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Changing the Way I Grocery Shop

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My grocery shopping habits have changed a lot of the years. I’ve gone from shopping primarily in military commissaries to shopping on the economy; from shopping many times a week to once a month and back again; from having plenty of money to grocery shop, to having very little money to spend; from using a lot of coupons, to using very few; and finally becoming very picky about ingredients. That leads me today to admit to you that I am changing the way I grocery shop even more now.

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Changing the Way I Grocery Shop

While I have long tried to avoid many food ingredients like high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, and artificial colors, I have not avoided them altogether. More so, I’ve shopped by the philosophy everything in moderation – trying to make sure that I counter balance bad stuff with good stuff. I didn’t stress about buying a few products with ingredients I wasn’t thrilled about because compared to the carts I often see filled to the brim with processed crap, my cart still looks pretty darn good – filled with whole grains, dairy products, and fruits and veg.

Well, no more. I’ve been kicking this idea around for a long time, and I have finally decided to take my family GMO-FREE {as much as I possibly can, anyway}. That’s right. I said it. After attending an awesome conference this fall in California called ShiftCon and meeting people like Gary Hirschberg (Stonyfield Farms), Will Allen (The War on Bugs) Alan Lewis (Vitamin Cottage), Robyn O’Brien, Lisa Stokke (Food Democracy Now), and then witnessing the disappointing results of the label GMO fight in Colorado and Oregon (I’m still holding out hope that it will pass in Oregon once all the votes are tallied), I realized it’s time to stop thinking about it and time to  make going GMO-free a reality {at least here at my house}.

Humans are NOT round-up ready. Ag chemicals are polluting the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the rain that falls on the earth. Food allergies and cancer rates are at an all time high in the USA. Big food and chemical companies are spending millions and millions of dollars to keep us in the dark on GMOs.  It’s  time to change.

I doing this friends.   I made my first big GMO-Free shop last week, and if you’re interested, I will share with you what that means for my family – how it changed what I bought, and also how it affects my wallet. If you want more information now, here’s a  post I wrote with 10 budget friendly tips for avoiding GMOs.

What are your thoughts on our food supply? I’d love to hear what you think of GMOs and what, if any, ingredients you regularly avoid in the food you buy.

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long time green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


  1. blankAli Hammons says

    I would like to know more about what Brands support GMO-Free. I know that there is labeling on those who truly support it, but in most grocery stores you have to search high and low for those things. Do you have a readily available list that you can share with us? Either here or on your facbeook page? I would greatly appreciate it!

  2. blankHeather says

    Good for you! My family tries to avoid GMO food wherever possible, so I would love to hear more about how your family is able to do it.

  3. blankHeather @ My Overflowing Cup says

    I think this is an excellent idea and I am looking forward to your posts about what you are purchasing, what you are leaving on the shelf, and any challenges you may have in this endeavor. I would love to feed my family the same way, but cost is a major consideration at this time, so we often have to make sacrifices in that area. Thanks, in advance, Michelle.

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