I was not surprised to read this article that reveals just how hard it is these days in Nova Scotia (and other places too) to eat healthy. This is not a super prosperous province that I live in and I know that it has been hard for me to get by on a budget. Food and health are a top priority for me and my husband. We buy fresh food and take our vitamins and exercise as much as we can which is also challenging in a place where winter is half the year and the roads are too dangerous to be on.
As I was standing in line at the grocery store I saw a woman ahead of me with her two sons, putting her “food” on the conveyer belt: hot dogs, a huge container of oil for deep frying the chicken she was buying, white bread, bagels, buns, deli meat and bacon. No fruit. No vegetables. It upsets me but I can kind of understand it since my little cart here cost me $50. In our home we will go without movies, clothes, takeout…before we give up on our health but nowadays even I am finding it challenging to have any kind of a life and eat well at the same time. This winter our heating bills were a second mortgage that lasted seven months but I am still trying to live as healthy as I can.
On the news last night I saw that the cost of food in Canada has increased by 8% since last year and I believe it. My husband heard in the news that in Nova Scotia the cost of produce has gone up 20%! This foodie is feeling the crunch in her wallet but will not give up on healthy eating. I am planning to take advantage of where I live and buy more fresh fish. As well, I am going to make meat-free meals at least once a week. I have started to pay strict attention to flyers that come out right before our Friday sales begin and plan ahead. The reason my cart is so small is because these are the items I refused to buy at full price the night before when we did our groceries. I got them on sale and saved at least $6 which then went towards being able to afford our vitamins.
I hope as produce really comes into its season this summer and fall that prices go down so we can start eating real foods and not just cheap meat and bread. We deserve to be fed body-nurturing foods.