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Marseille
10-13-2007, 12:42 PM
Since I started this, the grocery store has become more exciting to me than the mall. I go a few times a week and spend at least an hour! I love to take my time picking out the best looking fruits and vegetables, planning meals, reading labels, talking with the butcher, learning about spices and seasonings. Its funny to me how I am paying so much more attention to food now than I ever did before, but I am eating less and less and enjoying it more and more. No more throwing it down the hatch without tasting it just to fill the emptiness. I hope this is healthy and normal and not some sort of crazy grocery store obsession.


Lyn2007
10-13-2007, 12:45 PM
I like to shop, too! The stores often have cards with nutritional info and serving suggestions up by the produce, which I never noticed before. I try to have a new fruit or veggie every week or two, either from the store or the farmer's market. It is fun finding new things to enjoy that are part of a healthy lifestyle!

Lyn
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Heather
10-13-2007, 12:56 PM
I spend so much more time shopping. But sometimes it's overwhelming! I used to just go to one or two stores, but now there are at least half a dozen -- each carries different products I now just "have" to have. I don't go to more than 2 or so in a week, but there are weeks I know I just have to get to Trader Joe's to stock up on edamame and frozen fish... for example... gets a little :crazy: soemtimes


tamaralynn
10-13-2007, 01:15 PM
Before my new lifestyle, we used to hit the snack aisle first lol.

Now we avoid it like the plague. Instead of going down the chip and pop aisles, we head for the juice and crackers.

We've been eating more fish, chicken, pork and shrimp. More veggies, I make sure that there is at least one serving of veggies with each meal.

My kids only like fried (battered) fish, so I've been trying different recipes. Haven't come across one that they like yet. Lately I've just been frying them (not deep frying) with some olive oil and lemon/pepper seasoning. Todd and I love it.

I haven't had much red meat lately. Over the past few months, just the thought of ground beef makes me ill. So we've been substituting it for ground turkey. Turkey tacos rock! We've tried the ground meatless substitute, but it lacks that extra flavor.

I'm trying to eat more fresh foods now, instead of canned or frozen.

Btw - heather, you look ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!

xJox
10-13-2007, 02:33 PM
I LOVE to shop for groceries as well. Dh and I can easily spend an hour in the store if we dont have the kids with us. We have to be a little quicker when we have them or they get impatient. My Dh is a butcher so we are always talking about lean meats, etc.

rockinrobin
10-13-2007, 02:55 PM
Since I started this, the grocery store has become more exciting to me than the mall. I go a few times a week and spend at least an hour! I love to take my time picking out the best looking fruits and vegetables, planning meals, reading labels, talking with the butcher, learning about spices and seasonings. Its funny to me how I am paying so much more attention to food now than I ever did before, but I am eating less and less and enjoying it more and more. No more throwing it down the hatch without tasting it just to fill the emptiness. I hope this is healthy and normal and not some sort of crazy grocery store obsession.

I totally agree with everything that you wrote, word for word, 100%. Those are my EXACT thoughts.

This whole new lifestyle has definitely become a sort of, kind of, hobby for me.

I think it's incredibly healthy and (mostly) normal. I think what I was doing BEFORE was not so normal. Buying everything in sight, without giving it much thought.

As far as I'm concerned, I think a little bit of obession, or dedication as I sometimes prefer to call it - is a good thing. A VERY good thing. ;)

hellokitty81668
10-13-2007, 04:45 PM
I stay out of alot of the middle aisle's now that I am eating different, before I bought much more packaged food, now I buy more fresh things. I also shop at more than one store.. Sam's club for my bulk things, Walmart for most groceries, but I also shop at Harris teeter.. a upper scale supermarket.. I find great things there, I also go to asian/latin markets for specialty items, and farmer's markets for fresh veggies..
cheryl

Prissiroo
10-13-2007, 09:56 PM
It's funny you should say that - my husband just told me today he was going to move me on base so that I could go to the comissary everyday. I love going and seeing what new stuff is out.

