So last night, I went to the grocery store to stock up for the next week or so. I tried to get all good stuff, even vegetables, which I tend never to eat when I'm alone. I got salmon, turkey burgers, fruit preserves, whole-wheat no HFCS bread, organic milk, tomatoes, organic spinach, whole-wheat burger buns, a fruit cup for breakfast, some high-fiber granola, yogurt, orange juice, and bananas. The total? About sixty bucks.
The woman checking out in front of me had 8 cases of Pepsi, about as many packages of nitrate-laden lunch meat product, Sunny D, a gallon of milk, and two boxes of no-name sugar cereal. AND IT ONLY COST HER 18 DOLLARS. That made me feel sort of angry, but also kind of smug, but then angry again. It shouldn't cost more to eat better food. Even the lifetime health care savings I'm probably earning by taking care of myself now, rather than later, doesn't offset the fact that I could have bought soda and lunch meat and a new pair of shoes.