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How to buy Organic and NON GMO on a budget
You probably have been hearing about GMO products everywhere- in magazines, on the news , even on Facebook. But have you really looked into what they are? The first thing to do is to educate yourself about GMO’s. I know, it can be confusing and overwhelming even. But if you consume food (and who doesn’t?) or use skin care, even take vitamins, it may be a wise choice to at least make an informed decision about what you put in and on your body. You can learn a lot here at the Non GMO project .
Basically, GMOs are plants or animals that have undergone a modification process where scientists alter their genes with DNA from different species to get “desired” traits such as resistance to disease or major tolerance to pesticides. Which means MORE pesticides can be applied. Sounds lovely doesn’t it? No one is telling you to go 100% GMO free. Some people are. But of course, that is your option. I believe in “everything in moderation.”
So if you want to make the move to healthier and organic living, at least buy as many non GMO and organic foods as you can (organic is non GMO)
I just found this book on Amazon and it looks fabulous! The NON GMO COOKBOOK “Recipes and advice for a Non GMO lifestyle”.
Want to learn more about how foods can actually HEAL and help your body? Yeah, me too. I find that fascinating. This new book from NYR Organic is selling like crazy. I’m thinking of a few people who may get it as a gift this year too. I think it belongs on every kitchen book shelf or living room table!
As a matter of fact, ALL NYR products are GMO free! Did you know we absorb about 60% of what we put on our skin? Think about how some medicines come in patches now. It all enters your body so choose what you put on it with care. Especially with our little kids and babies.
Did you know that not every organic product is more expensive than traditional items? I know that is a COMMON MYTH, but if you shop carefully, you can buy organic foods for very similar prices as non organic and if you know where to look for coupons, you can eat more organic foods without breaking the bank.
I buy organic store brands at stores like Nature’s Promise at Stop N Shop and they are actually CHEAPER than some of the, um, garbage other brands they sell (think cereals, oatmeal, granola bars, carrots, etc.).
I can get a nice bag of organic apples for 5.99, got a bag of organic carrots just today for 99 cents, on sale from 1.49 and I ALWAYS and only buy store brand or name brand organic cereals and milk since my kids eat a lot of that. Organic “Cheerios” are called toasted oats and they are delish! At 2.99, how can you pass that up for the $4.00 box of name brand non-organic? There’s organic versions of so many-from granola, to Honey Bunches of Oats types to Raisin Bran types. Garden of Eatin organic blue corn chips were $2.99, about the same as non-organic brands. I buy canned organic beans for $1.00 on sale and boxed organic mac n cheese is only 2 for $3.00. Always visit the natural food aisle in your grocery store first to get what is on your list.
Vitacost is an online store that offers many healthy brands, especially if you don’t have many health foods options close to home. I’ve shopped there for years now and save a lot of cash. With the price of gas, a $50 order, with free shipping, right to your door, is much appreciated by busy moms. And they have very low prices too so you are really getting maybe $75 worth of stuff for $50. Can’t beat! Here’s a $10 coupon
Confused on what to buy? Some brands that have organic and non-GMO products within their line are listed here
Be a label reader as much as you can and support companies on a mission to offer non-GMO organic foods.
Taking small steps and making weekly changes, you’ll soon be eating and living healthier. Some organic companies have extremely informational websites likeebfarm.com and cascadianfarm.com.
Another GREAT resource to save money is using coupons. You can get coupons for organic foods at mambosporuts.com
Do your best to avoid the big 5 GMO crops (which sadly, are in something like 80% of packaged foods) corn ( 90%), soy, sugar, cottonseed and canola oils.
Unfortunately, in the U.S, our foods do not need to be labeled as using GMO products,like in many other countries. But FORTUNATELY the battle persists for this labeling and hopefully it will be done soon.