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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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1 Week of Fresh, Clean-Eating for $30! (Shopping List & Meal Plan Included)

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$30 – 100% Clean, (Almost) 100% Fresh Eating for 1 Week! Try the challenge with me!

I love clean-eating. Since I’ve changed my overall diet to cleaner foods, I’ve benefited in many noticeable ways. My skin is clearer, I’ve lost about 22 pounds, I have more energy and stamina and my mood has improved. I feel better than ever before and I no longer want to nap after every meal.

1-Week, Clean-Eating, Fresh Food Meal Plan & Grocery List for $30.

When people ask me what the trick is, I tell them to just “eat clean.” I often hear this in turn:  “it’s too expensive.”

This will be said by the same people that will order pizza for lunch or buy two boxes of Chips Ahoy! cookies for home.

“I can’t afford it” is not a viable excuse for most people anymore. Yes, it’s better to eat organic and grass-fed, but if you can’t afford that then non-organic vegetables and non-grass fed meat is better than highly-processed, packaged foods. Two packages of Chips Ahoy! cookies will set you back about the same as a pound of non-steroid, non-antibiotic chicken. The same price could get you 3 pounds or more of lesser-quality chicken.

My point is – you don’t need to have a lot of money to make a lifestyle change. Still need the snacks in the home? I stopped craving all of that junk over time, and you may too.