Smart Ways To Save Serious Dough on Organic Food

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The benefits of organic over conventional foods are real. While there’s probably no such thing as perfectly clean food (unless you grow and monitor it yourself), organic is the best option for many of us in our busy modern world. While this news is well-known by many, one argument against an all-organic lifestyle surrounds good old fashioned economics. Organic options are, more often than not, pricier than their conventional counterparts. So, how then does one do what they feel is best for themselves and their families whilst not breaking the bank?

Green Monsters, I give you some easy ways to save money on organic food:

1. Grow your own.

In my opinion, this is the best way to go, if you can swing it. While you may have the upstart costs of starting a garden of your own, you’ll save serious change in the long run if you opt for seeds and a little bit of sowing. What’s more is that you’ll get full control of what goes in to your organic food…and you’ll truly get to experience local (read: your backyard) food. Here are some great tips to get started. If your back yard doesn’t allow for its own organic gardening space, consider joining an organic community garden.

2. Shop wholesale.

Big-box wholesale stores, like Costco, now offer a multitude of organic options, from fresh produce to organic snacks. While your conscious ethics may clash with the notion of big stores like these, you may have to choose to shop them occasionally for the sake of saving some change. Ultimately, of course, that decision is yours, but do know you can save some serious dollars by going for a membership and loading up on giant bags of organic spinach at half the price you might find at your grocery store.

3. Bulk it up.

If wholesale shopping isn’t for you (I do get it, don’t worry!), then at least opt for smart bulk shopping at your local organic grocer. You should never be caught with a single-serving bag of organic almonds, people! Buy in bulk and you’ll save over the long haul.

4. Join an organic co-op.

While some organic co-ops may require a membership, you’ll be buying into a business that supports your organic ethics and, in most cases, save money in the big picture. Many co-ops have awesome selections of bulk foods and can also be a great opportunity to get in touch with local people who may have gardens of their own you can trade or buy from directly – win-win here!

5. Try an organic food delivery service.

O.K., so this one is tough because such services aren’t available everywhere yet, but do knowbusinesses that will deliver organic goodies right to your doorstep do exist and are growing quickly! Some also contend with the idea that these services will save you money. However, I’d like to make the point that it does, no matter what, save you gas money. These services are also a great way to load up on coupons – they usually include quite a few with every order!

6. Join a CSA.

When you buy in to community-supported agriculture, you are truly supporting local farms and buying share into a business model that helps everyone in the community. Many CSAs even allow for you to volunteer time for your share, meaning you may have the chance to save even more change – or get your share for free – if you’re willing to do some organic dirty work.

7. Get yourself out of the natural grocery store.

I know that Whole Foods is a mecca for many of us, but, trust me, you’re not saving yourself any money by shopping there for all of your organic goods. Many large grocery chains that aren’t under the full-on “natural grocery store” umbrella now offer a multitude of organic options. Take a trip in sometime and you may find yourself walking out with more than you thought possible — at a cheaper cost!

Until organic is the norm (and thus prices become forced down), we all have to find ways to save a little dough on organic options. Do know there are ways to make it happen for you and your family with a little creative thinking!

By: Erin Trauth
Source: www.onegreenplanet.com

2014-04-23T11:16:36+00:00

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    Q: Hello I am currently on the full body detox and I have a question for you. How do you feel about organic chicken from a credited organic food store? I was wondering if eating organic steamed chicken was ok and whats your take on almond milk.

    A:

    Thanks for the question.

    Animal products are not part of the detox program. The detox protocol is a raw food detox as well. Most if not all food should be consumed raw. Organic meat is a double edged sword. On one hand you have an animal pumped full of anti biotics and on the other hand you have an animal refused antibiotics if they are sick. Which they routinely are being that they are crammed in sheds. The amount of land required by the USDA to be considered free range is the size of a sheet of printer paper. Birds kept in such close quarters communicate diseases fast. I do not recommend any animal products when on a detox. 

