Happy New Year!!! I sincerely hope 2019 brings you a desire to eat especially more whole foods than processed foods, along with the skills to prepare your healthy whole food choices! You’ll save money by buying produce that’s in season too. If you have more than enough money for your own basic shopping needs, you
could always donate to the Rhode Island Food Bank for those that are struggling. https://rifoodbank.org
By the way, if you don’t think you have the skills to prepare a good whole foods meal; think again; it’s not that hard or that expensive, especially if you plan ahead and use the K.I.S.S. method. Keep it Simple Stunod (not an acceptable scrabble word, no matter how you spell it, stoonad).
If you need to follow a recipe, find one with 3-5 ingredients. Our daily diet needs to be REALISTIC with plenty of plant based WHOLE FOODS in the lineup. Fiber keeps the engine running smooth and steady.
Meat, fish and chicken are the most expensive items in the market so you may want to eat less animal products to save money. A friend and client I see named, Grinchy spends $100 a week to feed herself and her husband 3 meals and 2-3 snacks each per day. When Grinchy shops, she skips the expensive animal proteins and spends their money on ORGANIC grains, fruits, vegetables, eggs, and cheese, hoping to avoid any toxic chemicals and hormones that get into the food. Grinchy gets plenty of protein from plant foods and dairy…non-heme iron in plants is better absorbed as well, especially when you eat some foods with vitamin C like fruits!
Whether ORGANIC or non-ORGANIC, many chronic diseases can be avoided by eating a plant based diet as outlined in Dean Ornish’s new book https://www.ornish.com/undo-it/. Grinchy’s motivation for plant based and organic is not only self love but also to keep her husband alive and well even with a chronic illness(after all, Joe makes her lunches)! Grinchy and Joe both know: ‘you are what you eat…so know what you’re eating!’
Why choose organic??? Grinchy decided long ago she wanted her mind/body to stay as clean as possible and that the extra money spent on organic was worth it…she’s right! Eating organic will mean Grinchy gets half as much exposure to pesticides as someone eating conventional but then again, non-organic foods fall well below EPA standards. Both choices are safe; although, have you ever gotten suspicious when you saw an overly large non-ORGANIC apple in the supermarket?
Even the Environmental Working Group who publishes the ‘Dirty Dozen’ list when asked, “Should we eat more fruits and vegetables?” the EWG says, “The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure. Eating conventionally grown products is far better than skipping fruits and vegetables.” Evidence based information is better than fear…continue your reading here https://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/040715p40.shtml
Don’t be afraid to EAT, it’s more dangerous not to eat. We have the safest food supply in the world! Eat your fruits and vegetables, organic or non-organic, like your mama told you, that along with less fat and little to NO animal products and you will be healthier in 2019 stunad!