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#21 Dont Watch Me

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Posted 21 May 2010 - 04:42 PM

i just got back from the market.......got some brown basmati rice ($2. something a lb) and quinoa ($3.45 for 16 oz) as well as some greens. whats the difference between black and white quinoa? i got the white because it was cheaper. they have a bunch of different stuff there


oh yea if you've never tried santa cruz organic lemonade its good! not too much sugar. got it on sale for a buck at my grocery store.

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Posted 21 May 2010 - 05:31 PM

When I lived in a small apartment I grew my own veggies on the small porch out front. Don't forget that method!

I just bought a wicker laundry basket, filled it with soil and a liner, and then grew bell peppers, tomatoes, and a tiny bit of lettuce. I also made an indoor 'greenhouse rack' that I hung grow-lights on for starting the seedlings from seed. I grew both pretty stuff and tasty stuff (flowers, and veggies). Some flowers (research which ones) make a lovely garnish on salads.

You don't need a huge space, just a small area of garden if you live at home, to make a little garden that will give you some nice edibles for guaranteed organic. The veggies won't be as pretty as those found in grocery stores because they'll be subject to normal predation by insects/birds, but you can share some with those creatures just fine.

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 07:42 AM

I don't typically buy organic because simply put, I cannot afford it. I still eat lots of fruits and veggies while I'm low on cash. It's still better than not eating them at all.

Maybe in the future when I have more money, I'll be more inclined to buy more organic foods.

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 09:25 PM

Don't forget to utilize your local farmer's markets!!!!!!!!!!!!

You can usually get organic produce from local farmers for rather cheap.

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 03:42 PM

QUOTE (homelessdan @ May 22 2010, 10:25 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You can usually get organic produce from local farmers for rather cheap.


Yeah, that varies a lot. Our farmer's markets are rather expensive. Which I think is common in large cities. Organic produce is actually cheaper in a couple of our big supermarket chains.

We do have a place that's been called a farmer's market for decades, but it's really people trucking things up from the Rio Grand valley and Mexico. So not a farmer's market, local or organic. But it is cheap. The market in my mom's small town is cheap, but half the vendors there aren't the farmers so it's not really a farmer's market either.

When I was a kid, my mom used to belong to a coop that would take turns going to that 'farmer's' market and buy things by the bushel and then split them among the group making it even cheaper. Perhaps you could do something like that. If not at a farmer's market, then maybe a produce vendor or even Costco, which has a lot of organic foods, just packaged in too large amounts for me.

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 03:48 PM

Farmer's markets can indeed be great sources. Also, good points, alternativista.

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 06:46 PM

i love having a big market near me eusa_dance.gif

got a bag of baby ORGANIC carrots for 50 cents and a head of organic iceberg lettuce for 75 cents! compared to my local grocery where it costs $2 for organic and 1.50 for regular. i bought some spinach from my favorite stand there to use in green smoothies.....they sell all local & organic stuff

co-ops are great too but they are a little pricey. the one here i go to sometimes charges 5% if youre not a member, membership is $10 then you have to pay a $20 buying deposit. i dont go there enough to justify joining.

there's a farmer's market i can walk to on saturday mornings.....trouble is i'm never up early enough. i will have to wake up one day and check it out.

i think i save money not buying junk food or eating out. plus i dont drink so thats something i dont waste money on.

everyone should check out mambosprouts.com too. they will mail you booklets of coupons. a lot of organic manufacturers have coupons on their website. i look at whats on sale each week at the various grocery stores and use coupons as well.

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Posted 26 June 2010 - 09:27 PM

I have lots of trouble with meat because anything that is organic or grass fed or whatever is always expensive. At least I can get eggs from a local farmer with free-range chickens but I can honestly say that is the only thing that I know is safe. I hardly ever even see organic grown berries or anything + they would be expensive. My parents like to make sure we buy everything on sale. Hopefully next year in college, I'll be able to find some locally grown stuff because I will be in a city with a bunch of farms in the middle of nowhere. Oh wait, it will be cold during the school year so yep this is pretty much impossible.

