One of the toughest things I am facing, with this new direction in food is not really about the change in diet. It’s about warring motives.
Jen Hatmaker described it best in her book “7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess” (slightly paraphrased). She writes about the conflict that happens between “buying local”, “being frugal”, and “organic” when shopping for her family. Here’s a slight paraphrase from my review of her book.
“So [Local] is horrified by [Frugal]‘s priority to buy cheap, and [Frugal] outright mocks [Organic] and [Local] for spending more….The competing voices confuse me, and I’m not sure which personality should dominate. This leaves me in a mess half the time, and I manage to feel guilty one way or another, no matter which purchasing priority wins the day. I’ve either spent too much, but cheap processed junk, or I’ve subsidized the sweatshop industry. Evidently simplifying can be complicated. GAH!”
As I prepare my meal plan for the next week, I dread what I know I’m going to face while grocery shopping tomorrow. I am committed to fresh (though now not in season) produce. We are blessed to have a lot of options from the Super Target (has produce, but only an OK selection) to Whole Foods (beautiful, wide, expensive selection).
Tomorrow I’m going to take a look at Trader Joe’s. Something in me is slightly resisting (I’m not big on trendy organic…I just want real fresh food…), however I need to push through and shop around so I know what my options are.