Thursday, January 5, 2012

Eating Organic - Almost 90%

It's been a journey for us as we've gradually switched over to organic foods.  In the past few months, we finally made the switch to organic meat and cheese.  It was the most expensive switch but one that I think was the most important.  We immediately noticed the better taste and quality, especially with the grass-fed beef and cheese!

We are now about 90% organic and eating meat only on weekends has really improved our digestive systems and eased this all into our budget as well.  However, we still crave a hamburger occasionally and get take-out, but I want to keep that to 1-2 times a month.

We have learned a lot during the past few years of this transition and one is that we can no longer eat hot dogs without ill effects!  I also can no longer eat sandwich meat without getting intestinal issues.  I can however stomach the no-nitrate/nitrite, natural sandwich meat but we rarely eat it.  My daughter gets sick every time she gets a hot dog or corn dog seemingly anywhere, so we have just eliminated them from her diet.

The most expensive switch was the cheese.  Here is the cost rundown:

Non-organic cheddar = 20 cents per ounce
Organic, grass-fed cheddar = 34 cents per ounce

Non-organic mozzarella = 19 cents per ounce
Organic, grass-fed mozzarella = 44 cents per ounce

You will find that the biggest expense in eating organic, is generally the animal products, but it is also the most advantageous for your health.  If only man would leave what God created alone and quit trying to make a fast buck, we would all only be eating normal, God-intended grass-eating cows lol!  Oh but no, man wants to be rich and decides to shoot up the cows with growth hormones and feed them corn - which cows were not made by God to eat and they can't digest it - so they get sick.  Then man injects the cows with antibiotics because MAN made the cow eat something God didn't intend it to eat.  You see the problem here right?  It's time to get back to common sense.

Shredded cheese contains an additive that makes it not stick together, cellulose, which is indigestible!  If you shred your own cheese, you won't have to worry about it, sometimes convenience puts your health at risk, which do you hold as a priority?  Imagine if we all switched to God-intended food and left the chemicals in the laboratories for the rats to die from.  Less rats and healthier people.........what a concept!

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Simple Family Mom said...

I am slowly working towards organic too! Mostly I am just using what I have and replacing it with organic little by little. I just learned about genetically modified ingredients and that freaked me out. I knew about the pesticides, but geesh!

What is funny is that people prefer eating fast food over vegetables, fruits and whole grains. They might worry about the pesticides, but never consider what pesticides were in the potato that became the french fry or the genetically modified wheat used to make the bun.

I try to remember Luke 12:29 "And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it." I think that if we fill our home with healthy ingredients, then there is nothing to worry about!

Tricia said...

I am glad your family is reaping the benefits of organic food! We just had organic/natural chicken tonight in a stir fry and it was really tasty! I noticed a huge difference! By the way, I did not know about the cellulose in shredded cheese. That is just nasty! Thanks for mentioning it!

Christian Homekeeper said...

Simple Family Mom - I know I prefer the taste of fast food, but I have to resist it a lot. However, I do give in sometimes lol, but I also reap the consequences.

Tricia - I remember when we had our first no hormone/no antibiotic chicken, it was amazing! Then our first organic banana was a huge WOWzer factor lol. The most recent wow factor was the cheese, it is heavenly and Kraft has nothing on organic cheese! ;-)

Thanks for the comments ladies!

Megan said...

I have been a vegetarian for over 13yrs but DH loves his meat so when we got married a couple of yrs ago i decided to buy organic chicken, surprisingly here in Australia it is same price if you buy from certain stores and he says it does taste better than normal chicken. I do wish that he would cut down on the meat as he has a lot of health issues that i know would get better if he ate more veggies! It's great to hear that you and your family have limited meat! Btw, Happy New Year Bev:)

Christian Homekeeper said...

Thanks for the comment Megan! :)

~Life As We Know It~ said...

Hi ya! this is Karin from ~Life as we know it~

If ya don't mind me asking What is the biblical reason that women shouldn't cut/trim there hair? I ask because I have been going to a pentocostal church for the last month or so and no one has really sat down and told me the biblical reason behind it. I am still looking for a good church that preaches the bible but I will most likely go back to my mom and dads church because the other churches I have been to didn't have Christ in the center of the church they were all about what "I" want from God.

I do hope you have time to answer!

*~A sister in the Lord~*

Tänia said...

Hello! Just stopped by from Christian Bloggers to check in. Hope all is well!

Tänia of Simply God's Girl &
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Christian Homekeeper said...

Thanks Karin and Tania! :)

Karin - I'm not sure about the church you are going to, but I can tell you what the Bible says about hair:

"Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?
But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering."

You can read the entire account in the first 16 verses of 1 Cor. 11. God gave us hair for our covering and it should be long and not cut (shorn v.6). Long is uncut, because how else would you decide what "long" was? Long hair on a black woman might be at the chin, while long hair on a white woman could be to the floor. Long is the natural length to which our hair would grow left uncut. Why would a Godly woman want to cut off what God called her glory?

Our hair is very important as women, for God said it is a sign of submission to our head, our husband, and for the angels (v.10). A woman's hair is a testimony to not only people but angels! She could very well be helping the angels practice submission by her obedience. So what does it mean when a woman cuts off her sign of submission? Disobedience and rebellion against her head and ultimately God.

There is also the distinction of the sexes and being feminine and not trying to look like a man. How does it look for a man to have uncut, long hair? It is a shame and it should be equally shameful, or as the Bible states, against what nature teaches - for a woman to have short (cut/shorn) hair.

Hope that helped, I do have a post from a few years ago, called "Blurring the Lines" on the hair topic if you are interested in more.

Alicia said...

So glad that your family is reaping the rewards of organic and how God truly made our food. We have been slowly switching to organic over the years. I've found a great source of chickens that aren't officially certified as organic but their practices, food, etc are. I still need to find a beef source. We try very hard to eat organic as much as possible. It's amazing the difference in the taste, texture, and overall health benefits!

Christian Homekeeper said...

We order our organic, grass-fed beef from a farm in Oregon. They cows are from Italy, Piedmontese, which produces a lighter (calories/fat) beef and it's good! ;-)

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