Monday, February 13, 2012

Is it really more expensive to buy healthy?

Yes. It is.

Is it worth it?

Yes. It is.

We pay for our health. Unfortunately this is the truth of the situation. Most of us pay for a gym membership, pay for our annual exams (sometimes more than annual). We pay for the various prescriptions that help keep us on track. (We also pay for things like favorite alcohol, good tennis shoes, vacations...)

And so, we pay for our food. And we pay more for REAL food. I have 100% confidence that it's worth the additional price. I'd rather see a list of one to four ingredients than ten...with three that I can't pronounce or have to look up...

We pay more to NOT eat additional additives, sugars, hormones, high fructose corn syrup, yellow dye #3, red dye #40 (ok now I'm just making things up but you get the picture).

Example... In my previous life, I could have lived on Snickers. What's so bad about Snickers anyway? Peanuts (which I do not eat anymore due to the higher propensity to contain mold), some carmel, a bit of chocolate...

Snickers Original:

-Milk Chocolate (sugar, cocoa butter, chocolate, lactose, skim milk, milk fat, soy lecithin, artificial flavor), peanuts, corn syrup, sugar, skim milk, milk fat, butter, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, lactose, salt, egg whites, artificial flavor

That's just one innocent candy bar at the checkout aisle...Over ten ingredients. And 'artificial flavor' can mean over twenty different things.

There are some foods that I could buy in a typical grocery chain though not all would be organic and I won't get into that tangent in this post. However, the speciality products that I do require and prefer for my diet such as Almond milk, almond butter, coconut flour, coconut oil, etc. are either not available OR even more expensive at non-health foods stores. So most grocery visits, it's actually cheaper for me to go to a health foods store than a typical grocery chain.

That being said, you can by 'real' food at a typical grocery store. I choose to buy mostly organic and meats that are hormone and nitrate free (I'll save that tangent for a latter post as well). But as the cliche goes: Shop the parameter. Want pasta? Think about the vegetables you love in your pasta and make it with that as your base instead of noodles- you'll be surprised at what you don't miss...

I think that just inspired my next blog post for a creative pasta dish. Stay tuned...

-Sunshine Girl. Shine on.

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