Monday, September 23, 2013

You Want My Kidney?

One of the most amazing things about living this new lifestyle is the amazing fresh and tasty food I have been eating. And let me tell you, I love food! One of the biggest challenges is finding affordable good quality grass fed meats and organic vegetables. You see, I live 2hrs from the closest Walmart. You read that right I said Walmart not Whole Foods or Sprouts or any other type of healthy grocery chain. Our closest grocery store is City Market and they are super limited on their choices. And, I live in the desert. There are not huge farmers markets or choices to purchase free range... anything. Don't get me wrong, we have a great little health food store here and, I sometimes purchase from them but can't afford to get all my food there because I only have two kidneys and I gave them one the last time (For example, I bought a 16oz jar of walnut oil for $12.99 then, while we were in Provo, UT I stopped by a Sprouts and found the same bottle for $5.99... just a little marked up wouldn't you say?). Oh! And guess what?!  It's lay-off season in Moab (Part of a tourist economy) and I'm on the list. Long story short: Things are hard to obtain, expensive, and funds are going to get REALLY tight.

What's a girl to do? How will I continue on this path and still get healthy?

I have to realize, I can only do the best I can. I may not always be able to eat organic or grass fed. I may have to purchase regularly processed meats at times. I will have to purchase commercially grown vegetables and skip the free range eggs. I'm OK with that. Don't get me wrong, I will make the best choices I can but they might not always be perfect. Why you might ask, because that is what's going to be available to me. That is going to be what I can afford... for now. Isn't that one of the most essential parts of living a new lifestyle? Doing the best we can?

Does this mean that I am any less "Primal" than someone that can afford to always have the great stuff? Some would say yes. I personally don't believe so. I am doing the best I can in a time that is monetarily lean and product limited. I have not thrown in the towel and decided to have grains and fill my home with inexpensive processed foods. I am making the best choices for me and for my family that I can make now knowing, that things will look up again soon and I will be able to get back to a more natural way of eating.

A few final thoughts: If you are not starting because you can't live it to the letter, I don't think that is a valid reason. Do the best you can with what you have and you will still reach your goals! It may just be a curvier road...

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