Going fully organic on a small budget.

Recently I was introduced to this documentary by Azure Standard. They sent this around to their customers and I love documentaries on health and nutrition so I eagerly rented it on Amazon and watched the entire thing over coffee. I then had my husband watch it. After which we both discussed and came to the decision that we would go fully organic. Amen.

Now, I have known that GMO’s were not good and that organic is the best for us, but the cost is sometimes a bummer and then you have the old fashioned folks that poo poo it all and say, “just wash the produce well and it’s fine.” We also hear the conspiracy theory folks that say “It’s all a lie!” That organic isn’t really organic and so on, however, let us not forget that the job of a conspiracy theory person or a paranoid person is to discount everything good.

I have been working on cutting down cost, trimming budgets, reducing waste, shrinking the grocery envelope…and that meant that organic wasn’t always on the list. I did try to stay with non-GMO.

Now that I’ve seen this documentary I can NOT be convinced any other way but to commit to organic forever and fully over time.

There are stories of breast cancer survivors, children that had severe autism, a family of five with 21 chronic diseases between them all…

And once they went fully organic, non-GMO within six months all the diseases were gone or undetectable, the children with autism recovered fully to be normal children, cancer disappeared, infertility was made fertile and so on.

If you care about the health of your family, partner, self…I suggest spending the $3.99 or $4.99 to watch this and have the whole family watch.

I won’t go into the gory details but GMO’s are unnatural and a LOT of Round-Up is used with them. The Monsanto company created the GMO’s to use the Round Up because it is a chemical company so why not make a seed perfect for your spray. Glyphosate is another synthetic pesticide used in abundance and both of these chemicals are now linked to all sorts of cancers.

Round-Up has been tangled up in several lawsuits proving that it is cancer causing and Glyphosate was used to clean out the build-up in metal pipes (I may be wrong and will have to rewatch the documentary, but I know one of the chemicals they use in our food is a metal pipe cleaner…yuck).

The smartest thing to do is buy organic and then you avoid the synthetic pesticides linked to cancers, ALS, Autism, infertility, and chronic diseases and you will avoid GMO’s. If you buy non-GMO’s they are still allowed the pesticides.

Watch the movie and then make up your own mind.

When you do decide to go organic, it doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time and but it isn’t that hard. You are eating similar foods but there are different ingredients, as one woman put it. You go from chemical laden cake to organic cake, factory chicken to hormone/antibiotic free chicken, to organic produce and organic snacks.

How can one afford this with a small budget? I’m not going to lie, you may have to dig deeper in the pockets but here is what we are doing to afford it.

I’m placing my first order with Azure Standard. This is a company that sells organics and in bulk. You just have to make sure there is a drop off location in your town because you’ll be picking up the order.

Thrive is an online health food company that has reduced cost.  Brandless is another way to buy organics at smaller prices, I believe everything is $3.

Azurestandard.com, Thrive.com, Brandless.com. 

These companies online will help with the transition. Now, I also belong to a coop where I order in bulk at reduced cost and receive discounts every other month.

Another way I help pay this organic tab is to cook everything I can from scratch. I buy produce that is in season and local and we eat very little meat and dairy, sometimes none for lengths of time which is easy for us as we have been almost vegan for up to a year at a time and I’ve learned to “veganize” all sorts of dishes.

My pantries are stocked with organic flours, rice, potatoes, oats, nuts, seasonings, beans, fruits, vegetables, and so on. With these seeming boring foods, I can create cakes, pancakes, breads, tortillas, french fries, veggie burgers, burritos…once you learn to cook from scratch a new world opens up in your kitchen.

The other way I’m working on the offset of cost is to grow as much of my own organic food. I have planted something like twenty fruit and nut trees, table grape vines, and two kitchen gardens were once lay a grass lawn. My yards look all the more charming with the lush gardens and bird feeders and baths instead of boring crabgrass.

On Fridays, the father works a double shift and the boys and I have “junk food and movie night”.  At first, we had sugar free ice cream and cookies but then I got to thinkin’ (this was before the movie) and all that chemical fake sugar other chemicals…no, not good. So, the next weekend we went hog wild at the health food store but too much sugar even if it is organic cane sugar. This weekend we toned it down with some quality chocolate, a huge watermelon and some of Barbara’s cheese puffs, along with my homemade organic veggie pizza.

It’s a lifestyle transformation but it is one that will ensure a healthy future and clear up issues of poor health now. It may or may not take time. I know we will probably use up what we have and replace it all with organics as we go.

Enjoy the movie because it will open your eyes and change your life. I am eager to hear back from all of you on the positive changes you’ll be making afterward.

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10 thoughts on “Going fully organic on a small budget.

    1. Kate, I need to apologize to you for calling you out on the load of laundry you had to do and not conserving energy and water. I later saw some vids you did and saw your clothes line in the yard. I am so sorry for my comment and hope you forgive me. I do so love your vids and I have tried to turn my kitchen into yours.

      Faye Faraldo

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      1. Lol, Faye, that is beautiful of you, but I have NO recollection of this. Now, I used to do laundry once a week and now I do it every other day, but I have an HE washer and it only uses very little water so it doesn’t matter how big or small, I only use the water it needs. Make sense? And I find that the large loads don’t get clean because it’s so stingy with the water. Small loads get clean so I just break it up. I’m pretty anal about water and conservations, believe me. xoxoxo

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  1. I find it very difficult here when looking for non-gmo produce . Labeling here is not mandatory. I do try to buy as best I can . My own opinion on GMO has always been of the mind that it should never have been aloud to happen.
    I will be trying to do more of my own canning by using locally grown produce that isn’t GMO. Spring has only just started here and so I am waiting for new produce to hit the shelves at the farmers market soon. I also found a U-pick further down into the valley and hope to find lots of bargains there as things come into season.

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  2. I cook almost everything from scratch now with the exception of a box or two of flavored rice mixes (which I think Little Village Homestead may have a homemade version of) and shredded wheat cereal. I am sure there are more things but nothing comes to mind right now. I cook basically simple things (which I believe is the key to cutting down on expenses). I think I will buy a thing or two organic each shopping haul to ease into totally organic; that will be the least expensive way for me. Our veggies are organic as we garden. Thanks for sharing your journey and the Azure, Thrive and Brandless links. I will check them out now!

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  3. One of my friends, believes that FDA approved food poisoning, along with restricted access to medical care, is a quiet, but carefully thought out long-term effort to limit the population, boost pharm and medical profits, and reduce the number of people who reach old age in order to cut down future expenditures for Medicare and Social Security. Sometimes, I do wonder if she is correct, because many things are approved which are clearly toxic. Sugar: The Bitter Truth, is another ground-breaking video you can watch for free on YouTube–showing collusion between the government and food producers with extremely detrimental effects on the health of the general population.

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