- Organic tastes better.
- Going organic is a simple way to increase the nutrition your body takes in.
- Going organic reduces chemicals (along with hormones, antibiotics and drugs if you’re eating meats) in your body.
- Organic farming is more sustainable and protects our planet for our kids’ and grandkids’ future.
If those reasons (or any of your own) are compelling you to go organic, but you’re not sure where to start, here is a simple 4-Step Organic Transition Plan to live clean without feeling overwhelmed.
STEP ONE: PRODUCE
A lot of people already shop the perimeter of the grocery store with an emphasis on fresh produce so it’s a great idea to start here when going organic. You can go all organic right away, or focus first on the Dirty Dozen, which can be the most pesticide ridden of commercially grown produce items. Buy the organic version of these:
- Bell Peppers
- Snap Peas
If your fruit and veggie drawers often need to be emptied due to spoilage, consider switching to organic frozen produce, which will reduce throwing away rotten produce (and money!).
STEP TWO: MEAT
This is a harder one for most wallets to swallow. Organic and free-range meats do cost more, we hear you, but you will taste the quality difference. Organic meats (plus eggs and dairy) make mouths happy and meals more satisfying. Worth it! And unlike conventional meats, organic meats do not contain pesticides, hormones, antibiotics or drugs. Double (triple? quadruple?) worth it!
To save on the costs, consider having a few vegetarian meals each week or cutting your meat portion sizes in half. Most people have too much meat in their diets anyway, so this could be the extra motivator to balance your plate with more vegetables and protein-rich grains.
STEP THREE: THE MIDDLE OF THE GROCERY STORE
There are a lot of items that sit in the fridge and pantry for a long time, like ketchup, canned items and flour. Don’t feel rushed to transition everything all at once. When you run out of something, buy an organic replacement. Although the cost is more, they usually last longer so it is easier to justify spending a dime or dollar more when spread out over a month or three.
As for convenience items and snack foods, first know that these are typically highly processed and should not be the foundation of your diet. Conventional convenience items and snack foods contain ingredients harvested with a lot of pesticides like corn and all varieties of sugars. That being said, they are SO easy and therefore a part of life. We’re glad more and more people are checking their nutrition labels for calories, fats, and sugars, but it is even more important to check out what ingredients are creating those nutrition facts.
A balance of calories, fat and sugar aren’t bad when coming from whole food, organic sources rather than conventional, chemical-laden ones. Look for organic, nutrition-focused convenience items and snack foods from the large and growing number of fantastic companies creating delicious snacks and prepared foods that are organic.
STEP FOUR: WELLNESS
Supplements and external body care are not thought of as often when transitioning to organic. Since we get a lot of nutrition from vitamins and our skin absorbs everything we put on it, it’s important to pay attention to these items as well. As in step three, these are items that you can replace as you need them, not necessarily all at once. When you run out of face cream, buy one with less (or no) chemicals. When you run out of your favorite lotion, go on an adventure for a new organic favorite. When you finish your supplements, check out the organic options available.
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