Dr. Perricone agrees with the premise that natural, unprocessed foods are the best choices, citing that “some scientists and researchers believe that many of the health problems of today are caused by our departure from the hunter-gatherer diet, which consisted of nuts, seeds, berries, wild greens, roots, fruits, fish, fowl and game.”
Among his anti-inflammatory diet recommendations, Dr. Perricone advocates choosing organic fruits and vegetables and organic milk-based dairy products when possible.
Why organic? Not only are organic foods more eco-friendly, but food treated with pesticides can leave toxic residues which can harm your organ systems.
Unfortunately, many believe affordable organic food does not exist and therefore think following Dr. Perricone’s diet isn’t possible.
But there are affordable organic food options. You just need to know where to look.
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The next time you go to the grocery store, arm yourself with this affordable organic food shopping know-how.
Tip 1: Comparison shop. Not all organic foods are more expensive than conventionally grown products. Many organic foods are either competitively priced or lower.
“If you live in a place like California you’re lucky, because organic produce and conventional produce are very close in price,” says Ronnie Cummins, national director of the Organic Consumers Association.
Also, think outside of conventional supermarkets. You can find organic foods in health food stores, co-ops, gourmet delis, farmers’ markets, and community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs, among other options. At these locations, if you don’t see a sign marking the food as organic, be sure to ask.
Tip 2: Shop online. If you’re having trouble finding what you’re looking for at the price you want, there are markets online that offer organic products. An added bonus? You’ll save gas.
Tip 3: Buy organic fruits and vegetables in season. You probably already follow this basic shopping tip when shopping for conventionally grown foods. Fruits and veggies in-season are not only cheaper, but fresher since they haven’t traveled from a distant location.
Tip 4: Purchase preserved organic foods in the off-season. When fruits and vegetables aren’t in-season, buying “fresh” is not exactly “fresh.” Having been shipped from a distant location, the food has less flavor than preserved options.
So in the off-season, consider buying frozen or canned organic fruits and vegetables. The taste is better and so is the price, usually.
Tip 5: Can or freeze on-sale organic foods. Freezing or canning organic food allows you to stock up on a sale item, while allowing you to enjoy it for longer.
Tip 6: Do your own prep work. Instead of buying organic chicken breasts or other parts, buy a whole organic chicken to cut costs.
Tip 7: Buy store brand certified organic products. Get the same food but at a usually lower price by buying store brand rather than brand name. Any food labeled organic goes through the same certification process regardless of its brand name.
Did you know the total cost for seeds and supplies for all 1,100 square feet at the White House came in at around $200?
As Michelle Obama’s garden demonstrates, growing your own organic food is an affordable option. No need to have 1,100 square feet, either. You can start your own organic garden in a window planter box.
Start small. Radishes, lettuce and spinach, zucchini, herbs, onions, broccoli, and tomatoes are among the easiest vegetables to grow in an organic garden. The easiest organic fruits to grow are strawberries, apples, and blueberries. Tackle the tougher plants once you’ve become more comfortable in your organic gardening pursuit.
Whether you grow it yourself or shop with strategy, you will find that affordable organic food does exist.
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