We’ve made the decision that our traveling and fun lifestyle has to be put on hold while we save hardcore for the next year. We realized if we don’t start saving we could get stuck in England forever, and that’s definitely not ideal. It’s not ideal for a variety of reasons, one being that this is the weather almost every day of the year:
Yes, you are seeing that correctly. A big gray blanket of misery. Gray everywhere. Never too cold. Never too hot. Never much of anything.
Anyway, this financial decision also meant my food budget got cut despite my protests. I guess it’s fair to say I didn’t have a budget for food before. If I wanted it, I bought it. I felt (feel) that health shouldn’t be connected to a budget.
Needless to say, buying all organic is no longer an option for the Mitchell residence.
Adrian believes that if you aren’t going to buy all organic then it’s pointless to bother buying any organic. I disagree. I think you should do all you can to eliminate pesticides and fertilizers from your diet, even if that means cutting them by only 50%.
I’ve read that certain vegetables and fruits are worse than others in terms of contamination, so I did some research and found this list from organic.org on which are the most contaminated fruits and veg:
|12 Most Contaminated
12 Least Contaminated
From what I can tell this list seems to coincide with a lot of other things I’ve read concerning the contamination levels of these foods.
(Image from dailymail.co.uk)
In addition to trying to limit my organic spending to the most contaminated, I’m also buying far less meat. If I can’t buy meat that is humanely farmed and raised free of hormones and drugs then we won’t eat it.
We want to eat more healthfully anyway, so adding a lot more vegetarian options to our diet will be a good thing.
I tried going to our local farmers’ market to try to buy local but it was just awful. It was nothing like farmers’ markets I’ve been to in the US. All the food was clearly days old and starting to go bad, the meats weren’t displayed in a clean or safe manner and at one stand there was blood all over the back of one of the vans. We also ended up getting food poisoning from what I believe was a cheese we bought.
There are lots of markets throughout the city, but a few I’ve been to it’s no better than the supermarket because the food isn’t even from England. I’m sure that’s not the case for many, but I’ll have to find them.
Do you have a budget for food/organic food?