I used to think that the whole “organic” trend would blow over before I was ever tempted to jump on board. That was short-lived. After watching a show on TV about how much preservatives and pesticides we ingest, I began to wonder if going organic was better for us. So, about two years ago, I asked that question of dozens of people and was surprised at the variety of opinions that surround the subject. Most made good points but I was looking for solid facts, and it came down to one:
Buying organic is as close to the best way as it gets. There are some things that just aren’t meant to be ingested.
But why? Isn’t the regular produce okay to eat?
The answer is “not always.”
Most foods are grown with the use of harmful pesticides, and dairy and meat products have hormones infuse that were given to the animals to speed up and bulk up their growth. These added chemicals are harmful to us. No one would dare ingest cyanide yet; it is in some pesticides. It makes me thankful that I wasn’t a big vegetable and fruit eater until recently. Yeah, mama never made me eat my veggies unless you count the tomato sauce on Ravioli. That was about the extent of my vegetable intake.
When I started to switch over to a (semi)organic lifestyle, I began to realize how much of a dent it can put in your wallet, if you know what I mean. Still, I wasn’t willing to give up the healthy aspect, and besides, there is a distinct taste difference when it comes to fresh, natural food. I was looking to stay healthy and not go broke, so I researched further, and I discovered a couple of things.
Not all foods need to be purchased “organic.”
A good rule to follow is that if you have to peel it, then you don’t have to buy organic.
Some foods also aren’t at high risk for insect infestation, so they don’t use pesticides on them. Here is a list of such foods that don’t have to be purchased organic:
The following foods should always be organic:
- meat (not seafood)
- bell peppers
By following the lists above and only buying organic the products that I needed to save a good bit of money. I also found that using coupons and reward cards helped as well.
Here is a download for a grocery list that I use when shopping. I designed it so that the items that should be purchased organic (as recommended by nutritionists and physicians) were easy to recognize. While I understand that some may disagree with one or the other, I’ve done much research and read many reports on what items to include. You can always add more or take away. The box is to check it off once it is in your cart. I prefer this to scratching it out because it is easier to scan. The line immediately after the box is for quantity. If you need two jars of stewed tomatoes, then write a “2″ on that line.