Going green is a food and lifestyle choice people make. Living green can have a profound effect on your lifespan and help the environment. People can live green at home, starting with money-saving repairs and green cleaning items. But the most effective green life choice is changing your food purchases. While greening your grocery list will help you, green foods often cost more. So try the “slow green” grocery list, which includes items that provide the biggest benefits to your health.

Fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are a wonderful way to save your life. The more color you add to your diet, the more vital nutrients will add to your system. Unfortunately, fruits and vegetables tend to be covered in dangerous pesticides that studies show affect neurological function. The message: look for “organic” fruits and vegetables that are not grown with pesticides or purchase the ones that can withstand the penetration of pesticides. Those grown without pesticides typically come from the local farmers market. Or you can find them in the store’s organic section. It will cost a little more, but the benefits are considerable.

Spinach, lettuce, apples, cherries, bell peppers, celery, potatoes, strawberries and peaches are better when purchased organic. These foods are on most of our menus as the seasons change and we begin consuming fresh fruits and making salads for family picnics. Items that resist pesticides include onions, mangos, kiwi, bananas and corn. Typically when an item has a protective shell of several layers, it is harder for the pesticides to affect the actual product. The next time you are peeling that onion open, appreciate the protection offered to you by the outer layer or skin.

The slow green shopper can still have the foods they love by visiting a store that offers organic items. Look for items that don’t necessarily have a short life, like potatoes and celery. You can pay a little more for organic with the knowledge that the foods you love won’t hurt you.

Meat and chicken

Meat and chicken are two pricier items to have in your green budget. Maintaining a deep freezer can help the slow green shopper bring these foods to the household. Look for when foods marked with the USDA organic symbol on the packaging. That means it meets those government standards and is also not a cloned item.

(In case you missed that ruling, cloned meat is allowed to be sold on the market and the packaging does not require that it be marked as such.) Try buying items one grocery trip at a time and freezing them until you have enough to feed your family on a regular basis. This helps the slow green shopper spread out the cost of green foods but still have a better living experience.

The green lifestyle is a slow-moving process because the old way is so prevalent and deeply ingrained. The old way is driving gas-guzzling cars instead of hybrids or electric. The old way is growing fruits and vegetables that are dangerous because of pesticides used in the growing process or the old way of growing cows and chickens which become our meat source. The old way is not always good for you.

New methods of growing food are more conducive to a better life and increasing our health, but many Americans have yet to embrace the organic/green ways. To slowly move your lifestyle over, it takes a mind-set change and conscious efforts where it matters most.

Begin at your grocer because you are what you eat.

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Angelic Jones

I am a native Chicagoan with a love for my city. I was born on the South Side. I am most interested in health and living. I attended University of Phoenix for a Masters in Health Administration and a Masters...