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    I was grocery shopping the other day and I realized, 80% (a guess) is dead to me now. The only parts I peruse is the produce, meat, and dairy section, with some exceptions here and there (need my coffee, tea, and my Green & Black's 70% dark chocolate).

    If one were to open a primal grocery (which I have bounced the idea around in my head because I'm crazy), it would be very small indeed.

    Just a thought I had and figured many others probably thought the same.

  • #2
    Smith's comes to mind. They're a produce store with a meat counter, and maybe 1/3 of the space to "other" foods (my word) such as nuts and beans in bags, "healthy" chips, breads, some CW dairy, a bakery counter, etc. All one would have to do is lop off that section, repopulate the dairy section and the meat section.

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    • #3
      I don't think it would really be that small; there are many different vegetables and fruits to stock. Also our local farm shop sells not only a wide variety of meat but also packages with meat done in various sauces and spices. I think there's a lot of possibilities really.
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      • #4
        Meat, Fruit, and Veggies... sounds like a Farmer's Market. Although around here there always ends up being some vegan bakery that ruins the "primalness".

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        • #5
          Almost every store is going to have some non-primal stuff...all those CW people who seem to think that they "need" their whole grain and/or gluten free crud and soy are what keeps most of the so-called health food stores open. If you started one, I would shop there...if it is within an hour of where I live! Unfortunately, you'd have a pretty small client base...

          Personally, I enjoy walking past the bakery, bread aisle, canned beans and ice cream...it kinda makes me feel superior to all the other poor schmucks shopping there! It also gives me great opportunities to pass on the word regarding PB. 0:-)
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          • #6
            I also love how much easier it is to get in and out of the store! No weaving in and out of aisles.

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            • #7
              I don't know, I still end up going in the aisles a good bit for things like the following:

              Oils (olive and coconut, mainly)
              Tapioca starch (occasionally for fried chicken, etc.)
              Dark chocolate
              Coffee
              Tea
              Canned goods (mostly tomato products and olives, but occasionally artichoke hearts)
              Cooking vinegars/wines
              Baking soda
              Pork rinds
              Shredded coconut
              Various nuts (from the bulk section!
              Protein powder
              Frozen fruit

              Household goods:
              Soap (for my husband)
              Detergent
              Paper plates
              Plastic bags
              Trash bags


              As an adult, I've always known that shopping "the periphery" is superior to the aisles, so I'm not sure my aisle shopping has decreased THAT much since going primal. I just used to pick up boxed cake mixes more often (the occasional indulgence) and pasta more often.

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              • #8
                Kind of OT, but I have to say that since I've been moving into the "primal" zone, I've really begun to notice how many overweight people there are. I'm not trying to bash them at all, but just feel so sad that these people are out there getting lied to about "nutrition." I get angry and want to nuke half of the store.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Minagelina View Post
                  Kind of OT, but I have to say that since I've been moving into the "primal" zone, I've really begun to notice how many overweight people there are. I'm not trying to bash them at all, but just feel so sad that these people are out there getting lied to about "nutrition." I get angry and want to nuke half of the store.
                  I actually notice a lot of my clients shifting to vegan diets for "health" reasons. Makes me chuckle just a bit.

                  I also notice what larger people purchase in their carts at stores. It's very entertaining.

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                  • #10
                    I buy most of my produce and meat from the farmer, not the grocery store, so most of my shopping at the organic grocery shop here is dairy (if I don't get my cream and cheese that week at the market) and "middle aisle" stuff such as coconut oil, canned tomatoes and fish, chocolate, frozen fruit and vegetables, spices, and so on. I will hit the produce section if I want sweet potatoes, avocados, or bananas, since those aren't available locally, but that's about it.

                    However, I do skip over entire aisles.
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                    • #11
                      I seem to remember reading that grocery stores are intentionally organized with the (profitable) unhealthy things in the middle, e.g. the soda and chips aisle is almost always right in the center. I've found this to be pretty accurate no matter what the size of the store.

                      Now I just circle the outside of the store - fruit, vegetables, meat and eggs. I get most of my canned goods like tuna and tomatoes at costco so the grocery store has become a much simpler experience lately.
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                      • #12
                        i became vegetarian twice in 20 years for a period of 18 months, not the greatest experience, only the first months, but later became to boring, to many carbs...anyway! i learned trough antrophologist i was wrong, but help me to crave for more vegetables, fruits, and recipee out of my country (mexico)
                        now my diet is more varyed and i eat (love) vegetables i juse laught about....
                        (cutting down meats a little will be wise, specially for anglo people) and a couple of detox days a month wont hurt with no meats at all so when you eat animal your body will absorved it 1oo%
                        excuse my english writing

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                        • #13
                          popcorn-soy-starch-icecream sandwich diet is not the best eh?

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                          • #14
                            yeah man. most of the grocery store is nothing but rat poison... and i don't have rats. xP
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by jqbancroft View Post
                              I don't know, I still end up going in the aisles a good bit for things like the following:

                              Oils (olive and coconut, mainly)
                              Tapioca starch (occasionally for fried chicken, etc.)
                              Dark chocolate
                              Coffee
                              Tea
                              Canned goods (mostly tomato products and olives, but occasionally artichoke hearts)
                              Cooking vinegars/wines
                              Baking soda
                              Pork rinds
                              Shredded coconut
                              Various nuts (from the bulk section!
                              Protein powder
                              Frozen fruit

                              Household goods:
                              Soap (for my husband)
                              Detergent
                              Paper plates
                              Plastic bags
                              Trash bags


                              As an adult, I've always known that shopping "the periphery" is superior to the aisles, so I'm not sure my aisle shopping has decreased THAT much since going primal. I just used to pick up boxed cake mixes more often (the occasional indulgence) and pasta more often.
                              This is pretty much what I do as well. I still need my olive oil, vinegars, canned sardines, spices (in the baking aisle! the horror! *faints*) and sundries. The only aisle I've stopped going down is the cereal aisle; no more baked oatmeal bars for me.

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