You know what else is expensive, drinking non-dairy or organic milk. Gosh I pay about $3.00 per quart of hemp milk and I could drink that in less than 2 days if I want to (and that is on sale). Maybe I need to cut back. Nuts are so expensive too and could be junk if not organic. I just don't know anymore.

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Posted 27 June 2010 - 12:27 AM

i buy 99% of my food organic - i ain't eating pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, suicides! there's no way eating these things doesn't bring shit in to the body - go to any hardware store, pick up weedkiller and you're gonna find a big skull and crossbones on the back. why? cos you shouldn't drink it man - it'll kill you. tiny amounts add up - it's poison baby.

it's not that organic food costs too much it's that you can't afford it?

get an extra job, cut back on other stuff, find a farmers market, buy with a friend, buy stuff in bulk, go to the reduced section at the right times...

if you really want to you'll make it so



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Posted 27 June 2010 - 01:11 AM

QUOTE (suma @ Jun 27 2010, 12:27 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
i buy 99% of my food organic - i ain't eating pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, suicides! there's no way eating these things doesn't bring shit in to the body - go to any hardware store, pick up weedkiller and you're gonna find a big skull and crossbones on the back. why? cos you shouldn't drink it man - it'll kill you. tiny amounts add up - it's poison baby.

it's not that organic food costs too much it's that you can't afford it?

get an extra job, cut back on other stuff, find a farmers market, buy with a friend, buy stuff in bulk, go to the reduced section at the right times...

if you really want to you'll make it so


My parents get really annoyed by my requests for decent food. I'll probably get a job in college to pay for my food though. Dunno though, even not buying organic I spend a TON of money on food and we are lacking in a lot of organic stuff around here. Whole foods, trader joes, and whatever else that has the goods are all very far away and not practical for going to even every week. Plus, I have to have my food as fresh as possible so I usually pick up stuff every couple days. I wish companies never started using cheap alternatives to make more money that compromise people's health (HFCS, preservatives, pesticides, trans fat, etc). One thing that gets me is how they had to add trans fat to peanut butter just so it wouldn't separate...are people that naive? Does it really bother people to stir their peanut butter?

Edited by CheyCheyenne, 27 June 2010 - 01:12 AM.


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Posted 27 June 2010 - 01:23 AM

That Oprah idea is nice, but not when you can't pay rent..

This is an interesting article:

http://greenopolis.c...dnt-buy-organic

And I don't know where you live, but Trader Joe's is pretty good for healthy/organic food that's cheap...

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Posted 27 June 2010 - 01:26 PM

QUOTE (CheyCheyenne @ Jun 27 2010, 08:11 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (suma @ Jun 27 2010, 12:27 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
i buy 99% of my food organic - i ain't eating pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, suicides! there's no way eating these things doesn't bring shit in to the body - go to any hardware store, pick up weedkiller and you're gonna find a big skull and crossbones on the back. why? cos you shouldn't drink it man - it'll kill you. tiny amounts add up - it's poison baby.

it's not that organic food costs too much it's that you can't afford it?

get an extra job, cut back on other stuff, find a farmers market, buy with a friend, buy stuff in bulk, go to the reduced section at the right times...

if you really want to you'll make it so


My parents get really annoyed by my requests for decent food. I'll probably get a job in college to pay for my food though. Dunno though, even not buying organic I spend a TON of money on food and we are lacking in a lot of organic stuff around here. Whole foods, trader joes, and whatever else that has the goods are all very far away and not practical for going to even every week. Plus, I have to have my food as fresh as possible so I usually pick up stuff every couple days. I wish companies never started using cheap alternatives to make more money that compromise people's health (HFCS, preservatives, pesticides, trans fat, etc). One thing that gets me is how they had to add trans fat to peanut butter just so it wouldn't separate...are people that naive? Does it really bother people to stir their peanut butter?



