Been too busy or too tired to post to this thread but I am tuned in.
I haven't committed to all of it yet but I'm making some changes to my diet that will include much more "organic" foods. And after years of just not drinking milk I finally decided to give almond milk a try. I like it and it'll be in my cart on a regular basis. I also picked up a tub of something called Vega which is some sort of protein supplement. Mainly becuaee lately I don't eat like I'm supposed and tend to go without eating anything for longer than I should. I just need to make sure I'm getting some sort of nutrition if I decided to leave the snack machines alone for good. Another reason I wanted to go ahead and snag a edc pack is so I could get used to having some sort of health snack close by. I have to distance myself from the snack machines and quickie marts like I did with fast foods.
I also spent $100 at the grocercy store versus the $80 I normally spend with not a scrap of meat in the cart. I'm not about to do the vegetarian thing but I'm definitely cutting back on the meats enough that some folks would thing I'm being a weirdo. But I think I'll just start being more selective of the meats I eat rather than eating it all of time. Along with the sous vide thing I bought it should be interesting.
We started eating "certified organic" foods over ten years ago. In the beginning, it was just milk, eggs, beans, etc. We suffered from the sticker shock and difficulty in finding a reliable source for organic products.
About eight years ago, we started moving toward "all certified organic".
During the past six years, I'd say about 99% of what we eat is certified organic. The biggest exception is some of our cheese and beef. About 50% of the cheese we eat is from Ireland (certified to be GMO, Hormone, Antibiotic, etc free)...the other 50% is organic. We eat organic chicken (exclusively), and wild caught fish (exclusively..no farm raised / GMO fed). Our beef is about 50/50...
50% organic (usually ground beef)
50% non-organic but 100% grass fed / pasture raised / no-gmo feed / no-hormones / no-antibiotics.
Our annual food budget is very high compared to what it costs to eat at McDonald's or buying budget foods. I fully understand some people's budgets require them to make quality sacrifices, but most of us can afford to eat healthy foods. It does take extra effort to seek out the best source (best price and consistent availability) for your organic: peanut butter; milk; eggs; bread (we usually just make our own); butter; cheese; cereal; vegetables; fruit; meat; etc.
However, even WalMart and Sam's Club carry MANY organic products now.