One of the questions I get asked the most is, “I cannot afford organic food. It is so expensive.” Usually, the person asking me that question lives in a four bedroom home, walks and talks with a cell phone and is decorated in jewelry. I then have to explain how it is a necessity to eat a nutrient dense diet or else they will be spending their older years in and out of doctor’s offices with surmounting medical bills. To which they reply, “I just don’t have the money to spend on that kind of food.” I realize that not everyone in America can afford to eat healthy. That is very sad for those who are just scraping by. However, most people do not fall in that category. Most people can afford to eat healthy. They just choose not to.
Americans spend less than 10 percent of their income on food. The main reason is that food is not tangible. Americans want something to show for their money. We want people to see that Coach bag or that ride-on lawnmower. We cannot show off our carrots or broccoli sprouts. We are also a society who wants a bargain. We want to get the most for our money. Why should we pay $5 for the organic strawberries when we can purchase conventionally grown California strawberries for just $2.99. Why should be pay $16 for a bottle of organic wine when we can purchase an equivalent bottle for $7. Why should we buy organic milk for $5 when we can find milk on sale for $1.99… if we just spend an additional $10 at the grocery store? Well, allow me to explain why purchasing the cheaper items of the foods described above is detrimental to your health.
The cheaper conventionally grown strawberries have been tested for their pesticide load by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Pesticide Data Program (PDP). They were found to contain 54 pesticide residues, which were subsequently classified as carcinogens, hormone disruptors, neurotoxins and reproductive toxicants by an environmental group. Therefore, if you purchase the $3 strawberries and eat them, your body just ingested 54 chemicals along with the fruit. Now, if you spend just $3 more for the organically grown strawberries, you will ingest 54 less chemicals, provided the organic strawberries were not sprayed, grown in mineral rich soil and were farmed organically. GOT IT??!! Now we will discuss the wine. If you purchase the organic wine for the extra $9, you will save your body from added sulfites and GMO yeast, which is not in the organic version. Lastly, if you purchase the organic milk for an extra $3, you will save your body from pesticides, growth hormones and antibiotics. Purchasing the better quality nutrient dense foods is your insurance policy for your future. After all, we know for a fact that money cannot buy happiness. However, what money can buy in this country is……health!
There is nothing in this world more important to you than YOU! If you don’t take care of yourself, you are no good to anyone around you. If you make your health your number one priority, the rest of your life will fall into place. Your body is your home. It deserves the very best that you can afford. It is just not worth it to cut corners and buy the cheaper conventionally grown food. It is not worth it to drive that fancy car or live in that big house if you have to sacrifice your health to get it. The sooner you adopt these changes, the sooner you will become the very best you can be. Don’t you deserve it?!!
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