On a recent trip to the grocery store, I decided I would do a little “investigative shopping” to determine if food prices were really the problem, or just an excuse to give a social issue more leverage. I was saddened to see people pick up healthy products and then place them back on the shelf, instead going for things like sugar based fruit drinks instead of juices and 99 cent boxes of high fat and sugar packed pastries instead of eggs and fresh fruit; and little protein. I looked in my own cart and realized how lucky I was that while I am definitely in that “middle class” being slammed with everything from higher gas prices and foreclosures; I could still add nutritional choices to my cart. But I am a family of one, not fighting to feed a family of four. My fellow shoppers were carrying calculators to make sure they could make it, not because of choice, but necessity. Please join me over the next months as I try to decipher the art of the cart, or how to get good nutrition into a shrinking budget.
Posted by Susan Brockway