I remember back at the beginning of my health journey, how overwhelming it was to get started.
Everything that you use or put on your body is BAD FOR YOU. You feel like there is too much stuff that you need to purge from your house. This leaves you with a whole list of newer, better, probably more expensive things to repurchase! It cost so much and you just want to give up.
Yes it can be a big expense to rid your house of toxins and still keep your sanity. First of all 8 years ago if you said you were only eating organic it was because you could afford it. Well I am here to tell you that is a bunch of BS.
There are so many ways to save and eat healthy while saving on cost. Luckily, there are sources that are available now that were not before like Costco, and Trader Joes. These companies have been making an effort to source organic ingredients at a very low price. Now even places like Aldi have a wide selection of organic products that are affordable.
So let me tell you a secret that I hope becomes common knowledge. You CAN eat pesticide free foods and they are not organic! Thanks to an amazing bunch of people who created The EWG aka the Environmental Working Group.
These people are amazing! The have developed a website that is all about clean products, food etc. If you have not checked them out yet. I highly suggest you do. They helped me so much in the beginning and continue to do so.
There is even an app for your smart phone. You can scan a bar code on almost every food and house held item. It will then pull up on a scale of 1 to 10 the products toxicity levels. 1 being low and 10 being a, "no thanks I would rather not purchase that."
They also did amazing research and developed two lists for fresh produce. The first one being called The dirty dozen. Which tells you (50) items that have been tested for pesticide residue.This data comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the FDA. Obviously, the lower down on the list you go the lower the pesticide residue is. The first 20 items are the ones that try to buy from my local farmer or a source I trust. The following items are...
That leads me to the next list which is the clean 15 . Thanks to the EWG I know that I am not buying products heavily doused in Glyphosate. These non-organic items I can buy comfortably while on a budget.
Frozen sweet pea
*Corn and Papaya are also on the list but I stay away from those since there is a high likelihood that they are GE product.
Of course another thing you can do to source your veggies and fruit for a small amount of money. Start a garden! It is very simple and fun for the whole family. Getting your kids involved from a young age is a great lesson for them so they understand where their food comes from. If it's just you, that is fine too! There is a very accomplished feeling that you get from doing it yourself.
Even if you live in the city or an apartment complex. If there is a patch of grass, utilize it. Talk with your neighbors and get everyone on board to start a small community garden.
Well there you have it folks, I really hope this helps some of you along your journey as it did me. So tell me in the comments below. What are your tips to saving on a healthy lifestyle? I would love to hear from you.