To be Organic or Not to Be Organic By Karnivore Kayla

The most interesting thing I’ve learned from going paleo was pretty much the same lesson I learned when I told people my favorite band was Green Day.

 

Kayla: Green Day is my favorite band.

Mouth-breather: They’re such sell-outs. The only good album they produced was “Dookie”.

 

Later in life…

 

Mouth-breather: What kind of toast would you like with your scramble?

Kayla: No toast, thank you though.

Mouth-breather: Are you on that Paleo diet or something? I tried that once but it was WAY too expensive.

 

I’m so intrigued that folks have such passion and extra energy to basically tell me that I have terrible taste in music and that I must be deaf, and that I am also a rich health snob that only goes to restaurants just so I can turn them down when offered a basket of bread.

 

From this experience, I also learned not to ever say “paleo” again, but rather “eating clean”.

 

My rant is over now. I just wanted to make the point that “eating clean” is not expensive. Yeah, I mean, if you’re buying all the “paleo” bars and treats and nut butters galore, then yes, it’s probably going to be on the pricey-er side. Vegetables are not expensive. The most expensive thing you’re going to have to purchase is meat and good-quality eggs. (Seriously, spend the extra dough on good eggs. Don’t know what good eggs are? I wrote an entire post about it.)

 

The other thing is you have to be smart about where you buy groceries. Costco is a great place to start because you can buy coconut, avocado, and olive oil in bulk, 2 dozen pasture-raised eggs for $6.99, organic meats, and they have a good selection of produce. Can’t eat a flat of blueberries on your own without them rotting? Get them in the frozen section. Don’t have a Costco card? Use thrivemarket.com . You do not even have to put pants on. Just order your nuts and seeds spices and oils and sauces online.

Trader Joe’s, also a great option. Yes, you’re probably going to increase your carbon footprint by tons because of the amount of plastic you will be buying, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

 

I said before in my last post that not everything needs to be perfectly organic. The “Dirty Dozen” is a list of fruits and vegetables that test highest for most pesticide use. They are as follows:

 

Apples

Celery

Strawberries

Cucumbers

Spinach

Nectarines/Peaches

Grapes

Bell Peppers

Potatoes

Blueberries

Lettuce

Kale/Collards

 

The “Clean Fifteen” refers to a list of produce that bore little to no traces of pesticide use and are safe to consume in non-organic form:

 

Onions

Pineapples

Avocado

Asparagus

Mangoes

Eggplant

Cantaloupe

Kiwi

Cabbage

Watermelon

Sweet Potatoes

Grapefruit

Mushrooms

 

I realize that there are only 13 on that list. I omitted ‘Sweet Corn’ and ‘Sweet Peas’ because both of those are not part of Whole30. Why? Corn is a grain, peas are a legume.

 

Basically if you cannot remember what’s on the list of “dirty dozen”, just try to think that anything that does not have some sort of rind or that you can eat as it, is probably best if bought organic.

 

Also, if someone ever has the nerve to tell you that eating clean is too expensive, you are immediately permitted to fire back with a snide remark about how you’ll probably have to spend your own riches paying their medical bills.