I am starting an operation to make my life (and the planet) healthier! I already am a very healthy eater – lots of veggies, very few processed foods… but, a lot of the time I fall short. I eat fast food when I’m running errands. I know that it’s bad for me, and bad for the environment – but, damn! That Chick-fil-A is just so delicious! And I’m hungry! And it’s there!
And there are just some processed things that I buy at the market: for example, sometimes I don’t have the time (see, am too lazy) to drive all the way to Harry’s (our local Whole Foods) and so I shop at Publix instead. And, I love Publix but they don’t have the best selection of organic and whole foods. And the ones they do have are usually way more expensive than if I bought them at Harry’s, so I buy the non-organic/processed version. Some things, I just love: Thomas bagels, they’re my favorite of all time! But, I know they’re full of chemicals that my body doesn’t need. Other things, like ice cream, the natural version is just SO MUCH more than the processed version. I mean, ice cream is already super expensive. Double the price, and $8 for a quart of ice cream is pretty prohibitive when you’re as poor as we are.
Enter, the husband: We’re too poor to buy organic. Look at all that crap stuff that Kroger has 10 for 10! Hamburger Helper! Tortured chicken! Soda! Chemical laden soup! He doesn’t understand why I feel the need to pay double (or, let’s face it, sometimes triple) the price for organic potatoes/strawberries/etc. He does understand why I feel the need to buy humanely raised meat, but he just feels the savings are worth it. I don’t. The thought of eating some poor, tortured animal makes me physically sick to my stomach.
Luckily! He doesn’t do the grocery shopping! Now, I know that it’s going to be a challenge buying all natural on our tiny minuscule food budget, but I am up to the challenge. Yes, sometime I may have to eat only rice and veggies for dinner. Yes, sometimes I will have to eat the same soup for 4 days in a row. Yes, it will take a lot more effort: in meal planning, cooking, etc. But, it will be worth it! And the more people start buying organic/natural products, the cheaper they will become! Manufacturers will get the message: We don’t want chemicals in our food! Animals deserve quality of life! Let’s take care of our planet!
* No eating fast food as a quick solution: keep ready to eat meals in the freezer and pantry, and healthy, easy to eat snacks (such as home-made granola bars) to take with while running errands.
* No buying anything with unpronounceable or un-natural ingredients; ie) no matter how yummy they are, no buying Thomas bagels. Even if they are half off.
* Buy organic if possible
* If it’s feasible, make it myself: ie, ice cream, cookies, muffins.
Here goes nothing! [Also, let’s hope this one goes better than all of my previous operations… 😉 ]