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Friday, June 20, 2014

I love these kinds of ads. If only it were just about money, like a facelift. If only all it took were money!

I lost my weight on Weight Watchers many years ago, but it was by the week not the pound, which makes more sense. And they didn't promise Easy, just something that worked if I worked it, and they helped me with the work.

I guess people buy these ads and plans or they'd stop, but the promise of Easy Weight Loss has been around for hundreds of years.

I wonder who makes more money: the food manufacturers who provide easy, fattening food, or the guys who promise to Take the Weight Off Fast?

  
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CHERYLE51 7/8/2014 11:07AM

    I just laugh at those ads. What the promise is impossible and really unhealthy.


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TRAVELGRRL 7/1/2014 5:06PM

    My whole life I've always gone by the motto, "If it sounds to good to be true, it probbly is!" I've never been sorry when I've followed it when offered amazing results, free vacations, etc. etc. etc.

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TRAVELGRRL 7/1/2014 5:06PM

    My whole life I've always gone by the motto, "If it sounds to good to be true, it probbly is!" I've never been sorry when I've followed it when offered amazing results, free vacations, etc. etc. etc.

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QUERIDAANA 6/24/2014 12:51AM

    Great point. Thanks fo posting.

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IMAVISION 6/21/2014 2:16PM

    That type of ad has this gal sadly shaking her head! emoticon



My thought/question for us all on this beautiful day in June 2014 --- How can you be the answer to someone’s prayer today?

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TENNESSEEWALKER 6/21/2014 1:16PM

    Another vote for them splitting the money. Also, a fool and his money ...

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CETANISTAWI 6/21/2014 12:59PM

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LADYRH 6/21/2014 5:26AM

    Probably related companies making both products

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NASFKAB 6/20/2014 10:01PM

  great

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WATERMELLEN 6/20/2014 9:02PM

    My goodness I'd be willing to pay a lot of money to lose weight like that! And can I pay someone to do my exercise for me too??????

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ICECUB 6/20/2014 5:48PM

    I HAVE LEARNED IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE THEN IT PROBALEY IS NOT TRUE.

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RITZIBROWN 6/20/2014 5:46PM

    emoticon As long as there are people who believe they can achieve without effort there will be other people making emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GABY1948 6/20/2014 4:11PM

    emoticon I agree emoticon I don't know who makes the most emoticon but I personally thing the whole thing is criminal....the hidden sugar to get us to eat more so we get sicker!

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MSGO72 6/20/2014 3:55PM

  It's probably too close to call!

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POETICJUSTUS 6/20/2014 3:36PM

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KAYYVAUGHN 6/20/2014 3:32PM

    Both make money with foolish promises and selling the comfort food that adds pounds.

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Fatty Liver Disease Caused by Obesity

Sunday, June 15, 2014

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I saw this article in the New York Times yesterday. Usually fatty liver disease is found in alcoholics. Now it seems it is a burgeoning problem caused by overeating.

Everyone is horrified by the practice of fattening goose livers for foie gras (which means, after all, "fatty liver" in French) by forcefeeding. It's a process called "gavage", ordinarily used to deliver food directly to the stomach of patients with throat obstructions. Gavage is only done with the consent of the patient, except for infants. And except for geese.

Now people are apparently forcefeeding themselves willingly and by their own hands. There is no cure, no pharmaceutical aid, nothing but a liver transplant will help. Right now a practicing alcoholic can't qualify for a liver transplant because he'll just do the new liver what he did to his old one, but what will they do about an obese patient needing a liver? Will the same rule prevail? There aren't enough livers available for transplant as it is. As the problem grows, what will happen?

Obesity causes more than strokes and heart attacks, it seems.

  
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IMAVISION 6/20/2014 11:31AM

    That is certainly something that most folks do not know to consider.

emoticon for taking the time to post this information!


God often guides us through the words of loving friends. Thank you to all who have helped guide me on this wonderful lifestyle change journey here in “Sparkville”!

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BRADMILL2922 6/19/2014 2:04AM

    Thank you for sharing the article! A lot of good info!

