The problem of our times is that food is not the same as it used to be. Foods have lost nutrition over time. In fact, to obtain the same nutrition from our food today as our ancestors, we need to eat 4x more! Not only does this increase the budget but also the time spent in eating and this would also increase on calories. One solution is to eat organic foods. And yes, organic is better for you, it does contain more health-promoting nutrients and less toxins. This is scientifically proven!
It is also much better for the environment and farm workers (hence your karma) and your environmental footprint i.e. the environmental damage your choices have caused living on this earth (again, your karma and future generations).
However, there is one thing that organo-sceptics tend to win the argument with, and this is “BUT ORGANIC IS MORE EXPENSIVE!!” and this kills the debate. It could be framed another way of course by saying that ‘mass-produced, nutrient depleted and toxic food is a cheaper product’ but the debate had already ended, before it even began.
So, how then is it possible, as a challenge, to live an organic lifestyle without increasing one’s expenditure? The truth is, it is all about your choices. Only changing the food over to an organic version of the same (which, in most cases, is not even possible) would increase the food budget for sure.
Going organic is more than just switching like for like, continuing what you are already doing. It is about living with nature and about changing the way we do things. Changing to an all-organic lifestyle is as much of a learning curve as it is a fact-finding mission and, you need to allow yourself to gradually change over as you progress on this path.
In my experience, it is the change over period that can prove a bit more expensive, not the actual organic lifestyle itself, once you are on it. So here are my top tips to avoid an expensive learning curve and achieve ‘organic on a budget’ faster.
My 10 top tips to enjoy a 100% organic lifestyle at no extra cost:
- Cook from scratch
Organic food prepared at home is a confidence booster as it is the only way to be certain about what goes into your body. Switching to an organic lifestyle, will entail buying less meal components or food on the go (more expensive and not organic) and switching to healthier, more delicious and organic homemade version.
- Buy organic ingredients
When you buy organic ingredients, you forsake the ready meal microwave culture of our time. There are swift and nippy things you can do with perfectly wholesome ingredients just as easy as opening a jar or buying a factory-made sandwich with factory-made ingredients.
- Compare ingredients by weight
A bag of 1kg tomatoes can contain 15 little tomatoes or 6 huge tomatoes. As both amounting to 1kg in total, they should cost the same. But, what most supermarkets know is that you tend to compare by units and not weight, so they like to sell the smallest ones, leaving you the feeling that it’s value for money.
- Reduce wastage
Start operating at a zero waste policy and throw away as little as possible. This applies to food but also packaging. By buying organic ingredients, you can reduce packaging waste substantially. Most fresh delivery companies don’t package in plastic and even pick up the cardboard boxes again.
- Be radical
When transitioning to an organic lifestyle, you may not always have a choice when the only option before you is non-organic. Be radical in your decision what you spend a premium on and make it worthwhile, choose either organic or you might as well go for the cheapest non-branded version instead.
- Keep track of expenses
Keep a record of what you spend your money on. It doesn’t have to be a great system, just jot things down in a notepad. It will be very helpful, especially during the transition phase, where you need to make small changes constantly.
- Buy seasonal
Go with the flow of nature and buy those organic products, which are seasonal and cheapest, for your base shop. Today, we can still have fresh tomatoes in February (from Israel) or in April (from Italy). Some say organic production is much better for the planet and that this offsets the import fuel used.
- Buy bulk
Think big, if there is an organic multi-buy available, go for it and in fact, seek them out. Comparing a non-organic, miniature almond snack pack to an organic 1 kg bulk buy, makes the NON-organic almonds 6x more EXPENSIVE! Buying bulk can save money, and you get the organic version at the same time.
- More organisation
Sometimes, preparing meals from scratch means soaking, such as lentils overnight. If you want ice tea the next morning, steep a pot of tea with lemon overnight. For fresh almond milk in the morning, soak almonds overnight. Meal planning one day ahead, can be like a routine as brushing teeth at night.
- Your mojo
Your mojo (drive, motivation) is an important aspect. You will stay away from your path on occasion, just let your mojo guide you back to it. If you want faster results, you can get an organic health coach to help you. Or, if you are lucky enough, take the journey with like-minded friends and inspire each other.
I hope these tips have been useful. If you have any questions or would like to change over to an organic lifestyle at no extra cost, contact me by email, and I will do my best to answer any questions or problems. I would love to hear from your experience and how things are going for you. Have you done things differently or was the above the same journey for you? My email is firstname.lastname@example.org and I can’t wait to hear from you!
Holistic Health Coach