Basically, it is purchasing what I call God foods. If God made it, then it's clean. Organic is of course the best, but it is pricey, so if necessary for affordability, and if, like me you do not have space or enough sunlight for a garden of your own, then buy whatever you can get. Sometimes I may not be able to spend an extra $ or 2 on organic strawberries, but having plain strawberries is better than Doritos of the same price.
Locally grown foods are far more superior in taste and nutrition than from Australia. Ladies, there is such a thing as airplane hair. Can you imagine what is done to your pineapples?! I go to a farmers market, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe's. I'll be honest that I do not buy much produce at T.J. as the peaches, yes I said peaches, come from California. Hello? I'm in Atlanta where the peaches are grown less than 100 miles away. At W.F. there are signs that say where the produce is from and I buy according to that. Everything else I get from the farmers market, including farm fresh eggs, produce, and dairy. I do go to Costco for frozen items. If you're looking for some places to purchase local foods go here.
Both sides of my grandparents growing up had gardens, but I wouldn't say they were radical in natural living, although one grandmother has ever shaved her underarms, ew. Our family friend, the Bell's however were radical. Sara would trade her homemade bread hormone free organic sandwich for my white bread peanut butter and honey sandwich and Doritos. They had a goat farm (so much fun for this modern girl!) and rarely ate unhealthy foods. To this day, she is a total inspiration for me on healthy living.
See a trend with the Doritos? I grew up eating crap foods. It was so hard to go from crap foods such as Mt. Dew and Twix bar for breakfast to oatmeal and homemade ice coffee or tea. It's worth it. Not just the weight loss, health, and radiant skin, but knowing that I'm eating what my body is intended for is where it's at. I'm not going to go all crazy biblical here, but truly, your body is a temple. Would you give Jesus devil's food cake or would you give him organic raspberries from your garden? Hm?