I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while. Healthy living has been in the forefront of our minds (as a couple and now a family) for almost 3 years when we stopped buying meat and produce in grocery stores and found local farms to shop at instead. We were lucky because while living in Newburyport we had a great spot right down the road. At the time, we didn’t stop shopping at grocery stores because we had a big epiphany (that came later) we simply opted to go to the farm because it had everything we needed and we thought it was a cool place. We didn’t fully decide to eat an almost processed free life until we had our baby. And because let’s be honest, there is a lot of information out there and to be informed you have to do the research. It’s work, straight up. Consumerism and the mass production of food has made it incredibly easy for us to overlook confusing packaging and buy things that might seem OK but aren’t. I’m not trying to sound pretentious and I don’t want to push my lifestyle on anyone. I don’t think you are wrong if you don’t buy organic. I’m not a better person/mother/wife than anyone. And I still eat processed things sometimes, I just go the extra mile to find options that I think are better. I’ve made a choice and that’s all it really comes down to.
To get started you have to decide what you want to take on first. There are so many different ways to go about “clean living” and so many different opinions. If you try to take on everything at once you’ll get overwhelmed and not to mention a hit to your wallet. Use up what you have (whatever it may be) and then make a better choice the next time you need to purchase it. For us taking on food was the easiest to begin with. I have to say having a husband who was just as invested in the process (if not more so in some ways) was a tremendous help. We started by going through the refrigerator, reading labels and tossing out sketchy things. The majority of our products had to go. We decided that the bulk of our diet would be organic meat and produce and the things that didn’t fit into that category had to have the certified organic label on it. I’ve learned that labels aren’t always regulated and companies can use tag lines like “all natural” when it’s loaded with questionable ingredients. The certified organic label gives us peace of mind. Some people think the idea of going green or eating organic is far-fetched and a racket, my father being one of them. I always think about cigarettes and tobacco. It wasn’t that long ago that people didn’t know that smoking cigarettes was bad for you. What if food is that thing now? What if generations from now they are scratching their heads asking how it happened.