Since you can't afford it, you aren't able to buy it. So, obviously, just eat regular vegetables and fruit.
If not eating organic fruits and vegetables is the biggest issue with your diet, then you should be losing steadily, and will soon be at goal weight. It has nothing to do with weight loss, which will be of much greater benefit than worrying about eating more expensive fruits, and vegetables, just because they may be slightly fresher, and more healthy. It isn't like the regular fruits and vegetables are unhealthy.
I am a recent college graduate who had to somehow feed myself a healthy diet for literally $20 a week. Frozen veggies were my best friends! They are usually significantly cheaper than fresh produce and taste almost the same. Organic versus inorganic didn't weigh that heavily in my choices to be honest because I don't think it makes that significant of a health difference. My favorites were (and still are) green beans, Asian stir fry mixes, spinach, minced onions, bell peppers, and a lot of others. There are tons of options plus coupons and discounts seem to come more for frozen than fresh. Even if you feel really strongly about eating organic, there are tons of frozen options to look into.
I have a Sprouts near me and they have some really great specials. I have gotten really good at wearing blinders when I go in that store. I look at the sale flyer and only buy the organic produce that is on sale. I can usually keep my produce below my weekly budget as I only buy what I know I will eat. In the past, I used to discard a lot of produce
There is really no evidence that organic is safer or more nutritious. Just save your money and buy the regular stuff. BTW, they use pesticides on organic produce too. They use pesticides like pyrethrins and rotenone, which are older and, although they are made from "natural" ingredients, there is evidence that they are actually less safe than some of the newer, synthetic, pesticides. Just because something is natural does not mean it's safe or even safer than something man made. I preferentially buy non-organic produce because I don't want to spend money unnecessarily to buy organic produce.
Don't let that be an obstacle. If you can afford organic, great. If you can't, it's still better to eat as many fruits and vegetables as possible. Personally, I would be more concerned about conventionally produced meat products.
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I can no longer afford to buy organic, so I don't.
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www.ewg.org/foodnews/ Check out this list of "dirty" and "clean" produce. It will help you choose what is most important to buy organic only and what to purchase as conventional. I've always thought, too, that organic is too expensive. But I've realized that ultimately, my better health will repay me. I've quit buying "crap" - i.e. food that has no real nutritional value. Choosing how to spend my precious dollars helps me keep focused on good food. Just check out the shopping carts of people around you in the grocery store - how much of what's in there is really FOOD? That money is being spent hurting our bodies.
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I agree that local is far more important than organic. I mean really, how great do you think those organic apples that have been shipped from New Zealand really are?
But, I try to buy organic when possible, and thankfully I have access to a store (Sprouts) that has great sales on organic produce. But if your stores don't do this, just look to see where the food is produced on the labels and buy whatever's closest.
And, by the way, a lot of farmers grow organically, they just don't pay the USDA to give them the "organic" label. It costs a lot of money. If you want to look into local farmers, CSA's, etc, this website is super helpful: www.localharvest.org/ Just enter your zip code and it'll pull up a ton of resources.
I only buy organic or "local" since fruits and veggies are all I eat. But i understand how they can be more expensive. Start with the dirty 12. You can look them up on line. Those are the ones I would definitely buy organic.
I hear ya. Do you have a local CSA or a local farmer's market? I find that a lot of the vendors at Farmer's markets grow organic and they are pretty cheap compared to the organic fruits and veggies found in the supermarket.
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