How To Start Going Organic

There are lots of reasons why people would switch to organic foods, maybe you have a family and want your kids to eat healthily, maybe you’re more conscious about making sustainable food choices, or you’re just looking to switch up your diet.

If you go on the Internet, there are lots of how-to’s or guides or videos on how to start going organic and it can be a little intimidating. Thankfully, you don’t have to change everything right away!

Continue reading for some tips on easing into eating organic foods!

 

What Is Organic Food?

 

 

To start, let’s define what organic food is. The term “organic” refers to how agricultural products are grown and processed. In general, organic crops are grown without the use of herbicides, pesticides, fertilisers, or bioengineered genes (GMOs).

How your food is grown or produced can have a major impact on your mental and emotional health as well as the environment. Organic foods often have more beneficial nutrients, such as antioxidants. Plus, it is often fresher because it doesn’t contain preservatives that make it last longer.

Organic meat and milk can be richer in certain nutrients. According to a 2021 review, there are higher numbers of health-promoting phytonutrients — natural compounds usually found in plant foods that work with other essential nutrients to promote good health.

 

Easing Into Organic Foods

 

 

Easing into eating organically will take some planning. Going all-in to changing your eating habits isn’t easy, and it’s better to take baby steps to change a fundamental part of your lifestyle.

 

Start with the food items you eat the most

To start easing into eating organically, start with the foods you use the most frequently in your kitchen. Rice and pasta are staples in just about every household. Switching them out to organic mixed rice and organic wheat pasta is already one step in making the switch to an organic eating lifestyle.

 

Switch up your favourite meals with organic ingredients

If you like eating sandwiches, try making a Japanese fruit sando (sandwich) for breakfast! Switch out to organic bread and add pieces of organic fruit such as strawberries, oranges, or kiwis, to your sandwich. Add some cream together with the fruits for an easy option to make the step to eating organic.

For a hearty meal for lunch or dinner, try making a creamy chicken penne pasta — with organic chicken, penne, and pasta sauce of choice. Feel free to switch out the protein to any that you prefer and add some organic vegetables to bump up the nutritional value!

And we know how hard it is to resist snacking in between meals! Try going for organic snack options such as healthy dried fruit or nuts, and even granola bars. Don’t be too hard on yourself for wanting to indulge and munch on some food from time to time. Reaching for organic snacks will help you stay on the right track to eating cleaner.

 

How to Eat Organically and Affordably

 

 

If you’re worried about what going organic will do to your budget, worry not. Eating organically on a budget is possible, and you don’t need to limit your food choices!

 

Buy frozen produce

Eating organic frozen produce is an easy way to make organic food affordable. Frozen fruits and veggies are picked in their prime and flash-frozen right away, keeping their nutrients and flavour intact.

According to Fatima Hachem, Senior Nutrition Officer at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation, frozen foods have more vitamins and minerals compared to fresh because fresh foods lose vitamins and minerals over time while freezing preserves nutrients.

 

Grow your own

Growing your own organic produce doesn’t require a garden and takes little effort to grow a few pots of your favourite herbs and vegetables. You can place little pots on your windowsills or anywhere near a source of sunlight.

Start with herbs as they take up little room. Try up-cycling your empty egg boxes into planters for seedlings and using old plastic bottles for plant pots.

 

Eat Seasonally

Eating seasonally is an easy way to eat organically while also going easy on your wallet and also reducing the carbon footprint of your diet. Organic produce becomes way more expensive to buy when they’re not in season as importing it requires a huge amount of energy.

A little tip is if you have the freezer space for it, stock up on seasonal produce when it’s in season and freeze them!

 

One Step at a Time to Eating Healthily

 

 

As you can see, going organic doesn’t need to be something overwhelming, and it doesn’t need to be an “all or nothing”. An organic lifestyle can look different to different people, and it’s okay to not be perfect in eating organic every day, as long as you do the best you can.

All it takes is some baby steps to push yourself in the right direction of eating organically!