Does the thought of going to the grocery store leave you in a cold sweat? We know...the aisles are littered with deceptive marketing tactics, word-scams, and the sheer number of choices can make your head spin. It's no wonder the average person "gives-up" (for lack of a better word) and purchases the first things they see in the category of products they are looking for or falls for some of the above mentioned scams (i.e. "healthy," "natural," and "enriched" to name a few. Here are a few key things to remember when trying to "take your power back."
- Stop buying all non-organic processed foods. Instead, build your diet around whole, unprocessed foods, especially raw fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats from coconut oil, avocadoes, organic pastured meat, dairy and eggs, and raw nuts
- Buy most of your foods from your local farmer's market and/or organic farm
- Cook most or all your meals at home using whole, organic ingredients
- Frequent restaurants that serve organic, cooked-from-scratch, local food. Many restaurants, especially chain restaurants (Chipotlé is a rare exception), use processed foods made by GMA members for their meals
- Buy only heirloom, open-pollinated, and/or organic seeds for your garden. This includes both decorative plants and edibles
- Boycott all lawn and garden chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides, etc.) unless they are "OMRI Approved," which means they are allowed in organic production. If you use a lawn service, make sure they're using OMRI Approved products as well
- Become an avid label reader. If you see something on a label and do not know what it is, no matter what it is, don't buy it
- Join the Organic Consumers Association's new campaign, "Buy Organic Brands that Support Your Right to Know"
*credit to www.mercola.com for the list