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How many like to evaluate other people's grocery carts?

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Created December 04, 2010 at 4:55 PM

I have noticed I've taken up a hobby while standing in line at the grocery store. I look at my groceries and evaluate them for paleo correctness, sometimes casting a critical eye on my penchant for ranch dressing but usually otherwise feeling smug. Then I observe what is on the menu for those around me and how that relates to their apparent level of health. How much processed food? How much carb? How much nutrient rich food? From what is on their cart, I find myself imagining what their typical diet probably looks like. One thing I have noticed is that those who are really heavy invariably have a ton of processed carb on the menu. Am I the only one or have other paleo eaters succumbed to this secret hobby as well?

04293f705870e1837b8670d3c1cd5f67

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Made my first homemade ranch dressing...Very delicious...for some reason I didn't think of it before. :)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 21, 2011
at 06:31 PM

whoever downvoted me, go educate yourself on the truth about MSG..then you won't disagree.

35e09dae32de43af73b3bffaff5636fe

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on May 13, 2011
at 11:13 AM

There are other diet which are better than sad. So maybe you bring them to some thing different. So you cant eat more together.?

6f97d1b544380ac1f2dbf95d11f25971

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on May 13, 2011
at 02:31 AM

I can't stand WIC it is restricted mostly to awful foods like juice, bread and low fat milk. Some people buy crap on food stamps, but I can only imagine what the government would restrict them to if they followed the WIC/SAD diet model. I don't think it's a coincidence that so many children on government food programs are overweight and unhealthy.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 07, 2011
at 11:25 PM

I can't control how people react to content.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 07, 2011
at 11:22 PM

I can't help if people react to content in such a manner, I think everyone needs to hear about MSG so they can do their own research and decide for themselves if they want to consume a commonly hidden additive.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

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on February 07, 2011
at 10:58 PM

It is not being defensive about MSG. It is simply disliking scaremongouring nonsense whatever it is about.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 03, 2011
at 06:32 AM

I wonder why people are so defensive of MSG lol. People are pointing down my comments, do you guys work for a food company that uses MSG or something? lol. My intentions are to help but I can't control how people react that's their choice.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

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on February 03, 2011
at 01:20 AM

Maybe you should chill out about MSG before you give cavemen a bad name. Have you considered that people could be correct in not believing you?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 03, 2011
at 01:16 AM

Totally man....it's so sad that the manufacturers who load processed food with exicitotoxins know very well that they are neurotoxic and addictive. I am almost 99% sure that walmart adds MSG in the form of "natural flavors" and "12% solution for flavor" to ALL of their beef, pork and chicken. It's just sad.

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on February 03, 2011
at 12:47 AM

I feel like they're probably not going to attack you (and if they did, you would be stronger/more agile anyway) so you may as well try to help them. You could literally be saving someone's life. I think hearing that fat is good causes some cognitive dissonance, but if they look at the source and it's noticeably lean person, odds are they might listen.

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on February 03, 2011
at 12:44 AM

I'm of the opinion that excitotoxins are largely to blame for autism and ADD/ADHD. I can't possibly imagine it not having an effect on a fetus or child going through crucial developmental stages of the brain.

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on February 03, 2011
at 12:43 AM

I'm of the opinion that excitotoxins are largely to blame for autism. I can't possibly imagine it not having an effect on a fetus.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on February 03, 2011
at 12:08 AM

Oh, that's surprising that he let his disgust through! All of my TJ's experiences have been with flawlessly cheerful, helpful, professional staff.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on February 03, 2011
at 12:03 AM

Ironic considering that there are wheat, soy, dairy, and egg allergies aplenty - and those are found in nearly every prepackaged processed food!

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on February 03, 2011
at 12:01 AM

A bagger at the cashier's checkout asked my husband the other day if we were going to have a bacon party - we were buying 6 or 7 packs of nitrate-free bacon. My husband was like, "Well, my wife saw the sale price, and at our house, bacon is not only for breakfast!"

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on February 02, 2011
at 11:06 PM

Lol, I tried this the other day at work. This poor girl was talking about how she was trying to lose weight, and that her lunch was all weight loss related. She had 2 pieces of whole wheat toast, a banana, an orange and a diet soda. I was eating coconut oil, butter with cinnamon, and Sardines. I made a joke that we should trade if she wanted to lose weight. The lunchroom became a "joke's on me atmosphere"...

