Eating Organic can be a challenge at times. However, there are many benefits to going organic. By deciding to go organic, you are getting rid of unnatural, unhealthy ingredients (such genetically modified organisms, or GMO’s) that you would normally find in the foods that you eat. By choosing to eat organic foods, you are saving the environment from toxins/pesticides that are being put into animals & certain ingredients that you normally eat. Below are some tips to help guide you to a healthy lifestyle!
1. Choose any foods that you like and try getting them from organic sources! For example, if tomatoes are your favorite vegetable, then you should try getting organic tomatoes the next time you shop at the grocery store. It’s the same great taste, but organic!
2. When you go to the grocery store, make sure you set a budget for yourself. Organic products are a little bit more expensive than regular foods, and you want to make sure you will have enough money to get all of the organic ingredients you need.
3. Shop at grocery stores where there is an organic isle/section. For example, Whole foods Markets have an entire section dedicated to organic products. Publix also has an isle dedicated to organic products! You can always visit your local store as well to see if they have an area dedicated to just organic products.
4. Do your research on organic products before you go to the grocery store. The more research that you do on the benefits of going organic, the better off you’ll be when you go shopping again.
5. Look at Pinterest & other websites with recipes. Pinterest has a wide variety of Organic recipes that are easy & delicious for you to make! Besides Pinterest, there are a couple of websites that feature organic recipes such as Simply Organic or Organic Authority.
6. Google “organic foods with health benefits.” Look at the different labels to see the benefits that are listed on the package. There are more health benefits to eating Organic products, rather than normal, processed foods.
7. Try buying some “In season” fruits and vegetables. For example, strawberries are ripe between February to March, so that would be the best time to buy strawberries. Corn on the other hand, is ripe between June to July.
8. Buy from local places! Sometimes it’s best to shop locally, such as at the farmer’s market, or your local “Mom and Pop” store. In most places, there are at least one or two local farmers markets per week or per month that have a section dedicated to local, fresh grown organic products.
While there are challenges by choosing to be organic, you’ll live a happier, healthier life. Hopefully this list will help you decide whether or not you want to start eating organic foods!