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  • Spot the Primal at the grocery store. Fun game!

    Just now off to a Memorial Day BBQ (thank you Vets and those that serve the USA) and hit the super giant grocery. Saw no purchases that seemed to be Primal compliant around me, so I really walked the aisles a few times to find one other Primal guy/gal. I may have:

    One dude, college age, fit, not ripped, mild mannered kinda guy but looked like maybe just maybe he could lift 75% of his body weight over head, and scramble up a concrete block wall pretty quick if he needed to. He had a tube of high fat ground beef, a good assortment of veggies, some sour cream (full fat), and some bottled water, and some pork rinds. Decidedly devoid of sugars and grains. Gave him a dude "nod" hello, you men out there know the "wasup?" nod. No organic, no super grass fed free range, but doin' pretty good on a college kid's budget, or a short notice perhaps.

    My cart: batteries for my headlamp, diapers for the new baby (we do use cloth washables as much as possible), some bulk ribeyes to feed an army (grassfed one for me thawed in the fridge), some frozen non-sweetened blueberries for a treat post feast.

    Feel bad for the folks getting spongecake, coolwhip and sweetened frozen fruit mix, a box of frozen pizza rolls, a 24 pack of beer and 4 cases of soda, bags of chips, cartons of icecream, you know the drill, SAD food. Hope the day comes I see a lot more shoppers like that college kid.

    Try this next time you hit the grocer.

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    It can be so depressing looking in those carts...its frozen,fast,baked,processed crap! I wish I could slip them a pamphlet.
    Went Primal: 3/28/2010 - 43 lbs lost!
    Over 15 inches gone!

    Primal Journal ~ Jadeocean

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    • #3
      Many people use this junk as comfort food and that is sad because if they started eating better they probably wouldn't need to be comforted. Vicious cycle!
      Stabbing conventional wisdom in its face.

      Anyone who wants to talk nutrition should PM me!

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      • #4
        I have noticed the same thing at the store. I have only been primal for about 6 weeks and I find myself kind of wandering around the grocery store looking for stuff I can buy. Pretty much can do the outside ring - produce dairy and meats. The middle of the store is all boxes of 'food'. Have really notice how much less we spend now too which is always a bonus :-)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by canuckgrl View Post
          I have noticed the same thing at the store. I have only been primal for about 6 weeks and I find myself kind of wandering around the grocery store looking for stuff I can buy. Pretty much can do the outside ring - produce dairy and meats. The middle of the store is all boxes of 'food'. Have really notice how much less we spend now too which is always a bonus :-)
          You spend a lot less, until you start going for all organic meats. Think $9 a pound for chicken, yowza. It's no wonder the US is so obese when it's so cheap to eat like crap.

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          • #6
            You can spot me with 7 dozen eggs, 3 lbs ground beef and organ meats in my basket. Really I wonder what people think of me hahaha.

            Organic meats are a joke. They're fed organic grains and soy. Woo hoo!
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            • #7
              Ha ha rphlslv! I'd think yum!

              Our grocery experience is always hillarious because I have a crying toddler wailing for strawberries AND blueberries! "Plllleaaaaaaaaaaase mama, both TREATS PLEASE!!!" hee hee, it's hard to say no to that, but sometimes the budget just doesn't have room for two TREAT fruits!
              The more I see the less I know for sure.
              -John Lennon

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              • #8
                I'll find some primals at Whole Foods. The primals and gluten-free allergy moms get confused, though. I can always spot the vegans and their cartloads of frozen edamame and short, short or long, long hair! The regular grocery store is hopeless. Then there is Wal-mart, with the fat toddlers straddling packages of capri sun and Easy Mac. Gads.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Max[imilian] View Post
                  You spend a lot less, until you start going for all organic meats. Think $9 a pound for chicken, yowza. It's no wonder the US is so obese when it's so cheap to eat like crap.
                  Non organic chicken here is around $18/kg. ($8.18/lb) I have found a farmer with excellent organic chicken for about the same price so am becoming his new best customer!

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                  • #10
                    I always find myself looking in peoples carts too. I actually look at the person first, then look in the cart to see if their food matches their appearance. Usually, but not always. Not cause I judge people at all, I just find it intersting what they decide to buy.... I didn't know other people did this too

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Max[imilian] View Post
                      Think $9 a pound for chicken, yowza. It's no wonder the US is so obese when it's so cheap to eat like crap.
                      It's sad that grains have been so subsidized!!

                      As far as chicken, we love to buy chicken thighs. For ease of cooking we get them off the bone (sadly they're skinned, too) from Whole Foods for MUCH LESS than the breasts. Now, it'll still be more than conventional, caged, homone chicken, but it's MUCH better for us and we LOVE the taste of the dark meat...so juicy!

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                      • #12
                        Yeah I do this too, only I haven't played "spot your fellow primals"...I usually spot the obese by the hostess, cereal, mac and cheese, chips and oodles of bread. I think it's weird, and sadly pitiful that they can't put the two together. They're fat (soft and spongy) because that's all they eat...we are indeed what we eat! Duh.

                        My mom, who lost 50 lbs on weight watchers (she's 60 and healthier than ever so I don't nag her about how she got there I'm just glad she did!) has also started playing that grocery store game with me. It's funny! And she's really supportive of us beinb primal because she can see it working and the will power we have. Plus I send her pics all the time of food I've made and she's flabbergasted at what we CAN eat! This is a great journey.

                        Sorry I still get carried away and excited!
                        Now and then it is good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by canuckgrl View Post
                          I have found a farmer with excellent organic chicken
                          +1 this. find a farmer! I buy a lot of veggies at Whole Foods, but tend to only buy meat there when I forgot to defrost something, we're low on meat in the freezer, or we're looking for something in particular that we don't have. I buy chickens (I like whole so I can make stock from the bones, but they sell pieces, too), eggs, ground beef, ground pork sausage, natural link sausages, steaks, organ meats, etc. from a few local farms that I've visited. I love supporting them! Neither of my favorites are certified organic, but they are living it with pastured, healthy animals and I trust these people to actually make the right choices when it comes to the health of their animals and my family. Word of mouth is a great way to find them. Or ask at your farmers' market. Or search online. Good luck!!

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