While we were vacationing in Arizona, I noticed the abundance of “whole” foods stores. It seemed every major street had a marketplace that sold organic/wholesome foods.
There was my favorite, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods Market, Sunflower Farmer’s Market, Sprouts Market, and some others that I can’t remember the name of.
Recently, I have been trying to feed myself and my family more “wholesome” foods.
By wholesome, I don’t necessarily mean only “organic”. I mean less processed, less sodium, less sugar….in general, less additives!
Here in Calgary, there isn’t an abundance of fresh food markets. Perhaps it’s because of our cold winters? Our local farmers can’t sell fresh produce in the dead of winter. Or perhaps there just isn’t enough demand for these types of stores yet?
Whatever the reason, it is hard to buy organic/wholesome foods here. The grocery stores sell a few organic foods, but I’m talking a very select few. And there are a couple of organic grocery stores, none of which are close to our house though!
But besides the difficulty of finding organic markets, there is also another big factor, probably the biggest factor in going wholesome/organic……..PRICE!
Going organic is not cheap! And when I have 5 mouths to feed each day, it can really add up.
When I was grocery shopping yesterday, I noticed that the organic produce was about 50 cents more than the non-organic produce. So if I buy 10 organic items, that is another $5 added to my already high grocery bill. And if I buy organic canned foods such as beans, that adds another few $ to the bill.
However, after reading Jillian Michael’s book, Master Your Metabolism, she argues that we’ll be spending a heck of a lot more than that on our health care in the future if we don’t spend the extra few dollars now on more wholesome foods! I tend to agree.
So this is why I’m starting to slowly make the transition to more wholesome foods for my family:
We’ve been eating whole wheat pasta and bread since the kids were born.
I’ve recently gotten rid of white rice completely.
I’ve been adding only “good” fats to our diet: olive oil, avocado, natural nut butters, unsalted nuts.
I’ve been using Agave Nectar and whole wheat flour in my baking.
I’ve almost completely eliminated any “processed” foods from my diet. A good rule to follow: if it doesn’t have a mother or grow in the ground, don’t eat it!
I’ve been buying more organic produce including lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, berries, broccoli, celery, canned vegetables.
And the list goes on….
Now before you totally start hating me and saying to yourself, “this girl is nuts!”, we still like to indulge! If I said we eat organic and whole foods 100% of the time, I’d be lying.
I still like my protein bars that taste like a chocolate bar. I still LOVE cake and could eat 1/3 of a cake in one sitting. I will never give up NIBS! I still buy my kids treats like ice cream and the occasional cookie or candy.
I guess the point of this long and perhaps boring blog post is…..
I wish there was more whole foods choices around here. I wish there was a fresh foods market on every corner. I wish it was more accessible and less expensive.
But I figure, if we keep demanding it, it WILL happen!