The other day while perusing a popular Women’s magazine, I came across something that cast a cloud on my otherwise sunny lunch hour disposition. There on a page featuring how to make quick and easy healthy snacks, I became transfixed on a recipe for deliciously moist nut bread. I scrolled down and read some of the ingredients; organic sugar, organic shortening, and something I have never come across before Organic cage-free eggs!! Are you kidding me? It’s enough to make me go a little non-organic bananas! Suddenly, I got this urge to give this organic stuff a whirl and so I decided to make a list of meal ideas for one week and shop in a natural food store buying only plucked from our raw mother earth products. Cage and roaming free yet still unsuspecting lean chicken here I come! Hey I said I was going organic not vegetarian!
I enter my local health food store with an open mind and wallet and am immediately enamored with my rainforest protected bamboo basket. The store smells lemony fresh, or is that my Clinique “Happy” perfume? No matter, I’m eager to begin. The store appears divided by aisles and aisles of vitamins and supplements of every kind known to man, with names I’ve never heard of, for ailments or deficiencies I never knew existed. I skip the section with personal skin and hygiene care products; ok wait a minute a safe paraben free long lasting lipstick made with bee-friendly flowers, beeswax, manuka honey and cactus extract! I can’t pass this up – my lips are always so chapped and dry! So, I take my time selecting the most perfect color a Sedona rocks soft red. I add this to my basket and move on. I walk past the canned foods as I’m not too excited with the prospect of putting heavy cans in my bamboo carrier and adding more weight to my already growing weight of guilt that I haven’t looked for any actual food yet. Time to get serious!
In the frozen section I find an organic pizza with fresh button organic mushrooms, serves 2, $15.99. One meatless organic plum tomato and soy lasagna, serving 2 – 4, $39.00. Three free spirited self-sacrificing turkey patties $9.25. To wash this down we’ll need a bottle of the much revered acai berry juice, found only in the deep dark jungles of the Amazon, known as the Incredible Hulk of antioxidants, $7.99! For dessert I found some gluten free brownies $11.04, suddenly wishing I was glutton free myself, I decided to wrap up this shopping spree but not before grabbing some organic Bing cherries, $14.99 and some Fair Trade Coffee noted for being Bird Friendly, Rainforest Alliance Certified, Medium Roast, 1 lb $35.50. It promises “a luxurious velvety body”, which is what I’m gonna have to promise my husband to keep him distracted from the price of these beans and me being certifiable to spend this much on them! And though I enjoy a little texture in my java, I make the decision to forego the highly recommended creamy organic milk suckled straight from happy grazing on pesticide-free pasture Vermont cows!
I empty out my purchases, feeling slightly nauseous, anxiously awaiting the 20something cashier with fabulous looking and naturally still smooth skin to tabulate my items, when she casually mentions “it will be $158.26 cents!” She then reaches for a soft eco-friendly organic cotton bag which she mentions is mine to keep because I’ve spent more than $50!!! Meanwhile, I’ve gone into an organically induced stupor picturing myself trying to explain to my husband how I spent our grocery money on a few solitary items! I imagine the all natural occurrence of my husband’s head erupting into various shades of fiery red! As I leave the store, I realize that while going organic sounds ideal and noble in theory, in order to afford this kind of luxury and lifestyle, you better approach it in moderation or be prepared to have or be making lots of dough and I really don’t mean the organic unbleached buckwheat flour kind.