The cost of eating organic

strawberries

I have been buying organic food for my family of 7 where possible all year, so for the past 6 months now. Before I started the GAPS diet I’d committed at the start of the year to buy organic preferably wherever possible. I must admit, in rural Victoria this isn’t the easiest but I’ve found an incredible business that delivers a box of seasonal organic fruit and vegetables to my door each week. Check them our here.

It’s interesting how much more we now pay for things, but how much different they taste and how much more we enjoy the food we are consuming.

During the transition from our previous western diet to our now organic whole foods diet the weekly food bill was variable and probably was costing us a little more, because I was trying to keep everyone happy and by organic versions of our current diet. Now, 6 months in the weekly food costs are less than before.

The reasons for this include:

  1. buying in bulk
  2. no packaged/highly processed foods
  3. less take away/eating out
  4. changing the way we eat (for example I used to buy at least 12 x 3L milks each week
  5. now we consume very little and only organic milk).
  6. meal planning each week (the more organised I am the less it costs…pays to be organised 🙂 I used to always think I don’t have the time to meal plan, but the time I spend meal planning each week saves me money and so much time throughout the week & I we all really notice when my planning slackens off!)
  7. less waste – eat everything and any leftovers are tomorrow’s breakfast or lunch.
    eating seasonally available foods, foods with produce (can’t wait to the chooks to be back at their full laying capacity)

I’ve recently found the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 list, if you don’t know what it is here it is below:

dirty dozen

Source: David Suzuki

This is a list of the top 12 foods that contain the MOST contamination and you should AIM to buy organic and the least contamination 15 foods. I love this list!! If you are looking to nourish your family with organic food but are concerned about the increase expense then use this list as your guide to prioritise what you buy.

For me, nourishing my family with good quality, organic whole foods is my number one priority.

Juggling with Jacqui x

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