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on December 08, 2010
at 05:41 AM

I never did like beans. They are so pasty and blah tasting. For a long time, I felt bad that I wasn't eating this 'healthy' food. At least now I can feel smug about not eating those damned things! ;-)

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on December 08, 2010
at 05:37 AM

I was in Trader Joes the other day asking about grass fed beef. And the checkout clerk could not quite disguise the look of disgust on his face. Turns out he was vegan! I guess the judgement goes both ways sometimes! ;-)

04293f705870e1837b8670d3c1cd5f67

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on December 08, 2010
at 03:29 AM

The peanut allergy, now I understand. Thanks for pointing that out.

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on December 05, 2010
at 04:35 PM

LOL! At least yer honest! :)

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on December 05, 2010
at 04:34 PM

I actually lost all but the last 15 pounds of my 115lb loss eating grains and lots of beans. I think my saving grace was I was also high protein and didn't worry about fat. It was my own system of high protein, high fiber, lower carb.

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on December 05, 2010
at 04:30 PM

My daughter has to have everything packaged too for snacks and birthday treats, nothing homemade. Lunch we can still make. It's all about the peanut allergies.

04293f705870e1837b8670d3c1cd5f67

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on December 05, 2010
at 03:59 AM

Eva, you have no idea how mad that makes me. I am so against processed food; not to mention that I LIKE cooking & giving. I don't want to say what school district this! Makes me mad! Especially since cutting up apples or cheese would be so much better dollar wise than the pre-packaged! errrr (p.s. I try to sneak it anyway on occasion..teacher's know me)

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on December 05, 2010
at 02:49 AM

I can't remember the last time I saw a cart full of food that was all paleo or all healthy looking. There are always some crackers or some junk food. The difference is in how much of which is in there. Interesting when you think about it, but it seems that if there are at 10 items in there, then at least one is always something non-nutritive.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on December 05, 2010
at 02:46 AM

My food is more expensive now, but I eat a lot less of it, so I think it actually balances out. And as others mentioned, that does not even include feeling better, sleeping less, less sick days, less doctor bills, less medications, etc.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on December 05, 2010
at 02:44 AM

OMG, you aren't allowed to give her homemade food!?!?!?!?!?! Arrrgg! You'd think there would be a law against such a law! Where do you live anyway? I'd be so peaved!

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on December 05, 2010
at 02:42 AM

Yeah, I always figure most others think I am an unhealthy eater. SOOO ironic when you think about it, but there are always some giant slabs of meat in my cart. And I spend a lot of time checking each piece of meat in order to find the one with the most fat on it.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on December 05, 2010
at 02:41 AM

I keep my face passive. No one will know what I am thinking. Actually, I feel very saddened by the heavy people with the carbs because I think a lot of the problem is they have been TOLD to eat these so called healthy foods. I used to eat the same stuff myself so I know exactly why they are eating it and how they got sucked into that viscious cycle.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on December 05, 2010
at 02:38 AM

I haven't tried it for two reasons. One is because I like the exact flavor of ranch. I could be wrong, but it's hard for me to imagine me making a ranch that tastes exactly like ranch. The other reason I haven't done it is because I'm lazy.

95601768ec9cb75cc3a9cbcd2271ed14

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on December 04, 2010
at 10:05 PM

conversely, i now marvel at how expensive carts full of chips and freezer meals and cereal and other processed foods are. overhearing some of those totals (often more expensive than my cart of meat, eggs, dairy, veggies, nuts) and thinking of it in terms of nutrient value per dollar amazes me (maybe because i am hopeless at math, but probably not.)

Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

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on December 04, 2010
at 09:34 PM

I've brought grapes, apples wedges, string cheese for snack times in the past.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

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on December 04, 2010
at 09:00 PM

Uh-oh, no secret handshake for Mari!

Bbc6e90e45ac205d0ebb544b8928f294

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on December 04, 2010
at 08:45 PM

With the amount of fat & meat I buy, I wounder if everyone else at WF thinks I'm crazy!

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on December 04, 2010
at 08:29 PM

me too! but then I worry that they won't notice me because we almost always have bread and cookies for my sister...

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47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

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on December 04, 2010
at 08:22 PM

I do a little bit of peeking at others' carts, but mostly I wonder about my own cart. In particular -- not joking -- I wonder if anyone else can tell that I'm eating paleo by looking at my cart, and if they're going to introduce themselves, or give me the secret handshake. I guess you have to think about something when you're in the grocery store.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on December 04, 2010
at 09:00 PM

Uh-oh, no secret handshake for Mari!

