I made a trek to my local farmer’s market, The Peach Stand, (which has the absolute best peaches in the summer and best strawberries in the spring) to find some of the natural health foods that I am trying out this week. I was so excited that I actually found the “Raw Milk” because it is extremely hard to find. If you want to find out who sells raw, organic, certified milk in your area, go to www.realmilk.com.
My extremely small purchase, which you can see here, consisting of one gallon of raw milk, two bison burgers, raw honey, fresh spring mix and one pear, cost over $30. My husband is incredulous that a gallon of milk cost $7.00. Wait until he finds out that the honey was $10!
So, on day two of my adventure I’ve discovered that healthy food does not come cheap. I think that part of the problem with the obesity epidemic in America is that we are manufacturing cheap substitutes and fillers for food, like high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oil, artificial flavors and preservatives. These fake foods are added to so many food products because it is cheaper for the food manufacturer to produce. Our bodies don’t know what to do with these chemicals and substances and it is wrecking havoc on our health. It is a shame that it is cheaper for a family to buy their dinner off of the dollar menu at McDonald’s than it is for them to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and protein for a healthy home cooked meal.
I found this interesting article on The Six Most Unhealthy Foods You Should Avoid at All Costs. I’m not big on eliminating entire food groups because I think we should focus more on the healthy food we should eat and not on what we shouldn’t. I also believe that moderation is the key to success. But, let’s try an experiment where we compare the cost of the average “unhealthy” grocery trip to my “healthy” trek to The Peach Stand.
Top Six Unhealthy Foods (Prices at my local Wal-Mart )
- Soda – .79¢
- Potato Chips – .99¢
- Doughnuts – .50¢ (per doughnut in deli case)
- Coffee Cake/Baked Goods – $1.00 (Box of Hostess Cupcakes)
- Processed Meats/Hot Dog – $2.29
- Canned Soup – .89¢
Total Cost: $6.46
Six Healthy Foods (Prices at The Peach Stand)
Total Cost: $42.80
Quite a difference in cost, $36.34 difference to be precise. Throughout my experiment with healthy eating I’m going to try to find a way to make healthy eating feasible for the budget conscious. Even if we have limited funds we should not subject ourselves to processed foods that will kill us slowly….one bite at a time.