In Arizona, I shop at a vast grocery store, which I don’t prefer, but it is close and has everything I would ever want to purchase, and much more. I walk fast and think it would take more than ten minutes to walk down every aisle even if I didn’t stop and looked at anything.
I should never go grocery shopping because I get frustrated noticing what people have in their carts. I know I don’t have to look, but it is difficult to shop with my eyes closed.
In the United States today, according to me, we have record diabetes, addiction, obesity, heart disease, cancer, and health costs. If you Google healthcare problems, you will find complaints against doctors, hospitals, mental health care, and pharmaceutical companies.
I couldn’t find one journal article on the real problem: the choices people make. We are what we chew and swallow. We all pay too much for our healthcare because people, even the very young, overeat the wrong foods, move too little, and don’t choose to change.
Back to my grocery shopping pet peeve. This particular grocery store has both sides of seven long aisles full of drinks in plastic bottles and cans. (Environment pollution–another pet peeve) I didn’t look at every brand or flavor, but I would guess 90% had no nutritional value, only sugar, artificial sugar, and coloring. These seven aisles did not include the end aisles, deli, Starbucks, dairy, or milk substitutes. They also did not include the large alcohol section of the store.
The choices included juice, (ha!) sports drinks, water, sparkling water, coconut water, soft drinks, soda, bottled tea, enhanced water, and energy drinks. It is a site to see, especially when you know those aisles are front and center in the store. They are apparently a high volume sale.
Another sad part of this story; I don’t know if people realize the majority of those seven aisles of pretty bottles and cans are unhealthy and full of artificial junk and or sugar. Even if they don’t know the zero nutritional value or the adverse effect on their overall health, do they know how much they are spending on watered down sugar and chemicals, or how much of a problem plastic is to our environment?
We can’t blame the store or the manufacturer for wanting to make a buck, but we can look at ourselves and make wiser choices. If we didn’t buy it, they wouldn’t have it for sale.
There you have it. My pet peeve on this beautiful Monday afternoon. Don’t get me started on the aisles of ice cream, frozen fried meals, or breakfast cereal.