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Anyone miss how you used to shop for groceries?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 16, 2011 at 7:00 PM

Since many of supermarket floor plans have Paleo-acceptable food around the outside ring of the store, anyone ever venture into the Frankenfood aisles? I used to be annoyed at attempts at advertising and marketing, especially in the cereal rows, now I'm just disgusted.

Shopping is a ton easier and less complex now ("Are the gummi chews in the candy aisle or the baking one?"). What say you?

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on September 19, 2011
at 03:28 AM

but plenty of coupons for paper and cleaning products! (as a plus you can buy a bunch as they will not go bad. then again bleach, ammonia and vinegar are quite cheap as well and will clean 98% of what might get dirty)

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on June 27, 2011
at 05:41 PM

Yeah, there's never a coupon for "beef" or "lettuce."

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on June 27, 2011
at 05:37 PM

I'm with you on cringing. I am annoyed that kids can get a free cookie or fried/breaded chicken tender when they come into the store with their parents.

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on June 27, 2011
at 05:34 PM

I agree, grocery shopping is the only type of shopping I really enjoy! I will also traverse the isles just for "old time's sake."

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on June 19, 2011
at 04:26 PM

Ditto ya'll..In fact, that was the biggest difference I felt in eating this way. The realization that I was pretty much disgusted with shopping for food, and not knowing it until I switched over. I see others shopping, eating SAD or CW and I can feel/see their bodies repugnance and disgust..a lack of harmony and congruence in their lifestyle that I know is more than just my projection.

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on June 18, 2011
at 09:26 PM

It's really fascinating that my life rings familiar with both of yours. Sounds like we've all had to reach a point where we had to reteach ourselves how to eat. I'm glad you've found peace with your food, too! :)

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on June 18, 2011
at 04:53 PM

I hate being judged by fat, unhealthy people for eating meat and butter.

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on June 18, 2011
at 01:28 PM

Wow, spot on Kaz, my stores shares also quite a lot of similarities with yours!

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on June 17, 2011
at 04:38 PM

My path was very similar! Poverty, vegetarianism, avoidance, and finally Paleo bliss. In there before Paleo was a stint as a "foodie", a term that I now dislike, where I really learned how to cook from scratch.

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on June 17, 2011
at 03:58 AM

I hate seeing people with weird body shapes buying boxes of fake-healthy shit, especially at Costco.

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on June 17, 2011
at 03:20 AM

Thank you, Mem, for your kind words. That means a lot to me. <3

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on June 17, 2011
at 01:22 AM

+1 for another perspective that would not have occurred to me...I can imagine that not or rarely being able to coupon now and save that $$$$ (I am bigtime frugal!) would be a real switch and one that could feel like a loss. Hmmm...I think that would be tough for me!

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on June 17, 2011
at 01:19 AM

+1 - love the feeling and the description!

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on June 17, 2011
at 01:19 AM

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on June 17, 2011
at 01:15 AM

+1 - Ha! your energy is infectious! Great perspective!

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on June 17, 2011
at 01:14 AM

+1Great point, Jake. PPl forget or have to learn how much $$ is saved by not buying any of that expensive frankenfood/industrialized-food-like-substances!

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on June 17, 2011
at 01:10 AM

@kaz: I love this post. It's one I'd put in the "Academy Awards for Paleohacks posts." Thanks so much for sharing your history and present life in this way. I'd give you +500 for this post if I could. Since +1 is what I ccan give, you've got it! Thank you!

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on June 16, 2011
at 10:59 PM

I love wandering through the aisles too! I still do it if I'm not in a hurry.

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on June 16, 2011
at 10:25 PM

My meat for the month takes up the whole conveyor belt. I can just see the people thinking about my impending heart attack...

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on June 16, 2011
at 08:50 PM

Not reading labels anymore is so liberating and saves me time. Anything to get me out of the damn grocery store faster!

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on June 16, 2011
at 08:12 PM

We have the exact same experience in Costco! People peer into our cart and have the big eyes "that's a lot of meat" we always smile and nod - I peer into their carts and always muse to my hubby "man there's a lot of BIG boxes of junk at costco!"

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on June 16, 2011
at 07:58 PM

Yeah, I keep hoping to find some unsweetened coconut flakes in the health food aisle at my store, but still am perplexed at the crap they're selling as "healthy alternatives".