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

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on December 04, 2010
at 08:29 PM

me too! but then I worry that they won't notice me because we almost always have bread and cookies for my sister...

Bbc6e90e45ac205d0ebb544b8928f294

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on December 04, 2010
at 08:45 PM

With the amount of fat & meat I buy, I wounder if everyone else at WF thinks I'm crazy!

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on December 05, 2010
at 02:42 AM

Yeah, I always figure most others think I am an unhealthy eater. SOOO ironic when you think about it, but there are always some giant slabs of meat in my cart. And I spend a lot of time checking each piece of meat in order to find the one with the most fat on it.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on February 03, 2011
at 12:01 AM

A bagger at the cashier's checkout asked my husband the other day if we were going to have a bacon party - we were buying 6 or 7 packs of nitrate-free bacon. My husband was like, "Well, my wife saw the sale price, and at our house, bacon is not only for breakfast!"

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04293f705870e1837b8670d3c1cd5f67

on December 04, 2010
at 08:57 PM

I do that too. But sometimes I look in my cart, and I think, I don't have meat or eggs in my cart because I have "farmer" sources. I wonder what people are thinking about my cart! Haha

And then there are days, that my daughter needs "snack" food for their school. There is a rule now that no homemade food is allowed. I guess someone screwed that up for the rest of us. Makes me mad. But I am kind of embarrassed that I have a bag of chips in my cart by my daughter's request. I know there are other choices, like packaged fruit and beef jerkey. So, in defense of "other people's cart," they may be buying for someone else.?? But, by the looks of them, it does give it away too, who it really is for. Just my 2 cents.

04293f705870e1837b8670d3c1cd5f67

(2261)

on December 05, 2010
at 03:59 AM

Eva, you have no idea how mad that makes me. I am so against processed food; not to mention that I LIKE cooking & giving. I don't want to say what school district this! Makes me mad! Especially since cutting up apples or cheese would be so much better dollar wise than the pre-packaged! errrr (p.s. I try to sneak it anyway on occasion..teacher's know me)

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on December 05, 2010
at 02:44 AM

OMG, you aren't allowed to give her homemade food!?!?!?!?!?! Arrrgg! You'd think there would be a law against such a law! Where do you live anyway? I'd be so peaved!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 05, 2010
at 04:30 PM

My daughter has to have everything packaged too for snacks and birthday treats, nothing homemade. Lunch we can still make. It's all about the peanut allergies.

04293f705870e1837b8670d3c1cd5f67

(2261)

on December 08, 2010
at 03:29 AM

The peanut allergy, now I understand. Thanks for pointing that out.

Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

(2312)

on December 04, 2010
at 09:34 PM

I've brought grapes, apples wedges, string cheese for snack times in the past.

D30ff86ad2c1f3b43b99aed213bcf461

on February 03, 2011
at 12:03 AM

Ironic considering that there are wheat, soy, dairy, and egg allergies aplenty - and those are found in nearly every prepackaged processed food!

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A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on December 04, 2010
at 05:13 PM

I totally do that too. It's hard to avoid!

On a related note... Why don't you make your own "primal ranch dressing*?!"

Just take a cup of plain full fat yogurt and add:

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried chives
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

Avoid all those yucky bad oils!

*Adapted from this recipe.

04293f705870e1837b8670d3c1cd5f67

(2261)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Made my first homemade ranch dressing...Very delicious...for some reason I didn't think of it before. :)

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on December 05, 2010
at 04:35 PM

LOL! At least yer honest! :)

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on December 05, 2010
at 02:38 AM

I haven't tried it for two reasons. One is because I like the exact flavor of ranch. I could be wrong, but it's hard for me to imagine me making a ranch that tastes exactly like ranch. The other reason I haven't done it is because I'm lazy.

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on December 06, 2010
at 02:23 PM

Ok, I thought this was solely my own secret obsession. I saw a father with his 4 kids all under the age of 6 at walmart (i hate that place and only go for undies/socks, paper products), their cart was full of boxed foods, not even canned veg, just boxed meals. This guy paid $150 on his EBT card and another $200 in cash for a load of crap. Im thinking that cart is only going to last 10 days at the most since the food there is not nearly as filling as real food. How in the world do people afford to eat this way? And those poor kids!

