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    I just walked along our High Street, about 7 minutes in each direction, to get a few things (non food items). I'm a bit hungry, to say the least ...... so negotiating the 3 bakeries, 3 take-aways (kebab, pizza, fish and chips, all open), 3 cafes, 4 pubs (one has closed, it used to be 5), 1 supermarket and several (as in 5) shops selling cheap food - all chocolate bars, sweets, cake, cereal etc I passed n just that small journey WAS NOT EASY! There isn't one fruit and veg shop in town any more (unless you count the 3 supermarkets), I went fairly near the one remaining butcher. No fishmonger in town.

    Its like "running the gauntlet" and yes, on some days its torture (the sheer variety of food smells defies description and I struggle with sweet stodge to this day) and no I didn't succumb. No wonder, as a nation, that we are getting so fat!!!

  • #2
    I feel you. I'm pretty lucky in RI to have some very very good places to eat. However for fast food the only option is Chipolte.

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    • #3
      Try living next to a fried chicken shop, it's hard to go out for a sprint without being lured in.

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      • #4
        I forgot to mention the chinese and indian take-aways - cos they weren't open yet - so thats 5 (!!!!) take-aways within a few minutes walk.

        ah, while I feel your pain, I hate fried chicken

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        • #5
          Gah! When I was pregnant I used to walk by a KFC every.single.day and it was soooooo tempting. Although those glow in the dark 8 legged chickens would never make it down my gullet, then or now.

          It's true though, but when I am checking out at the supermarket with my chicken breast and salad greens right after a sprint and the person in front of me has coffee cakes, a loaf of bread, cereal, etc I do cry a little inside.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by cavebabymama View Post
            when I am checking out at the supermarket with my chicken breast and salad greens right after a sprint and the person in front of me has coffee cakes, a loaf of bread, cereal, etc I do cry a little inside.
            oh, so true, so true, I know that little hiccup of pain at the sight of those revoltingly bad but goodies. Some people don't crave - I am not one of them.

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            • #7
              Now the chinese and indian i dont have too much of a problem with, if i know there is no MSG ive been known to tackle a few plates of Pad Thai or assorted Curry.

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              • #8
                true - its not so bad, as take-away goes. Especially Indian - lots of taste and easy to lay off/minimise the rice BUT it's yet more food calling to me

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                • #9
                  Even some of the food I thought was safe is now off-limits to me. I saw Q-doba's ingredients and just about cried. The pork is the only soy-free meat, etc. It definitely is a stark reminder that eating out is a POTENT 20% contributor. So we stopped going there - and we stopped reading the ingredients for the few places we have left to eat out at. Otherwise we'll have turned into cranky hermit-monks. Not that I don't entirely like the idea of being a cranky hermit-monk...

                  That and canola oil. Pick up a bag or box of frozen anything and it's contaminated with canola oil.

                  I'm just glad the food desert hasn't spread to my area yet.
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                  • #10
                    it's not so much a "food desert: as a sort of "slimy crap-food swamp" - well, that's in my area anyway. Problem is - I still find my senses react to the sight and smell of it all (bakeries especially). I can go out feeling fine and yet be suffering terrible cravings by the time I get back home. Those cravings last a long time too - I am STILL finding it hard to block it all out

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                    • #11
                      and I think I AM a cranky hermit monk.

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                      • #12
                        I guess I am kind of lucky in that our little town is seriously lacking in restaurants . I used to be chef so we eat very well at home and I would have drive quite a way to find anything that would even slightly tempt me. Mind you fast food is not at all hard for me resist.
                        Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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                        • #13
                          Tell me about it!
                          That's why the Farmers market is my FAVORITE place, from may-november.
                          I get everything from there...Grass fed beef, fresh fish, fruit & veggies....It's really hard for me to eat out...

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                          • #14
                            wouldn't mind if it was just the fast food etc - its the sheer number of places to buy cheap, poor quality, sugar laden rubbish ..... that tempts me even though I know its rubbish. Like I say, bakeries are just hell for me and I often have to walk past several to get to where I am going.

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                            • #15
                              There's a mom and pop shack near us that, if you order the right meal, is perfectly primal friendly. No, it's not grassfed or organic. On the other hand, they only cook in lard, buy locally when they can because it's cheaper, and serve pork skins instead or chips. I asked them if there was any soy, cornstarch, or wheat in their meals and got back a "We make all our own spice blends. There are only spices in them. If you don't order anything with wheat in it, like a burrito, then there isn't any wheat." I LOVE Mamasita's.
                              That said, just across the street is a Paleo person's worst enemy: a donut shack next door to a gordita place. Go to the other corner and there's a Jason's deli (pretty primal, if you're careful) next door to crappy Tex-mex (we proudly fry in cottonseed and canola oil!) and Americhinese (don't even bother.) Go to the 4th corner and you find 2 hippie stores caddy corner to the best mom and pop Italian you'll ever eat (if you're careful and request the right substitution, it's perfectly primal, as they cook in olive oil.)

                              Unfortunately, the rest of the area is deep fried, coated in soy, or rolled in wheat.
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