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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Organic or Non-Organic...what do you do?

Let's admit it...I'm not the world's healthiest eater. Well, I never used to be...I survived for years on Burger King, McDonald's, and Taco Bell...very very happily. When I was 25, I moved to NJ, and joined a gym. Then I cut down on the fast food.

Notice, I said "cut down," not "cut out." That would have been ridiculous!

When Husband and I met, my obsession went underground. He didn't know how bad it was until we moved in together and he started getting into my car amidst empty cups and paper bags filled with the remnants of satisfaction. Needless to say. he questioned me on this. His father had a pretty bad heart attack at the age of 49 and it seriously impacted his lifestyle and, in turn, mine.

This wasn't all bad...it was actually pretty good. I didn't mind eating healthy and working out? Well, I tolerated it. I still tanned (which is good friend made me completely give up a few years later...I still miss that too...ah, youth...what you didn't know could actually kill you) and looked pretty damn good tan. Oh well...lesson learned.

When I got pregnant is when things got really serious. I had to watch what I ate...thank you morning sickness (my first bout brought on by two desperately inhaled soft tacos...still yummy in my mind). Later on, I really had to watch what I ate...thanks Gestational Diabetes. It sucked...I hated it...I wanted gross disgusting junk food more than any other time in my life. It was not to be though...sadly.

When it came to feeding our children, there were some real decisions to be made. Do we spend money on the more expensive organic baby food or go with the regular. For Husband, the answer was simple...go organic. Since he brings home with organic bacon, I agreed. What could be better? (BTW...if you suggest I make my own, I might puke in my mouth...I have neither the patience nor the time, but I admire you if you do)

Now that the kids are on human food and off that slop in a cute little jar (why do I love those jars so much?), I've realized how difficult it can be to find organic food at our regular grocery store. I have also quickly realized how freaking expensive it is to eat organic. We don't do everything...milk, some vegetables, some fruits, and all meats (we just recently found chickens and chicken parts at our wholesale club...jackpot!). There should be a tax credit to people who try to eat healthy b/c it is freaking expensive!!!

Anyhow, the reason I write this post is to get an informal survey...how do you eat? Do you eat some organic? All organic? Grow your own food? Do you go to Farmers' Markets? I can't wait to start doing this in the Spring/Summer...I've never been to one!

Here was my motivation for this post...a list of fruits/veggies you should purchase organic and what you can skip...very helpful in my opinion and I need it here for when I go grocery shopping! Easy reference!

You do not need to buy these foods organic:
  1. Asparagus
  2. Avocado
  3. Broccoli
  4. Cabbage
  5. Eggplant
  6. Kiwi
  7. Mango
  8. Onions
  9. Papaya
  10. Pineapple
  11. Sweet corn (frozen)
  12. Sweet peas (frozen)
  13. Sweet potatoes
  14. Tomatoes
  15. Watermelon
You should buy these foods organic:
  1. Apples
  2. Carrots
  3. Celery
  4. Cherries
  5. Grapes (imported)
  6. Kale
  7. Lettuce
  8. Nectarines
  9. Peaches
  10. Pears
  11. Sweet bell peppers
  12. Strawberries
These lists were found here if you want to read more. Let me know...I really want to know real people's opinions on this. Do you find it as challenging as I do?

BTW...my inner fat girl still comes out sometimes and allows me to imbibe...God, I love it. A perfect day would involve lots of wine, breakfast at McDonald's, lunch at KFC, dinner at In and Out Burger (although I have never actually been to one, I hear it's fabulous). I would also tan for a week to see if I'm still cute tan in the winter...I mean, who isn't?

Spring Playtime Questions

I am at a loss.

Not quite sure what to do.

Can you help me?

  1. Do you have designated play clothes for outside? I'm trying to figure this out b/c all of our clothes are relatively stain-free...until we go outside.
  2. We took the kids outside before dinner last night and, as many people in the Northeast, our lawn is a mudpit. When we came in, the kids had to take their shoes off and Husband spent 15 minutes cleaning them off in my newly cleaned bathroom sink. Does everyone do this? How do you store your muddy shoes? (Please keep in mind that we don't have a mudroom or a garage...convenient, huh?)
  3. How do you get them inside without throwing absolute fits? I have a feeling I'm going to be spending a lot of time outside this Spring!
BTW...while we were outside in Round #1 yesterday, I saw my first unsolicited twin hug...it was initiated by Matt. He just threw his arms around Hailey and hung on for a while. She kept giving him the obligatory pats on the back and just stood there enjoying her hug from her brother. He even switched sides with his head at one point...he's a love! I didn't get any pictures of this because I had already used up the memory on the video below, but before I knew it, pictures weren't possible anyway. Matt had hugged Hailey so hard that he lost his balance, tipped backward, and ended up on his back (yes, in the black mulch that is soooo easy to get off of hands/fabrics/tushies)! It was actually kind of cute and I had to rescue those little crazies.

Oh, and yes, Husband offered to clean my shoes too, but I didn't let him...opted for banging them on the deck rails instead...I'm so rustic.


Sorry for the quality of the video...took it on my regular camera...no time to go in and get the other one and the battery was dead anyway...sometimes I wish I had a battery that would go dead so I could plug myself in a get recharged...what an easy life to live. Although, then all sorts of people would get pissed at me when my battery died b/c it would be at the most inopportune times. I can never win!

Oh, and upon further review, I have no idea why the second part played twice...guess my editing isn't so great! It's still cute though...Matthew just can't seem to get his big head on top of his body!