After a quarter of a century working in a grocery store, I know that most shoppers simply fill their carts with frustrated habits. They are very eager for anything new that offers, or just promises, a simpler, easier or more satisfying alternative. Most are just confused and jaded after decades of conflicting dietary advice and fads. I'm always fascinated when they run in and demand the latest thing Dr. O. has recommended.....that's a long flight to Sweden for those fresh lingonberries. The advice we grocery store workers give to health newbies is to shop the perimeter of the store. I think things are changing for the better, most shoppers rate the produce dept. as the most influential reason for choosing to shop at a store by a wide margin, almost always followed by the meat dept. Now it is up to them to demand the organic produce and well pastured meats. The votes you cast every week with your grocery budgets give you more influence than you know. Prices, availability and quality of organic produce have all improved as the demand and interest has increased.
All you well-educated customers DO make a difference!
An addiction of mine is logging on to American supermarket websites and shouting out all the weird stuff I find to my OH. The stuff it the fruit n veg section is insane, often including things like slices of toffee coated apples or something - wha? When we were in California for a few weeks last year, we dropped into a small Walmart to wander round and gawp. Liked Ralphs though, no real complaints there, felt like a Morrisons, my favourite supermarket over here. Of course we did our actual shopping at the awesome markets and roadside stalls, but it was fun to go and have a nose about!
6 May 2014 - 149lbs
15 May 2014 - 143lbs
Goal - Healthy, lean, happy, somewhere around 9 stone.
People must think I am a vegetarian when I go to Wal Mart. I buy nothing but a copious amount of vegetables and olive oil when I'm there. How wrong they are. lol
Walmart is our go-to store for cat litter.
Walmart is the most depressing place to people and cart watch.
The Walmart in my area is grubby. I can't stand going in there.
Part of why WalMart's look grubby is they use crappy lighting that is actually somewhat environmentally friendly. They built a new store near me and yep, looks dingy, but it's the lighting.
Funny grocery store moment- yesterday at the healthfood store they were sampling grass fed strip steak in a salad with tomatoes, mozz, basil and a garlic olive oil. A very overweight woman turned down the sample with a smug "We don't eat meat", and then looked at her sheepish husband and said "neither does he". But plenty of heart healthy grains and healthy "treats" in her cart.
I damn near grabbed the woman and showed her the trio of photos....the one of me as a whale like vegan, Michelin man like vegetarian and normal size meat eater....Giving up meat is not the solution.
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