    The main issue with detoxing is lessening the workload of the livers and kidneys so they can clean house. Animal protien is acidic to the body and forces the body to work overtime digesting the excess protein. 

    Almond milk is fine if you make it yourself. Its really not that hard to do if you have a good blender. If you can't blend it yourself you can buy it from the store but remember that it's pasteurized and probably has added sugars which you want to avoid.

    Here is a quick web resource but I am sure you could find others

    http://ohsheglows.com/2013/01/24/my-favourite-homemade-almond-milk-step-by-step-photos/

     

    Hope that answers your questions,

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT BMI VLC

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    Q: WE ARE VEGETARIANS, AND WERE EATING A LOT OF SOY PRODUCTS UNTIL YOUR NEWS LETTER CAME OUT ABOUT SOY PRODUCTS. DOES IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE IF THEY ARE ORGANIC SOY PRODUCTS? WHAT IS WRONG WITH ORGANIC YOGURT? It doesn't matter if the soy is organic or not! What's wrong with organic yogurt?

    A:

    Please read our article "DANGEROUS DAIRY". There's plenty wrong with it! But remember, soy is far better than meat and dairy!

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    Q: I started my Full Body Cleanse today do I have to take it at those times specified? Also it is recommended to eat raw, however I never saw Organic mentioned. Organic is extremely costly here in Philly and you have to go a distance to get organic. What do you suggest?

    A:

    No, you don't have to take it at the specified times. It's just a reference to give you an idea of how to spread out taking the individual formulas.

    Eating organic food is best, but not prescribed as we all don't have access to organic foods. As long as you stay RAW, you should still receive the benefits of the cleanse.

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    Q: I wrote to you a couple weeks ago asking if it was normal for me to have an outbreak only a day or two into the full body cleanse kit. You wrote back and told me that an outbreak is the body healing. It is two weeks later and I am still having an outbreak! Is this a good sign? Do you think this outbreak may continue on through my anti viral kit? I have been eating mostly fruits and vegetables, however I felt like I needed more substance and I was not enjoying my food at all... so I bought organic noodles and organic tomato sauce (sea salt only, tomatoes, no sugar, you get the point). Is adding some of this into my diet going to make the kits less effective or possibly not work?

    A:

    The outbreak is a result of your body trying to eliminate the toxicity and impurities from your body. Continue to follow the guidelines of the Cleanse.

    In regards to what you ate, YES, they make the cleanse less effective, so you may not want to eat much of cooked foods. Raw foods will optimize the cleanse. If you are having trouble staying full, try more healthy fats, like avocado, coconut cream, or raw nuts and seeds.

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    Q: I am in need of cleansing my body and weight removal! (Removal and not loss because I don't want to find it again)! I need to remove about 80 pounds of unhealthy weight from my body and would like to do so in a natural way. I looked at both your Female Cleanse and the Full Body Cleanse, but don't know which is a better option for me to follow right now? I eat a lot of organic foods, I juice (some) but need to increase my water intake (A LOT). I don't drink much soda at all and when I do it is organic carbonated lemonade. I realize carbonated drinks are not good for us and limit how much I drink. My body lets me know when I have eaten something that is not good for me by causing my hands and feet to swell. To reduce this I drink water. I am allergic to wheat and try to stay away from it as much as possible. I have few ailments and have started working out again (cardio and weight training). I also looked at your weight loss products, but thought I should maybe detox first. What do you think? Any assistance you can offer on your products and which ones I should take is of great appreciation.

    A: The best thing for you is the Full Body Cleanse. The Full Body Cleanse will allow you to remove unwanted weight, while also optimizing your entier body so that you can maintain that weight and live a healthier lifestyle.

     

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    Q: Is sea salt and warm water a good natural laxative? If so how often do you recommend the use of sea salt for elimination? I was reading The Master Cleanser by Stanley Burroughs and it gives this recommendation, along with drinking lemon water mixed with organic syrup and cayenne pepper. Is it safe to give myself an enema 2xs per day using a hot water bottle filled with fresh squeezed organic lemon and distilled water? Asking this because Bzod had me to listen to 88.3 today here in Cincinnati and the guy (Mike) was telling how he does this regularly and has great results.

