Grocery Shopping- what to buy and where to get it

I have radically overhauled how I shop compared to a few years ago. One of the ‘big 2’ supermarkets in Australia used to get all of my business and now I nolonger put all my eggs in one basket! Having said that, there have been times when I simply did not have the time or energy to shop around.

After attending a speaking event by Libby Weaver in Melborne last year and reading her book “Exhausted to Energised” I really believe we need to get back to basics, teach our kids to cook, grow at least some veggies (even if it herbs) and eat simple food that does not come from a box.

After watching and reading about the study on a family eating organic produce in Sweden, I was amazed to see the traces of pesticides in their body diminish after only 2 weeks. I now place more of an emphasis of buying organic where I can.

Stocking a wholefoods pantry can be a challenge. Read this guide from Well Nourished to help  set yourself up.

I source a mix of things locally and online. As I live in Ballarat some of the recommendation are for places I can support locally.

Fruit and Veggies

I always try to buy fresh.

The Food Garden in Castlemaine Victoria deliver fruit and veggie boxes to Ballarat  on a Friday along with many other things. Their produce is always good quality and I love the convenience of it being delivered to my door. Graham is always a pleasure to deal with and their boxes ARE affordable. Just rememeber all fruit and veg is better than no fruit and veg but organic is better. They also sell pantry items that are carefully packaged in paper reducing the unnecessary plastic packaging.

Aussie Farmers direct also deliver organic fruit and veg.

Spring Creek Organics are at markets in Ballarat and melbourne. They also have a farm shop which works on an honesty system.

Organic Angels deliver to Ballarat on a Tuesday. I have not used them yet but their prices look good  and they have a range of other things you might find useful for your pantry too

Buninyong Blueberry farm have spray free blueberries for picking and farm gate sales every January. Fun day out for the family. Check out their website.

Meat

Brooklands free Range farm at Blampied have just delicious meat and bacon free of nitrates too. They are at many farmers markets. I have been known to drive out to their property and fill up my freezer. Jono and Nat are lovely

Millbrook Free Range I recently ordered half a pig! yep I filled my mum’s freezer and mine with different pork cuts that are absolutley delicious. Everyone in the family has been raving how delicious it is.

Salt Kitchen smalls good and Charcuterie. Beautiful ham and lots of other hand made goods that can be ourchased locally at Wilson’s Fruit and Veg, and other stores across victoria. Preservative free sausages are always a bif hit especially the wagyu and rosemary. They also do Christmas hams! Check out a stockist near you.

Simply Free Range offer home delivery. I have had a friend who uses them and recommends them.

Braelands Grass fed beef and lamb from Myrniong deliver to Ballarat

Pantry Goods

Feeding a family can be quite a challenge these days and a well stocked pantry makes the world of difference. There are many things I buy in bulk, like nuts, coconut, oats, rice, cacao, lentils, organic dried fruit.

The wholefood Collective* is a bulk wholefoods shopping site with flat rate postage Australia wide. I find their prices are great and delivery is quick.

The Source wholefoods I wish we had one of these locally!

Of the 2 Big supermarkets, I prefer woolworths that has a better selection of wholefoods.

However I absolutely LOVE our local IGA supermarkets in Ballarat. A great selection. Local sourdough bread from basilio, Free range pastured eggs from Millbrook, Inglenook dairy milk and so much more!

Bathroom

Now you might think it odd that I have added this category but I have learnt to consider everything I buy and try to continaully make the best choice when things run out.

Who Gives a Crap sell, toilet paper free made of recycled paper or sustainable bamboo. They also sell tissues and kitchen towel. They donate half their profits to overseas water aid which I also think is great. To receive $10 off you first order click here There are no synthetic fragrances on their products either which I think is important. Perfect for home or Office. Interesting talking point too!

Cleaning. I love Thieves Household cleaner. Plant based, biodegradeable, septic safe. If something smells chemically it usually is. One of the best things you can do for you and your family is the go low tox on your cleaning! I have written about it before and you can read about that here

Washing Dishes

For my dishwasher and washing up I currently use Ecostore.  A low tox option that works. Sometimes knowing what to buy is really hard. I recently listened to a podcast  by Alexx Stuart- Low Tox Life, who interviewed the founder of Ecostore products which I have found readily available in supermarkets in Ballarat and are available Australia wide.

