When I think about my brief history with food, I know immediately that I dissociate much faster with foods that are offered to me in plastic packaging. I don't relate to them, I also automatically tend to think they are unhealthy or there are things lurking on the ingredients list that are sure to be poison to my body. Things like added sugars, dies, syrups, and other 'evils'.
When I go to a store with a bulk food section, I tend to perk up, I feel responsible for my buying decisions, connected, and willing to make the choices of how much I will take. I am paying by weight and wonder really how many macadamia nuts could I possibly eat.. The entire process mentally and psychologically shifts.
At Original Unverpackt in Berlin, the owners are revolutionizing how we purchase food by having everything in their store offered package free. You must either bring your own containers or choose containers there. You can take as much or as little as you like. I see this as a beacon of shining light because as the owners of OU say, shopping in this way means considerably less waste and less food is then thrown away. We, as the consumer, are presented with a new model for choosing foods other than fruits and vegetables. We can think a bit longer about how much pasta, nuts, beans, etc we really need.
Visit them here: http://original-unverpackt.de/