I’m not food insecure. (And by that, I mean to say that my level of financial stability is comfortable enough that I usually have little real issue purchasing food.) But, I still have issues when faced with making healthy choices over economical ones.
It feels bogus that it seems like we’re being forced to choose between a larger savings account and a long life.
Someone once told me to think of my food in terms of nutritional value, rather than actual quantity. This idea, while helping me justify the logic of choosing a single serving of something healthy over four servings of something that will put me in the ground before I’m sixty, also feels a little bit…distant from the daily lives some of us are living. It’s easy to tell people to buy higher quality food at the sacrifice of volume, but what about those with more mouths to feed? Where does this equation turn into a no-win situation, and who is this system hurting along the way?
I heard that other countries spend more time on food education, but here, it’s not required beyond a few hours. Kids are growing up unfamiliar with how to put together a healthy meal. And I know, because I somehow made it to my junior year of college with three recipes in my repertoire. Eggs, mac and cheese, and chocolate chip cookies. The three main food groups.
I kid, but processed, pre-packaged food is often cheaper and easier to make than organic, fresh options. For parents or family members with less time and funds, it seems like an uphill battle.
I want to find ways to make healthy, tasty food that’s low maintenance and respectful of your time and your wallet. And hey. Maybe it isn’t possible. Can someone with a full class load, two part-time jobs, and an exercise regime squeeze in the time to prepare decent meals? I hope so, because my life is relatively cushy compared to the lives of others, and healthy living should be accessible to everyone. Maybe I’m learning to be a functional human being, or maybe I’m demonstrating that pulling oneself up by the bootstraps is a little more complex than we make it seem. Either way, I’m open to the possibilities, and I’m eager to learn.