Have you been as curious as me when it comes to the trend of organic foods? From all I have researched, you can’t go wrong with choosing organic foods. Who wouldn’t want to ingest fresher, more colorful, chemical-free food? But why is it that “good” always costs more? I am a very frugal shopper. In my almost 31 years of being a homemaker, I have prided myself in developing a shopping routine that saves our budget hundreds of dollars each year by shopping ads, coupons, and the like. Organic foods tend to cost more and I didn’t want to throw my budget to the wind to indulge in groceries that appeared better for you but couldn’t support the financial bottom line. Healthy conscious? YES. Budget conscious? A much bigger YES.
This past summer, one of my daughter’s mother-in-laws (Janie W.), introduced me to “The Dirty Dozen,” twelve organic foods that if you wanted to go slow in to the higher priced-better for you organic world, wouldn’t turn your budget upside down. Janie also happened to mention that when she started to exclusively buy these twelve items as “organic,” she lost seven pounds from ridding herself of the chemicals found in their regular grocery counterparts. I like any idea that can help you shed seven pounds seemingly effortlessly.
So, what are the Dirty Dozen you ask? Celery, Peaches, Strawberries, Nectarines, Bell Peppers, Spinach, Cherries, Potatoes, Grapes, Leafy Lettuce Greens, Carrots, and Pears. These make sense because they have thin skins or are easily affected by their growing environment. Next time you go to the grocery store, simply purchase the organic version of these items and see if you don’t feel better about your healthy lifestyle. It is an easy, not-so-costly way to delve into the land of organic. Some sources say to also include meats and milk to the must have organics. Now we are talking a real financial commitment as these items are usually way over the top. To help you decide what is best for you and your family, check out The Daily Green. It is a great source of everything organic and planet safe.
Along with the should purchase organic Dirty Dozen, there is also a list of items that you don’t have to worry about whether or not you buy organic. Due to their thick skins or hardy growing environment, these foods really are not bothered by chemicals. These foods include Onions, Avocados, Corn, Pineapple, Mango, Asparagus, Peas, Kiwi, Cabbage, Eggplant, Papaya, Watermelon, Broccoli, Bananas, and Sweet Potatoes. Don’t fall for organic traps here. Save your money for the Dirty Dozen.
One benefit of being over 50 and an empty nester, I do have more of a leeway to go a little bolder with my spending. However, no matter your financial circumstances, anyone can easily begin implementing the Dirty Dozen in to their life without much fallout. Be Brave: Go Organic a little at a time. Certainly, any little tweak to a healthier lifestyle can only reap positive benefits for you.