No, it isn't. It might be at first because you are just starting out, but if you do your research, it turns out to be really affordable. Look around for farmer's markets and local farms to compare prices. A lot of local farms sell better quality meat at much more affordable prices. Join consumer supported agricultures (CSA), where you can join to get affordable food, as well as learn how to grow things. Speaking of growing things, try your hand at growing food and/or herbs. You could barter/trade for food that you need/want. If you look online, you'll find out where and how people are growing things, even in apartments! Yes, a lot of stuff in the stores is expensive, but do your homework first and try a little here and there. Budgeting also plays a part here. Buy what you can afford so that you won't break the bank. You can start with spices (go with ones you know) and cook meals that are healthy for you. Make sure when you visit the health food stores is ask questions. You don't know 'till you ask right? Also, get as much resources as you can to continuously learn so that you can not only eat healthy, but enjoy it as well.