You could grow stuff yourself? Put seeds in pot, water and watch it grow, you don't even need a garden.

I get a MASSIVE bag of organic greens every day and it costs me nothing at all. cos i pick wild greens - free, organic, amazing nutrition! buy a book second hand and learn about what you can pick that grows near you.

dandelion greens are easy - found everywhere.

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Posted 27 June 2010 - 02:49 PM

huh suma you need space for that right? And if you dont have a garden you need electricity. Or you need a lot of windows.

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 04:14 PM

If you have a 99 Cent store nearby, check it out. They often have organic produce for 99 cents even for items that are normally very expensive. There used to be one near me and I'd get organic romaine, red bell peppers, etc. And other things that don't need to be organic but can be expensive some years like canteloupe for .99 each. You do have to ask what days they get produce in because it's only once or twice a week and it won't last long.

Also, buy nuts in the fall when the new crop comes out and they will be fresh and on sale. Store in freezer. I'm still working on the bags of almonds I bought for about $3 a pound.

And get sunflower seeds. Raw organic is only about $2 a pound at Whole foods and are very high quality protein. I used to be big about recommending pumpkin seeds which are also a quality protein and a bit higher in many nutrients we supplement for acne, but they are over $5 a pound.

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Posted 28 June 2010 - 05:16 PM

QUOTE (suma @ Jun 27 2010, 12:27 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
i buy 99% of my food organic - i ain't eating pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, suicides! there's no way eating these things doesn't bring shit in to the body - go to any hardware store, pick up weedkiller and you're gonna find a big skull and crossbones on the back. why? cos you shouldn't drink it man - it'll kill you. tiny amounts add up - it's poison baby.

it's not that organic food costs too much it's that you can't afford it?

get an extra job, cut back on other stuff, find a farmers market, buy with a friend, buy stuff in bulk, go to the reduced section at the right times...

if you really want to you'll make it so


Right. Because it's just that easy to find a second job. And not all of us have things we can cut back on. I already barely buy anything as it is and I personally prioritize my 33k in student loans over an organic meal.

Besides, I don't know anybody in their right mind who works full time who'd be willing to pick up a second job and sacrifice almost all of their free time (which means less personal time) just to eat organic. That's just asinine - unless your interests lie in doing such.


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Posted 28 June 2010 - 05:23 PM

QUOTE (joris @ Jun 27 2010, 04:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
huh suma you need space for that right? And if you dont have a garden you need electricity. Or you need a lot of windows.

See my post above about gardening in a small space. It can be done.

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 09:44 AM

QUOTE (gMARIAs @ Jun 29 2010, 12:16 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE (suma @ Jun 27 2010, 12:27 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
i buy 99% of my food organic - i ain't eating pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, suicides! there's no way eating these things doesn't bring shit in to the body - go to any hardware store, pick up weedkiller and you're gonna find a big skull and crossbones on the back. why? cos you shouldn't drink it man - it'll kill you. tiny amounts add up - it's poison baby.

it's not that organic food costs too much it's that you can't afford it?

get an extra job, cut back on other stuff, find a farmers market, buy with a friend, buy stuff in bulk, go to the reduced section at the right times...

if you really want to you'll make it so


Right. Because it's just that easy to find a second job. And not all of us have things we can cut back on. I already barely buy anything as it is and I personally prioritize my 33k in student loans over an organic meal.

