Although it may seem a little difficult and slightly expensive thing to switch to an organic diet, there are always easy and affordable ways to do so. They are richer in antioxidants and free of all the artificial chemicals that can harm our bodies and the way in which we function. In five easy and very doable steps, you can transform your lifestyle into a healthy one by making organic foods a part of your everyday diet.
Start with the snacks
The easiest way to bring in organic foods into your diet is through snacks. We don’t even realize just how many times we start snacking throughout the day and often times we’ll find ourselves reaching for packaged “junk” food. Instead, some organic carrot sticks or peppers with some organic chutney dip or even making a quick salad with some tomato goji chutney is a great alternative for a quick mid-day snack. A quick organic clementine instead of a bag of chips is not only healthier but a lot tastier and can begin to show you just how rewarding it is to switch to an organic diet.
Go Slow and Steady
Organic foods are priced slightly higher for obvious reasons and worth every penny. Including a light meal like organic khichri along with some organic vegetables could bring about a boost of energy during the day. Masala khichdi could be one of a more ideal option if looking to add some spice to your meal. If this jump from non-organic to organic is too drastic to take all at once, keep in mind that even little changes matter. You can start by switching your dairy products to organic to avoid the intake of GMOs. Slowly this can transfer over to your fruits and vegetables and eventually, before you know it everything from the steaks you have for dinner to the oranges you snack on will be completely organic and be fueling your body with the best that nature has to offer.
Plan for leftovers
If you have just started a family or are living by yourself it can sometimes be easier to incorporate organic into your lifestyle because of the small portions of food that you have to provide. But even in a large family it is very doable and in fact even more important to start eating organic foods. After all, you want to make sure that not only yourself, but also your children, are taking in only the best that nature has to offer. To make organic more affordable, start planning for leftovers. If you make a meal in a large portion so that you know it can last you until the next day, the hesitation to spend a little more on the ingredients to make the meal with decrease. And if you’re concerned about that one meal getting boring, then think of ways to reinvent the leftovers into a new meal or incorporate it into another recipe. Keeping some spices like a ginger chutney in your refrigerator can help modify these leftovers and make them more interesting. This ensures that you are eating organic and remaining healthy while also being cognizant of your budget.
Buy in Bulk
Another really easy tool to help you get healthy by eating organic food is buying in bulk. Buying in bulk would save time and energy both and help you plan better for the week. Try buying bigger portions of vegetables and meats to cook with. Something as simple as buying a whole chicken and cutting it up yourself rather than buying small portions of it can allow you to use it in multiple meals and incorporate an organic meat into more than one meal. It is also very cost effective and ensures that you are not wasting any of the ingredients you are buying. Buying more affordable ingredients such as beans, eggs and vegetables and adding them to a meal with protein also gives you a simple way to make your lunch or dinner more healthy and nutritious.
Stay in Season
Buying fruits and veggies that are in season is not only more cost effective, but also a lot tastier. This will encourage you to buy organic vegetables and fruits with the perk of them being extremely delicious. Incorporating seasonal veggies into recipes allows you to enjoy both the nutritious and taste benefits of organic foods. In fact, organic foods are actually known for being tastier. This is because they are grown in such a way that they are able to remain fresh and flavorful for longer. Rather than being concerned with the yield of the crop, organic fruits and vegetables are grown with the sole purpose of providing fresh and tasty foods. The higher antioxidant level of the foods allows for a overall richer taste as well as increased nutritional value making them a perfect addition to any meal.
So lets try to go organic by taking these small baby steps and see how slowly we can make these little changes towards a healthier lifestyle.