Food is killing our “lower income” neighbourhoods, but its not all your fault.

Note this is a small rant.

 

So you’ve been trying to eat healthy? Oh wait, you live in a small suburb which has been labeled “low income” and find yourself stuck between a rock and about a gajillion fast food restaurants.

 

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So I’ve been trying to eat healthy — and yes I do go out for dinner a little more than I should; this is why when I cook, I make sure I try my best to not eat crappily.

 

Here’s the story: I live in Scarborough, Ontario and have spent the last year living in the gorgeous ByWard Market in Ottawa. I’m not a health nut, I’m overweight and diabetic– I felt sick at home in Scarborough for years, but after moving to Ottawa and being exposed to fresh ingredients, and healthy alternatives, I can say I feel great and a thousand times better.

When I moved back to Scarborough last Sunday, it was all parties and welcome back dinners, so I didn’t have a chance to cook. Today I went to the Great Canadian Superstore to get some groceries and start cooking some food to get back into the swing of things. All I can say is that I am absolutely disgusted with what I found.

Yes, this might sound pretentious, but to those people who are unaware of what the Superstore is — its supposed to be relatively healthy food for cheaper. Everything conveniently in one CLEAN (as most Scarborough grocery stores are not) store. I spent an hour in the store trying to find good ingredients and came to this conclusion: there are a ton of deals and sales — but its almost only on prepackaged ‘healthly’ (which they’re not) frozen meals, instant meals, preseasoned frozen meat and high sugar snacks. When I dug through to get eggs, turkey, pork, various vegetables the bill came to a whopping $50+ , the food I bought was barely enough for one person’s meals for a three day span. I was taken aback quite a bit — my bill was actually higher than what I was paying for groceries in the “expensive’ part of Ottawa. 

Driving from the grocery store back to my house I counted at least two dozen fast food restaurants that offered cheaper  dinner options with larger portions. I found myself wondering why the hell did i just pay almost triple the amount for food that I also have to spend hours to prep when I can buy delicious chicken fried rice on my way home from work. Its almost a no brainer if I had a family to feed too.

 

I makes me sad to think what is going to happen to our new generation of kids growing up in these kinds of areas.

 

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