Sometimes it seems like getting healthier is just too darn much work. It’s hard. It’s expensive. It tastes weird. Right? Well, not necessarily. Let’s look at 7 foods you can swap for other foods and see if we can
make the process more manageable.
Organic for non-organic
Too expensive, right? Try buying locally, from farmers. If you have a farmer’s market in your area, talk to the vendors. You can almost always find one or two that will sell you “ugly” produce (you know, the stuff no one wants because it has a bruise or it’s shaped funny). You might find a vendor who will sell you what they have left at the end of the day for really cheap.
You can often also make great connections to purchase from them after the market season has ended. A lot of the farmers in our area have winter crops available in small quantities.
Grass-fed meat over CAFO (Confined Animal Feeding Operation)
Have you ever heard of CAFO before? (I admit I had to look it up.) Again, check locally. You may be able to find a local non-retail source for meats. Also, you could consider eating a little less meat, but really great quality.
Raw Organic Milk for Pasturized Milk
If you have to drink milk from cows, this is your best bet. Again, you might find better prices if you scout out local options. Or stop drinking cow juice.
Organic Butter for Margarine
Organic butter is the best; however, regular butter is better than margarine. Please stop eating margarine. It really has no redeeming value.
Organic Eggs for CAFO eggs
Eggs are one of the best protein sources you can eat. And organic eggs are amazing. The yolks are a beautiful, rich yellow and the taste is like something from my childhood. Again, if you can get local eggs, they will probably be less expensive than store-bought organic eggs.
Sparkling Water for Soda
Here’s a no-brainer. Ditch the soda, folks. They either have too much sugar and/or too many chemicals. Just not good for you. There are devices you can purchase to make sparkling water at home, so it’s cheaper, too. Or, you can just drink . . .
Filtered Tap Water for Bottled Water
Bottled water is some of the most expensive liquid on earth. (I think printer ink may be the most expensive per drop or gallon or some such.) There are several ways you can filter water — with a pitcher system like Brita, a tap attachment like Pur and probably more. But two things: drink more water and get rid of the plastic bottles.
You can purchase a reusable water bottle made of durable plastic, glass or stainless steel. Easy to clean; easy to use; better for the environment; cheaper for you.
So here’s the inspiration for this post and probably some more information, too. Eat better. Drink better. Feel better.
See you soon.