I spent part of my Sunday shopping for organic goodies at my local farmer's market. For $22.25, I was able to buy fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, cherries, spinach, flowers, spicy red pepper hummus, fresh feta with sun dried tomatoes, and spinach and feta tortillas. Everything was locally produced, organically raised, and I know exactly what I am eating. I am tired of reading labels of processed foods with a huge list of chemicals, it bothers me that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) finds this okay. I am pretty sure it is no coincidence that we have seen an increase in cancer and other illnesses as processed food has become the norm in our grocery stores.
If this topic interests you, now is a good time to add the 2009 documentary (and Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary), Food, Inc., to your summer Netflix list. I will warn you, it is not for the squeamish, but I can bet you that it will change the way you eat meat and chicken. It sure had an impact on me. While you cannot always control what type of meat you eat at a restaurant, you can sure shop for meat/chicken without hormones or antibiotics for your own home. Grass fed, wild caught, and humanely raised will be words in your grocery shopping vocabulary after watching this documentary. If you want to argue the cost on the organic meat with me, I will argue the cost of your medical care in the long run. Give it some thought and let me know what you think. Have you seen Food, Inc.?
*Update* 3 Suggestions for Healthy and Affordable Eating:
1. I always hear that organic is too expensive. It's not. Check out your local farmer's market or go to Walmart. (This is the only time I am going to recommend Walmart, kids.) Walmart has a strong and affordable organic produce line in their super stores. These are the Dirty Dozen in produce, these are musts for organic. (The article also includes the Clean 15 where you don't have to worry as much.)
2. Plan your meals. Do you want the best recipes and the easiest, fastest way to prepare delicious meals for both carnivores and vegetarians? Check out Sam The Cooking Guy. Every recipe is amazing and simple.
3. Coupons! You know I am the queen of coupons and sales, I hate to pay full price. Here is a great resource for organic coupons: Focus Organic.
Feel free to share any other tips I might have missed.