I also feel this way when im parked near a fast food joint. I was waiting for my husband to get off work and watched people going into McDonalds. Elderly folks, pregnant women, mothers with young children. What kind of nourishment do these people think they are getting? I know everyone isnt as aware as we are but for pete's sake, they have to know this food is not nourishing!

6f97d1b544380ac1f2dbf95d11f25971

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on May 13, 2011
at 02:31 AM

I can't stand WIC it is restricted mostly to awful foods like juice, bread and low fat milk. Some people buy crap on food stamps, but I can only imagine what the government would restrict them to if they followed the WIC/SAD diet model. I don't think it's a coincidence that so many children on government food programs are overweight and unhealthy.

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on February 02, 2011
at 10:52 PM

I sometimes want to give unsolicited advice to obese people who are buying "diet" foods. I don't imagine that any of it would be well-received.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on February 02, 2011
at 11:06 PM

Lol, I tried this the other day at work. This poor girl was talking about how she was trying to lose weight, and that her lunch was all weight loss related. She had 2 pieces of whole wheat toast, a banana, an orange and a diet soda. I was eating coconut oil, butter with cinnamon, and Sardines. I made a joke that we should trade if she wanted to lose weight. The lunchroom became a "joke's on me atmosphere"...

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(39821)

on February 03, 2011
at 12:47 AM

I feel like they're probably not going to attack you (and if they did, you would be stronger/more agile anyway) so you may as well try to help them. You could literally be saving someone's life. I think hearing that fat is good causes some cognitive dissonance, but if they look at the source and it's noticeably lean person, odds are they might listen.

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24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on December 08, 2010
at 02:53 PM

Yes I totally do this! It makes me so sad to see parents with overweight kids and a cart full of crap :( Sometimes I kill time waiting in line by playing "Find The Vegetable"- searching the carts in front of me for any produce among the boxes and cans ;)

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Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

on December 04, 2010
at 06:32 PM

I do it. Hopefully I don't show my disgust on my sleeve.

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on May 13, 2011
at 04:45 AM

I generally stay away from grocery stores but I'm at the farmers market every week and so make it a bit of a pastime to pick out vegans and vegetarians in the crowd. Vegans are either thin, frail and sallow or obese and sallow. Vegetarians usually have terrible dry skin and muffin tops. I get to chat with lots of people so I'll often actually casually ask if they're veggie or vegan and my suspicions are pretty much always correct.

It's also fun to observe that the only stalls that ever get huge line-ups are the baked goods vendors - people are addicted to bread and pastries like crack. We'll have two bread vendors in one day (4 hours) sell out and people complaining that we don't provide enough bread. Meanwhile I stock up on delicious tasty meat and free bison marrow bones, amongst other delights.

It can be incredible watching the things people give to their children. At 9 am they'll be handing their young kids and even toddlers pure maple syrup on a stick (I actually heard one mom scolding her kid for not finishing his maple syrup, so bizarre), or apple chips, or dried cherries, or fruit roll-ups. Cuz they're fruity, and natural, and organic, and therefore healthy!! Aaannd they're pure sugar. Poor kids.

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on February 02, 2011
at 10:48 PM

My mother used to entertain us in the store by having us tell her something about the people waiting by what was in their cart.Were they single?Small household?Young kids?Still find myself doing that game to this day without realizing it.

I try not to judge other people by their carts.There is so much misinformation out there, and I think that a lot of people get frustrated,tired, and just give up.The majority of us had to go through the same process at some point.The only BIG peeve I have is food stamps paying for non nutritional foods like sugar water "juices", candy,cookies,soda ect.Welfare is about what you NEED, not treats.No excuse for not setting it up like WIC,where you can only buy certain items.Hell, they already block ready to eat hot foods and energy drinks.Why not the rest of the garbage?

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on December 05, 2010
at 12:39 AM

I absolutely do this, BUT I know my cart is a mess. The rest of my family is not Paleo and most likely will not change. I just hope people see how fit I am and assume the crap food is for someone else.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on December 05, 2010
at 02:49 AM

I can't remember the last time I saw a cart full of food that was all paleo or all healthy looking. There are always some crackers or some junk food. The difference is in how much of which is in there. Interesting when you think about it, but it seems that if there are at 10 items in there, then at least one is always something non-nutritive.

35e09dae32de43af73b3bffaff5636fe

(103)

on May 13, 2011
at 11:13 AM

There are other diet which are better than sad. So maybe you bring them to some thing different. So you cant eat more together.?

