health without eating a totally organic diet. Just incorporating more fruit and vegetables and natural proteins into your diet will make a difference. It's just that the more organic foods you do eat, the healthier you will be. You can implement this principle slowly, as your lifestyle and budget allows.
Here are my top 6 tips for 'going organic on a budget':
- Stop buying processed "non foods" as they are actually fairly expensive. Have a look at the price of cereals, packaged biscuits and cakes, and frozen TV dinners. You will see how the prices of these foods quickly add up. That same amount of money can be better spent on a week's worth of organic produce.
- You may be eating bigger portions currently than you need. When you start eating the correct portions for your weight and goals, you might find you start eating less but because you are eating healthy foods, you still feel full. Eating less means spending less!
- Seek out local farmer's markets as their prices are so much better. Pick the fruits and vegetables that are in season as they will be cheaper than those out of season. Variety is good anyway so choose the fruits and veggies without the expensive prices.
- Transition over to an organic diet slowly. Do the best you can. Start with a few items and build it up over time.
- Begin by buying organic chicken, meat and eggs as the priority. The next best choice is free-range.
- Once this becomes a regular practice, introduce organic fruit and vegetables, choosing those with soft (edible) skins first.
I hope this helps explain the benefits of eating organic food and helps you to start to work out how to be able to afford to go organic!
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