To eat healthy, or not to eat healthy, that is the question. Now I know what you’re thinking; “well yea that’s a no brainer”, but sometimes it really is not that easy. I went shopping a few days ago at whole foods and spent a ridiculous amount of money on food that does not last that long. (because of the lack of preservatives of course) Sure I could make multiple trips to the grocery store and eat the food as I buy it, but Whole Foods is not right up the street, and with gas prices the way they are, it almost seems better just to buy food that’s not “bad” for you, just not all that great for you. There are more of the cheaper grocery stores and they all seem to be conveniently located, but as history has always shown, the easy way is never the best way.
I guess this all came about while my wife and I were cooking dinner one day. We were making just a nice light dinner of grilled chicken and a couple sides (broccoli and carrots I think). While cooking the chicken, we noticed a weird ammonia smell coming from the chicken. Completely grossed out, we ended up just eating veggies that night and I was depressed and hungry due to my lack of meat for dinner that night. The next day I was scrolling through netflix and came across Food Inc. Food Inc is a great documentary that discusses the process our food follows as it leaves the farm and enters the supermarkets. As informative as the documentary was, watching it was a horrific experience as to what kind of people we have running these corporations and are responsible for feeding millions of people. I had come to find that the reason the chicken reeked of ammonia is because that’s exactly what it had been drowned in to “prevent the possible case of salmonella”. The fact is that there have been multiple cases of salmonella to occur, so the companies response was to sanitize the chicken in ammonia before packaging it. This was a gross and disturbing wake up call for me.
Making the switch from hormone infested ammonia chicken to all natural free roam chicken was not easy. I notice the difference in taste instantly, but I also noticed the difference in price. Hormone chicken is about twice as expensive as other chicken, and being someone who is on a budget, I found this difficult to deal with. The sad truth is that it costs less for a family of 4 to eat at Mac Donalds than it does to cook a healthy dinner for 2 at home; it was too late to turn back at this point so I had to figure out something. I then thought about the future and decided that my health would benefit in the long wrong. People who continually eat unhealthy food generally have a long list of health problems in the long run. A friend told me about how his dad had a medical emergency and had to use the alarm keypad to alert the emt’s to send an ambulance to pick him up. He was having a heart attack from years of not eating right. Although home security services provided by companies such as Bellaire home security systems and Wylie home security do save lives through providing emergency response services, the medical expenses and operations ended up costing him thousands of dollars in the long run and could have been prevented with a healthy diet.
Eating healthy can seem like a difficult task, but the payoff of a long and active life is priceless. Even now, there are times that I have to cut back on my expenses so I can afford to eat better, but I know that in the end my body will thank me for it. So the question of “how can I afford to eat better” really has one answer: how can you afford not to?