    A:

    Yes, sea salt in water is a mild laxative!

    You can do it as often as you FEEL the need to drink or take it. 

    You can also consume the Master Cleanse (cayenne, maple syrup, lemon juice) if you choose. You can drink this as much as you like depending on how you feel.

    And yes, you can perform enemas 2X a day! Enemas are very helpful for health!

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    Q: I'm doing the ANTI-VIRAL CLEANSE AND REGIMENand I would like to know if I can used organic almond milk with oat bran cereal from bob's red mill and order organic cereal. Also what is the 35% HYDROGEN PEROXCIDE used for?

    A:

    You have free will and can do as you like, Beloved. We recommend all raw (and unprocessed) so if you really want to eat the almond milk and cereal, it's your choice! 35% FGHP should only be used for enema purposes (half ounce added to the water).

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    Q: What organic shampoo and conditioner would you recommend using? Also, while detoxing, is Navy beans an acceptable food to eat if I want something cooked or does it cause mucus? Is it really a nutritional bean?

    A:

    Aubrey Organic is a good brand of shampoo and conditioner.

    You may eat navy beans but they are mucus forming despite a few nutritional benefits.

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    Q: Am I allowed to use organic seasonings on foods while performing the Full Body Cleanse?

    A: Yes you are. But always make sure to read the laber. Some seasoning contain perservatives, you want to stay away from that.

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    Q: I was reading your article about vinegar being harmful to the body because of its acids and I was curious to know what you think of the Organic unpasturized, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with mother? I saw that at the end of the article it stated that "if you must" use vinegar to use the organic apple cider vinegar but, I have read many places that it has many health benefits such as reducing bad cholesterol, regulating blood pressure, eliminating toxic waste from the body, fighting fungal and bacterial infections, helping relieve joint pains, breaking down fat which helps in natural weight reduction.

    A:

    I approve of apple cider vinegar for health purposes. Some good stuff!

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    Q: What do you think about organic whole cane sugar....unrefined and unbleached? Not really a good thing to consume but it's better than white table sugar if you feel you must consume sugar.

    A:

    Not really a good thing to consume but it's better than white table sugar if you feel you must consume sugar.

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    Q: I'm doing the Full Body Cleanse and I have a few questions about it: I get tired of drinking just the distilled water and I'd like to drink the herbal teas, but I don't like it by itself. Would it mess things up to add a pack or two of Splenda to my tea or maybe honey? I can't stand the salads with the olive oil or apple cider vinegar or the lemon juice as dressing and it makes me gag. I have To have some sort of salad dressing. What kind would be suitable? Do I look for sugar-free? Or organic and natural? I found one that is organic and natural, but it has 3 grams of sugar in it. Without eating all my whole grained breads and other fiber, I haven't had much of a bowel movement in 3 days, should I wait a while yet? (I had surgery on my bowels and always had to take fiber tablets and eat lots of grains to get my bowels to move.) I haven't done the enemas yet, (low on money) should I try that? Or should I resume my fiber tablets I normally take? Any type of fiber I could add to my fruit smoothies in the morning? I want to also do the female cleanse. Is it ok to do that immediately after I finish the full body cleanse or should I wait for a little while? Thank you for all your help, I feel much better than I did before and I just started this detox a week ago, lost 10 pounds, too, woohoooooo! Thank you

    A:

    1. Instead of splenda, use agave, stevia, or grade b maple syrup as a sweetener.

    2. In re Salad Dressing, an organic and natural one is great. You can also check our website for salad dressing recipes.

    3. The fiber pills are not part of the cleanse, so we wouldn't advise those. Fruit is you best choice of fiber so look into eating more papaya, mango, figs, etc. And yes, colonics (and enemas) would greatly help you - undoubtedly!

