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How to Switch Over to Locally Grown Food (Without Going Broke)

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The Switch to Locally Grown Food

My biggest goal for this year is to make a shift in my eating to more locally raised and locally grown food. Over the past several years, my beliefs have been greatly impacted by documentaries and books, most recently The Omnivore’s Dilemna – which has since changed my life. I realized that in order to eat as far in alignment with my beliefs as possible, much of my diet needs to become more localized. I am making strides to become more reliant on my local neighbors and farmers as opposed to “the man” – and have put together some tips below for you if you would like to do the same.

As always, I am trying to be as thrifty as possible through this transition. Locally grown and raised food is likely to be a little bit more expensive than your typical grocery store. However, you may consider your investment in food an investment in your health – this is how I see it.

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How I Lost 20 Pounds Without Going Broke!

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Weight is a difficult thing for many to talk about. I know so many people that tell me they’ve tried “everything” to shed some weight. They’ve tried Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig (is that even still a thing?), Nutrisystem, the 21-Day Fix, Atkins Diet, Garcinia Cambogia pills, Shakeology, Thrive, Teami, Plexus, Blue Apron, Naturebox  – and the list goes on and on. People load up on protein bars, fat-free alternatives, Lean Cuisines, and so on. I mean, how many things do I have to list? You get the picture, right?

All of these things have 1 common purpose – to make loads of money. Americans spend $60 Billion every year trying to lose weight!

Sure – some of these things can be free. If you do enough research on the 21-Day Fix and Atkins, you could essentially accomplish them for free. But I believe that just like pharmaceuticals, if all of these products worked, the industry would not be as huge as it is.

I’m not trying to insult these companies, and they do work for some people. Trust me, that’s not what I want this blog post to be about. I’ve even bought into a couple of these in the past (Garcinia Cambogia, anybody?). But no “diet” is going to work long-term, because sustained weight loss is about lifestyle. That’s what worked for me, and it’s something that would work for literally everyone.

So – specifically, my story. Let’s go.