Some people go to church on Sunday. We go to the health food store. Wut.
Nature’s Emporium Wholistic Market, located in Newmarket ON.
I’ve said before I’m lucky to have found a bunch of friends who are into the same kind of stuff that currently rocks my interest, and it’s particularly lucky if you have a husband with no desire to sort through the latest health trends.
This is how my friends and I left our hubses and kids behind (sanity!) and spent three hours of our Sunday looking at every product, reading every label and comparing every price in the huge health food store located 45 minutes outside of our hometown. Pure heaven.
I took the liberty of highlighting the most important aspects in this picture. In case you’re wondering it took me forever to figure out how to add the text. Every duck-faced girl in Facebook was smarter than me for a second there. Glad that’s over.
Health food stores are tricky. The title itself, health food store, imposes an image of wellness or of wholeness, like is the case in Nature’s Emporium, described as a wholistic market. As in Did you go to the market? No, I went to the wholistic market. Bitch.
However, a bit of label reading will shed a whole new light on the reality. One quick look at the ingredients on an unreasonably priced box of meager, weightless cookies proved that yes, said cookies were in fact sugar free, but they still contained a bunch of ingredients I didn’t want my 10 year-old daughter eating. Can I make something better and cheaper at home? Absolutely.
If honesty was the name of the game, health food stores would really be somewhat healthy but still full of shit- stores. Or depends on your concept of health food-stores.
Just like with any other business, these shops are popular because they have a niche, an appeal, an allure. I guess some people think shopping here gives them automatic respectability, because they’re, you know, better. Of course going to a wholistic market doesn’t make us magically health oriented, better than others or worthy of recognition. It’s a store.
But one thing is certain: health food shops are a great place in which one can find items and ingredients not commonly available in the average supermarket. The fact that they provide a lot of different options to what is found in the usual stores is very valuable, even if we do have to be careful and sort through the junk to find the really beneficial stuff. It’s ok and it’s part of being an observant consumer.
They do have some great deals and some very low prices but, again, make sure you sort through until you find what’s right for you.
Stepping into a health food store for the first time can be daunting, at least for me it was. It seemed like such a different world full of things I had never heard about before.
Here’s what I did to make shopping easier for me:
-The list. Have a list of the specific ingredients or items you know you need, along with an idea of their prices (check online or call other similar stores beforehand). You want to make sure you’re getting the best deal, especially because costs at a holistic store can add up very quickly.
-The no-no’s. As you become aware harmful things you no longer want to consume make a list of ingredients to avoid. For example, if you want to avoid sugar make sure you know all the alternative names with which companies hide it in their ingredients. If you’re avoiding hormone-disrupting chemicals in your skincare and body wash products, know which ingredients are harmful and buy only a product that does not contain them.
-Take notes in the store. You’ll come across so.many.things. you didn’t even know existed that it’s very likely your interest will be piqued. Write down the things you want to learn more about when you get back home before deciding if they’re a worthy purchase for you.
-Bring friends! Aside from making it all more fun, they’re also a big help. At least a couple of times I would have ended up buying things I could easily find at my hometown grocery store if it hadn’t been because Amy gave me the heads up. No harm would have been done, but really this was a trip to stock up on the things that aren’t easily available in our hometown.
Ignore your husband wanting to know how much you spent. What?