What I learned this week from Health Food Stores
This week, we delve into chemical free world of Health Food Stores.
Love them or hate them, health food stores are everywhere. These ever expanding houses of health are becoming more and more prevalent. They emerge on the corner, flogging their wares to hungry health nuts, and those annoying few people who actually keep their New Year’s resolutions. While many believed these new age Meccas against Maccas would be a passing fad, health food stores are here to stay.
I have a complicated relationship with health food stores. Health food stores were previously not on my radar. I recently relocated to Bondi, however and nowhere is the health food phenomenon more apparent. These stores are immensely popular and are for all intents and purposes, unavoidable.
Now, I’m a pretty stubborn guy at the best of times and if it wasn’t already clear, I have an (un)healthy skepticism toward these establishments. That being said, I’ll make concessions when it comes to health. I’m willing to experiment with anything, especially if it has the potential to improve my ‘wellbeing’. I’m not going to write something off simply because it is strange and unfamiliar. I’ll readily try new things, especially if there is a chance they will make me less of a grouch.
In order to persuade me to change my behavior however, I’m going to need the environment to be just right. I’ll need the right kind of encouragement, and a setting I feel comfortable in. Nothing extreme, just a relaxed, welcoming place where I feel like I have some semblance of control.
The ‘Health Food Store’ is not such an environment, and there’s a bunch of reasons why.
Most of the time, I have no idea what I’m getting. I have no idea what tempeh is, or where it comes from. What’s more, its certainly not appetizing.
Second there’s the problem of a lack of simplicity. Nothing can ever be made simple in these places. Can’t you just explain to me, in laymen’s terms, why I need more dirt in my food?
Third, the exorbitant prices are a pretty strong deterrent. Does it really count as fair trade when the health food store is robbing you blind?
My biggest beef with health food stores however, is with the people who frequent these places. I may be stereotyping, but are dirty nails and dreadlocks the best advertisement for ‘healthy living’?
Maybe it’s a lack of protein, but the quiet arrogance of the staff is another reason to bail on the kale. While some are friendly, the older ‘management types’ are a different breed. They see you come in and immediately have you pegged. They look down their noses at you. Their smug, intolerant, ‘holier than thou attitude’ certainly doesn’t help their cause. I’m not going to drop twenty bucks on gluten-free granola if you’re going to talk to me like I’m a lesser being
Furthermore, don’t go shoving your suggestions down my throat. If I wanted to get recommendations I didn’t ask for, from some jumped up self-important little jackass, I would have gone to a cocktail bar.
So what did we learn this week?
Don’t join the cult.
Sometimes you’re better off sticking with steak. At least you won’t be constipated for the next week.