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Long before we actually went organic, I had been thinking about the benefits. But, deep down, I thought going organic was for people who had more time and energy than I did. I have 5 kids and I do not like to cook!
I figured maybe we really needed a garden…a farm.
You know, we needed to be one of “those” kind of people. The kind of people who really put time and effort into their food…their health. Ummm….A person who likes to cook.
Thankfully, one day I read The Conscious Kitchen and turned to my husband and said,
“You know, we can do this”
and, truthfully, that was it. We changed our eating habits overnight.
Because it was early Spring and we were new in our town, I knew of no local organic choices. So, the first thing I did was go to a Whole Foods–my husband enjoyed that trip, but was worried about costs.
Also, we knew there must be local farms who did low or no spraying, so little by little over the next two months we began to actually know which questions to ask.
Surprisingly Costco has some organic items. And our local Farmer’s Market is in full swing right now…and we have found a big organic center in a nearby college town…and a local butcher nearby. In fact, we were watching Food, Inc, and realized one of the people in the movie actually stocked our local butcher’s shop.
Overall, we are eating so well! Our food budget did spike in the second month. After that bad month, we made some decisions to do more pasta and vegetables…to eat less, but eat better.
Overall, our food budget is reasonable for a family of 7 now. If I cooked more, I know I could get it lower. I am lucky that one of my sons loves to cook. He is making a lot of bread right now–so that helps!
We have a lot to learn–I would like to have a large garden and eat more fresh vegetables–and then can more fruits and vegetables. And, I am thinking it would be useful to buy some organic staples online….maybe go ahead and get a wheat grinder….
But, meanwhile, I am pleased with all the change we have made. I have even changed over many of our personal and cleaning products. I laugh when I hear the kids say that they can’t imagine why everyone isn’t organic–because it tastes so much better. I agree.
Ok. Here are the Top Ten Easy Organic changes around here:
#1 Only organic meat. If you can't find a local option/butcher, Costco carries organic ground beef. I get 3 lbs for 12.99.
#2 I can also get organic milk from Costco. I'd rather a milk share...but this works, too!
#4 I love the Pasta at Whole Foods. I buy the 1.99 organic version.
#5 Fruit at Farmer's Mkt is reasonable. Otherwise I have to get it at Whole Foods and it is more expensive.
#6 I find cereal to be a problem item. It is so expensive! I am trying an organic granola recipe this week.
#7 I was surprised to find organic yogurt at Costco...reasonably priced
#8 My New Cast Iron Skillet...yes, this is making me want to cook again!
#9 I like this deodorant crystal--I had tried Tom's and it irritated me. This lasts for so long and seems to work just fine
#10 This shampoo is my new favorite--it has a rich lather and my hair looks great. The matching conditioner works well on my daughter's long hair...
And, one more thing….I love cleaning the bathroom with just a bit of vinegar and water–who knew that really worked?? It does. Just mix 1 cup vinegar with 1 cup water in a spray bottle. You can add a drop of soap if you like. Spray in shower and be surprised it works. (if the shower is really bad, you can add a bit of baking soda, for a scrub) The vinegar scent is not great, but it evaporates quickly and your shower is looking good and shiny!
I have tried many other organic products and you can see a couple of reviews on my organics page.