My journey to a cleaner lifestyle all began in our kitchen. My husband and I have always eaten pretty healthy, but it wasn’t until I became pregnant with our daughter, when we really started to take a look at the foods we were putting in our bodies. And, the more research I did, the more aware and fearful I became of all of the toxic chemicals, pesticides and preservatives found in conventional and processed foods, which have been linked to some major health problems. So, we started buying as much organic produce and meat as possible. Don’t get me wrong, we’re by no means purely organic eaters – we still like to go out for an occasional non-organic meal. But, I like to control what I can, whenever possible. And that starts with the food I bring into our home.
Yes, it’s a bit pricier to buy organic, but we believe that eating healthy is an investment in our family’s health. And, let’s be honest…you can’t put a price tag on health. So, we don’t travel like we use to, I don’t get my hair done as much, and I don’t shop like I use to! But, then again motherhood alone will do that to you, right?! It’s all about priorities. And, ours is our family’s health.
Obviously, I’m not an expert here, but I’ve read enough to make a firm decision on the matter and choose to eat as much organic as possible. The Food Babe (who I really like and trust – she is an expert) laid out this great organic shopping priority list:
Resources/tips I’ve found helpful:
- 5 Reasons To Go Organic
- Top Reasons To Go Organic
- If you aren’t able to buy all organic produce and/or are looking to be healthier on a budget, follow the EWG’s’s yearly guide to the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15
- How To Eat Organic On A Budget (Over 75 Tips) via The Food Babe
Bottom line, I can and will control what comes in my house and try my hardest to eat as organically as possible. I believe that it’s true what they say; “The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” ― Ann Wigmore.