Pita09
10-13-2007, 11:30 PM
I actually have more fun scouring recipe sites and letting my sweetie do the grocery shopping. Although, I really should go with him since he called me four times yesterday to ask questions about items I didn't give enough info on. :D

Mrs Quadcrew
10-15-2007, 12:08 PM
My Hubby and I now have a weekly venture to Whole Foods! We go every Monday together and get most of our shopping done then. It is something I really look forward to now too, getting the groceries and a nice evening out with him!:D

MugCanDoIt
10-15-2007, 04:42 PM
My husband doesnt like to go with me to the store anymore, cause he gets tired while I am reading labels and ingredients and stuff. I take forever anymore! It is funny though because my cart is mostly loaded with fresh produce and vegetables and such, used to it was junk only. Now if I can just stay out of the familys junk I will be alright!

Mrs Quadcrew
10-16-2007, 09:00 AM
We both read the labels now! I have trained him on the things we eat now, and he enjoys it as much as I do ~ which is really cool, IMO! ;)

NESunshine
10-16-2007, 01:39 PM
Wow...this thread is bringing me back to my roots....when I first started last year I had a new found enjoyment in grocery shopping... I'd set aside some time...work my way through slowly and make it more of an engaging event than a task where I just threw crap in a carriage.... I'd pop on my ipod...almost always found myself dancing in the aisles (I'm a total idiot in public and love it)

I haven't done that for a while...I've been so busy that I'm back into the once weekly drive bye at the crappy grocery store that I don't like....and it feels like a task again. Not necessarily buying crap but not enjoying it.

Thats it....I'm going back to my roots!

Cuter w Curves
10-16-2007, 01:53 PM
Y'all get away with 2-6 stores? I am so envious! Sort of... LOL

I have a flexible routine. I go to a minimum of 4 stores every 2 weeks plus any farmers markets I can get to. Sometimes it is up to 12 stores depending on what I need. Oh and I have no problem driving 3 hours each way to get the beef I want.

*blink*

hehehe There is nothing obsessive about 1 hour on produce or organic dairy products right?

phantastica
10-16-2007, 02:00 PM
Its funny to me how I am paying so much more attention to food now than I ever did before, but I am eating less and less and enjoying it more and more. No more throwing it down the hatch without tasting it just to fill the emptiness.

Nice observation, Marseille.

I enjoy grocery shopping - always have. I deliberately avoid the chain stores, and I prefer to get my meat from a local meat market. I have a locally owned grocery store on my block, so I go there most of the time, about once a week. Every so often I hit a farmers' market, Trader Joe's, a co-op, or an upscale grocery store.

My new hobby is coming home and allowing an extra hour to chop up all the vegetables.

wifey bullseye
10-16-2007, 02:12 PM
Grocery shopping is practically a date for my husband and I! We spend an hour (this past Sunday, it was 2!) and just be together at Publix. :hug: We just found a new Publix that is the same distance as our old Publix, and the have integrated the organic foods with the regular food, and their hard squash selection was out of this world! Its a joy and a privilege to shop with my hubby:D

Lovely
10-16-2007, 02:55 PM
Before I changed my eating habits, it seemed like a chore.

Now I do take so much longer in the grocery stores than I ever did before. However, I've become accustomed to and am actually starting to enjoy the time I spend selecting things for the week. Nothing goes in the cart without thorough nutritional info scrutiny.

Even if I find myself a little more tired after shopping, it's so worth it to see good things in the fridge & cabinets.

nelie
10-16-2007, 05:07 PM
I love grocery shopping :)

I go to Costco to get a variety of things including fruits and veggies (frozen and fresh).

I go to Whole Foods to see what fruits and veggies they have on sale as well as pick up anything that looks good and is decently priced. I also enjoy their bulk section and browsing through various aisles.

I go to Trader Joe's for various items and love browsing.

I go to asian markets for fruits, veggies and unique items.

I go to regular shopping markets for some more normal items and look for various sales.

I do love grocery shopping :)

wifey bullseye
10-16-2007, 06:53 PM
I'm jealous. I went to my first Trader Joe's 2 weeks ago. The only problem is...it was in Virginia Beach, and I live in Daytona Beach! I keep sending requests for a store in Orlando. :D

Shy Moment
10-16-2007, 08:10 PM
Marseille
I thought I was the only strange person that liked to do the food shopping. First, I take my time, I relax, if I were in a hurry I would have got their sooner lol. Love when the hubby comes with me, he is like a big kid lol. I take time to get the fruits and veggies I like.