There are many reasons for saying no to processed food and chemical products. Whilst an organic lifestyle may be a little more costly, you’re less likely to develop illnesses and diseases that could make up costs in medical bills later on in life. Even taking a few small steps towards being more organic could be hugely beneficial for your health. Here are some of the main ways to go organic, complete with tips to help with budgeting and practicality.
Skip the supermarkets
Your everyday supermarkets will generally sell some organic food, which will be labelled so, but if you want to be absolutely sure, you may pay to shop elsewhere. Farmers markets and traditional grocers/butchers are great places to find organic fruit, vegetables and meat. 40% of farmers don’t charge a premium on organic food so bear this in mind when shopping around.
You should try to support local produce where possible. However, if trekking around markets and going to different shops isn’t convenient, you may find it easier to shop online. You can buy many vegetables directly from producers online such as fresh brussels sprouts. With meats you’re probably better off visiting a butchers where you can see the cut of meat.
Grow your own food
A more extreme way of going organic is grow your own food. Whilst few people live entirely off the fat of the land, many will grow some of their own produce such as potatoes, carrots and peppers. Some foods can even be grown inside such as cherry tomatoes, garlic and beets. Buying the seeds and growing these fruit and vegetables yourself will require a little more effort, but will ensure no chemical usage and save you a lot of money. You can even go all the way and buy chickens – providing you with your own fresh eggs.
Home-grown also means home-made
Going organic does require some cooking skills and preparation skills. Cutting out bottled and packaged sauces may require you to invest in some tools such as blenders and juicers so that you can make your own. Tools such as slow-cookers can produce a much tastier meal whilst taking the effort out of cooking, allowing you to put more effort into growing your own food.
Go chemical free with cleaning product and cosmetics
Food and drinks aren’t the only products affected by going organic. Cleaning products and cosmetics all have chemicals in that you may wish to cut out when going fully organic. There are all kinds of bio-friendly products on the market now, which aren’t always pricier than their chemical-based equivalents. If you’ve got the time and energy, you could even try making a few of your own DIY cosmetics and cleaning products. Baking soda is great at cutting through grease and grime, as well containing virus-killing and deodorising properties. Lemon juice meanwhile is great against mildew and mold, whilst olive oil can double up as a polishing product as well as a cooking oil.