Do You Compromise Your Health?

Compromises have no place in our lives when it comes to our health and well-being. There is only
Only one person benefits when you don't take care of yourself.
one person who benefits from the gambles and terribly bad choices we make when it comes to what we eat and how we live our lives. Yep, and we’re talking about that really scary dude, the Grim Reaper! Compromising your health is a risk you can’t afford to take.

Sometimes we make poor judgments based on common fear. As much as we know eating organic, for example is healthier, many households simply don’t because it’s too expensive. That’s why junk food proves more of an option or purchasing packaged, processed food latent with chemicals instead. Buying organic, however, doesn’t have to cost your first born if you know what to look for and how to shop for it. Here are some helpful tips for making the best of your food budget and providing the kind of healthy foods you and your family needs.

1) Buy local. Many local farmers and backyard gardeners employ growing methods that exceed certified organic standards, and yet are able to sell their goods for less as a result of not having to pay for official USDA organic certification.

2) Generic organic might be for you. Store brand organic products are popping up all across the country. Popular chains like Trader Joe’s, Costco, Publix, and many others offer generic organic items cheaper than the more expensive brands.

3) Go bulk. Buying in higher volumes translates into lower costs. Cereals, noodles, beans, sauces, oils, and other healthy packaged products will typically last quite a while on the shelf, which makes stocking up on such items, particularly when they are on sale, a great way to maximize your spending power.

4) Grow your own. Get your hands dirty. Tomatoes, herbs, and squash, for instance, are relatively easy to cultivate at home. All it takes is a small area in your backyard. Throw in a few fruit trees and other goodies to suit your climate. You’ll be surprised how much food you can yield at home and not have to buy from the grocery store ever again.

5) Use coupons. They’re not just for cheap, processed foods. Many popular natural and organic brands also offer coupons and can be found in coupon books at all health food stores. Don’t forget to check for coupons on their company websites as well.

6) Join a Co-op. These organized buying systems combine the purchasing power of multiple families to get the best deals on things like unprocessed dairy, local meats, fresh produce, and other healthy items. You can learn more about food co-ops and how to find one near you by visiting: http://www.localharvest.org/food-coops/

7) Nutritional Supplements. The right supplementation is good for many reasons and can help with weight management, fulfill your body’s daily nutrient requirements you could be lacking, save you money and provide all-natural, top quality “No compromise” ingredients to balance and support your nutritional needs you might not be able to obtain elsewhere.

One reason why organic food is so expensive is because farmers who choose to grow food, genetically engineered to be saturated in chemicals, receive financial aid called ‘subsidies.’ They also get marketing support and crop insurance, while farmers growing things organically don’t, making their products more costly to produce. Federal laws must change to redirect tax dollars away from supporting factory food and towards locally-grown organic food. You can help make this a reality by calling or writing your Congressmen and demanding agricultural reform.