We eat organic.
We use pure, chemical free products at home.
Make-up, cleaners, toothpaste, deodorant, diapers, lotions, shampoos, you name it.
Sure, every time I walk through the check stand after grocery shopping I cringe because, according to Parker, “Mommy spends too much money!” There most definitely is a heftier price tag on purchasing organic food and products, but is the extra cost as bad as so many people make it out to be?
It would be quite the challenge to put together an accurate number on exactly how much we spend each month on groceries. And not just food alone, but everything we use on a daily basis for the life we live. Or how much more we spend on homeopathic and natural remedies to add to our medicine cabinet, because, you guessed it! We go natural there too.
Here is my mindset:
The average amount that people spend on medical bills because of illnesses that could be prevented by better food choices, is through the roof! Food alone, really can be what cures or kills you.
Even if you’ve got stellar insurance, there are copays, and deductibles, and those vary. Our deductible is very high, so in order for insurance to kick in, we have to fork out $5000 first. And after some digging, I found that the average yearly deductible for families across America is $8352. That’s a lot of money! So even if we spend $500 more than the average person a month in grocery bills because of purchasing organic, that’s $6000 a year which is still less than that $8352 deductible. (No not our $5000 deductible, but who’s to say the doctor bills would stop there? We are so healthy, I can’t even imagine what it would be like if we had to continually see a doctor.)
We are never sick.
And in our 3 and 1/2 years of parenthood, we have been so blessed, and only had to worry about two times the children were sick. (ear infections, dang it.) I know people whose kids couldn’t kick the cold this last winter. We have family members that always seem to be “getting a cold” or down with some sort of icky. I don’t want to push our luck, but we’ve never had a child throwing up, which is HUGE! Chalk it all up, and it comes down to what you eat and what you put in or on your body, and the way you live your life.
I truly believe that.
Strictly talking about food here for a minute…read the studies that link genetically modified foods, as well as pesticides, and chemical sprays to obesity.
Obesity alone causes a handful of issues. There is diabetes, heart disease, risk of stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, gallbladder disease and gallstones, gout, osteoarthritis, asthma and breathing disorders, high cholesterol, and that’s before even bringing up the problems and imbalances that arise because you cannot move your body the way it should. Mobility issues, joint issues, and overall function may be compromised and lead to more serious problems because of obesity.
In my opinion, why are people so obese today?
Processed foods. Chemicals in or on our foods. And the very sad side-note that people are overall generally unaware of what problems they are creating by consuming such products.
Sure there are other factors, don’t get me wrong. But these are both big deals.
Do the research. There are countless articles, books, and documentaries that explain the connection between obesity (and all its glory) and eating foods that have been genetically modified, overly processed, and/or sprayed with multiple insecticides, pesticides, or other chemical “enhancements”.
Diabetes, a biggy. Researchers using a simulation model have put a price on the direct medical costs of treating diabetes and its complications, during a lifetime in the US. The figure ranges from around $55,000 to $130,000, depending on age at diagnosis and sex. That’s an average of $92,500. (a lifetime…which is hard to break down because of so many factors)
The average spent in one year per person with cardiovascular disease comes to $18,953. The US spends on average $450 BILLION a year on cardiovascular disease treatment, medication and lost productivity from disability.
Newly approved cancer drugs cost an average of $10,000 per month, with some therapies topping $30,000 per month. That comes to a whopping $120,000-$360,000 a year! That’s an average of $240,000 a year. That’s just on the drugs, not including doctors visits etc.
The estimated annual cost for treating asthma in children younger than 18 in the US is $3.2 billion. I could not find an accurate number for a yearly treatment cost, but these are your children we are talking about! There is NO PRICE that is acceptable when it comes to the life we give our children. Childhood obesity is linked directly to asthma and other breathing problems.
The moral of the story is, I in no way think our family is paying for an unnecessary way of life. I believe that after doctors’ visits, pharmaceutical costs, and ongoing other therapies needed for whatever issues it might be, us eating clean and organic and visiting the doctor maybe once a year is worth it. And in the long run, we don’t have any intentions of changing our routine, so for years to come, I pray we continue to have good health if we take care of ourselves.
I’ve learned to shop bargains, and even if it means going to multiple stores, farmers markets, and ordering online…I’ve found where we can get the best deals for the products we love and trust. AND, the best part of shopping around, is also noticing that more stores are broadening their organic horizons and the prices are actually coming down for certain things. So, there is maybe a light at the end of the tunnel. More and more people are realizing the many benefits (instead of the costs) of being organic and making the switch.
The fear of creating a life for my children that might leave them undernourished, unaware, and unhealthy…I can’t live with that. What I can live with is the challenge of costly organics.
Where we shop to save a little money when we aren’t shopping locally:
They have so many great products, and when it comes to gluten free (breads especially) they are the cheapest by far. We have also bought body wash, deodorant, diapers, spices, protein powder, essential oil diffusers, and other household items from Lucky Vitamin and have been pleased with what we get.
Believe it or not, we get most of our bulk organic items here. From canned foods, to quinoa, to juice boxes. They have an ever growing selection of organic and non-gmo products.
Again, we can buy a wide range of items, and being that we are prime members, they get shipped and delivered fast. Not always are the prices cheaper, so we always double check before purchasing.
**Note that I in no way judge anyone’s parenting techniques and I do understand that sometimes you can only do what you can. We only do what we can. I only want to share knowledge and my opinion. Please do not take offense if you do not live the same way I do, because I would never mean to come across as judgy. I only hope to encourage others to make even the tiniest changes to better their lives.**