Organic eating on a small budget is possible!
As healthcare professionals, we need to be at our healthiest all the time. We also need to pass along dietary guidance to the patients we work with everyday. Organic eating on a small budget can be done if you know the right tricks.
Tip #1: Shop The Perimeter Of The Store
Chances are you aren't going to find very many organic or natural food items going up and down the aisles. A little secret: Anything on the shelves is boxed. This means the grocer cannot throw these items away, and they need a long shelf life. In order to get longer shelf lives, these items need to contain preservatives.
The perimeter of the store is all your fresh foods. All the refrigerated fresh foods are kept on the outside walls. Try to only frequent the aisles to pick up sugar, flour and other staples you may need for cooking.
Tip #2: If You Can't Read It, Don't Eat It
Have you ever read the ingredients on a packaged food? According to, Sustainable Table
The list of some artificial additives to food are as follows:
- Sodium Benzoate (Inhibits bacterial growth) Linked to hyperactivity in children
- Propylene Glycol (Thickens foods) Same material used in antifreeze
- Aspartame (Artificial Sweetener) Linked to neurological damage
- Monosodium Glutamate or MSG (Flavor Enhancer) Can cause a wide variety of side-effects
Organic eating on a small budget includes only the natural food in its purest state. Watch out for deceptive words that could be a form of preservative with more natural sounding names. For example; hydrolyzed yeast could be a hidden form of MSG.
Tip #3: Don't Overstock
When buying healthier and/or organic foods, shop smaller. Try to stock up on breakfast and lunch items, but only buy a few meals worth of dinner items. Here is why: When you buy a package of regular ground beef at the store the price may be listed as $3.99 a pound. The package actually costs you about $5.49. This is because the store slips in a few more ounces making it almost two pounds. Go to the meat counter and ask the butcher for a pound of ground beef. Then you only pay for what you need.
When you omit all the extras, you will find that you are spending less and eating better. This means Only buying the amounts you need for a few days at a time.
Organic eating on a small budget is very possible using a few easy techniques. Shopping only for fresh items in small amounts will save you money. It means practicing restraint and finding healthy alternatives for snacks and dessert. Learning to move away from processed foods and preparing meals from scratch will also improve the quality of your diet.
Healthy eating does not have to be expensive. Start practicing with a few meals at a time, and before you know it, processed foods will be a thing of your past!