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95601768ec9cb75cc3a9cbcd2271ed14

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on December 04, 2010
at 08:06 PM

I do this pretty much every time I am in the store. I like to pretend I am collecting data, although I know I am more observing from an incredibly subjective position. I've noticed a lot of the same things that you have. The thing that makes me the saddest is people in motorized carts filling the basket with not one single item I would consider real food. Sigh.

The other day I was waiting in line, scanning carts like always, and noticed a group of presumably vegan punk rock kids in their early twenties openly mocking the food choices of the people behind them in the express lane which made me feel like my covert peeking and post-shopping conversations with my boyfriend about it (he does the same thing) was way less questionable a practice. (btw--what superior products were the loud meanies buying that obviously everyone around them should have been buying for health, too, you ask? tons of candy, bread and canned organic vegan soup! i rolled my eyes at the eye-rollers for sure.)

I've had a few uplifting experiences, lately, though. I've started going to the store later than I used to and it seems to coincide with shift change at the nearby hospital because I keep ending up in line with lots of nurses in scrubs. Trim/fit nurses whose carts are loaded with red meat and full fat dairy and little processed carbs. It's nice to see.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on December 05, 2010
at 04:34 PM

I actually lost all but the last 15 pounds of my 115lb loss eating grains and lots of beans. I think my saving grace was I was also high protein and didn't worry about fat. It was my own system of high protein, high fiber, lower carb.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on December 08, 2010
at 05:41 AM

I never did like beans. They are so pasty and blah tasting. For a long time, I felt bad that I wasn't eating this 'healthy' food. At least now I can feel smug about not eating those damned things! ;-)

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on December 05, 2010
at 02:41 AM

I keep my face passive. No one will know what I am thinking. Actually, I feel very saddened by the heavy people with the carbs because I think a lot of the problem is they have been TOLD to eat these so called healthy foods. I used to eat the same stuff myself so I know exactly why they are eating it and how they got sucked into that viscious cycle.

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on May 13, 2011
at 01:36 AM

HAHA!! All the time...I am so bad.

My cart has butter, meat, organic produce. All the cashiers know me. They know I am allergic to Food colors, preservatives and additives. If I buy something to take somewhere that is not paleo...they raise their eyebrow... "It is not for me! I say" I feel like I am poisoning people when I serve grain or soda at my house. I am new to this. I do ok for myself but am not doing too well with deciding what to make for guests. Meat salad,eggs, fruit.

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95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on February 03, 2011
at 02:36 AM

Oh yeah, I certainly do! I never ceases to amaze me how much processed junk is in most carts. I've seen some where the whole cart is piled with junk and there's not a nutritious thing in sight. One cart I saw recently was full of sugary drinks, snack cakes, sodas, frozen pizzas, and chips. The folks pushing it certainly looked like that's what they ate, and it's sad. Most people have no idea what's in the food they eat.

On another note, I had one cashier look at my cart at do a double take. She must have been wondering what the heck sort of "diet" I was on! ;-)

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 02, 2011
at 11:51 PM

The thing I notice more than carbs and even grains is the LARGE amount of MSG-laden food that I see in people's carts. Literally almost all processed foods contain either "MSG" itself or the many "hidden names" for MSG. Hydrolyzed vegetable protein, soy protein, natural flavors, citric acid, yeast extract ect.

All is the same as MSG.

It's sad, I do feel sorry for people and I've made people angry by telling them the truth about this neurotoxic additive. I see MSG addicts suffering from anxiety, obesity, mood disorders, brain fog and inflammatory pain and they don't believe me.

What can you do but try?

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on February 03, 2011
at 12:43 AM

I'm of the opinion that excitotoxins are largely to blame for autism. I can't possibly imagine it not having an effect on a fetus.

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on February 03, 2011
at 01:20 AM

Maybe you should chill out about MSG before you give cavemen a bad name. Have you considered that people could be correct in not believing you?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 03, 2011
at 01:16 AM

Totally man....it's so sad that the manufacturers who load processed food with exicitotoxins know very well that they are neurotoxic and addictive. I am almost 99% sure that walmart adds MSG in the form of "natural flavors" and "12% solution for flavor" to ALL of their beef, pork and chicken. It's just sad.

