Here in the United States we are spoiled on so many levels, but especially when it comes to our food. I stopped by the grocery store on my way home last night and started thinking about how our stores in the US differ from from groceries I have shopped abroad especially differences related to size and selection. We have so many choices when it comes to food:
Gluten-Free, Fat-Free, Sugar Free, Reduced Fat, Whole Grain,
Snack Size, Family Size, Bulk
Production Methods – conventionally, organically, grass fed, grain fed,
Cage-Free, Brown, Vegetarian, Pasteurized,
Grape Nuts, Captain Crunch, Wheaties, Chex (no less than 5 kinds), Cheerios, Fruity Pebbles, Cheerios,
Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, Fuiji, Gala, Yellow Delicious, Pink Lady, Red Delicious, Braeburn,
Not to mention we can buy fresh fruits and vegetables year-round.
Meat is much more affordable.
Most products you can buy multiple sizes, brands, flavors etc.
I think you get the picture, but have you ever really thought about it? Because of our abundant and affordable choices in this country we get worked up over food and people (especially moms) are often shamed because of the food they choose for their families.
I am so glad that I do not have to purchase the same food my neighbor, mother, or co-worker purchases, that is the beauty of it! I can choose how I want my food the be raised, fed, grown, packaged, cooked etc. and it is my decision. Just because I buy particular items doesn’t mean you have to, isn’t it great?
Let us strive to be appreciative for the many choices we have. Maybe you don’t like the abundance of choices big grocery stores provide, you can also be thankful to have options of CSA’s, independent stores and farmer’s markets during the the summer, we have choices even before we get ready to actually go and purchase.
Next time you’re in the grocery store looking at no less than 6 different types of apples, 35 different kinds of cereal, 21 types of fruit juice, 30 types of coffee I would encourage you to appreciate the choices. You don’t have to embrace all of them, but be thankful for to have the choice.