I don’t know any other word to use besides overwhelmed.
Why am I feeling this way you ask?
Well it is just the work that it takes to eat traditional foods that has me in this little funk. You see, Monday is the day that I take stock of my pantry and freezer and make my grocery list.
In buying my groceries, I do most of my shopping at a chain supermarket, most of my produce comes from a CSA and when I can afford certain items, a local natural foods co-op.
It always amazes me just how difficult it is to eat traditional foods when you shop at a modern supermarket. We’ve talked before about the difficulty I have in finding lard ANYWHERE near my home. But even the “other foods” become a challenge to our time in finding them and to our budgets in our modern world.
Let me give you some examples.
What can I say, my husband loves this stuff and refuses to eat a hot breakfast without it. So I compromise by buying nitrate-free, naturally smoked bacon from the supermarket. It’s lovely that I can find this at the regular store, but here is the kicker.
This stuff is NEVER on sale and it is a good deal more expensive than regular bacon.
I saw in the grocery flyer today a sale for a popular brand of bacon for $4, AND it was buy one get one free. My bacon is always $6, and never on BOGO.
Same thing goes for lunch meat. On sale for $4 a pound for conventional roasted chicken. My roasted chicken that is all natural and nitrate free is $9 a pound!
Who said it was easy to eat traditional foods?
This is one of the big items that Sally Fallon talks about in her books. Well you just can’t get raw milk in most supermarkets. You can get it for about $10/gallon at a natural foods store. I have compromised for budget reasons and just began buying organic whole milk for now, which cost me about $5.50/gallon.
I know it’s not raw and it is homogenized, but it’s what works for us now and helps us eat traditional foods, at least more often.
This is really my hardest item to get around. I LOVE cereal. When I was a child, my mother wasn’t much of a breakfast cooker, so cereal was my best friend. I don’t offer it to my kids very often, but when I do they think its one of the biggest treats in the world (next to McDonald’s of course).
So, my first little baby step to reduce our consumption of processed food, is to by more natural varieties of cereal. We never did buy too much of the sugary sweet cereals, but now I focus on buying natural shredded wheat for instance.
Sure almost ALL boxed cereal has been expeller pressed to create its unique shape and texture, and this process brings its own set of digestive health problems, BUT its one step at a time.
I know now that in our journey to eat traditional foods, I will need to slowly phase out the cereal over time.
And so that is where I am today. Trying to construct a menu and a grocery list in a world that buys and consumes LOTS of processed and man-made foods.
This my friends is the challenge we face as we try to eat traditional foods.
How are you doing in buying traditional foods at the supermarket and what (if any) compromises have you and your family made to make this way of eating work for you?