(I was suppose to post something yesterday but, I was a little too tired to think straight and decided it was best to write something when I could make sense.)
Organic food. Important, right? It’s also pricey, sometimes hard to find and balancing rent, debt, student loans can be tricky when you buy ONLY Organic food.
And before you tell me…
"But Esther, medical bills cost much more in the long run."
Please take into consideration that some of us who try to eat healthy every single day on a tight budget, probably do so, so that we DON’T end up with high medical bills. I know one of the main reasons I became vegan was so that I could feel healthy. I felt sick all the time. I worked at McDonalds and ate at McDonalds every day. That sure didn’t help. But when you’re told by your employer that the meals are free, just not the salads, you make a choice. A bad one. But that was then and this is now.
I watched the documentaries. I’m aware of GMO’s. I know the dangers of them and the risks you take every time you eat them. In fact, when I first watched Food, Inc., I spoke to my parents several times about the food they were eating. I think I got on their nerves to be honest. They have no way of getting to the health food stores. I actually do their shopping for them most of the time. But I have to buy what they put on that list. That’s my job. I can’t buy them organic anything unless they say they want it. It’s their money. It’s their choice. But I have calmed down over this past year when it comes to badgering them about healthier choices. They came around all on their own. The majority of their food may not be organic but, I think they know enough to not buy certain foods that are loaded with chemicals and can potentially make them sick. Trial and error, I guess.
The thing about organic food is, it’s not always available to everyone. I have to take a hour bus ride to get to the health food store in order to get a decent selection. Food that doesn’t look like it’s been sitting in that store for far too long. And this is what I have available to me, at my local grocery store, when it comes to organic food. I try very hard to buy mainly organic when it’s available. Though, I no longer go out of my way to get my cabinet and fridge filled with JUST organic food. Yes, it’s important. But it’s also important I eat enough.
I lost 4lbs in one week. I’m pretty sure that’s not normal. And that was due to the fact that I didn’t buy enough food because it was too pricey and I needed to get larger amounts of it to last longer. I ate less of it so it would last longer. Unfortunately, that meant being extremely hungry all the time and feeling weak, sick and tired. Those two weeks sucked. And I decided it was wiser to buy a non organic version of grains because I got more for less. I also didn’t have to pay four bucks to take a bus ride over to get it. I’ve been going to the Farmer’s Market which saves me tons on fresh produce. You get so much more nutrients from produce that didn’t travel miles and miles, then sat in the grocery store for days, before it got to your plate. Not everything at the Market is organic but you can find farmers who have signs that say it’s non-gmo and that they don’t use pesticides. I shop at Target and Walmart most of the time for things I can’t get at the Market. They actually started selling more organic food which helps out a great deal.
So, yeah. Money has been tight. I’m trying to figure out a way I can still eat whole foods, stay healthy, without having to buy organic produce 100% of the time. Don’t get me wrong here. If you can afford to, by all means, support organic food first and foremost! If you’re trying to make ends meet and you want to save money and have ENOUGH food to eat, cut some corners. This does not mean buy Oreos because they’re cheap. This means buy a bag of apples and eat them instead. Sure, have some cookies, I’m not crazy here! Just make them yourself. It’s fun and easy! If you don’t have the time then make that your one splurge to buy some cookies that are made with decent ingredients (NOT those cookies that are loaded with refined sugar and garbage that lovely Nabisco makes).
And before you tell me that’s not a good enough excuse, I got bills. Like…mountains of bills. And thanks to a new law, I’ll have to pay for health insurance soon, that I can’t afford. Sure, the government will help me pay for it, after going through hell to do so and still having to dish out co-payments and what not, I still won’t be able to afford it right now. I literally may have to get assistants with food money since I can’t leave my parents to fend for themselves and go out and get a $7 an hour job, if I am forced to have health insurance. So yeah. Unless you’re living my life, I suggest you keep the simple minded opinions to yourself. I don’t whine about everybody and their blenders that cost more than my rent so, please don’t whine about me not being able to buy a pound of organic asparagus for $8. Deal? Great!
(I apologize if my post was too long and a bit snippy at the end but, wow. I’ve encountered some very shallow, self-centered people who don’t understand what it means to struggle. And I know some of you out there know what I’m going through. It’s always a good feeling to know that you’re not the only one who’s trying to better themselves while making sacrifices. We do what we CAN. And that IS good enough.
Much love, guys!