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Old 05-26-2010, 09:06 AM   #1
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I find myself looking in other people's carts all the time now. If they are thin I look to see what they have....if they are big I look to see what they have. With few exceptions there are striking differences. Sometimes I see large people who like me, must be on a weight loss path because you know they aren't fat from what it in their cart. I sometimes see thin people with a lot of crap in their carts, but I figure they are buying for other family members too or they are the type that don't overeat.

So, do you look at what people have in their grocery carts?
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Old 05-26-2010, 09:13 AM   #2
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I do look. Sometimes, I am surprised by the amount of sugar and processed foods and the lack of vegetables. Honestly, my grocery basket may always have had a few of those in it, but I also had healthy food in there too.
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Old 05-26-2010, 09:18 AM   #3
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I admit I do look at other people's carts but I've caught other people looking into mine too
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Old 05-26-2010, 09:21 AM   #4
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Nope, I've never been interested in what other people are buying. But it does tickle me to think about how confusing MY cart must be to nebby people! I have my healthy foods; DH's Coke, chips, ice cream, and pasta; and the candy that DS (who is diabetic) keeps for hypoglycemic episodes. It's fun not to be able to be stereotyped.
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Old 05-26-2010, 09:23 AM   #5
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I look... and people look in mine. They probably think how can someone eat that healthy and still be fat. Makes want to carry a before picture with me lol

But I have gotten ideas from other peoples carts
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Old 05-26-2010, 09:24 AM   #6
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Nope, I've never been interested in what other people are buying. But it does tickle me to think about how confusing MY cart must be to nebby people! I have my healthy foods; DH's Coke, chips, ice cream, and pasta; and the candy that DS (who is diabetic) keeps for hypoglycemic episodes. It's fun not to be able to be stereotyped.
LOL- so now when I see a mixed cart I will think of you Meg!
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Old 05-26-2010, 09:24 AM   #7
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I look at my own cart (and around as well ). When I am in a smooth on plan state, I have cart pride. Fresh foods, few processed goods... Recently I looked at my cart and realized I could no longer claim cart pride. Candies, chips, prepared foods... Now I use my own cart evaluation as a tool to keep track of my and my family's intake...
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Old 05-26-2010, 09:25 AM   #8
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YES! It's one of my hobbies at the supermarket It's so fun to see what people purchase.

I saw a man in scrubs buying cups and cups of pre-made soup. I can imagine he must be a busy busy bachelor

It's interesting but I don't pass judgement. It's more of a curiousity.
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Old 05-26-2010, 09:28 AM   #9
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I NEVER looked until I visited this site! There are so many horror stories around here about shopping cart incidents. It made me compelled to look!

Mostly though, I am not interested in what other people are buying at all, unless it's beer. I have a hang up about beer and I chastise myself every time I have negative thoughts toward someone buying it. My brother is a severe, severe alcoholic so I'm afraid of the stuff.
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Old 05-26-2010, 09:35 AM   #10
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I look. I know people look into mine too. I am surprised at what I see sometimes and sometimes when I see people with overweight and obese children and the cart is full of a bunch of junk for them I just want to shake them, slap them, maybe both. When I see people who are my size or larger and I see all or mostly healthy food I want to chear for them. I do see thin people with a bunch of junk sometimes too, and I just figure they have high metabolisms or something and I hope for their sake it never catches up to them. I am sad for them because I know they aren't as healthy as they could be and I kinda wish the junk would make them fat because at least the fat is a sign we can see to let us know to do something about our health, they have no sign.

I have had interesting conversations with total strangers about what was in our carts before. I discovered a new veggie, daikon (I think that's the proper spelling) - it looks like a giant parsnip, but tastes like a radish/turnip/potato and I love them, because I saw one in a guy's cart and just asked him, "hey, what's that thing and where are they?" I had a great conversation with a young mom whose child was begging (seriously begging) for grapefruit. I've also had people ask me about the things in my cart - is that good, does that work, etc.
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Old 05-26-2010, 09:43 AM   #11
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I had a great conversation with a young mom whose child was begging (seriously begging) for grapefruit.
Must have been my son. I swear I am the only mom who has ever uttered the words, "No, I am not buying frog legs" and also the only mom who has ever said at a buffet, "You must choose something besides fruit."
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I'm a cashier & I admit.. I do it all the time!!!!

Now, I am so subconscious whenever I go to the store. In a strange way, I think it has actually helped me improve my shopping and eating habits. Especially when I shop where I work.
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Eliana - my niece LOVES frog legs - she's 3.
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Guilty I look to, and people do look into mine even gotten some strange looks. Certain stores I only buy certain things.
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Mostly though, I am not interested in what other people are buying at all, unless it's beer. I have a hang up about beer and I chastise myself every time I have negative thoughts toward someone buying it. My brother is a severe, severe alcoholic so I'm afraid of the stuff.
YES! This is me too. I'm not a big cart looker (though I used to have insecurities about the stuff in my own cart) but I always notice if someone in line with me has a bunch of alcohol. I hate it, but because of family history, I do judge them.
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