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on June 16, 2011
at 07:57 PM

Just today I had popped in to the market after my noon workout since the lunch I packed was seriously "under-nutritioned" for recovery. Sooo hard not to come off as evangelical and preachy to the sinful flocks (in my mind) when checking out others' shopping carts.

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on June 16, 2011
at 07:53 PM

Yep! I was going to add that my next venture was going to almost nearly wean myself from the store entirely - with a freezer full of meat and my fruits and veggies coming from either my garden, co-op or farmer's market.

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74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

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on June 16, 2011
at 08:37 PM

No, I don't miss it.

When I was SAD, I lived in severe poverty as well as ignorance. Shopping consisted of whatever was cheapest, whether or not it was palatable. Were it high calorie and low-cost, albeit nutritionally void, it went into my cart. Everything else was supplemented by the food bank, mostly in the form of stale bread and tinned food alternatives.

Then I developed an eating disorder, so I was a neurotic, ignorant former-SAD eater who refused to eat. I walked around the grocery store, ogling high-fat, high-sugar pastries and forbade myself to eat any of it. Instead, I filled my cart up with sugar-free pudding snacks and packages of air.

Then I was an ignorant vegetarian with a history of an eating disorder, which meant there was nothing fun going into my cart -- just legumes, grains, fruit, and vegetables. Occasionally, I would get dark chocolate chips to sprinkle onto my oats, as a "treat". But it was carefully weighed and measured before eating, of course.

Then I was an ignorant vegetarian with a history of an eating disorder on an elimination diet, so it was just fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds -- and I was terrified of eggs (fat! cholesterol! the horror!). Half the time I dreaded my next meal, since I was so bloody tired of eating the same bland things over and over for fear my stomach would hurt again.

I was sick all the time with each those previous shopping carts. My lower abdomen was distended and swollen, my face was spotty, I was weak, gaunt, and terribly mentally ill. I was, in every single instance, always so hungry.

Now? I shop with a bounce in my step. I look forward to my next meal with excitement. I pick up packages of meat and think of ways I can integrate in into my meals. My food has flavor now, and I can trust my body -- finally! -- to not rebel on me when I eat. I love grocery shopping, and delight in my weekly outings to the store. I would never, in a million years, go back to the way I used to grocery shop.

So, nope. I don't miss it one iota. :)

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on June 17, 2011
at 01:10 AM

@kaz: I love this post. It's one I'd put in the "Academy Awards for Paleohacks posts." Thanks so much for sharing your history and present life in this way. I'd give you +500 for this post if I could. Since +1 is what I ccan give, you've got it! Thank you!

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on June 17, 2011
at 03:20 AM

Thank you, Mem, for your kind words. That means a lot to me. <3

2ac15451faa94215724c7d624b5f575a

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on June 18, 2011
at 01:28 PM

Wow, spot on Kaz, my stores shares also quite a lot of similarities with yours!

74f5d2ff6567edd456d31dfb9b92af61

(5227)

on June 18, 2011
at 09:26 PM

It's really fascinating that my life rings familiar with both of yours. Sounds like we've all had to reach a point where we had to reteach ourselves how to eat. I'm glad you've found peace with your food, too! :)

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

(15833)

on June 17, 2011
at 04:38 PM

My path was very similar! Poverty, vegetarianism, avoidance, and finally Paleo bliss. In there before Paleo was a stint as a "foodie", a term that I now dislike, where I really learned how to cook from scratch.

8be7a492e2844e2ad5595a6c73974f99

(891)

on June 19, 2011
at 04:26 PM

Ditto ya'll..In fact, that was the biggest difference I felt in eating this way. The realization that I was pretty much disgusted with shopping for food, and not knowing it until I switched over. I see others shopping, eating SAD or CW and I can feel/see their bodies repugnance and disgust..a lack of harmony and congruence in their lifestyle that I know is more than just my projection.

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93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

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on June 16, 2011
at 07:12 PM

Great question. It is a lot easier now. Also, when I go to Costco nowadays, I see how different our cart is than everyone else's.

Our cart: Meat, fish, veggies, fruit, cheese, nuts, and a few bottles of wine.

