Nobody’s really flagellating themselves for having a cavalier attitude with food. It’s harder to find someone who doesn’t eat at their car, desk or anywhere at all that’s not on a dining table. Sometimes, even with all the careful planning you make managing your time, sticking to a regular meal schedule might end up an afterthought and finding honest-to-goodness fresh, healthy food becomes something akin to finding parking space when you need it the most.
Even with all the attention you focus on your health and family, you owe it to yourself—and especially your loved ones—to reexamine the food that you share during mealtimes, and finding healthier, easily obtainable alternatives to meals as well as ingredients that are loaded with chemicals and additives.
Changing your lifestyle to make way for organic food made from fresh, whole and pure ingredients doesn’t have to be about denying yourself the pleasure of eating delicious dishes or resorting to meals made up of bland, boring food. Yes, most recipes and entrees involving farm-fresh ingredients inevitable contain a lot of vegetables, but they’re not as appetizing without natural flavor enhancers like herbs, spices, oils, and good fats. You and your family are most likely not going to turn into overnight vegetarians anyway, so it doesn’t hurt to add lean cuts of meat, poultry, and fish to whatever it is you’re cooking to keep things gastronomically interesting.
As with everything pertaining to self-improvement, it’s good practice to gradually incorporate local, organic foods into your diet instead of going whole-hog into whatever is the opposite of GMOs or poultry, pork, beef, etc. sourced from factory farms. USDA “certified organic” pretty much covers your bases, and if you’re fortunate enough to be close to a farmers’ market (along with an ideal schedule for there) then pick up a couple favorite ingredients first before anything else.
On the other hand, if there’s really no feasible way for you to go to the farmer’s market yourself, then it would be better if the wide selection on offer comes to you instead, so to speak. Delivery services which (obviously) deliver fresh ingredients weekly may not be available everywhere yet, but they’re invaluable to people who rarely have time to go grocery shopping. Community supported agriculture is also gaining traction with each passing day—you pay upfront for the share of the farm’s harvest and then get your fair share of veggies weekly, with some of the produce you receive varying depending on what season it currently is.