I went shopping at Whole Foods (aka Whole Paycheck) this weekend to pick up some groceries. While I tend to feel like a gourmand when I peruse the aisles, as soon as I check out the prices, I gasp in horror and end up feeling like a pauper.
And forget about the organic section. That’s WAY beyond my price range.
It’s no wonder that USA Today just published an article about how expensive and, ultimately, out of reach healthy eating truly is (“The high cost of eating healthy out of reach for many“).
So, how in the world are we supposed to maintain healthy, trim bodies when the food to help us do this is so expensive?
Many, including the authors of my new favorite book, Skinny Bitch, argue that taking care of our bodies should be a priority. As such, we should rethink our spending habits and lay out more cash for healthy food and less on other stuff. After all, Europeans spend much more money on food than we do.
Are we just used to food being so cheap that we can’t fathom paying a premium for it?
I don’t know. There’s a lot of people in this country barely making ends meet. If I’m hesitant to shell out the big bucks for healthier food, imagine what a single mother or an out-of-work father with multiple kids is thinking.
I think the solution is clear. If the government truly wants to improve our health and healthcare system, then it should subsidize the hell out of produce as well as the fruit and vegetable transporters (trucks, air travel, etc.). And it should tax big time the crappy food. (I know, I know, easier said then done, especially when corn manufacturers have a mega group of lobbyists.)
Any other suggestions to tackling the expensive healthy eating challenge?