Everyone else's: Various faux-foods in boxes made up 98% of some mixture of corn, wheat, and soy.

254ea62982c287995e11bc3cfd629407

(822)

on June 16, 2011
at 07:57 PM

Just today I had popped in to the market after my noon workout since the lunch I packed was seriously "under-nutritioned" for recovery. Sooo hard not to come off as evangelical and preachy to the sinful flocks (in my mind) when checking out others' shopping carts.

Medium avatar

(12379)

on June 16, 2011
at 08:12 PM

We have the exact same experience in Costco! People peer into our cart and have the big eyes "that's a lot of meat" we always smile and nod - I peer into their carts and always muse to my hubby "man there's a lot of BIG boxes of junk at costco!"

1fc9c11cf23b2f62ac78979de933ad83

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on June 16, 2011
at 10:25 PM

My meat for the month takes up the whole conveyor belt. I can just see the people thinking about my impending heart attack...

Medium avatar

(5639)

on June 18, 2011
at 04:53 PM

I hate being judged by fat, unhealthy people for eating meat and butter.

65430e39d7e9e9322718d016fe668051

(2944)

on June 17, 2011
at 03:58 AM

I hate seeing people with weird body shapes buying boxes of fake-healthy shit, especially at Costco.

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on June 16, 2011
at 08:10 PM

Shopping is much more exciting now that I am "on the hunt" for real food. I feel like Neo in the matrix, looking past all the 1's and 0's trying to see reality behind the curtain of advertising, marketing, and BS "nutrition" information.

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on June 17, 2011
at 01:15 AM

+1 - Ha! your energy is infectious! Great perspective!

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on June 16, 2011
at 08:18 PM

These days - the warm weather months - we only go into the aisles with the paper paper and cleaning products; everything else is either obtained directly from the farmer or at the farmer's market. We've joked that the employees at our local grocery store think we don't eat - only poop and clean.

Seriously, though, no. I don't miss those colorful boxes and packages full of poison, and I cringe at the sight of the other shopper's baskets, especially those with small children.

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on June 27, 2011
at 05:37 PM

I'm with you on cringing. I am annoyed that kids can get a free cookie or fried/breaded chicken tender when they come into the store with their parents.

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on June 16, 2011
at 07:13 PM

God no! I love that shopping is so easy. Quick circle around the outside of the store and I'm done. I do get most of my meat delivered from US Wellness Meats because their prices are the same as my Whole Foods for grass-fed and I'm lazy and would rather have stuff just delivered to me :)

254ea62982c287995e11bc3cfd629407

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on June 16, 2011
at 07:53 PM

Yep! I was going to add that my next venture was going to almost nearly wean myself from the store entirely - with a freezer full of meat and my fruits and veggies coming from either my garden, co-op or farmer's market.

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on June 17, 2011
at 06:21 PM

I venture into the middle of the store all the time because I coupon... bordering on "extreme couponing" depending how many flyers I pick up that week - for myself and for charity. I use two different sets of coupons mind you, because no matter how much I would prefer it, I can't donate fresh meat to the food pantry. It's only non perishable foods. So even though I am paleo and have been for a while, you will still see me buying pasta, and cans of tuna in water/soy broth, etc all the time. I figure if I can get it for free (which I usually can), it's better than nothing for those who have nothing.

It is still possible to be Paleo and coupon, I do it all the time. I just coupon for both types of food.

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on June 16, 2011
at 10:57 PM

I miss my coupon-ing. I LOVE coupons! It used to make grocery shopping into a fun game for me to see how cheap I could get something for by using store sales and coupons. I used to love watching the cashier take off all the coupons it was such a rush (I know I'm a big dork).

I rarely find coupons for paleo foods. Every once in a while there will be a paleo coupon but the coupons are usually for the processed crap.

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on June 17, 2011
at 01:22 AM

+1 for another perspective that would not have occurred to me...I can imagine that not or rarely being able to coupon now and save that $$$$ (I am bigtime frugal!) would be a real switch and one that could feel like a loss. Hmmm...I think that would be tough for me!

61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

(2682)

on June 27, 2011
at 05:41 PM

Yeah, there's never a coupon for "beef" or "lettuce."

