Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Healthy Eating is...Ugh
Dirk and I just finished watching the movie Food Inc. It was very informative but also very frustrating. Living in Riverside, CA you really have to make a choice: either eat organic or eat inexpensive, you definitely can't do both. With the hope that I will be able to stay home with baby, I'm trying to figure out now how to cut back our grocery list and it is not easy when you don't buy the processed foods that coupons promote.
The main idea of Food Inc. is that we, as consumers, have a responsibility to know where our food comes from. We may think it doesn't matter but in reality, how our food is handled can cause or prevent diseases and food-borne illnesses, along with providing unneeded hormones and chemicals that are detrimental to our bodies. After watching the movie, Dirk and I were inspired to make wise food choices and to choose organic sources for our food. Well, that is easier said than done. Organic chicken isn't sold at the large grocery store chains and even at Trader Joes it is SO expensive. Organic milk is the same way. At Ralphs I can get a gallon of "regular" 2% milk for about $2.75 or I can get a gallon of organic for $7. Trader Joes does have cheaper organic milk but I don't always make it to both Ralphs and Trader Joes. Living in Riverside, I feel like we're stuck. We don't have any reasonably priced organic or locally grown food options. What's a person to do?