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SHARON10002 6/17/2014 11:29PM

    Agree with Gaby1948's comment. They are the culprits. They are intentionally engineering our food to make it more difficult to stop eating it. Did a couple of blogs on this and it was very eye-opening.

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QUERIDAANA 6/17/2014 8:57PM

    Great article. Thanks for sharing!

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ZEEDRA 6/17/2014 6:00PM

    This kind of challenging news has cropped up before.

I feel bad for children who are overweight and for the university student in the article, just to start with...

It's easier to never take up bad habits than to try to change them.

sic semper erat, et sic semper erit:
Thus has it always been, and thus shall it ever be



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LESLIESENIOR 6/17/2014 12:21AM

    Wow! Very powerful question........who will qualify for the transplant when precedent has been set for active alcoholics? The waters get very murky.
Thanks for the reference.

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SUZYMOBILE 6/16/2014 11:17AM

    Well said!

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TENNESSEEWALKER 6/16/2014 9:49AM

    Thanks, Nell. I take great hope from the references in the article that the disease can/will reverse with lifestyle changes.

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DEE107 6/16/2014 12:30AM

    thank you

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NASFKAB 6/15/2014 11:47PM

  its up to us to ay heathy

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 6/15/2014 11:07PM

    So sad and no help. Healthy is everything

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EVER-HOPEFUL 6/15/2014 6:10PM

    wow

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WATERMELLEN 6/15/2014 4:50PM

    Powerful blog -- we gotta get those funnels out of our beaks, clearly!!

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CETANISTAWI 6/15/2014 4:34PM

    Interesting

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KAYYVAUGHN 6/15/2014 2:50PM

    Thanks Nell. That is very interesting and something to ponder on now.

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GABY1948 6/15/2014 2:45PM

    emoticon I saw that article myself and thought the same thing....the powers that be in the food industry and government agencies that "control" what goes into people's mouths don't care about it! I'm glad I am the age I am! emoticon

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WORKNPROGRESS49 6/15/2014 2:16PM

    emoticon for info

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ICECUB 6/15/2014 1:59PM

    I THINK THERE WILL COME A TIME WHEN INSURANCE COMPANIES WILL NOT PAY ON ANYTHING CAUSE BY OBESITY. GOOD INCENTIVE TO LOSE WEIGHT.

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The pursuit of Easy Pleasure

Saturday, May 31, 2014

There is a lot of talk about the addicting nature of food, but I wonder. What I am really addicted to is Easy Pleasure. And what's easier than a cheap bag of Cheetos?

We all reminisce about "simple pleasures", but they all sound so pedestrian these days. Today's Little Things didn't exist for most of us until a few decades ago, like professional mani-pedis. Now they are so cheap and omnipresent that we don't see them as the extravagances they once were. It's just something else to do.

I remember my parents and grandparents telling me about how so many of them lived together in small spaces that just being alone was a treasure. Privacy was a privilege of the rich. Now we take it for granted. All those tiny closets from the 50s and before? No one had enough clothing to fill more than that. Now we expect closets as big as the bedrooms we lived in when growing up, the bedrooms we had to share with siblings (Wally and the Beaver shared a room). Only the wealthy had food out of season, and enough food to avoid hunger. Now there is so much cheap food that we have to worry about over-consumption.

Eating is easy, it's cheap, and it doesn't require the cooperation of another person (I don't want to be more specific here). If you find easy pleasure in shopping, you can buy a dress, then have buyer's remorse by the time you get home, and you can take it back. You can't take back the empty bag of Cheetos, or transport the calories out of your body. It's easy to say No to something you know you just can't have, like the gorgeous new car or house. It's harder to say No to a pleasure that you CAN have, right NOW.

And like other Easy Pleasures (once again I don't want to be more specific), eating is really really hard to stop once you get started. I am really looking for something that will make me feel delicious RIGHT NOW, and that is something modern, something that wasn't an option to a less affluent society. I hate that it's an option, yet I would be outraged if that option were removed.

