So here we are knowing a lot of our produce is genetically modified, that our conventional produce is filled with chemicals and pesticides. That our meat and poultry is for the most part today, very inhumanely raised and given hormones, antibiotics, and degraded food…… BUT we have limited funds for food.
Organic is so expensive, how do we make the best choices on our budget?
Choices should start with the understanding you may have to eat less to get more, however once you get that part, no matter what you buy, you’ll be looking for quality and not quantity. You’ll also become more aware of which companies are delivering food for your HEALTH, and which are delivering food for PROFIT, regardless of how they do it, and how you may suffer from the degraded foods.
Let’s keep in mind our body “REQUIRES” a minimum level of nutrition to FUNCTION, without it there are deficits, as the deficits grow, physical symptoms and dis-ease do as well. If you want to become empowered about your health you’re going to need to discern your food and water choices.
Poultry & Meat Eaters: Eating less meat and poultry may help you take care of yourself: For example first thing on your list is to make sure you buy clean poultry and meat, meaning NO hormones, antibiotics, and that the livestock had a natural life, rather than be caged or in a pen, i.e., grown bigger, faster, yet fed inferior food, including corn to inflate their size before slaughter. It’s also our responsibility NOT to buy from companies who do treat livestock so inhumanely, so you’ll be doing your duty as well as serving your health.
By the way, Foster Farms and Perdue are responsible poultry providers, and both chicken and beef must be marked on the label “no hormones, no antibiotics”. Just indicating a grade or the word “natural” doesn’t mean anything. Meat is usually labelled “grass-fed”, which is optimal, or you’ll see free range (which is mostly grass fed), or organic (which is grass fed and grain fed). Laura’s brand is widely available. Turkey has a lot of regulations, but I’d still buy Foster Farms or Perdue.
If you have questions, go to the websites of these companies, and don’t be taken in by the prettiness, read to see if the correct language is there – for example, on many you WILL NOT SEE “hormone free”, “antibiotic free”, and cared for without cages or pens, free range. You’ll find the more educated you become, that it’s more about what they don’t say than what they do say.
Produce /Eat Less, Receive More: Organic food is naturally going to be richer in nutrition, thus less is more. Meaning if your body doesn’t have to fight the chemicals and pesticides (and get rid of them at the expense of your liver), they will be more easily digested and more readily accepted as food by our body, therefore, less organic food can be more nutrition.
Remember, leafy vegetables are going to absorb more chemicals and pesticides than the more dense vegetables, so I always purchase organic lettuce, spinach, and alike, and when I can, I purchase organic broccoli, etc.
We can’t always buy fresh, so flash frozen is my second choice. Costco has an economical organic broccoli we use throughout the winter, and it’s actually less expensive than anything at the mainstream market, including conventional. All mainstream grocery stores and even Wal-Mart carries organic frozen vegetables, so you have more than one option, and personally I’d buy organic frozen over conventional fresh.
Soy absorbs more chemicals and pesticides than any other vegetable, and the majority of our soy is genetically modified, so ALWAYS buy organic tofu, and organic soybeans.
If you don’t think soy affects you because you don’t buy it, think again, because it’s in almost every single processed food in the marketplace, and it’s genetically modified soy for the most part.
Eat fresh or flash frozen whole foods rather than boxed or canned: Boxed and canned or processed foods are taken to very high heats for the most part, filled with additives, preservatives, and enhanced flavoring that is not real food. Boxed foods have fillers to expand the quantity, however nutritionally deficient.
No matter which way you look at it, convenience is not worth good health. And this goes for baby food, children’s foods, health foods, and the list goes on.
A 20-30 pound bag of basmati rice (make sure it’s from India) is about $20 at the big buy stores (and some markets). One big bag lasts us at least 6 months, and is a healthy rice with nutrition you can make like I do, twice a week, bagged and kept in the refrigerator. I make a lot of low heat crock pot soups in the winter and love the rice with it (don’t heat the rice, just scoop into the bowl, pouring the soup over it), for wraps (fresh salad with dressing, rice, a bit of real turkey breast or chicken breast if you like), and as a side or main course with stir fried or steamed vegetables.
Pasta is a great choice when it’s not all pasta, add lots of veges the last few minutes of preparing your pasta. Use a powdered or liquid vege broth, cold pressed olive oil, fresh lemon or lime juice, seasonings, and toss – phantastic meal.
Fish, again, less is more. Purchase cold water wild fish, less toxins, less mercury, serve with your rice or pasta, or just steamed or stir fried veges:)
See shopping list and more tips at pHBodyBalance.com
See pure water options much less expensive than bottled, and for many reasons including the quality of bottled water, we should all STOP BUYING BOTTLED! You can do a countertop or undersink for muchless than you perceive, add a shower head and you’re set. Have a little more $$, do a whole house plus enhanced drinking water. Everyone can do clean water, it’s a choice!