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on September 19, 2011
at 03:28 AM

but plenty of coupons for paper and cleaning products! (as a plus you can buy a bunch as they will not go bad. then again bleach, ammonia and vinegar are quite cheap as well and will clean 98% of what might get dirty)

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on June 16, 2011
at 07:32 PM

I don't miss it as much as I thought I would. I sometimes look at a gluten-free item, but then realize it still has a lot of weird stuff on the ingredients list.

It's definitely easier knowing what I'm going to eat, and what it is, and why I want to eat it. Contrary to most people's thoughts on "how expensive paleo is", my food bill went down by about $100 a month. It's even lower now that I'm doing vlc.

254ea62982c287995e11bc3cfd629407

(822)

on June 16, 2011
at 07:58 PM

Yeah, I keep hoping to find some unsweetened coconut flakes in the health food aisle at my store, but still am perplexed at the crap they're selling as "healthy alternatives".

Cbb1134f8e93067d1271c97bb2e15ef6

on June 17, 2011
at 01:14 AM

+1Great point, Jake. PPl forget or have to learn how much $$ is saved by not buying any of that expensive frankenfood/industrialized-food-like-substances!

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on June 16, 2011
at 08:10 PM

Not really. I feel pretty great with my cart full of whole foods rolling around next to carts filled with faker food.

I do miss the price, though!

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on June 17, 2011
at 01:19 AM

+1 - love the feeling and the description!

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on June 16, 2011
at 07:22 PM

I do miss the inner aisles! Mostly, because I love shopping and wandering up and down all the aisles was part of my ritual. Now, I really don't need those aisles so it is a waste of time and I hate wasting time.

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on June 16, 2011
at 10:59 PM

I love wandering through the aisles too! I still do it if I'm not in a hurry.

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on June 17, 2011
at 01:19 AM

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61b801de5dc345b557cd4623d4a4f26b

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on June 27, 2011
at 05:34 PM

I agree, grocery shopping is the only type of shopping I really enjoy! I will also traverse the isles just for "old time's sake."

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on June 17, 2011
at 01:17 PM

Hmmm... I sometimes do pick up a random item, look at the first ingredients (water/sugar/vegetable oil/salt).

Then sigh, shake my head, put the poison back, and pay the real food.

So yeah, I do wander on the dark side ;)

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on June 27, 2011
at 04:38 PM

There's only one thing I do miss: the samples! It was always so fun to see what interesting samples they would have at Costco - I would actually look forward to shopping there, just to try different things. It was almost like a treasure hunt. Now it's just another trip to a giant store with long check-out lines. :(

I know I shouldn't be eating all that junk anyway, but I still miss it!

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on June 18, 2011
at 02:52 PM

I miss coupons but that's it. Haha it's very nice never having to scan ingredient lists or nutrition labels anymore.

I was all about Finding foods with added vitamins and sawdust... Ahem I mean fiber back in my SAD days.

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on June 18, 2011
at 01:21 PM

Nope, not really, I find it somewhat amusing how different the contents of my basket are from the grocery carts around me (aside: carrry the basket! WWGD? What Would Grok Do? .. well, he wouldn't be in a grocery store .. but I think you understand my point ...)

Also, before 'going Paleo' I was already pretty close to the diet without knowing it. I just needed to nix the daily oatmeal, high sweet potato consumption, and up my fat and protein. :)

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on June 17, 2011
at 12:33 PM

I only head down the center aisle looking for those seaweed chips!

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on June 17, 2011
at 10:42 AM

Occasionally I will pick up some SAD food for my roommates if I'm headed to the store anyways. Usually doubles the length of my trip though because it's been so long since I've been down a shopping aisle that I can't find anything.

So no, I don't miss it. It wastes my time!

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on June 17, 2011
at 03:46 AM

I do miss how neatly the boxes stacked- in the freezer, in the cabinet- and how long food would last. (months! not days or weeks!) Oh- I also miss shopping when nobody else is (was?) in my way, either. The farmer's market is always a crush, the co-op is tiny, and whenever I go to the grocery store now, it's at a reasonable time of day (so there are tons of others shopping, too).

I really don't miss the mind-numbing label-reading (/always/ late at night, for whatever reason) that the inner aisles/non-co-op/non-CSA shopping made me do, though.

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