In Part 1 of this series, I listed 25 fantabulous Organic Living Tips. Here we’ll pick up where I left off, with 25 more tips, to help you adapt a more organic way of living.
- Soak produce in 1/3rd vinegar and 2/3rds water to kill bacteria, if eating it raw. Or try my fave fruit/veg spray!
- Check the OCA’s website to buy organic foods online.
- Trader Joe’s is a great, lower-cost alternative to Whole Foods. Do you shop there?
- Subscribe to health coupon sites for deals. Try out Thrive Market and Mambo Sprouts.
- Look for “specials” in supermarkets (including Whole Foods.) These mean the food’s in season and affordable. I’ve noticed WF often shares it’s daily deals in their Instagram stories!
- Organic beans are a great source of protein. Make sure you cook them thoroughly, as semi-cooked beans are toxic.
- Quinoa is a complete amino acid and provides your body with all the proteins you need. Yummy and easy to cook, too!
- Buy your organic chickens whole. It’s cheaper than buying by the part, and you can use the carcass to make bone broth.
- Most coffee shops (including Starbucks) sell Fair Trade but not organic coffee. Organic coffee is available online or in Whole Foods. I buy this brand.
- Use the bulk isle. You can buy everything from beans to quinoa to nuts while saving money and saving packaging.
- You can order organic snack bars in bulk, affordably at Amazon. It’s often as much as 50% cheaper than buying at the store. These are one of my faves.
- Never eat the skin of non-organic apples, strawberries, pears, papayas or mangos. Some are dipped in toxic pesticides when they cross the border.
- When buying seeds, make sure you’re buying non-GMO. If it doesn’t say it’s non-GMO, don’t assume that it is.
- Make your jams at home. Most commercial jams (even organic) like peanut butter jam or strawberry jam are high in sugar.
- Agave nectar isn’t healthier than traditional sugar. Raw, organic honey is better, while organic coconut sugar is better.
- Store your olive oil in a dry place, outside of sunlight. Oxidized olive oil is very dangerous.
- Nut milks in supermarkets contain a lot of additive ingredients. For best results, make your own (check out Blender Girl’s recipe! She rocks!).
- Nuts can be healthy snacks, but they’re also very high in fat and calories. Enjoy them, but eat in moderation.
- Add a few Brazil nuts to your diet. It’s one of the few foods high in selenium, which is good for your hormones and your thyroid.
- Buy good salt. Good salt can add dozens of minerals to your diet. One jar of Himalayan sea salt can last a year.
- Avoid Teflon. If you must cook with Teflon, never ever place metal into the pan.
- Rice has very little nutritional value, but isn’t unhealthy either. Use sparingly.
- Stay to the end of Farmer’s Markets. They’ll often give out last minute deals to clear out inventory.
- Put paper towels on the edges of your fridge’s veggie drawer. It’ll draw the moisture and preserve your greens.
- Spinach wilted? As long as it doesn’t don’t smell, you can still cook it and it will be just as good.
Phew! That’s a lotttt of healthy, organic tips for you. 🙂
As I mentioned in Part 1 of this post-series, don’t feel obligated to adopt all the suggestions provided. Some just won’t be possible i.e. there are no Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods in the town I live in.
Do try some of the ideas I mentioned above and in the previous post. If you’ve never been to your Farmer’s Market, try it out this weekend (the one in the next town over to me is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from May to October).
Realize that yes, sometimes, living healthier costs more…upfront. But when you are calculating these costs, don’t forget to add in the cost of healthcare. Many of us don’t do that, all they see is that an organic bag of oranges is $7.99 and a regular, non-organic bag is $4.99. Where would you rather spend that extra $4? On prescription meds for your diabetes or heart condition caused by eating unhealthy, cheap food? Or on preventive measure, like fresh, organic foods?
Remember, it’s all about perspective.
Pick your battles, try something new from time to time and find what works best for you!
I hope this helps remove some Qs you may have had, and dispels the myth that:
- you must eat everything organic
- all organic food costs more
I’d love to know your thoughts about eating and living a more organic life. Have you tried it yet? Is this the way your currently live? Or have you been meaning to, but didn’t know where to start? Be sure to leave your comment b’low!