Weight Loss Support - Oh my goodness grocery stores are so hard!




berryblondeboys
02-25-2011, 02:47 PM
I can be fine at home, at restaurants, but that darn grocery store is such a HUGE temptation! Walking by all the cookies, cupcakes, breads, rolls, premade, easy foods for lunches. ACK!!!

I didn't think I was hungry when going to the grocery store, but I guess I was. It was pure torture. Thankfully I had a low carb snack bar in my purse to tide me over, but if I could stay away from a grocery store forever, it would help a lot with avoiding temptation!

And I don't quite get that as my kids have snack foods in the house all the time and I don't grab them, but then, they aren't sitting out in an inviting display either.

Came home and ate some hummus with veggies and now I'm feeling better, but I came SO CLOSE to caving to carb temptations! And if I didn't have blood sugar issues I'm trying to fix, I probably would have caved!


fawnice
02-25-2011, 02:54 PM
Here is a great solution to your problem. Do not go up and down the isles. Instead, walk along the outside of the isled instead, here will come across fruits, veggies, meats, and maybe even cheese. Do kids really need those high carb/salty/surgery snacks; nope. Give them a handful of unsalted almonds, they are very good for you. Do more internet research there is tons of stuff out there to help you and your family.

Good luck.

berryblondeboys
02-25-2011, 03:01 PM
Should clarify that my kids aren't junk food eaters either, but they have whole wheat pretzels, ginger snaps, whole grain crackers and protein bars (that have more carbs). I can't have any of that with blood sugar issues.

And no, there is no getting away from going up and down some aisles. I don't go down them all, but the puddings are next to the eggs, etc and the end caps are the WORST for displays. The interior of the aisles are less damaging usually.

The worse for me was going to the deli to get meat and cheese - surrounded by bakery items!


MissSMcC
02-25-2011, 03:23 PM
ive started doing my grocery shopping online, i write my list, stick to it, and dont have to see the chocolate bars :)

josey
02-25-2011, 03:34 PM
Yep, I stick to the outer walls. Produce, Dairy, Meats, Bread... And I stick to my list. We usually go for breakfast and then grocery shopping. That helps too.

sept15lija
02-25-2011, 04:01 PM
Yes I second eating first! I like to have some sort of snack on my way, or preferably having just eaten dinner or something. So not hungry at all. I have a list, and I do my very best to stick to it. But I hear you! They definitely know what they're doing when they try to get us to buy!

Eliana
02-25-2011, 04:12 PM
You know what I do? I've started picking up those undesirable items and I can put it in my cart if I read the nutrition label first. Guess how often that item ends up in my cart. :D

niafabo
02-25-2011, 04:30 PM
Oh man groccery stores are terrible. I ADORE orange cupcakes and now that I'm eating healthy they are everywhere. I only go down aisles that have what I need but there they are sitting right at the end of multiple isles and at the check out counter along with a lot of other tasty treats. Sometimes getting in and out is easier but other times I find myself hovering near them. I guess it's a normal reactions groccery stores are designed to tempt people.

katy trail
02-25-2011, 04:55 PM
what about joining a csa? (community supported ...um forgot) buying the food from the farmer, or going to a farmer's market in a few weeks they should be opening. they also do eggs, cheeses, even meat, depending on what farms are available near you. some will even mail meat, eggs, and other things. that would cut down on the grocery shopping, and you'll have fruit/veggies each week. fresh and often organic! i'm thinking about doing this too.

Porthardygurl
02-25-2011, 04:56 PM
I dont know..for me ... i run to grocery stores..they are like my life..because i know thats where all the things i need, hide.. For instance..i go through eggs like crazy.. i want lots of eggs..and jello..lots of jello and yogurt and sugar free chocolate and ingredients to make my sugar free flourless chocolate cake..and beef!! cause the thing is.. if i dont have what i need at home..i will surely eat something out of the coupbard..so its where i run to find something i can eat..i dont bother thinking about any of the other stuff..i know it doesnt taste as good as success... i would rather lose another pound then put it in my mouth..and the calories..its true..look at the calorie count and you dont want it anymore..

