Having recently migrated from a small town to a big city, I’m still a bit shocked by the prices of, well, everything. Especially the cost to eat organic food. Where I’m from, I can get an endless buffet of dope Chinese food for $7. Oddly enough, I paid more than that for 1.49lbs of “OG Green Bell Peppers.” $1.93 more, to be exact. And if you’re going to put “OG” in front of anything plant related, it better get me pretty high. Just kidding.
But not really.
Yes, I know “OG” means “organic” in this context, but it’s a pretty regular occurrence for me to get an energetic buzz after eating a plate full of organic meats, veggies, and fruits.
Who needs drugs when you can get doped up on Whole Foods?
And as I stare at this receipt, I’m curious if the amazing feeling I get from eating organic justifies how damn expensive it is.
What’s the Damage of The Cost To Eat Organic?
$114.12. Ouch. And what did I get for about ten hours of work?
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How Many Meals Is That?
I usually eat two big meals a day, most of which are strictly Paleo.
To save everyone my strange math (I would literally use the term “metric handful” for my portions), this grocery visit yields me about 10 meals (and the trail mix and carrots take care of the munchies between my intermittent fasts).
And that’s a liberal estimate – I’m quite the garbage disposal, and there was no need to buy that King Salmon (I could have gotten two more pounds of Grassfed Ground Beef instead; twice the meat for the same price). Also, I could add white rice to my plate to prolong the life of the meat and veggies, and pack on several hundreds of calories if I’m building muscle.
That’s 5 days of food. And I generally will eat the same meals for a whole month, so that makes the math easier.
30 days / 5 meals per grocery visit = 6 visits
6 x $114.12 = 684.72
Nearly $700 a month for me to eat like an organic king.
If we take the more frugal route by replacing the salmon with 2lbs of beef and add rice to my diet, we can get a week’s worth of food for about $94.46 (we’ll keep the uber-expensive but delicious trail mix, just because).
$94.46 x 4 = 377.84
Is It Worth It?
So is it worth the cost to eat organic? Well, that’s a completely different question. I’m just being honest about how much eating organic costs in a pretty expensive city. But I’ll tell ya, the buzz, the weightlessness, how fast my hair grows, how my skin glows, how infrequently I get sick, how much more punishment I can handle at the gym.
I can think of worse ways to spend $400 a month.
And if those benefits don’t sound better than feeling heavy, bloated, and fatigued from eating Hot Pockets and Lean Cuisines every day, then you have more problems than finance, my friend.
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