So what to do? How do I mentally tell myself that I can no longer avail myself of a special, intense pleasure? It certainly won't work to try to convince myself that it isn't all that great after all. I'm not stupid.

I have had to learn that Pleasure doesn't have to be Easy, and that pleasures that require some effort are, indeed, better than the Easy ones. That requires Patience, and trust me, that is not a virtue I was born with. I have had to translate lessons in patience learned while raising kids, sitting in traffic, waiting on hold, paying off a mortgage, to controlling my desire for instant gratification.

I have been at goal for a long time, and I still have to remind myself to look at the payoff of "later" as being better than the immediacy of Cheetos. I have long since convinced myself of the joy of the longer term goal, but I still need to remind myself, especially when I experience the geyser of desire for pleasure NOW.

My addiction is to the Pleasure rather than the Food.

  
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PRETTYPITHY 6/26/2014 1:30PM

    Are you familiar with The Pleasure Trap by Douglas Lisle? He discusses this at length. You can find him discussing it on Youtube as well, there's a TED Talk, I believe.

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ICECUB 6/15/2014 2:04PM

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KALEWINE 6/14/2014 6:44PM

    Well said! Great blog!

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BAMAJAM2 6/13/2014 5:24PM

  It is all your fault--- you mentioned Cheetos, and I want a bag right NOW! LOL

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KENDRACARROLL 6/13/2014 1:59PM

    As far as food goes, easy pleasure is a good bowl of oatmeal with fresh fruit and a square of 90%+ dark chocolate.
I also take immense pleasure in a home cooked meal. Not quick and easy but not just food for the body but also for the soul.

We are on a trip back to basics. As I get older simplifying and decluttering my life is where I find peace. Less definitely is more.

Have a wonderful SparkDay.

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TRAVELGRRL 6/8/2014 7:10PM

    Agree totally with Zeedra... and great blog, thanks for the insight. ((hugs))

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MAESTRAPLANK12 6/8/2014 8:30AM

    I think you replaced Easy Pleasures with Positive Addictions ....self-control and portion control....all a part of healthy living. I am also at goal and I do not want to return to being overweight. What a great blog! It is a simple reminder that it is up to us to decide what we are going to eat. We also replace the Easy Pleasures with healthier just as delicious food choices. emoticon

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 6/6/2014 4:23PM

    good read emoticon

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SHARON10002 6/4/2014 10:56PM

    Very well said, and so true, Nell.

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ZEEDRA 6/2/2014 7:08PM

    The food industry doesn't help. I know: we must take responsibility. But just count the number of times per day you see ads for those easy pleasures. We are bombarded from all sides.
I admire those of you who have found a way to plan and to follow that plan faithfully (or mostly....).

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 6/1/2014 11:56PM

    Easy pleasure and instant gratification. Remember waiting for the modem to connect now an unlimited number of places to so in very small bits of time.

Great blog

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AJDOVER1 6/1/2014 11:06AM

    Great way of looking at things! I keep reading about "satisfying cravings" with various feed products. I'm working hard to be more mindful of all my routines and habits. Life is too short to waste on mindless activities and junk food.

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KANOE10 6/1/2014 8:53AM

    Good point. The easy pleasure and quick fix is not worth it. It is far better to focus on the long term health benifits.





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JANET552 6/1/2014 7:04AM

    Very interesting!! You are right that we have become people used to getting what we want when we want it and often that means things we enjoy. We value what we have to work for, though, so my guess is we really don't value easy pleasure, as you put it. Thinking more about what we want and what will get us there will make us happier in my opinion.

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LADYRH 6/1/2014 6:14AM

    emoticon whether called easy pleasures or immediate gratification the results are the same.

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KAYYVAUGHN 6/1/2014 5:48AM

    emoticon It can be a difficult to follow the plan, but I think I am on the way.

