When Worlds Collide at Aldi

World 1: Since giving birth to my second son, I became very interested in a different way of eating. One that doesn’t measure grams or calories of food (I don’t think I’ve even used those words in the last 18 months). But a lifestyle that is focused on nutrient values and avoiding inflammation, 90% of the time. So I’ve studied and watched diets like Whole30, Paleo, gain popularity on blogs, instagram, and among the general public.
World 2: Just two days ago, I received the results of my sons blood work which shows that he has extremely high allergic reactions to all dairy and eggs, as well as mild reactions to gluten, wheat, oats, honey.
And the two worlds collided. I would’ve probably hit panic mode, if I hadn’t already considered this “alternative diet” attainable and manageable. I would’ve lost my shit in all of the confusion of “What do I cook?!!” if I hadn’t already stocked up on a few cookbooks and roughly 1 million applicable pinterest recipes. And I would’ve surely declared bankruptcy after my first visit to a local, consciously-sourced grocery store, if I hadn’t followed up with a visit to Aldi. Which is the point of this post, I have to sing the praises of Aldi
World 3: Aldi has a strange stigma. I think it has an unwarranted bad reputation to people who have never shopped there. They are scared; the quarter-in-the-cart, bring-your-own-bags thing is too freaky for them. Personally, I loved it for the variety of apps and boozes I could purchase on the cheap for a drunken fete in my tiny apartment. But now I love it for my new life…. apps and boozes on the cheap for drunken shindigs at my tiny house with two sleeping kids.
My visit yesterday was one of the most invigorating, energizing trips I’ve taken to a grocery store. And it instilled a new sense of hope that not only did I have the recipes and knowledge, but I had a source of gluten-free, egg-free, milk-free, honey-free, oat-free options that wouldn’t break my bank. I filled the back seat of my car with 99% approved items, and shelled out $100.28.
As I left the parking lot, I texted a photo to loved ones, bragged about my savings, and reveled at how my worlds had just collided but it didn’t hurt a bit.
(Look for future posts on the items that fit Kasjen’s new diet, and don’t taste like shit. Here’s a short list: Glutino Pretzels, SimplyNature Fruit Squeezies, veggie chips and straws, and basically all of their produce. )

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