I can't believe how expensive fresh food is. Fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, fresh bread cost a lot more than canned food and wrapped bread. Every time I go shopping I get mad. Even a meat diet is less expensive than a vegetarian/vegan diet.
Why would it cost more than a meat diet?
I think of actuarial studies. Before a CVS will open in a neighborhood, there has to be projected proof of future substantial financial benefit. So how can a CVS pharmacy decide to invest? They have to know how profitable they will be depending on the measured and projected illnesses that would be expected.
It seems to me that a diet of meat, cheese, processed food and canned food guarantees certain illnesses and the use of certain products to alleviate predictable discomforts along the way, like bloating, gas, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, bad skin.... Based on data collected about a neighborhood's habits, an actuarial study could recommend the profitability of a local CVS.
There is a Hindu expression that says we are food. When my grocery bill is higher than my meat eating friends', I am convinced that I am food! Food for our interwoven industries. Fresh vegetables usually taste so good, smell so good. I do, however, have to hunt for tomatoes that taste good, but generally, fresh vegetables taste better than canned. I remember my mom's penchant for canned peas and canned green beans. I can't believe I actually ate that. Even if you add spices, these peas have no taste and certainly no texture like fresh peas.
So, in order to stay alive and healthy, I have resorted to brown rice plus. A bag of brown rice costs a lot less than spaghetti and lasts longer. There are so many benefits to brown rice: vitamins, roughage...And you can be very creative to make a dish with brown rice as the main ingredient. Cabbage is also cheaper than other vegetables. Brown rice, cabbage, carrots, yes, black beans and freshly picked herbs from my garden makes a great main meal and stretches the budget! It's all about food combining, too. We do need protein, and brown rice and milk with spices helps to meet our needs. I really enjoy being healthy. I refuse to be food. One way or another, I know how to afford a healthy diet.