Linen

Bhumi organic cotton store makes certified organic, fair trade sheets, towels, underwear, yoga and active wear. Click here for $20 off your first order

Sheets on the Line have stores in Brisbane, Melbourne and retail online. They often have some great sales and I have picked up some excellent quality organic King Single sheets sets for my kids here.

Buying in bulk will definitely save you money. It does require some foreward planning and organisation. Everyone time your purchase you vote with your dollar! Support the

Belinda

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Thieves Household cleaner

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This product has to be one of the most versatile cleaners there is. I wanted to write about it to open your eyes to the number of uses there are from one bottle of Concentrate.

Firstly Thieves Household  Cleaner is made from Young Living’s Thieves Blend of Essential Oils- Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Cinnamon bark, Clove, Lemon essential oils and plant and mineral based ingredients. It contains surfactants sodium methyl 2-sulfolaurate and disodium 2-sulfolaurate which are made from renewable sources,biodegradable and septic safe. I have looked up all the individual ingredients on the Environmental working group website and they have no warnings.Unlike other cleaners you can buy from the supermarket, all the ingredients are on the bottle!

It is safe for any member of my family to use which is great when the kids are helping out.

This really is one product with many uses

The concentrate can be used in the following ratios water/cleaner ratio. Check the back of your bottle.

NB 1 capful=10ml

  • 30/1 Most cleaning applications
  • 15/1 Heavy degreasing
  • 50/1 light Degreasing

I have a 450ml spray bottle and add one capful of cleaner and top up with water for my shower, sinks, toilets, benches. I spray and then wipe off with a damp microfibre cloth. Showers will benefit from leaving for 5-10 mins before wiping/rinsing off.

Carpet

Here is a before and after photo of a very quick spray and blot with a microfibre cloth on my carpet. I was so impressed at how well it came up. I used 1/2 cap in a 450ml spray bottle, sprayed carpet, left for a few minutes and rubbed with a damp microfibre cloth.

Dishwasher

To keep your dishwasher in great working order, add one capful to the dispenser and wash on empty on the hottest setting. It can also be used as a replacement for your dishwasher detergent.

Jewellery Cleaner

Avoid paying for your jeweller to clean your rings and do it yourself. Add one capful to 1/2 cup vodka and soak rings for 20 mins. Clean with a soft brush and rinse and dry with a soft cloth. Sparkling jewellery with minimum effort. Keep your cleaner labelled in a jar for next time.

Windows/ Glass

Add 1/2 cap to a 450ml spray bottle with 2-3 drops lemon essential oil. Top up with water Spray and wipe with a microfibre cloth for a streak free finish.

Bathrooms

Use a  450ml spray bottle with 1 capful , or 1 capful to 250ml for heavier application. Spray and leave  for 10 minutes before using a small brush to clean grout if required. wipe with a microfibre cloth. Rinse and dry

Stain remover

For a stain remover spray, in a spray bottle(450ml) half fill with vinegar, add 1 capful of Thieves Household cleaner, 10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil and then top up with water. Lightly shake before spraying clothing

Stubborn stains on ceramics or grout 

To eliminate stains from your bath, sink, toilet or ceramic cookware use 1/4 cup bi-carb soda mixed with enough cleaner (about 1 capful) to form a paste, scrub with a brush and rinse.

Car Wash

As this product is an excellent degreaser I recently used to to clean my car. Add a capful to a bucket of water. I scrubbed our rubber mats and cleaned the wheels with ease.

General cleaner

Using half a capful in a 450ml spray bottle you can clean kids toys, walls, tables, benches, yoga matt, gym equipment, cap upholstery, stainless steel, inside the fridge, the list is endless.

If you don’t have a Young Living account, you can purchase the cleaner as part of the Healthy Home Premium Starter kit for $289 here make sure you select Wholesale member.