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BARBIEE52 6/1/2014 1:00AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon That is a great blog, and thanks for sharing!! emoticon

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TENNESSEEWALKER 5/31/2014 11:21PM

    I agree that the easy pleasures are often not the best. The best pleasures are the ones that take time and effort to pay off (the patience requirement). Also, I find the greatest pleasure in conceiving and executing something that requires my creativity.
Look for my novel. Don't worry if you have forgotten my real name by the time it's published, or I write it, at the insistence of my family, under a pen name. The title is "You Should Have Kept the Day Job."

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MARAGRAM 5/31/2014 7:11PM

    Interesting indeed. I, too, grew up in an area where easy was not how food came. I learned how to create everything tasty from simple ingredients.

Sometimes, I am in awe of the variety of prepared foods available. Foods that I have had, but no longer do. I have learned one thing, once I realized what was in something I liked, and the turning point was Chocolate Silk Pie. It was something we always had when we went out to our favorite restaurant,

Then, I had to make it for an organizational dinner. I knew the ingredients in a pie crust, I'd been making them since I was 10. But then I had the ingredients for the filling measured out on the counter, three raw eggs, 1 pound butter, 2 cups sugar, 4 squares chocolate, and vanilla. I stood there looking at it and realized what I was having in one piece of pie with the topping! I would not eat some things any more if I think of the ingredients!

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WATERMELLEN 5/31/2014 7:09PM

    Such a wise blog . . . and (as another person who's been at goal for a long time) I know it takes eternal vigilance.

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ICECUB 5/31/2014 6:24PM

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GABY1948 5/31/2014 5:42PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon blog...much to think about and remember here!

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HDEGMD 5/31/2014 2:29PM

  BRAVO ... Food for thought.. I know.... bad pun... seriously.. thanks for sharing ...and great insight too

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MILLEDGE2 5/31/2014 2:12PM

    Bless you for writing this!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 5/31/2014 1:12PM

    interesting emoticon

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Preparedness vs Negativity

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

I am listening to lectures about critical decision making from a business professor. He speaks of hashing out plans, of trying to anticipate every possible failure or problem in advance. He cites business plans for new products, plans by generals going into battle, plans for ascending Everest. In all cases people get together to brainstorm, to try to figure out in advance anything that could possibly go wrong, possible problems they may encounter no matter how absurd it may sound, and prepare in advance for those possibilities. Most of their possible problems will not come to pass, and some unanticipated problems may arise, but they think it through up front so they can eliminate as many unwelcome surprises as possible.

Yet when people talk about weight loss plans, any mention of possible pitfalls is considered "negative thinking", that even considering those problems will cause them to come to pass. They think that all they need is a Positive Attitude and the rest will fall in line. That isn't true in any type of endeavor, why would it be with weight loss?

I never walk into a grocery store without a plan. I go to parties with a plan, and mental options to handle all the possible hurdles that may occur. Some people plan their routes to avoid the Dunkin Donuts (few Dunkin Donuts stores appear overnight). I plan my meals in advance so that I am never standing in the kitchen wondering what to eat or feed my husband. I don't do well in that situation.

For me, food surprises are not welcome. I may not handle them well. I doubt people who have always handled food surprises well will find themselves needing Spark.

Thinking about possible failure isn't being negative, it doesn't mean that you will fail. It means that you are always aware of the lurking dangers out there and planning ways to deal with those dangers if they appear.

There is an old saying that says "Failing to plan is planning to fail." Those plans need to include the possibilities that things don't always go as planned, but you will only know how to handle those situations if you give it advance thought. That is not being Negative, it's being Prepared.

  
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ZEEDRA 6/2/2014 6:55PM

    Thanks, Nell.

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TRAVELGRRL 5/29/2014 3:33AM

    Absolutely true~! Thanks for the insight today.

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KALEWINE 5/28/2014 9:38PM

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FELINEBETTER 5/28/2014 7:30PM

    This explains part of your success for sure! Thank you for sharing this! Being prepared still leaves room for choice, but not being prepared leaves you standing in the lurch!

