I feel like there are a lot of things that are very en vogue now when it comes to groceries: reusable bags, gluten-free, and buying organic. I’ll be honest: I can’t remember the first one, and I haven’t yet fully attacked the second one, but buying organic is a decision I struggle with due to price. Recently, I came across some interesting + challenging ways to deal with whether or not I buy organic.
Is Organic Food More Nutritious? Is it worth it?
So, I don’t know where the idea came that organic food would be more nutritious than conventionally-produced food, but it must have come from somewhere because there news articles all over the web touting the fact that it is not in fact more nutritious. I think nutritional value misses the point of organic food – with organics, you are getting food that is not pesticide-ridden and full of chemicals. I’m not a health nut by any means but avoiding poisons is one of the Primal Blueprint laws that I really agree with (especially since I have quit smoking and quit drinking alcohol) so it makes sense for me to purchase food that does not contain poisons, pesticides, or chemicals. So, it is not any better for you than conventionally-produced food from a nutritious standpoint, but I think it is better for you because of what it does NOT contain.
On Organic Food + Food Budgets – Yes, it’s Expensive
I try to create a hybrid diet and exercise theme that fits my life and my values and beliefs. I take a little bit of different programs and schools of thought, and customize them for my own. One thought that I have been coming across lately is that you have to change your thinking about food. In a documentary on Netflix called Food Matters, one of the guys mentioned that we have it backwards in America: we think it’s more important to spend money on cars and homes than on food. I’ve also noticed people are mentioning the fact that you don’t have to go all or nothing – buy organic when you can, when you feel like you should, and when you want to.
The picture above is of my most recent Safeway haul, if you will. I’d say about half of the products I got are organic/natural, and the other half are not. It cost about $75 for that food (there are some organic chicken thighs and 93/7 lean ground beef under the eggs, as well as 2 extra lean pok loins hiding behind the shrimp and crab – yes, some of this shopping was for my Dukan Diet Attack Phase).
Now, to give you some perspective on my income and my decision to buy organic sometimes – I make less than $11 an hour right now, and I work full time, between 37 and 40 hours a week. I have the regular bills that most Americans have, save for a car payment. I understand that it takes some paradigm-shifting to change your thoughts about food, but I have really come to feel that paying the extra price for Organic items is worth it! I want to live to be 100 (I’m serious). I want to eat as clean as possible, when I’m going to eat clean.
What do you think? Do you buy organic food, ever? I think if we change our thoughts to “I’m buying health, beauty, fitness, and fat loss,” it might be easier for us to fork over the extra cash for more real, natural foods.