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Woo Hoo! Veggies!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sorry I have been MIA for the past two DD has been very sick (high fever/vomiting) so I've been focusing on taking care of her.

To follow up on my last blog re: my panic over grocery shopping and subsequent gorging on homemade cookie dough because there was nothing else to eat in the house....


Admittedly, this does not sound like a big deal. But when I am in the midst of a depression it is REALLY HARD for me to get out of the house and do what needs to get done. I wasn't quite ready to tackle the grocery store after sorting coupons and finding recipes, so I called my niece (LIVEELOVER) and she was kind enough to go for a 2-mile walk with me. That made me feel energized and proud of myself for being able to check another day off on my "5K Your Way" fitness plan. With my newfound strength, I headed off to the grocery store.

As I was cruising the aisles, I began to realize why I dislike grocery shopping so much.

1) There are so many decisions to be made. I am not good at making decisions, even on a good day. And with grocery shopping there are two competing value systems at war with each other -- the side of me that wants to buy healthy food, and the side of me that is trying to save money. They are often in conflict. For example, I had a coupon for some granola bars that were also on sale. Good deal, right? Until I looked at the ingredients and realized that 3 of the first 4 ingredients were a form of sugar. Since my daughter also struggles with eating right, I stood there for 5 minutes holding the granola bars wondering whether I should buy them or not, and if not, what was I going to pack in her lunch? Imagine applying this decision making process to sixty or so items, and you come to the second reason I hate grocery shopping:

2) It takes me too long! I spent two and a half hours at the grocery store. I don't know anyone else who spends an entire evening shopping for two people.

3) The final reason I think I dislike getting groceries is because on some level it escalates my worry about money. As most of you know, I am really struggling financially. I held up one small bottle of Woolite (the size of a bottle of dishwashing liquid) and realized that it cost the same as 45 minutes of work for me. Depressing.

So there you have it...the reasons why I don't like to get groceries. With that said, I felt great when it was all done! I faced my enemy head on and survived emoticon I was so proud of myself, I even took a picture to share with all of you.

Woo Hoo! Veggies!

Now I just need to cook them.... emoticon
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  • MAMABEE480
    I have the same conflict when I go grocery shopping; saving money vs the healthiest choices. I prefer to buy meat that is free from artificial hormones and free ranged, but the prices are astronomical so I fluctuate back and forth between price and health.
    2076 days ago
    I so hear you. One of the reasons I made up my "standard" grocery list is that it really takes away from the decisions in the grocery store. I know how many fruits/veggies I eat in a week, and how long it takes me to go through my other staples. So now the shopping is really easy -- pick up my fruits and veggies, take a quick run through the canned tomatoes/beans and frozen fruits/veggies to see if any are on sale, and then done! Since they generally don't make coupons for those things, I don't even have to worry about coupons.

    I have a second grocery store I go to for bulk bins and more "exotic" foods (like coconut milk or almond milk); since those i really can buy in bulk, I go only once every month or two. They do have better prices on produce, but the produce isn't as good and doesn't last as long, so penny wise pound foolish.
    2288 days ago
    How wonderful for you. To get out there and go for your walk and then get the groceries.

    I found that at first a person reads the labels and after you know what is good for you, go on the websites (if you have time) and ask for coupons. They sometimes mail them to you for buying their stuff. I also find that after learning from the first trip, that the next is easier because you have ALREADY read the labels. You know which are better for you.

    It'll get easier each time for you.

    As for getting out while being depressed, I know it's hard. I'm going through it too. I hate getting ready for the day and getting out there. Except when I do that? I have such a nicer feeling about myself. Nothing is nicer than meeting a person on the street and having them nod, or smile or say "Good Morning" to you. I feel worth knowing. Strange huh?

    I'm happy that you got that done. Now, get to cooking! emoticon
    2288 days ago
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    2289 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You are making great decisions and I'm very proud of you! emoticon
    2289 days ago
    emoticon job! You deserve to feel very proud of yourself. I too disliked grocery shopping (still do a little). For me, its difficult to stay away from the prepared easy to eat stuff that is SOOO bad for me. However, I'd like to share a couple tips that will help in shortening your trip and staying within budget that have helped me succeed in my grocery shopping adventures:

    *plan as many meals as you can ahead of your shopping trip - this helps eliminate "on the spot" purchases
    *make of list of the 'must haves' or needs for planned meals- we keep a list on the fridge and add to it as we run out/low or plan our meals and try very hard to stick to just whats on the list
    *go shopping directly after you have eaten a full meal - if you go when you're full, you have a tendency to purchase healthier items
    *go more frequently to buy fresh, healthy options - we go once a week. This way we can have lots fresh veggies, meats, fruits, etc to choose from
    *avoid going up and down each aisle and try to stick to the outer perimeter of the store - most stores "inner" circle is where the "junk" food is - too much temptation

    Pretty soon you'll be a grocery shopping guru!

    2289 days ago
    You know what will help next time? Write down a list of all the things you bought, and keep track of what you eat. If you guys like everything, buy it AGAIN next time you go grocery shopping! Therefore, you don't need to freak out about planning, because it's already planned, and you don't need to worry so much about finances, because it should usually come out to *around* the same amount (give or take a few things that fluctuate with sales). I think being prepared for that will help you out OODLES, and it will take far less time in the long run, easing most of your stressors!
    2289 days ago

    First of all "Admittedly, this does not sound like a big deal.". Wrong! It is a huge deal!
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    Each time we take one small step in the right direction on our health journey, it is a big deal. You did just that!

    Now, if you make this a regular practice, with planning ahead like you did, taking the time to educate yourself as you shop and not worry about the amount of time it takes, it will get easier each time you go!

    I am very proud of you and I'm glad you are very proud of yourself. You deserve to be!

    Let us know how your veggies taste!

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    2289 days ago
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