Altering your food habits and switching to organic food is a smart and healthy option as well as a great way to start the New Year fresh. If you were thinking about a lifestyle change for a while now but you were hesitating because of your budget, well, here are some tips on how to become a pro-organic foodie without breaking the bank while being Eco-friendly.
Be one step ahead of yourself
The first thing you could do is check your cupboards and all the stored food, spices, canes you have bought and put in the back of the cabinets. Read the labels to decide what stays and what goes, and toss anything that has expired. Donate unopened food that you don’t need because of your lifestyle change and make room to start filling your cupboards with organic food.
Google the list of ingredients to educate yourself on harmful components different foods have and avoid purchasing items that contain additives. It is important to surround yourself with healthy organic food to inspire healthy habits. After just a few weeks you will see the change and realize that it has a great impact on your health and the health of your family. So next time you find yourself grabbing a bag of salad at your local market, make sure to read the label first! Opt for organic grocery instead to make sure you are giving the best of the best to your family.
Organization is the key to a budget-friendly shopping
You should try to stay organized after buying all the supplies for the kitchen and start planning meals in advance. When going shopping, you should make a list of necessities and set a budget to prevent over buying and buying things you don’t need or already have in your storage. That way you will avoid spending more money than needed and you will have everything on hand when it comes to everyday cooking. There are heaps of great recipes online that are pretty delicious and you can make them easily without breaking the bank. It is a good option as well to buy a cookbook with easy, fast and healthy recipes if you are not a big fan of cooking.
It’s not just about food
Opting for an organic lifestyle doesn’t mean only changing your eating habits or buying organic food. It is a change that must come from within; you have to want to change, to be honest, and to realize the impact it will have on your health and on the environment. If you are wondering how it affects other aspects of your life, well the answer is simple. Nowadays chemicals are used to speed up every process in almost every factory. Take for example that t-shirt you are wearing, let’s say it is made from synthetic fibers that are manufactured with petrochemicals, PVC, esters or acrylic.
Research shows that those chemicals may be linked to severe health problems including immune system damage and hormone disruption. And now think about your beloved family, should you really buy clothing with such chemicals for your little ones? I don’t think so. That is why buying organic clothes for your newborn is so important! Buying fewer items but organic is a budget-friendly, economical option that will be good for you and your youngsters. Not to mention it is Eco-friendly! Also, educate yourself on harmful effects plastic materials can have on your child’s health and make sure to always purchase baby bottles and dishes that are BPA free!
All of these tips are written to help you pay attention to the little things that you sometimes overlook. It is not hard to buy organic food, clothing, and other items and it won’t cost a lot as long as you plan everything ahead, and don’t exaggerate with the amount. Think about your family, and the future of our planet – you can help keep it clean and healthy with just a few minor changes in your own lifestyle.
Cate is a biologist, writer, and a huge nutrition geek. Her fields of expertise could be summed up to molecular biology, health, and lifestyle-related topics. Her interests are on the other hand wide and ever-evolving. These days she is researching about medical innovations, organic products, and wellness like crazy.