YOUR NEXT STEPS
How to Get Started on a New Approach to Food
- If you’re feeling inspired, NOW is the time to make a change. The stories of transformation in the film are POWERFUL. We invite you to start making your own transformation today.
- Go at your own pace. You may be the type of person to clean out everything in the kitchen right away and replace it all with 100% organic food. If so, great! Or you may want to transition more slowly, replacing a few items at a time. Whichever route you take, do what feels manageable to you, and create a sustainable way of eating and feeding the people you cook for.
- Remember the hidden costs of chemically farmed, non-organic food. So-called conventional food may be cheaper than organic, but often it has fewer nutrients. As a result, you may find yourself eating more because it may not be as satisfying. This may lead to overeating, weight gain and digestive issues. Also, toxins in the food may lead to chronic conditions that ring up expensive medical bills. Therefore, many people find that they save money in the long run by eating organic food, since they often find they eat less, feel better, and have lower medical bills.
- Make it social – cook with others. Have fun in the kitchen, turn on some music and make it a party – and invite friends over to cook along with you and share an organic meal together. Feeling healthy tends to make things more fun for everyone.
- Get Involved. We are building a community of people who care about the food we eat so please join us – the more we work together, the more we can accomplish. We’ll be sharing action steps, helpful tips, and scientific information all the time, so be sure to sign up to receive updates.
Five Strategies for Switching to Organic
People take various approaches when switching to eating all organic food. Start with an approach that works for you and build on from there.
- Change the food you eat most frequently. Whatever food you eat the most – switch that food to organic. If you eat a lot of rice, make sure you buy organic rice; if you eat a lot of salads make sure all your salad fixings are organic, including the dressings; if corn tortillas are part of every meal, then switch to organic tortillas. Once you’ve switched the main food that you eat to organic, then you can build from there, switching the second thing you eat the most, then the third, etc., and you’re on your way!
- Eliminate GMOs. Focus on eliminating anything with genetically modified organisms or GMOs. Corn, soy, canola oil, alfalfa, cotton seed oil, and sugar (made from beet sugar) are the main GMO crops. Try to find organic options, and it you can’t, at least find non-GMO alternatives. Remember, since alfalfa, corn and soy are often fed to conventional livestock, choosing organic dairy and meat is an important step in eliminating GMOs.
- Eliminate foods most sprayed with Roundup. The main GMOs (above) are all sprayed with Roundup, but Roundup is also sprayed on cereals, legumes, lentils and other crops. Oats have among the highest Roundup residues, so definitely switch to organic oatmeal and other cereal. Wheat is also sprayed, so switching to organic bread, pasta, and wheat-based snacks is an important step. Remember, just because something is ‘gluten free’ doesn’t mean it’s free of Roundup – so it’s best to choose organic.
- Look out for hidden ingredients. By switching your sauces and condiments to organic – such as soy sauce, ketchup, mayonnaise, salad dressings and other processed condiments – you can avoid a lot of hidden GMOs. For example, canola oil is used in many salad dressings, but most canola is GMO and sprayed with Roundup – so it’s best to choose organic.
- Do whatever is Easiest. There are often organic foods that are easy to find and inexpensive. Perhaps they are on sale, or abundant in your area, or well stocked at your local farmers market. Start with whatever is easiest and build from there. The important thing is to get started and try to make progress each shopping trip. Keep Going!
How to Eat Organic on a Budget
- Cook for yourself using fresh ingredients. Processed foods are often more expensive than food that you prepare yourself. One of the easiest ways to save money is to cook for yourself from scratch, as opposed to either eating out or eating processed foods. This does take some of your time and energy, but the rewards in terms of better energy and health will out way your investment.
- Look for deals. Look for rewards, coupons and other specials at your local grocery store or health food store. Find out about special discount days, such as senior days or first Saturdays. Buy food from the bulk bins – and store in glass containers.
- Grow your own food. Ferment your own vegetables. When you grow your own food you have the full knowledge of where the seeds came from and how it’s been cultivated. Initial investments in starting a garden can be significant, but once it’s going it’s more an investment of time and energy than money – and it can be a great way to get outside every day, especially with kids who love to help in the garden. Fermented vegetables support healthy gut bacteria and are super easy to make at home for a fraction of the cost of store-bought sauerkraut or other fermented foods.
