How to Eat Organic and Maintain Sanity

IMG_1577How to Eat Organic and Maintain Sanity by Jesica Cockerham Salyer

Anyone who spends their money on organic food and products has likely experienced a disapproving look, comment or remark before about how much it costs, or how it is overpriced, etc.  Because I believe this to be so common, I conclude that those people making the criticizing remarks (which seem to be everywhere) must have a generalization in their mind that those enthusiastic about organics are neurotic or irrational consumers.

Not to mention that some of those people resist buying quality, organic food then spend gobs of money on their medical ailments (but that’s a whole other ironic issue.) 🙂

In this situation, I am the organics enthusiast who is being questioned. My reaction is having an urgency to promote understanding. To squash the myths, more or less, I love to infiltrate a healthy outlook into these individuals who are so confused and spellbound by this mass of “health nuts.” This way, they can get rid of their generalization about making healthy choices while shopping.

There is one principle that I stick to in shopping for organic food & products that seems to suite my family and I well without breaking the bank or making us crazy:

Ask Yourself, What items do I eat/drink EVERY DAY?

For most, perhaps it is milk, eggs, coffee, and fresh produce. Whatever your unique diet normally entails–your focus while shopping should be to buy those things organic, and don’t be over-obsessive about getting every last thing you ever buy or eat organic. After all, the whole idea is to have a healthy relationship with food, not a disabling, crippling interaction with it.

The idea of eating all organic, all the time is wonderful. Wonderful, but not realistic for many–Unless you have an unlimited budget and access to the freshest, cleanest-grown foods every day. Having this reasonable mindset while shopping will help you to feel good about how much you spend as well as feel good about what you’re fueling up with.

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