I recently graduated from college and started my own business. I dont have much money now but my health is so important to me so I started eating HCLF Raw Vegan. Its totally worth it! I found ways to make it work. I got a membership at Costco and am buying in bulk but now I've started to think: I'm not buying any of that stuff organic. If I'm eating such high quantity of fruit it may be bad if its not organic. But, I dont know if I can afford organic. Just now I came back from Costco and spent 116 dollars! I was just there last Thursday and spent close to a hundred. I go to the store every day to buy bananas so that they are ripening and of course end up buying other fruits as well so I'm spending 10-20 dollars daily. Thats already close to 300 dollars in just a week. AND its all on conventionally grown produce. It worries me! I want to live this way but am I doing more harm than good? Please give me some suggestions or your experiences on this diet. Do you all eat organic? How do you make this work without busting the bank? Should I be worried that for the past 2 weeks I've consumed such a high quantity of non organic produce? A lot of it has been things with a peel like bananas, pineapples, melons, mangos but I've also been eating a crapload of tomatoes because they have them in bulk at Costco. Any advice, tips or experiences shared would be greatly appreciated!
Well, I'm still fairly new to this lifestyle but my experience so far has been ...
Go with organic as much as possible (2 weeks ago I had non-organic melons, papayas and mangoes, and it really affected my body ... however I'm generally very sensitive).
I'm not sure removing the skins from non-organic fruits helps a great deal as the pesticides etc are absorbed through the roots as they grow. Still, non-organic fruit is probably better than most cooked foods.
I have been doing mono-meals of bananas the past week, buying 2 cases of bananas at $25 each ... so just $50 per week, plus I'm going to buy some lettuce to get extra minerals in (and help with sugar release).
Hope this helps!
With love, DJ
Also, remember ... what you believe you create ... so if you fear non-organic foods this mentality can be just as powerful as the pesticides themselves ... instead, you can go into love and gratitude for the food (bless it) and transform/transmute the energy (yogi stylee!). This is what I'm moving towards :)
With love, DJ
I love that! Its funny you say that too because I was eating some non organic cherry tomatoes and my boyfriend was talking about how if I'm going to be eating such large quantities of fruits and veggies then I should try to buy organic. As soon as he said that I started thinking about it and actually started to feel a bit nauseous, as if my thinking about eating non organic while eating it made my mind believe that I was feeling sick. Awesome advice on the gratitude :)
Yes! bananas have been a big thing for me lately. They are lifesavers. where do you buy them by the case?
I use an app on my iPhone called "The Dirty Dozen". It basically lists what fruits and vegetables are the "worst" and the "best" as far as pesticides are concerned. For example apples are the #1 worst fruit for pesticides so those you MUST purchase organic, etc. etc.
"Safe" to eat are referred to as "The Clean 15"
thats awesome! thanks for sharing with me. very helpful!
I also have a Costco account but I buy my fruit at several stores to stick to a budget. I buy organic bananas at wholefoods for about 30 bux. The boxes are about 40 pounds of bananas. If you can find a sweet deal like that and buy a couple banana boxes ... then you can buy the other items you need to supplement your diet. I also try to spot deals in flyers at local stores to pick up produce. At Cosco they have organic baby spinach. And I also buy a bag of organic frozen berries to make smoothies. In the end you may have to stop by a few places to get what you need. Per week I don't have a lot of variation, but if you buy things on sale/in season your diet will be varied. Another way to pump up calories is to invest in a box of dates. Good luck!
I usually go to Whole Foods, a regular grocery store and Costco. How long does the case of bananas last you? this is all very helpful! Where can you buy raw organic dates? I havent been able to find them in bulk
I eat anywhere from 12 to 20 bananas a day and I had enough to last me about 5 to 6 days. I sort of ration them to last a week! LOL
So basically, by buying non-organic produce we are supporting the practice of topsoil degradation, mineral loss, pumping millions of gallons of harmful chemicals into the earth, the dead zone in the gulf of mexico that supports no aquatic life whatsoever, etc etc etc.
That being said, many of us cannot afford to buy 100% organic produce all of the time. For instance, around here there are no good wholesalers (that I've found) and organic mangos are $2.99 EACH at the moment whereas conventionals tend to be $1.00 each. Etc etc. So I buy 1-2 organic mangoes and 10 conventionals.
The organic stuff should be the stuff with thin skins or the stuff where you eat the skins. Also citrus tends to be very high-spray. Use good judgement.
ANOTHER thing to think about is that organic produce is MUCH higher in all nutrients than chemical produce. So even if you are used to buying conventional bananas because they're $20/case and you can't afford much more, buy a case of organic once in a while so that you are getting some more nutrients.
Don't buy any non-organic greens.
great tip! You make some really good points. I'd really like to buy organic but the wholesale place I go to doesnt really have organic in bulk. I feel like if I tried to buy anything other than bananas in bulk organic it would be really expensive.
I would say about 1/3 to 1/2 of my diet is organic and that's how I try and keep it. I definitely pay a little more for the organic bananas, but things like organic dates and lettuce aren't that huge of a deal.
I buy about 2 cases of conventional bananas and 1 case of organic for about $70 bucks. I get the two cases of conventional from trader joes for $19 a case and I get the organic at a wholefoods store for about $30.
Definitely do not stress over staying 100% organic and always try to be vigilant with local flyers from grocery stores and try to find produce stands in your area.