Besides, I don't know anybody in their right mind who works full time who'd be willing to pick up a second job and sacrifice almost all of their free time (which means less personal time) just to eat organic. That's just asinine - unless your interests lie in doing such.



yes it is. of course it is.
you're right not all of us have things we can cut back on but a lot of us do.
if you're 33k in debt then yeah, doesn't look like you got any money to be spending on food and you'll need two jobs to pay that off! you could use the time you spend on this forum to work? wink.gif

as i said - you can get organic stuff for free if you pick wild - doesn't cost a bean

and yeah my health is worth it so i would make more money to buy the best cos i'm worth it - its not an expense it's an investment in my opinion but then i guess i'm not in my 'right mind' ha ha

peace

seriously tho - my advice to anyone - buy a book (second hand if need be) on wild greens and get a pickin' smile.gif

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Posted 29 June 2010 - 10:42 AM

I completely agree with Suma.

I think some of the people here who are making excuses are just looking for a reason as to why they "can't" get with the program.

All of us spend money of stuff, yes some of it is necessary and we can't do anything about that. But what about the money you spend to buy new clothes, go out drinking, go out to eat etc. Of course you should have a balance, and still go and have your fun, but to me its about priorities and what's important.

I've gone pretty much 99% organic and while its definitely more expensive, its doable for sure. I have completely cut out my weekend bar binges (kinda had to since I'm dealing with a candida issue), only buy new clothes once in a blue moon, started carpooling more (yeah no joke it saves money) and found the best deals in my area by going to farmer's markets and contacting the few farms here in So Cal for eggs. I'm also looking into a local co-op for eggs and am gonna plant a organic garden at my parents house to save more money.

I don't think Suma or I for that matter are saying you HAVE TO go completely organic, but if you can start eating more organic food your health will benefit from it greatly in the long run, not just acne. Furthermore, your supporting local farmers when you do this, which will keep big business and government from brain washing the general public and filling our bodies with prescription drugs that really fuvk us up in the long run.

Cheers to Suma for good advice.



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Edited by Panic!!, 29 June 2010 - 10:43 AM.


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Posted 03 July 2010 - 11:29 AM

QUOTE (Panic!! @ Jun 29 2010, 05:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I completely agree with Suma.

I think some of the people here who are making excuses are just looking for a reason as to why they "can't" get with the program.

All of us spend money of stuff, yes some of it is necessary and we can't do anything about that. But what about the money you spend to buy new clothes, go out drinking, go out to eat etc. Of course you should have a balance, and still go and have your fun, but to me its about priorities and what's important.

I've gone pretty much 99% organic and while its definitely more expensive, its doable for sure. I have completely cut out my weekend bar binges (kinda had to since I'm dealing with a candida issue), only buy new clothes once in a blue moon, started carpooling more (yeah no joke it saves money) and found the best deals in my area by going to farmer's markets and contacting the few farms here in So Cal for eggs. I'm also looking into a local co-op for eggs and am gonna plant a organic garden at my parents house to save more money.

I don't think Suma or I for that matter are saying you HAVE TO go completely organic, but if you can start eating more organic food your health will benefit from it greatly in the long run, not just acne. Furthermore, your supporting local farmers when you do this, which will keep big business and government from brain washing the general public and filling our bodies with prescription drugs that really fuvk us up in the long run.

Cheers to Suma for good advice.



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thanks <3


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Posted 03 July 2010 - 01:43 PM

QUOTE (Dont Watch Me @ Mar 13 2010, 11:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
i've been trying to switch up my diet but just cant afford it. it's also hard to find stuff that is gluten free.


i bought some organic pasta sauce but just read the ingredients and it says Made on equipment that handles Milk, Soy, Wheat, Eggs, Fish (anchovy), and Peanuts. i'm allergic to nuts and will avoid even stuff that says its made on shared equipment . that's 2.50 down the drain unless i take it back. i dont know whether the organic sauce is gluten free, it doesnt say. the classico sauce i usually eat is gluten free and only contains wheat but i know it probably has lots of crap in it.

they had some brown rice organic gluten free pasta which was 2 for $6 and that was on sale


any tips on things to buy or how to save? i look for specials and coupons all the time but its still expensive


Where do you live? I'm not sure if they have Superstores in the US but here in Canada Superstore sells organic meat and veggies and everything you need for better prices than the organic stores.