I’ve told you about our efforts to start thinking more about the foods we’re buying and eating in an attempt to make better, smarter choices. Grocery shopping has turned into somewhat of a game – searching for new organic products to try, reading labels to find the foods made with only ingredients we can pronounce, trying to find meats free of added hormones from farms that treat their animals humanely.
While we want to start carving a path to doing the right thing, Joey and I aren’t ones for extremes, so we’ve adopted our 80/20 rule. Try and buy at least 80% of products that fit in with our new goals, and don’t kick ourselves too hard for the 20% that don’t. For example – I have a real hard time stomaching 8 bucks for a small, frozen, organic pizza when the other brands are selling theirs at 2 for $7. So enjoying the occasional frozen pizza falls into our 20%.
Here are some easy tips from Hungry for Change you can incorporate into your routine that can impact our food system:
- Meatless Mondays—Go without meat one day a week.
- Buy organic or sustainable food with little or no pesticides.
- Protect family farms; visit your local farmer’s market.
- Make a point to know where your food comes from—READ LABELS.
- Stop drinking sodas and other sweetened beverages.
I’m still working my way up to the soda one. My next goal is to visit a couple of the ‘natural’ food stores near our house to check out their selection. Will let you know what I find.