So you’ve decided that organic is it! You’re going to go – as some say – “all in.” All organic, all the time.
This could work, especially if you’re single and don’t have to worry about other family members’ desires and goals. But whether you’re single or part of an eight-member family, going all in right away could still be difficult.
We’ve put together a short list of things you will want to consider before jumping whole hog into an organic lifestyle. Take a look below.
- Organic food is more expensive than standard food. Can your food budget afford the extra cost?
Take a look at you current food budget and then compare it to the costs of eating the same items as organic food. Some things will disappear from your food budget – processed snacks, perhaps – but could be replaced by more fruits and vegetables. You already may purchase fruits and vegetables, of course, but organic produce will cost you more. Couple that with the fact that you may end up buying more of the more expensive fruit/vegetables to replace the produced foods.
Your family probably may become healthier in the long run as everyone eats an organic diet, but can your budget afford the new, higher cost in the short run?
- Organic produce doesn’t look as “pretty” as standard-grown produce.
Bananas, for example, can be small and black-ish appearing. Apples aren’t as vibrantly red or green as you – or your five-year-old – are used to. Can you get over your possible aversion to the “ugly” food? Can you handle an unhappy five-year-old who refuses to eat “that yucky banana!”?
- Are you willing to listen politely to those who disagree with or don’t understand your decision?
There will be naysayers! Once you state you eat only organic, be ready for the pushback from people who love you – and even complete strangers. Everyone has an opinion.
You also may be teased by friends: “I’d love to have your over for dinner but I know you eat only organic. But could you make an exception just for me? Otherwise, I’ll have to go find a grass-fed steer to slay for you. (Wink, wink.)”
- How much does “all in” mean?
Will you only eat organic food all the time, every time, no matter what? Or will you allow yourself some leeway? If so, what constitutes a time to give yourself a pass to eat non-organic food?
Most people find it pretty much impossible to eat organic food all the time. Eating out with friends for example: what happens if they decide to eat at a spot that has no organic food? What will you do? Vacations? Business trips? Staying over at a friends’ home?
Will you feel comfortable asking “what restaurant?” and then turning the chance to go out down? What if doing so hurts your friends’ feelings? Will they see you as judgmental?
These are all things you should think about ahead of time. Start thinking of how you’ll handle possible challenging situations before they come up.