Organic Shopping On a Budget
Thank you to Ashley from Colorado for her question:
Organic food is generally considered much better for us however it is a lofty financial investment, is it worth it in your opinion?
I am passionate about financial freedom for everyone, but I am also just as passionate about health for everyone! A large part of health in my opinion is how we’re eating and we have the ability to make choices about what we put into our mouth! A large concern of mine is the amount of chemicals that are being sprayed on our produce these days and if we’re eating produce that has been sprayed, we are ingesting the chemicals that are harmful to our bodies. Remember that these chemicals are designed to kill these insects…and we’re ingesting them! So, Ashley, BRAVO for such a great question!
First of all, organic shopping may cost you a little bit more money, but YES, it is WORTH it! In an article on Organic Liaison, it is cited that -
“Toxins are contributing to high costs in health care. Antioch University Seattle’s Center for Creative Change conducted a study and found that exposure to toxins causes $1.6 to $2.2 billion in health care costs in childhood conditions such as asthma, cancer, birth defects and neuro behavioral disorders. Toxin exposure to adults is even more costly, with an estimated $2.8 to $3.5 billion in health care costs for heart disease, cancer, asthma and more.”
So buying non-organic now may save you some money, but the effect on your health may catch up to you and it will cost you more in the end.
Something that I always tell my clients is that it is not a matter of AFFORDING something, we all AFFORD what we chose to value. So, Ashley, do you value your health enough and the reduction of disease in your life to AFFORD organic groceries? If you answered YES, then you can AFFORD it. So, where to start?
Remember that more knowledge is power. I am working with a nutritionist now and what I appreciate about him is that he provides me with the KNOWLEDGE about why I am doing what he is telling me to do. This has helped me so much! He is not just telling me what to do, he is telling me WHY doing what he is telling me to do is BENEFICIAL for me and my body.
Equip yourself with KNOWLEDGE, so that when you go to pick up non-organic apples you recall what you read about them in that article on my website – that sentence about 40 different pesticides detected on apples. Is that extra dollar or two worth it to you?
Step #1 – Read the quick article about organic produce here.
Step #2 – Download the Dirty Dozen cheat sheet here.
What are the Dirty Dozen?
The Dirty Dozen is a list put together by the Environmental Working Group each year. It lists the top 12 items that you should NEVER buy non-organic. This group has estimated that individuals who use this list can reduce their pesticide exposure by 80% when going organic with these 12 foods. On this list, you will also get a copy of the Clean 15. These are the top 15 foods that they deem are safe to buy non-organic.
Step #3 – Take a field trip! Who doesn’t love a field trip! My husband and I save hundreds of dollars each year by buying a lot of our produce at Costco, and they have a lot of organic produce to chose from. You have to run the numbers for your family in the end and I can’t speak for everyone, but Costco saves us a lot of money and we also can “afford” the ability to eat a lot of things organic. From Costco we buy organic apples, spinach, blueberries, coffee, eggs, meat and much more! It is worth a field trip. Just go to the service counter and let them know you are possibly interested in a membership and you want to walk around and check it out. Have Fun and then run the numbers to see if it makes sense for your family!
Be empowered this week!