- Consider a new perspective: Think of the grocery store as a place to save your health, rather than your money. Cheap food may seem convenient, but it can take an expensive toll in the long run. What is more valuable than good health? It’s what we all want for ourselves and our families. Try saving elsewhere and spending more on what matters most.
Where to buy organic and non-GMO foods
- Join a food co-op or a CSA. Community Supported Agriculture or CSA is a program that allows people to buy shares of food grown by local farmers. People usually get a box of food 2-4 times per month, and they can often be delivered in metropolitan areas. The overall price of food is much lower than you’d find in stores – and it’s a great way to support local farmers and make new friends.
- Support your local natural food store. Local natural food stores usually buy produce from local organic farmers whenever possible. Many of these store owners have been a part of the organic food industry for years, and they’ve dedicated themselves to helping to make organic more affordable for everyone. Every dollar you spend with them helps the organic movement.
- At the same time, be discerning and read signs and labels. Don’t assume that because you are in a store that proclaims to be natural and healthy that all the food is organic. Whole Foods, for example, sells a lot of conventional produce that is sprayed with toxic synthetic pesticides. Natural Grocers, however, sells 100% organic produce in its more than 150 stores in the United States. Look for the stick-on labels on supermarket produce. On each product there is a sticker with a 5-digit code called a PLU code (price look-up code). If the code has 5 digits, starting with the number 9, then it’s organic. So, when you’re shopping in the produce section, just look for codes starting with the number 9 and you’re good to go!
- Shop at Farmers Markets. Farmers markets provide you with foods grown locally and in season. Typically, these foods are fresher and less expensive than organic produce in grocery stores. Although not all farmers are certified organic (because it’s quite expensive for small farmers) many of them still use organic farming practices. The best thing to do is ask, “Do you spray your crops with Roundup or other synthetic pesticides?” They’re usually happy to explain their farming practices to customers.
- Shop online. Online health food stores are popping up to provide food for people who live in “food deserts” where they cannot get high quality food nearby. Thrive Market and Azure Standard, for example, offer a wide variety of organic foods, including grass fed meat. A quick web search will show you many options.
- Look for organic food at any store: You might be surprised to discover how much organic food is now available at places like Trader Joe’s, Safeway, and even Target or Walmart. Did you know that Costco is the largest supplier of organic foods in the US? Costco provides both fresh foods (vegetables, eggs, meats) and dry goods (power bars, nuts, oils, seaweed, etc.) that are non-GMO certified and/or organic, all at significant discounts.
- Remember – we vote with our dollars. The more we choose organic the more farmers and stores will supply it. Keep choosing organic!
Tell your friends! The best way to inspire others is to encourage them to see the film for themselves. Often our friends and family will be more receptive to new information from an expert source than they will be from family or friends. You don’t need to try to convince anyone to switch to organic foods on your own. Just encourage people to see the film and then ask them what they thought about it – it will definitely start a conversation.
Say it in your Own Words. Please use the tools below to share with your friends and communities – and feel free to customize the wording. Your friends are more likely to pay attention to an email or post if it’s personalized – so feel free to re-word it and add a personal touch to the note to make them know it’s definitely from you.
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I just watched this incredible film called Secret Ingredients, and I really want you to see it. Check out the trailer: https://SecretIngredientsMovie.com.
It’s all about the hidden ingredients in our food like GMOs and Roundup herbicide, which is sprayed on GMO corn and soy – but also on other products like wheat and rice and other crops.
The film follows dramatic stories of people who recover from lots of serious conditions when they switch to an organic diet. The main family alone had an amazing story – but I don’t want to give it away.
You just have to see this film.
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I just watched this incredible new film called Secret Ingredients, and I really want you to see it, too. You can watch the trailer here: https://SecretIngredientsMovie.com. In this film I learned about the hidden ingredients in common foods that are harming us without our knowledge. The film follows families and individuals who recover from numerous serious and chronic conditions when they switch to an organic diet. One family alone, for example, recovered from more than 20 conditions. If you’ve got a health challenge or just want optimal health, you have got to see this film.
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