I like mapping things, apparently ( wp.me/p1N36Q-4b
When I had my Frosted Brownie Setback last Sunday ( wp.me/p1N36Q-9R
), I received a lot of advice on what to do differently next time – mostly around organizing myself and avoiding the bakery section of my grocery store. It looks like even the runDisney blog offers some helpful advice on navigating the aisles ( www.rundisney.com/blog/a
But I actually consider myself one of the most organized grocery shoppers I know. I check my pantry to see what I have on hand first, make a meal plan for the week, list out what I need to make that plan happen, and check my coupon list to see what fits in. I even bring my own grocery bags minimize environmental impact (and also get a $0.05 credit for each bag re-used on my grocery bill! I heart discounts.).
I also have never been in a grocery store where the bakery was avoidable. It’s always on the perimeter:
This is my usual store, Shop Rite. I know it's probably really hard to tell, but I'm hoping you can see where I’m headed – produce (you might be able to make out a tomato way back there or a banana) – but I must walk through bread, pastry, and cookies before I get there. Unavoidable.
Not pictured – ACME – but there, the produce aisle dumps you right into the bakery. Unavoidable.
Here at Stop and Shop – the scene of the latest frosted brownie debacle – you can see I’m leaving the meat section. But in order to get to dairy, I must walk past the bakery. Fortunately, no baked goods were set out today. Again, unavoidable.
There is one grocery store that stands out above the rest in regards to support of the Wheat Belly lifestyle – and that’s Wegmans. Those who live in New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey know the glory that is Wegmans. When I lived in Connecticut and California, it was of critical importance that I go to Wegmans any time I was back in New Jersey (even if it meant driving an extra 30 minutes out of the way).
So now that I’m back in New Jersey, you’d think I’d be there all of the time – but 30 minutes out of the way is now an inconvenience for me. I can drive 30 minutes in any direction from my house and hit a Wegmans. In all honesty – it’s actually very conveniently located near where I work, but usually I can be found on the treadmill in the evening, not at the grocery store. Then I need to get home so I can eat dinner at a reasonable time. Doesn’t really leave me much time to grocery shop after work, but I get there when I can.
The main entrance of every Wegmans I have ever visited leads you right into produce, and it’s easy to skip the bakery. But while it’s easy to skip the bakery, you may still find yourself nearby in the prepared foods section – their prepared foods are pretty awesome. All of the foods on the hot bar are clearly labeled with allergens, so finding Gluten Free isn’t difficult.
Wegmans also has a really robust organic, natural, and Gluten Free foods section. They make one of my favorite sweets – organic date rolls. Better than any candy bar you can get! They also have a “Trail Mix Bar” where you can create your own mix – but it’s kind of pricey at $5.99/lb. The prices at Wegmans in general can be high, but if you are just there for the staples – milk, eggs, produce – it’s not bad. And they have a Wegmans Brand of – well, everything – that’s pretty high quality and reasonably priced. Hands down the best grocery store, so if you ever have a chance to swing by, I highly recommend it.