switching to organic

Chelsea - posted on 11/25/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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i have been feeding my daughter as organicly as possible from t he day i introduced something other then breast milk to her diet, but now that she is starting to eat table food im just wondering how hard its going to be to switch my own diet to organic so that i can keep hers that way, whats the difference in cost of food a month and no or little fast food, there doesnt seem to be a whole lot of options for organic, is it still better to eat "natural" rather then just ordinary food when you cant find organic products.

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Laceybourke - posted on 06/11/2012

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There are certain foods that are more important to eat organically. Your dairy and meat is the most important as it has been known to have the most hormones and other chemicals. Also certain fruits like strawberries and blueberries. You could try going to your local farmers markets too! My son and I have fun picking out our fruits and veggies, plus it saves a TON of money!

Samantha - posted on 07/09/2011

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Two things: if possible, grow your own veggies, that way you absolutely know what's in them and have control over it, and as for meats and dairy, seek out an organic butcher shop in your area. Second, "natural" on a label means nothing and is a marketing tool. Unless it says "Certified Organic" be skeptical!
And obviously, stay AWAY from fast food. The stuff they put in is horrifying and even occasional eating of it will undo all the positive dietary changes you make. Besides, it's best to not let a child become "aware" of that garbage as they will undoubtedly plead for it on a regular basis :)

Holly - posted on 02/23/2010

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I also suggest watching the documentary Food Inc...it will change your perception on shopping,eating,and the world..very moving.

I am a mom of 3,one of which has Autism & though I have recently converted the children to a vegetarian,organic lifestyle I have seen great improvements in his behaviors.Also with this year being so "germy" with the Swine Flu & all that junk NONE of us got sick,and I did not vaccinate for these things!! I truly contribute our health some if not all to our new lifestyle.As for cost it is a bit more costly,but,if you sit down & figure in the cost of all the uneccesary items you buy & eat to live not live to eat...you will make out wonderfully.Aside from watching the movie I also want to suggest StonyField.com.They are an organic dairy company who really cares about their customers.The website provides endless recipies,organic/green living education,coupons,and a point system to earn free organic products! The organic milk brand Horizon also has coupons for milk on their website.Good luck!!

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I agree, changing over to organic isn't going to be really difficult. It's going to be a little pricier than regular food prices. As an example, I live in Mansfield, OH which is an hour in between Columbus and Cleveland, and the last time I looked, organic milk was $5 and some change for a gallon. I don't eat everything organic (although I'd like to) because of the cost. I like getting my fruits/vegetables locally and my meat too. Most places that I get things from are small little local places, and I talk with the people and ask them about their products--what kind of growing techniques they use (organic or not). I do the same thing where we get our meat from. A lot of people practice organic growing but it's such a pain to go through all the paper work to get something officially declared as 'organic'. So even if something isn't labeled organic, it still may be. Just ask! People who are passionate about their products won't hesitate to talk with you about things. :)



Purchasing from these little places helps cut down on the cost because it's not in a big name store, and it doesn't carry the organic label even though it really is.



My little one is just starting to eat foods, and we are starting him on organic food. Hopefully we can transition into a organic kitchen the more he starts eating. :)

Angela - posted on 01/24/2010

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Chelsea,

My daughter is now 2 and she has been on organic foods since she was 6 months old. It was one of the best choices I have ever made.

Organic meat is quite a bit higher in price, so is milk. Organic milk is very important though. As for you changing your eatting habbits, it wont be hard really. Just because you eat organic doesnt mean you have to eat healthy lol

I spend about $500 a month on groceries for a family of 3. We live in Oregon. I recentlly lost my job and everyones first thought was that we were going to stop eatting organically. Its not a choice. I know what they put in our food. What the film Food, Inc. it will help you decide if you want to do it or not.

As for natural, that doesnt mean anything. It just means there is no additives. You want it to say 100% organic for it to truly be organic.

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