So I get an email from a mum I used to know, she has started writing articles about our modern age and all the toxic stuff it contains (TV violence, skin care products etc). I couldn’t agree more with her. The latest article translates into “Yum, Yum. Delicious toxic stuff, could I please have some more?” accompanied by a pic of a strawberry. (It’s in Spanish, but if you want to see it, it’s here).
I know, I know, strawberries are on the dirty dozen list…evil, toxin laden devil’s food.
I’ve been aware of this for some time. In fact, a few years ago I decided, that’s it, I’m not going to buy strawberries that aren’t organic. That year we didn’t eat strawberries. I could never quite justify the price label on the organic ones for something that would be wolfed down in 2 mins flat and forgotten forever. (I live in Spain, organic food is SUPER expensive and not easy to come by yet).
Then it was apples…oh apples. Again, evil toxics poisoning my children….went for about a week without apples until I caved (again, the organic ones were 3 times the price).
I hear you saying “But health is worth the price tag”. I couldn’t agree more. I used to have an organic vegbox when I could afford it, it was totally worth the elevated price tag.
But now things are different, and I can’t.
I thought about it loads and I decided that for the moment it’s probably better that our family is eating enough ‘standard’ fruit and vegetables, rather than not enough fruit ‘n’ veg but organic.
These are the little (hard) decisions that we have to make peace with.
When you are interested in healthy food and nutrition, it’s easy to get het up by the (sad) facts of our day: that lots of food is contaminated and poor quality. It’s worrying when you have little children, well, I find it so.
But buying all organic is not for everyone’s budget, there are no two ways about it. People that say it is all the time haven’t had to choose between the extra money spent on organic vegbox OR this week’s chicken.
We do what we can, when we can. This week’s focus may be good milk, next week good fish, next year the organic vegbox. And that is ok!