We’re told to go organic, eat whole foods, avoid this and add that. Now you can make these changes without breaking the bank.
When I was a kid, my parents took me to pick strawberries, blueberries, and green beans. On our long country drives, we often stopped at roadside stands to pick out pumpkins and we had a huge garden at home full of tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, and cukes. We didn’t think much about healthy eating.
We just ate.
Now, the culture has shifted. We are bombarded with voices telling us to avoid or to add certain foods. Most seem to cost more than the foods we regularly buy and many are only found in specialty stores.
Those of us living on a budget may find these suggestions unsettling but there are ways of tweaking our diets without emptying our pockets.
- To add more organic, fresh produce, we can ask a friend or neighbor, who loves to garden, to put in a few extra plants for us, and tend it yourself. When harvest time comes, pay them for the vegetables we consume at lower prices than the grocers.
- For meats, try striking a deal with your local butcher or organic farmer. Often times if you can commit to ordering each month, he or she will give you a discount.
- Do you know anyone who lives on a farm? Or loves to garden? Offer to partner with them. You can help weed in exchange for produce.
- Many organic farms run co-ops–where’s there’s no middleman, prices are more reasonable.
We want to be at our best to enjoy them for many years to come. If that means healthier eating, that’s really a small price to pay.
Down on the farm goodness
These small steps to healthier eating are economical and can also benefit our grandchildren. Try involving them in planting a small garden or lining up containers of tomatoes on the patio. Take them to a local farm, farmer’s market or fruit stand.
Just like our children when they were young, our grandchildren are always watching– even what we eat. I still remember that my grandmother loved bananas.
What foods would your grandchildren associate with you?