For a long time I could have cared less about organic food or being green in my food choices.
I had decided that organic food was probably just an expensive gimmick. I mean if the food and the plastic packaging was allowed to be sold, it had to be safe, right?
Or maybe not...
It all started when I gave up artificial sugars and lost a bit of weight and massively decreased my sugar cravings.
"Hmmm that was interesting..." I thought to myself. I wondered if there was more to this whole "chemicals and food" thing.
Then I started doing some research about eating organic. Reading books. Watching movies like Food Inc. Reading blogs, news sources, and magazines. And I started to become convinced.
What stood out most to me was some of the alarming stuff about pesticides/chemicals and fertility. So I decided to make it a part of my "Baby Bucket List" to stop eating non-organic food from the "dirty dozen" list and limit the amount of BPA in our home.
(BPA is a compound used in some plastic that is an endocrine disruptor, which means it mimics or alters the effects of a particular hormone, in this case estrogen, potentially throwing your body way out of whack. It's found in the highest quantities in certain plastics and canned goods. You can read a great article about it here.)
I'm happy to report that I've now accomplished both!
Here's how I did it...
First, I realized my biggest obstacle to eating organic food was just getting into my house. So I looked into getting an organic food delivery service, and found a great one called Beach Greens.
We signed up and now two times a month we get a crate that looks like this:
It's filled with some of most delicious fruits and veggies I've ever had!
Like juicey oranges...
And crunchy kale...
I supplement the deliveries with additional "Clean 15" fruits and veggies from the local grocery store. But overall we're eating a lot more fresh produce and a lot more organic produce and loving it!
(Note: To find a CSA like Beach Greens in your area, go here.)
Then I went on a BPA purge.
I got rid of every plastic bottle that has #3 or a #7 on the bottom. Then I went to Costco and bought glass food storage/microwave dishes and got rid or the plastic ones.
The left container is what I got rid of and the right container is what we have now.
And (sadly) I stopped buying by my beloved canned soups.
I know I can't purge all BPA from my home, but these were the best places to start according to my research.
Obviously, I can keep improving my green ways of eating and living, but overall I feel like I'm off to a good start. My next "green" task is to start making more of my own organic cleaning supplies!
Note: This post is not intended to tell you how you should or should not eat. I know people still having conflicting opinions about organics, BPA, chemicals, etc. So I won't judge you if you're not on the organic food train. This post is simply my story and journey.
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