This is a font size test run – is it too big? I just went to my website via Google Chrome and the font was so small it was giving me a headache… I swear one of you emailed me about it recently…

The reaction over the “Is it Just Me” post is still rocking my world! The comments just keep coming in and BOY are they doozies!


So, a lot was said/asked/commented about Aldi and I thought it would be fun to run with it. Laura’s comment especially intrigued me and I just had to respond… 
For YEARS I would not shop at Aldi – to be frank, I was being a snob. 
The Aldi in our town is, how shall I say this…
 
Icky.
 
I could regale you with stories of greasy haired, screaming mothers hollering at their children about the day of their birth… or this horrible woman I saw belittling her poor, elderly husband… oh my gosh, it was awful. You’ve seen that website “People of Walmart” – well, that’s what my Aldi is like + all the drama.
 
Look, we are a single income home and I am married to a blue collar baby and a few years ago our faux finish/painting business came to a SCREECHING halt! We were struggling BIG TIME and did for about two years until hubby was blessed with a job. I was pregnant with Amélie during this time, it was Thanksgiving and I wanted to make my 3 person family dinner so badly but had no money for a special meal… for the first time I went to Aldi and bought everything I needed to make Thanksgiving dinner for $27.00 (A client had given us a turkey.) For the next many, many months I shopped at Aldi because my beloved Trader Joe’s, even with their fabulous prices was a total luxury. For all of the obvious reasons it was a horrible, stressful time for us (that I wrote about on P.F.). We are still a single income household (by firm, convicted choice) and not out of the woods (who is in this dumpy economy!) but we are blessed to be able to shop at Trader Joe’s, Costco and local again….
 
I have probably corrupted myself with too much information but over the years have learned SO MUCH about how we our KILLING ourselves with the “food” and products we consume on a daily basis so let me just touch on three food categories…
Here’s my “beef” with Aldi and any supermarket that does not offer organic food… 
 
Their PRODUCE…
If you are eating produce that is not organic you really don’t know what you are eating. MANY fruits and veggies are genetically modified and they are repeatedly sprayed with chemicals that you would NEVER consume if they were presented in a shot glass in front of you. The soil they are grown in is abused by these methods and thus completely depleted of it’s nutrients, leaving your fruits and veggies with very little nutrition as compared to the same item grown a hundred years ago.
To save this from being a forty page post here are a TON of articles from one of my favorite websites:
 
Their MEAT/DAIRY/EGGS
I recently was talking to a family member who has cut out wheat, corn, sugar, etc out of her diet but she is still eating LOTS of meat each week… from Aldi. Now, to me, it makes no sense to cut out GMO grains from your diet and then to still eat meat that is fed this harmful diet. No. Sense. Animals that are not from free range, organic farms (even better yet, local farms) are kept in deplorable conditions (and I say this, not even being a “big animal person”), shot up with hormones, antibiotics, growth stimulators and fed a diet of GMO grains. Grains are NOT a cows natural choice of food. The slaughter houses where they are processed are an E-coli nightmare and the “meat” you are eating can be “glued” together with meat glue… even creating a deceivingly choice cut of steak. Hamburger meat is created with “fillers”… Gross.
Dairy products sold there are from cows given growth hormones with cracked, infected, puss ridden, udders…PUSS!!!, injected with rBGH/rBST… I swear the reason little 8 year old girls get their periods these days…
Chickens don’t come from places like “Happy Farms” or “Sunny Valley” – they come from disgusting, over-crowed chicken houses… they have been altered to grow so fast with so much breast meat that they can’t even walk upright…
And just cause it’s “turkey bacon”... well… you get where I am going…

 
Their PROCESSED FOODS
OK, I shouldn’t have to say anything here. It’s 2011, girls. The information is out there. Time to stop feeding our families “food” (read: crap) from a box. Fruit snacks, goldfish crackers, cereal, cookies, fruit bars, brownie mix,… pop! I don’t care if you have a coupon for it or not. It’s not food.
 
So, it’s nothing against Aldi personally. Their business plan and structure is genius which is why they are such a success and they were a blessing to us many times as I imagine they are to many people right now. But at the same time, I rarely, if ever buy the “we can’t afford to eat organic” statement. There are tons of things people spend money on each month that would put enough extra money in their pocket to make up the difference… cell phone extras like texting, cable, store bought shampoo, conditioner, cleaning products and laundry detergent (I make all my own for pennies)… trips to Starbucks, trips to Redbox and Blockbuster…new clothes you can live without and all that extra “Made in China” crap you throw in your cart when you’re at Target… 
Let’s get down to brass tacks.
This is the body God gave you – you don’t have to be a Cancer stat’ someday, your kids don’t have to act like monkeys hopped up on high fructose corn syrup and breakfast can be a much more wonderful experience than Kellogs can ever offer!
 
For more of my “crazy” opinions on health check out this old post…


Santé!