I’m always reflecting on how much I’ve changed over the past several years. I think I was cleaning the bathroom yesterday when I was recollecting a conversation I had with a Kroger grocery store cashier and how fired up it got me. The conversion went a little like this:
Kroger Cashier: Ma’am are you aware that your apples rung up for $9.12?
Me: Okay, Does that equal $2.88/lb?
Kroger Cashier: Yes.
Me: Well then it’s correct, I’m good.
Kroger Cashier: Okay, I just didn’t want you to be shocked at the price when you got home.
What the hell? Nobody questioned me when I bought $9 worth Doritos so why the hell am I getting questioned for buying $9 worth of apples? I choose to splurge on things like Organic Honeycrisp apples (YUM!), only available a couple months in the year, because I no longer splurge on mountains of fast food, cookies, ice cream, and chips. I would rather be shocked at the price on my receipt than the number staring back at me on my scale or the number of medications I have to take to treat my long list of health problems.
This conversation respresents everything that is wrong with the American diet. We live in a place where $9 worth of apples will only provide a family of four with 2 days worth of snacks. However, you can buy 3 large bags of Doritos with that same $9 and will last the same family much longer than 2 days. Our government, subsidizes Doritos making them artificially cheap. It sucks! It’s bullshit! Our society view of food is so schewed from massive amounts of marketing we question things like spending too much money on apples. I don’t fault the cashier. She was trying to be polite. Her words were just very profound for me in my journey to change my life.
Ok, I’m stepping off the soapbox.
Have you had somebody question how much you spend on real food? How did you handle it?