    4. You can do the Female Cleanse right after you finish detoxing. There's no need to wait!

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    Q: What is your opinion on organic oatmeal?

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    I was never an oatmeal eater, but it's one of the best cereals one could eat.

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    Q: I am an underweight but healthy 26 year old female. I would like to maintain my weight and I use organic canned coconut milk in my grain hot cereal. Is canned organic coconut milk acidic? If so, what brands are alkaline?

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    Anything canned is going to be acidic. What ever you use for make, let it be raw. Raw coconut milk fresh from the coconut is alkaline.

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    Q: Lunch is organic salad dressing allowed or maybe fresh lemon juice and some extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) (cold pressed)

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    Organic salad dressing is a healthy alternative, but because they're bottled they usually contain preservatives to sustain their condition on store shelves. We recommend sticking to raw and fresh ingredients like using extra virgin olive oil as a base for homemade dressings. Adding apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, sea salts and other spices are common ingredients for homemade dressings.

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    Q: I have been battling endometriosis for several decades now and I hadn’t really found relief until I began educating myself and prescribing my own remedies…. conventional medicine seemed to be unable to help, save for surgery which only helped for a few months. I have recently experienced relief after learning to (avoid estrogenic foods, get rid of chemicals (perfumes, cleaning agents, sprays…), discontinuing relaxers and cosmetics, using natural deodorants, eating organic, eating raw foods, taking kosher supplements/vitamins that are bio-ready, refraining from sugar, drinking water, and so on…) …after a LOT of research and trial and error, I am beginning to feel better, though the progress comes at very slow intervals. My question to you is…how might I help the body clean the endometrial debris that may have attached itself in various places in the uterine area?

    A:

    KEEP GETTING EDUCATED! WE HAVE AN ARTICLE ON â€ENDOMETRIOSIS†ON OUR SITE UNDER ARTICLES THAT WILL BE HELPFUL. I RECOMMEND THE FOLLOWING DHERBS PRODUCTS: FULL BODY DETOXFULL BODY DETOX TOTAL WOMAN CLEANSETOTAL WOMAN CLEANSE After these kits, for maintenance: MOON CYCLE FORMULA FEMALE HEALTH TEA FEMALE HORMONAL FORMULA THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS DIET AND LIFESTYLE. KEEP DOING WHAT YOU'RE DOING. LOOK INTO YOGA, ACUPRESSURE, ETC.

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    Q: Can I have organic milk during the full body detox?

    A:

    The wording is clear: NO DAIRY products!!!!!!!! Milk is a dairy product!

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    Q: You mention in an article that your vitamins/minerals are phosphate (organic). I am confused. Phosphate is inorganic. Are you referring to organophosphates? Please explain why I should buy your magnesium phosphate or Vitamin C phosphate, they are inorganic?

    A:

    Phosphate is ORGANIC! Oxide is INORGANIC!

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    Q: You are absolutely right. I just read this e-mail but went to the market earlier and really had to look at myself. I have more money on my feet than I wanted to spend on what I put into myself. I am happy that I made that distinction and choose organic. Money is no option when it comes to my health anymore. Thanks for keeping it real. That?s exactly what I need! Today is my first day and I am extremely excited about living a different life. Ok, I'm ready to cleanse...again. I've decided to focus on cultivating my feminine self so I've purchased your Female Cleanse as a start. I have one question though. I was wondering if adding 15 minute sunbathing to the cleanse would be helpful? The sun appears to be quite healing so I thought it may complement the cleanse. Also, would it be unwise to start the cleanse if one is on their cycle?

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    Sunbathing won't hurt your cleanse. Not at all! And no, being on your menses also won't hurt or impair your cleanse.

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    A: All of our products are 100% all natural plant life herbs. We do not use any kind of unnatural ingredients including animal products, gluten, GMO, binders or fillers. 80% of the herbs we use are organic, the other 20% of herbs used in our products does not come in organic form.