Saturday, May 12, 2012
Today I went grocery shopping to get a few things for the next couple days. I usually make a list with everything I need so whenever I can think of anything I need to buy I just write it down till i go to the store again, but today was the first time I caught myself crossing out a few things. Last night I watched the documentary "Food Inc." and it really made me think about the things I usually buy. I always considered myself quite aware of the ways certain foods are produced since I used to work in grocery stores and had to participate in classes about quality management, but what I saw in that documentary was really disturbing.I felt mad, disgusted and not only at the big food companies but also at myself because I knew that everytime I went grocery shopping I tried to make a good deal and worried more about the price instead of how my food is produced. How is it possible that I paid so much attention to buying natural food with no artificial sweeteners or flavor but never really thought about how the pound of beef, chicken or pork I bought was produced. I only cared about getting a good deal for my money but at the same time I totally neglected the idea that this could not only harm farmers who still try to produce high quality products which are higher in price and have to fear their existence because of the big companies but it could also negatively effect my health. I know that most people have to live on a tight budget and that it is not always easy to stay within the limits but if we are honest, has anyone of us ever thought about the consequences of our behavior? Of course, we would be happy right at this moment if we got a hamburger for only $1 but do we really know what we are eating? Wouldn't it be better and more tasty for us if we paid more for a hamburger but we could be sure that the animals had fair living conditions, high quality food and weren't squeezed into a small box with other animals? Do we really know why certain diseases are more common today than they were like 50 years ago? Or why is it that the number of obese people will rise? And maybe we are saving at the wrong end? I highly suggest everyone to watch " Food Inc, " especially if you are trying to change your lifestyle and your eating habits. It is like a wake-up call I really needed. Okay, being unemployed sucks especially if you are struggling financially, but then I thought what if i save money now and only buy cheap food instead of buying the meat from a local farmer or a small butcher shop?I know, having some extra money in your pockets sounds very alluring, but what if all the cheap food is bad for us and might have to face the consequences in our health in like 10 or 20 years? Would we still think that saving money on food was worth it and then eventually spending thousands of dollars on medical bills?
Watching this documentary made me realize that I am definitely saving my money on the wrong end. I have never really spent much money on fast food and and I hardly ever go out for dinner, but I always bought the cheap stuff at the store. Yes, I read the labels and the nutrition info but is that really all I have to know? I was seriously considering becoming a vegetarian after last night, but now I know that this won't be too easy and so i decided that from now on I will not only pay attention to the nutrition info but I will also pay attention to how and where my food was produced. If I want to make anything with meat I won't buy the cheapest "stuff" any more. I will go to a (small) local butcher shop and even if it will be more expensive I am sure that I can only benefit from it. Maybe I will even start a small garden, but I am not sure about that yet.
Another positive effect of this film is that I didn't feel hungry at all today. I think I could have gone the whole day without eating any thing but i know that this wouldn't be good for my new lifestyle. I am still below my calorie range and maybe tonight I will enjoy some strawberries because they come from a local farmer. Hope everyone has a nice weekend and thank you Kelly for recommending this documentary.