Dealing With a Sweet Tooth Craving @ the Grocery Store
Sunday, September 20, 2009
So my Aunt Cramper is in town right now, and like the other 95% of women out there I have been craving something incredibly sweet and/or chocolaty. So I've been dodging sweet food like the plague, until I realized I also needed to get some Diet Cokes. So I had to finally break down and go to the grocery store.
I Walked through the produce section and nothing caught my eye. Walked down the frozen pizza isle, nothing caught my eye. Grabbed the Diet Cokes. Bingo! Decided to walk over to the ice-cream isle. Now on my way to the ice-cream section I passed by the potato chips, little debbie cakes (Cosmo Brownies are the best!!!), and finally got to the ice-cream.
Now in my unhealthy/stressed life it was not unusual for me to stop by the grocery store and grab a chicken tender platter (bout 7-8 pieces) and a pint of B&J Karmel Sutra (my fav!) or Cookie Dough. I would then go home and put in a DVD or rent a movie on iTunes and feast on cold chicken tenders with honey mustard and for dessert... B&J! The whole pint.
Why did I do this to myself?
I was talking to my Dear Male Friend (DMF) last night, and he doesn't understand why people buy B&J when you can get a gallon of ice-cream for the same price as a pint. My opinion on that is 1) B&J is second best or depending on the person..better than sex! 2) if B&J went through the statistics they would find their market is primarily women. Single women and feminine gay men. :) Why fems? Especially single ones... there is an existing stigma out there that single women drown their sorrows in ice-cream and everyone is aware of this. Also, fems never like to feel like they're doing something in excess, right? Feel like a pig? Messing up their figure, etc.etc. hehe. Whereas manly men don't give a crap about their figure for the most part. At least not when it comes to ice-cream and beer. So the last thing a woman wants to do at the grocery store is grab a large frozen pizza and a gallon of ice-cream on a Friday night. Instead she acts conservatively and grabs a pint. Looks much more appropriate when she checks out. Right? :) 3) With a pint, it doesn't process that you're overeating because you can hold the entire container in your hand. Whereas if you emptied the pint into a cereal bowl you would see that you are a pig if you eat all of it. Most likely the entire pint would not fit in the bowl. The cardboard creatively hides the visual effects of overindulging. All you can see is the top layer.
So back to what I was saying, I got to the ice-cream isle and decided to compare some good looking ice-creams. Klondike bars, B&J, Skinny Cow, Weight Watchers, and some off brands. This was a learning experience for me. I learned that if the box says low fat or low calorie then it normally has a ton of carbs. I was looking for something that was low fat, low calorie, and low on carbs (I did not go down the water isle :) ) I also learned that I was committing emotional/physical suicide to ever indulge in B&J. Period!
Remember the little ice-cream cups you could buy in school for like 50 cents that came with a little stick. Well, B&J is making those now. I'm on an 800 calorie diet, and to eat a little cup would be like 2 shakes for me. Sadly, the container would only be enough to piss me off and want more. So I would most likely consume the second cup since they so kindly sell them in 2's. I resisted!
I actually stumbled on Edy's Fruit Bars with no added sugar. For 1 bar there are 30 calories, no fat, no sodium, 8 carbs, 1g of fiber, and 1g of sugar. Not bad considering I needed something sweet. Fruit is naturally sweet, and you can actually see strawberry seeds in the strawberry ones so they do use REAL fruit. Not concentrate.
At the checkout counter, there was a huge stack of Honey buns. On sale this week for 99 cents. The reason they were so cheap was that they wanted people to donate them to the local food bank/soup kitchen. I kindly asked the cashier to ring up 3 packs for me. I guess since I was vague she bagged 3 packs (6 buns to a pack) and put them in my buggy. Now this was the perfect opportunity for me to either a) donate 2 and keep one for myself, or keep them all! What did I do? I made it very clear that those buns were not going with me, but staying at the store for the person behind me to hear. I then walked over and placed all 3 packs in the donation bin, and smiled feeling very proud of myself. When I walked back to the buggy I found that the person behind me had also decided to donate 3 packs. I'm pretty sure I did a good thing. Good things come in 3's. :) I also felt satisfaction leaving the store which I had come to seeking sweet tooth satisfaction. Leaving I had found a way to cure my sweet tooth (fruit bars) and given sweet goods to people in need.
Sorry to be so winded, but that was a great grocery store visit :)