The  Starter Kit includes

8 x Thieves products

    • Thieves® AromaBright Toothpaste 114 g
    • Thieves® Cleansing Bar Soap 100 g
    • Thieves® Dental Floss 50 m
    • Thieves® Dish Soap 355 ml
    • Thieves® Foaming Hand Soap 236 ml
    • Thieves® Fresh Essence Mouthwash 236 ml
    • Thieves® Household Cleaner 426 ml
    • Thieves® Spray 29.5 ml
    • 1 x DewDrop™ Diffuser

5 x 5 ml essential oils

    • Lavender 5 ml
    • Lemon 5 ml
    • Peppermint 5 ml
    • Purification 5 ml
    • Thieves® 5 ml

Standard PSK Contents

  • Stress Away™ 5 ml
  • 1 x AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
  • Thieves® Waterless Hand Purifier 29.5 ml
  • 10 x Love It? Share It! Business Cards
  • 10 x Love It? Share It! Oil Bottles
  • 2 x NingXia Red® Sachets
  • Product Guide & Price List
  • Member Resource Materials

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The benefits of having a Wholesale Membership

  • 24% reduction in future Purchases
  • order any time
  • no selling required
  • optional essential rewards program which offers additional savings
  • access to a private facebook group for questions, support, video tutorials

If you would just like the cleaner itself you can order as a Retail customer here  ( 426ML $52.95, 1.8l $183.95) This option is the available if only ordering 1-2 items, it will be 24% more expensive than a wholesale account.

Cost breakdown

With a wholesale membership, a 426ml bottle of Thieves cleaner($39.50)  will give you approximately  42 x 450ml bottles of cleaner! using approximately 10ml of concentrate per application. That is $0.92 per bottle/application. This bottle will last at least 6 months probably longer

A 1.8l($139.80) bottle will give you 180 x 450ml bottles of cleaner. That is $0.77 per bottle/application. This bottle I expect would last the average family at least a year and a half!

This product is a best seller, don’t let your supply run out

I would love to see schools,kindergartens, businesses use this product and reduce toxic chemicals. It can only be a win for everyone.

Would you like to see an experiment done by an 11 year old comparing Thieves essential oils and other commercial cleaners? click here

Please contact me if you have any questions belindajforsyth@gmail.com

Belinda x


What is your Dream?

I dream that we will no longer sell Junk- chips and Lollies in hospital waiting rooms. I dream that my children will not be offered soft drink at every sporting event. I dream that everyone will think twice about using personal products laden with chemcials on their skin. I dream that toxic chemicals will need to be proven safe before being sold. I dream that Organic food will be called food and the pesticide food  will be labelled accordingly.I dream babies won’t have in excess of 200 chemicals in their umbilical chord blood when born. I could go on but I think you get the idea. This is something that I can’t let go of. Once you have the knowledge it is hard to ignore. Please educate yourself, clean out your cupboards, take it all to the tip and ask how to safely dispose of it. Once you change, you will not look back. Your health will thank you for it.

Sometimes this is overwhelming and I certainly felt that way but I recommend replacing one thing at a time. Make the best choice everytime you buy. Remember you are voting with your dollar!

Unfortunately the big supermarkets don’t care about our health. You will need to look else where. I am not saying don’t shop there at all. All fruit and veg is better than No fruit and veg but always search for the best option.

Here are a list of some of my favourite online stores/apps/shops that are doing their bit to make the world a better place.

Nourished Life Online store for make-up and personal products

Bulk Wholefoods Online store for ordering organic and pesticide free wholefoods, personal care products too. Australia wide delivery.

Chemical Maze This is an App which lets you see what additives, preservatives and chemicals are in your food and personal products and cleaners. Search by name and number. This has been a great educational tool when shopping with my kids.

Think Dirty This is a free App. Scan barcoded products to check for ingredients. Not all Australian products are on here but they are adding more all the time.

The Food garden if you live in Central Victoria consider having a seasonal fruit and veg box delivered to your home. They are now donating half their profits to local farmers to encourage organic farming! How good is that.

Young Living essentail Oils No pesticides used in the growing of the plants used to produce their oils. They can effectively and safely be used to clean your home and replace many other products. Young Living thieves household cleaner is the best product I have ever used to clean my bathroom and benches. They have a range of personal care products from shampoos to deoderants and a kids range too. If this is something you are interested in please email belindajforsyth@gmail.com or call 0433589675 to discuss how I can help you.

Biome Fabulous online store with the best lunch boxes around. Natural cleaning products and all things eco.

Daylesford Health food and Organics a drive up the road from Ballarat, but a great selection and great prices. Also makes for a great lunch stop.

If I can encourage you to make a better choice that will be my reality, no longer a dream.

Belinda

 

Note: some of these links are affiliate links and I may receive a small comission at no cost to you,should you decide to purchase