Healthy living. What does that mean to me? It means that over the past two years I’ve tried to eliminate as many of the foods from the middle of the grocery store as I can. It means less processed foods, and more cooked from scratch. It means no foods with MSG, nitrites or sulfites because they give me migraines. It means no red dye because it makes my older child extremely hyper and mean. EXTREMELY hyper, and Mr. Hyde kind of mean.
It means that I’ve also been trying to buy more organics where I can. Some on purpose, some I stumbled upon by accident. For example, I learned because all of the regular pork looked terrible at the store, that organic pork doesn’t have that icky porky aftertaste. So I started buying only organic pork. Then the regular chicken started looking sickly, so we moved to organic chicken. Then the beef looked 10x better as well, and holy cow does it taste better too! So now our meats are organic that I buy.
I had the same thing happen in produce. All of the lettuce looked sickly so I sucked it up and forked out for the organic lettuce. Little did I know that it’d be a bargain. Even though initially the organic lettuce costs more, I found it lasts longer in the fridge, therefore I wasn’t throwing part of it away each time I bought lettuce. We saved long term by actually getting to eat the entire head before it spoiled. Length of time in the fridge – 3 weeks if stored properly, and still nice and fresh. With other veggies, I buy based on how they appear. If the organics look better, I get those (they usually do). For strawberries and raspberries, I found that those too lasted longer. There were times the “regular” berries were moldy the day after I bought them. I wasn’t impressed until I made the organic switch due to a craving and no other options.
My goals for this year aren’t about losing weight. I’ve let go of that notion with my thyroid deciding to give up on me. Instead I’m just trying to be healthier. What are you doing to be healthier in your life?
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