MUSEUM, MARKETS & TRAINS
Our visit to the Melbourne Museum was also amazing. My favourite was the exhibition of ‘The mind - enter the Labrinyth’. All about how we used to, and currently treat mental illness. There are displays on memory and emotions and how drugs affect this. Boxes of Lithium and Zoloft behind glass cabinets, questioning whether we should expect to always be happy? A lobotomy kit and photos of institutionalised patients; some locked away because they had epilepsy - once thought to be a type of schizophrenia.
In Melbourne I frequented a number of health food and organic grocery shops. Wow! As pharmacy has begun to enter the health food market it's interesting to see the competition for this line - and it is very strong at least in Melbourne. Cool names like 'Spelt Quinoa' and not-so-cool names like 'Great Earth Super Discount Health Shop’ selling all types of flours, nuts and seeds. In terms of vitamins Bioceuticals must be doing pretty well. They are in every health food shop I step into. The appropriately named 'Organic whole foods' which sold bulk health foods and fresh cold-pressed organic juices. We sampled a beetroot and apple; it tasted like health, yum! I bought a muesli bar, which at $3 was the cheapest one in the store. I was a little sad when Stella ate most of it :) My conclusion? With everyone eating Paleo or organic or vegan or gluten/dairy/soy/nut/egg/etc free, people are changing the way they shop. There is a Food Revolution! and it is most definitely happening in Melbourne! We couldn't help but be drawn in, and even dined at a vegan restaurant for lunch. When in Rome!