So I recently walked to the supermarket with my neighborhood pal who’s a veteran and a classically trained chef. While inside, he gave me some tips on what to buy and what not to buy.
Most important lesson learned? The need to buy organic poultry and red meats.
Do this: head to the poultry section. Take a look at the size of a whole chicken for sale. Now compare that to the size of an organic whole chicken for sale. You’ll see how big (and buff!) the non-organic chicken is. Hint: chickens aren’t supposed to be that big, nor are they ever that big naturally! Our industry injects them full of growth and fat hormones to make them bigger (bigger = more to sell which means more $). When you eat this chicken, you’re then taking in all the antibiotics and hormones with which that chicken has been ingested. This is why we now have, for instance, girls going through puberty at much earlier ages and/or folks gaining weight inexplicably (the same way those additives make the chicken fatter, they’ll make you fatter).
It’s not just the health aspects — it’s about taste! Buy some small organic steaks and try it out — your taste buds will realize the difference instantly!
Granted, the problem is organics are costly. Most folks can’t afford to exclusively buy organic food — I know I can’t! So the best route is to buy less and buy ‘smart.’
Buying less: For instance, it’s better to buy only half a pound of chicken breast (but organic) than a whole pound of non-organic. How? Learn to rethink your chicken or beef portions. Add more carbohydrates and vegetables to your plate, and less meat. Consider a European meal: it’s not a huge serving of meat, as we Americans are used to. Condition yourself into eating a smaller serving — not only is it healthier but you’ll need to buy and spend less! Rethink the modern-day frame of mind that chicken and meat are to be eaten every day, even twice a day. Modern man is the first to eat meat this much and this often — and yet due to the industry’s mass production, it’s not uncommon to see folks eat bacon in the morning, a burrito for lunch, and a fried chicken dinner!
Buying smart: check sale prices. Organics in your neighborhood supermarket are often on sale — sometimes, with the sale price, it’s only about 50 cents more per pound than the non-organic, which suddenly makes it quite affordable.
Fruits and veggies? Some are worth the extra cost of the organic — but some aren’t! There are endless articles online on this: here are two >>> Organic foods that are worth it vs organic foods that aren’t!
Happy grocery shopping!