Many studies have found that living an organic lifestyle is better for our health and for the environment.
Unfortunately, when it comes to going for an organic lifestyle, most people simply don’t know where to start. It can seem daunting to totally change your shopping and eating habits but trust us: it’s worth it, and it’s honestly not that hard.
1. Begin your organic lifestyle with your staple foods
By replacing the foods you eat most often with an organic version, the majority of the food you eat automatically becomes organic. It’s easy to replace your fresh fruit and vegetables by simply choosing those labeled organic at your local supermarket. Most supermarkets these days offer organic alternatives to many products, so if you can’t find one just ask a member of staff. For oils like olive and coconut, look for cold pressed that hasn’t been through any chemical extraction process. Organic and free range eggs are readily available, as well as free range meat.
2. Ditch the supermarket
If you can find a local producer of your animal products, that’s even better! It reduces food miles and will almost always be fresher. A fantastic place to find your local food producers is at a farmers market, so find out when and where your local market is! Shopping at a farmers market is a much more wholesome and relaxing experience than at a supermarket. At a farmers market, you can ask questions to the actual people who produced your food. They are the ones who will best be able to advise you on what’s in seson and how best to prepare their produce. You’ll also be able to ask about their growing practices. For produce unavailable at a market, try your best to shop local. For example, buy your meat from a local butcher, and your fish from a local fishmonger. Even fish labeled as “fresh” in a supermarket can be frozen for up to 6 months before it’s sold, YUCK. Nowadays, you can even order fresh meat and fish online and have it delivered right to your door.
3. Always read the label
Most of the food on supermarket shelves nowadays has been overprocessed, filled with extra ingredients and packed with salt, sugar and hydrogenated fats. Before you buy a product, have a look at the label and don’t use the excuse of forgetting your glasses! The ingredient list should really only include the ingredients that you would use if you were making the dish at home. If a packet contains lots of ingredients that you don’t recognise and wouldn’t keep in your own kitchen, it is probably in the best interest of your health not to eat it.
4. Grow your own
Hands down the best way to really know where your food has come from is to grow your own. It’s actually much cheaper than buying your food, and all it takes is a little practice. If you have a garden, you might like to grow your own strawberries. Even if you live in an apartment or don’t have a garden, you can grow your own microgreens. Another fun project is to regrow your own vegetables from what’s left behind once you’ve eaten them. Why not grow your own avocado from its seed?
5. Don’t beat yourself up about it
Going 100% organic and natural would be nearly impossible in this day and age. Introduce your organic lifestyle by making small changes here and there, you’ll soon start feeling better and getting in to your new lifestyle. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you slip up because we all make mistakes 🙂