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on February 03, 2011
at 06:32 AM

I wonder why people are so defensive of MSG lol. People are pointing down my comments, do you guys work for a food company that uses MSG or something? lol. My intentions are to help but I can't control how people react that's their choice.

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on February 03, 2011
at 12:44 AM

I'm of the opinion that excitotoxins are largely to blame for autism and ADD/ADHD. I can't possibly imagine it not having an effect on a fetus or child going through crucial developmental stages of the brain.

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on February 07, 2011
at 11:25 PM

I can't control how people react to content.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 07, 2011
at 11:22 PM

I can't help if people react to content in such a manner, I think everyone needs to hear about MSG so they can do their own research and decide for themselves if they want to consume a commonly hidden additive.

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on February 07, 2011
at 10:58 PM

It is not being defensive about MSG. It is simply disliking scaremongouring nonsense whatever it is about.

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on July 21, 2011
at 06:31 PM

whoever downvoted me, go educate yourself on the truth about MSG..then you won't disagree.

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on December 08, 2010
at 01:01 AM

I am at my worst and most judgemental when I look at other people's shopping, or when I am in a food court watching people eat various awful foods. I feel sort of guilty - so am glad to know it's not just me!

I agree that I am hardly in the supermarket anymore - buying from farmers and the greengrocer means those trips are few and far between. I do go in for some 85% dark chocolate though. ;-)

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on December 08, 2010
at 05:37 AM

I was in Trader Joes the other day asking about grass fed beef. And the checkout clerk could not quite disguise the look of disgust on his face. Turns out he was vegan! I guess the judgement goes both ways sometimes! ;-)

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on February 03, 2011
at 12:08 AM

Oh, that's surprising that he let his disgust through! All of my TJ's experiences have been with flawlessly cheerful, helpful, professional staff.

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on December 04, 2010
at 10:51 PM

I don't spend nearly what I used to on food. I shop at the farmers market for one, pack my lunch always, and don't buy all that extra junk food any more. My sister-in-law has asked me about eating paleo, and the $$ is her excuse. She eats fast food for nearly every meal and their pantry is stocked with crap!

...and yes, I look in carts and judge.

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on December 04, 2010
at 09:33 PM

I do. And I've heard comments that it's so expensive. My husband and I have commented back on different occasions - It's not as expensive as Doctors and drugs.

I had to chuckle when a clerk was surprised at the chicken and steaks in my cart once. She thought we were vegetarians. I guess when you get the bulk of your meat from the farmer, it's easy to make that assumption.

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on December 05, 2010
at 02:46 AM

My food is more expensive now, but I eat a lot less of it, so I think it actually balances out. And as others mentioned, that does not even include feeling better, sleeping less, less sick days, less doctor bills, less medications, etc.

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on December 04, 2010
at 10:05 PM

conversely, i now marvel at how expensive carts full of chips and freezer meals and cereal and other processed foods are. overhearing some of those totals (often more expensive than my cart of meat, eggs, dairy, veggies, nuts) and thinking of it in terms of nutrient value per dollar amazes me (maybe because i am hopeless at math, but probably not.)

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on May 13, 2011
at 03:40 AM

I am looking at carts and what is in them, but I'm not judging the ones I see at trader joes as much as I am at my local health food store. (which sells no meat) I see tons of soy based vegan non-food heaped into carts and their totals are astronomical. Of course I'm sure they are judging my cart full of dairy eggs cheese etc... I often feel a bit self conscious at TJ's when all I usually buy there is fish, meat, butter and bubbly water. Ah well to each his own.

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on May 13, 2011
at 01:48 AM

I go to a vegan-oriented health-food grocery store for my fruit and veggies, and get all my meat and fish elsewhere, so to other people paying attention, I probably look like a no-junk-food vegan, or perhaps even a raw no-junk-food vegan. Not a bad vibe to give off in at a vegan-oriented grocery store, really, especially since the place has a pretty limited selection of stereotypical fake vegan food.

But yeah, I do that too, though it's not as fun anymore as it was when I still went to a normal grocery where almost everybody around me got mostly fake food you get in a box. It was always interesting seeing the correlations between what crap they ate and how they looked, or perhaps how they stayed OK by supplementing with some real food (though usually low quality farm-raised stuff).

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on July 21, 2011
at 02:41 PM

A cashier recently remarked that she "didn't realize I have kids" because I "don't have any kid food" in my cart. I was shopping alone, and I can only imagine the garbage she thinks of as kid food. Sad huh?

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