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KENDRACARROLL 5/28/2014 1:47PM

    Sometimes you've just got to jump in with both feet.
Don't believe there's a right or wrong.
Personalities, confidence levels, coping procedures are different for everyone. I find that planning out every possible scenario gets me stuck.
Spontaneity (not recklessness) is a good thing :)

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JANET552 5/28/2014 11:38AM

    This is excellent advice!! I plan my meals in advance because, like you, I don't like to have to think of something on the fly. That never goes well for me. Perhaps I don't plan enough but I find that is changing lately. And, you know what, I'm also losing weight again. Coincidence? Maybe but I think probably not.

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KAYYVAUGHN 5/28/2014 9:18AM

    Very good Nell. I am trying.

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WATERMELLEN 5/27/2014 11:29PM

    Excellent blog -- for me, preparation is a huge part of maintenance. I can resist anything but temptation, so I have to plan to avoid temptation. Will power won't work reliably when exhausted -- gotta plan so that the will power isn't over-taxed!!

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ICECUB 5/27/2014 6:57PM

    THANK YOU WHEN I WRIGHT EVERYTHING DOWN I AM MORE SUCCESSFUL emoticon

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GABY1948 5/27/2014 6:16PM

    I don't think I ever really stopped to think of this in just so many words. But, I shall never forget it. I have always planned for "what ifs" so that I didn't go off track by "accident" but this certainly puts it into words for me.

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AJDOVER1 5/27/2014 4:27PM

    I'm impressed with your ability to come up with a successful plan. I followed your kitchen renovation with fascination and real pleasure.

I like to think that this is a learned skill. If either of us had lived a perfectly planned life, our paths probably would not have crossed here on SparkPeople.

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TENNESSEEWALKER 5/27/2014 2:54PM

    Huh! Did the lecture ever get to planning for and celebrating success? Seems to me that the people who get to the head of the class ALSO think about getting to the goals and what they will do upon achieving the goal, maybe even exceeding the goal. Not that I speak from experience, but rather the sidelines.

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JAMIRBLAZE 5/27/2014 11:42AM

    emoticon I think planning and recognizing potential pitfalls is key to success and maintenance.

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NASFKAB 5/27/2014 10:37AM

  great

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I Don't Understand Modern Grocery Stores

Saturday, May 24, 2014

I know there are a lot more products than there used to be, so the stores have to be bigger. I enjoy the bigger variety of produce, but the packaged foods seem to be crowding out the basics.

Why are the same products in multiple areas? There is basmati rice in the Asian section, short grain rice in the Latin section, and all of them in an American section. It's all rice.

I couldn't find the peanut butter at my local Harris Teeter, only to be told it's with the bread. Really? Is that the only use for peanut butter?

It seems that barley is now in the soup section. It used to be just another grain.

The horseradish that used to be with the refrigerated condiments is now in the fish section. Most applications for horseradish don't involve fish.

Canned tomatoes aren't a vegetable, I gather, but in the pasta section.

The new arrangement may be helpful for people strolling the store looking for inspiration (a dangerous idea to me!), but for those of us with a plan and a list, it is quite the hunt.

Maybe that's the point: if you have to cruise the entire store looking for something, other items will jump into your cart.

Someone must see organization in what looks to me like chaos. I must be getting old.

  
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ZEEDRA 5/29/2014 7:24PM

    Wow! Lots of replies. I agree with everybody but sometimes I imagine what it would be like to own a business. If I did, I would want it to be successful.
It would be naive to think that we are not being managed left, right and centre and not just by grocery chains.
"Buyer Beware!"
Let's continue to make our own decisions, as much as possible.
I do believe that some manufacturers are responding to some public outcry and creating better products, or at least less damaging. Our Nova Scotia-owned supermarket chain is selling Jamie Oliver products and I've loved what I've sampled so far.

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BRADMILL2922 5/27/2014 4:36AM

    It can be a real pain!

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MILLEDGE2 5/26/2014 7:26AM

    emoticon I am right there with you!

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KALEWINE 5/25/2014 2:32PM

    So true! It's not about organization at all! It's about getting us to buy more stuff.

