$1 Breakfast with a Wealth of Benefits
- Published on: 09 April, 2015
- Last update: 10 August, 2017
Is it possible to eat an organic diet on a budget?
Eating organic does not have to break the bank – unless you’re still buying packaged food! A bag of Lay’s Potato Chips costs $1.25. That’s .44 c/oz, to a whopping $7 per pound. It’s the same exact scenario with organic junk food.
Processed food seems cheap due to the small quantities in which it’s sold, but my organic sweet potatoes were on sale for $1.79/lb! My local Mrs. Greens also has organic apples for $1.49/lb this week, along with 2 for $3 organic avocados. I only buy what’s on sale, and usually what’s in season (since seasonal foods grow in abundance and thus are lower in price due to supply). Of course $7.99 for organic strawberries in the winter is outrageous. That’s why you snag them in the summer when they’re meant to be eaten to balance the climate — they often go on sale for as low as $2.99 in June.
Think about this – a Big Mac is $5.23 in New York. Many of my friends who claim they “can’t afford to eat healthy” regularly frequent McDonalds because at the moment, 5 bucks (not including tax) seems like a steal for dinner. What you’re paying your hard earned $5 for is a total of 3.2 ounces of factory farmed, diseased meat that was raised in horrific and unsanitary conditions. (Being the parasite-cleanse-loving kinda chick I am, this makes me shudder) Along with the small amount of meat, you get 2 pieces of the lowest quality bread you can imagine, pumped with fillers and high fructose corn syrup.
Let’s look at the other end of the spectrum: At Whole Foods, which is the priciest health food store of them all, you can get 16 ounces of wild-caught mahi mahi filets for $11.99. That’s enough to feed two people twice the protein of a Big Mac, for $6 per person – the exact same price as Mickey D’s. Plus, you get the added bonus that the wild fish is not pumped with genetically modified grains, antibiotics, and who knows what else.
If you pair your fish with a side of rice or quinoa (available for $1.99/pound or less in the bulk section of your local market) and a vegetable, your meal would still be under $10 and give you more nutrition than fast food ever could. You can easily cut that number down by opting for beans or even organic pastured chicken instead of fish. Wild fish is expensive, so I chose it as an example to show an extreme. Making a large batch of soup or chili that lasts several meals is a much cheaper, and equally delicious.
My favorite $1 breakfast
When I first met Lily, she told me: “Go home, drink ginger tea when you wake up, and eat 1 sweet potato for breakfast. Come back in a week.”
Yes, I thought she was crazy. But soon, I was hooked. There is nothing more satisfying than a steamy, sweet-like-candy Japanese yam in the morning. The orange ones are excellent too, but you HAVE to try these. I will never go back!
Later on, she explained that sweet potatoes are the ultimate healing food. They are shaped like a kidney, and in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the kidneys represent the entire reproductive system:
In terms of energy, the yellow to orange flesh vibrates with the solar plexus and sacral chakras, strengthening the stomach, genitals, and womb. Nature is incredible, because that’s exactly the areas of the body that the sweet potato nourishes.
Benefits of Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes have been used for centuries by TCM to:
* detoxify the body
* increase the production of milk in breastfeeding women
* and in the treatment of diarrhea, constipation, water retention/swelling, bloating, liver stagnation, diabetes, and breast cysts.
Lily always says, “You can close your eyes and know every Western patient that walks through the door has ‘Spleen’ deficiency, Liver stagnation, and needs ginger tea.” “Spleen” means the stomach in TCM.
“Sweet” is the flavor that tonifies the Spleen; but not overly sweet foods like refined sugar or even high sugar fruit. This incredible potato’s muted sweetness gives you just the right amount, and will end sweet cravings later in the day. Cravings for sweets are always due to the ‘Spleen’ aka stomach being very weak. How well your stomach functions controls your entire immune system, because the stomach is responsible for transforming the nutrients from food into energy for the body and immune response.
The stomach is also the “mother of the Lung” in TCM, which means that if the stomach is weak, the Lung will be weak too. (“Lung” represents your entire respiratory system). Asthma is actually a result of a weak stomach failing to provide nourishment to the lungs, and thus is worsened by cold, damp, sugary foods. It’s the Lung’s responsibility to take the energy from food (that the stomach has transformed in the first place), and spread it all throughout the body.