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PMRUNNER 5/25/2014 8:23AM

    We move frequently, and trying to learn new grocery stores and their idiosyncrasies is one of the joys of moving. Why would you put pancake mix here, but bis quick over there?

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WINACHST 5/25/2014 8:09AM

    I have the same issue when I go to buy a certain magazine at the bookstore. Every time I have to look through all sections because the one I buy is placed in a different area every time. I was told that the publisher tells them where to place it.

It is OnFitness, a personal trainer magazine, and I have found it in the food section, running section, men's interest, women's fitness. It is never in the same spot. I suppose next time I will find it in the travel section (lol)

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SPEEDYDOG 5/25/2014 7:19AM

    Thanks for the great blog. As others have suggested, there is nothing random in the arrangement of a grocery store. My wife's cousin is in marketing and designs grocery store displays. She says that with some strategic placement, a grocery store can sell more high-dollar name brand items rather than identical "economy" brands.

She also says that people in different regions have very different buying habits. She studies demographics and knows people with young families are different shoppers than retirees.

I have a come to believe that is something does not appear make sense - follow the money!

Bruce

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LADYRH 5/25/2014 6:47AM

    emoticon It is a marketing ploy so you may pick up other things. Annoying but think of it as getting extra steps.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 5/25/2014 6:46AM

    I think you got it right that it's not about organization at all, but making us walk around and buy more stuff on impulse.

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AJDOVER1 5/25/2014 12:27AM

    I used to think that as time went by, routine tasks like grocery shopping would continue to get simpler, easier and smarter. Instead there are simply more opportunities to buy products I don't want or need. It's not chaos, it's just marketing techniques in action.

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GABY1948 5/24/2014 7:15PM

    Like the others, I believe they do it to get shoppers to buy more...."power of suggestion" No matter what goes on in a store of any kind the bottom line is $$$. How sad.

I know I am getting old...and I would not want to be one day younger in this world...

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ICECUB 5/24/2014 6:35PM

    I THINK THEY DO THAT ON PURPOSE SO YOU LOOK AT EVERYTHING AND MAYBE BUY MORE.OUR HARRIS TEETER CLOSED AROUND 2010. emoticon

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SHERYLP461 5/24/2014 4:50PM

    Stores do this periodically, just to be sure they get you down every isle. I worked in one just our of high school, they call it a breakdown and actually schedule it out of the corporate office.
Trick number one, do not by processed foods

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IMAVISION 5/24/2014 1:14PM

    emoticon it does seem as though the store you talked about is trying this out on the unsuspecting public --- "Maybe that's the point: if you have to cruise the entire store looking for something, other items will jump into your cart."

Our area grocery stores aren't quite that bad; however, at times we are left wondering the whys of the choice of placement for some products.

God bless!

Ima

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REGILIEH 5/24/2014 12:43PM

    Their plan is definitely for us to buy more by hunting for what we come there to buy!

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KAYYVAUGHN 5/24/2014 12:41PM

    It takes longer to grocery shop now. There is a plan for us to buy items that we do not need. Everytime one of our stores remodels; it is more confusing.

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TENNESSEEWALKER 5/24/2014 12:35PM

    I definitely think it's not that you are getting old! I agree that stores shift things around to make hunt for what's on your list and maybe you'll make an impulse purchase of the thing that's next to it on the shelf. Warehouse stores like Costco make no bones that they operate to give shoppers a "treasure hunt."

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NASFKAB 5/24/2014 12:09PM

  so true

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WATERMELLEN 5/24/2014 10:45AM

    If you're getting old, me too. I know what I want to buy and it's getting harder and harder to find it with this new and random organizational approach. Please: put the veggies in one place. The grains in another. And so on. Thank you! (And: get me outta there faster. Shopping is not entertainment for me, neither is eating!!)

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DR1939 5/24/2014 10:29AM

    Stores reorganize on a regular basis in order to get you to spend more time there. More time spent in the store = more impulse items purchased.

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MARYJOANNA 5/24/2014 9:53AM

  No doubt it was arranged by a man! What do they know?

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