berryblondeboys
02-25-2011, 05:52 PM
We are going to join a CSA and do hit the farmer's markets every season, but you can't avoid the grocery store altogether and yes, everywhere is temptation - at the deli, at the front door, at every end cap, and especially at the check-outs. I just need to go when FULL and I guess I wasn't full.

supergir111
02-25-2011, 06:01 PM
I torture myself in them. I spend twice as long as I need to, half the time is spent picking things up I know I can't afford to eat, looking at numbers, working out some sums then putting it back down. All junk food is always half price too lol
I hope some day I can just walk past with no thought at all.
Shopping online helps for me, not sure if this is remotely an option for you :)

duckyyellowfeet
02-25-2011, 06:48 PM
I make it my mission to just get in and out as fast as I can. Seriously, I'm so focused on getting everything i need I don't think I even notice the other things on the shelves.

I also try and bring people with me

carter
02-25-2011, 06:56 PM
It's funny, I find it quite easy to resist the tempting treats at the grocery store - in fact, it's a cheap-and-easy way to get a boost of confidence in my plan and what I'm doing. I see the goodies, but then I just walk on by with my cart full of vegetables and fruit and fish and lentils. It's a real "go, me!" moment.

I don't intend to minimize the experience of those of you who find the grocery store a minefield - I'm genuinely surprised at how different your experience is from mine though. For me, walking by the off-plan goodies at the grocery store is a thoroughly empowering moment!

beerab
02-25-2011, 06:59 PM
I used to be like that but over time saying no has gotten easier *shrug* don't ask me how either cuz honestly I don't know! lol.

THOUGH when I shop I go to Henry's market first and that's where I get all my meat and produce from. Then at the other store hubby grabs most of his stuff while I have my list and stick to it and it makes it easier to just go down the list- thinking back I realize most of the stuff I grab is from the perimeter of the store lol.

ETA Carter I'm the same way! I LOVE walking up to the register with a cart full of protein and veggies :D

duckyyellowfeet
02-25-2011, 07:02 PM
Carter, I'm like that too. I try and shop with my roommates and we all walk away going "wow, our cart looks AWESOME!" because we're proud of how healthy it is

Nola Celeste
02-25-2011, 07:44 PM
I'm with Carter on the shopping issue.

I think part of the reason I have little trouble with temptation is that I look at the store as a repository for Cool New Things I haven't tried before--I'm so caught up in looking at the unusual produce or the latest in low-carb-wrap technology that I don't pay much heed to the latest flavor of snack chip.

To me, grocery stores mean lots of stuff to cook at home, and home-cooked stuff is healthier stuff. Where temptation gets me is walking by restaurants and bakeries where everything smells so good. Seeing food is nowhere near as much of a trigger as smelling it.

berryblondeboys
02-25-2011, 08:16 PM
See, I've always made all our food. I bake our bread, I make our cakes and cookies, and all our soups etc. We have been forever a very 'homey' home. But today, walking by breads, cookies and cupcakes at the grocery store (and they were everywhere) was killing me. That and all the candies being put out for Easter already (easter is not for two more months this year!)

I don't go down the chips and soda aisles or the premade food aisles mostly, or even the frozen premade food aisles, but walking near the bakery! ACK! And it is the smells, I totally agree.

Nola Celeste
02-25-2011, 08:31 PM
See, I've always made all our food. I bake our bread, I make our cakes and cookies, and all our soups etc. We have been forever a very 'homey' home. But today, walking by breads, cookies and cupcakes at the grocery store (and they were everywhere) was killing me. That and all the candies being put out for Easter already (easter is not for two more months this year!)

I don't go down the chips and soda aisles or the premade food aisles mostly, or even the frozen premade food aisles, but walking near the bakery! ACK! And it is the smells, I totally agree.

Yeah, I feel your pain on the bakery goodies and the way they smell. I freakin' love cake and I haven't eaten anything that was even somewhat semi-cakey since October 19th. I just keep telling myself that "the cake is a lie" and push my cart onward. :D

I didn't start to be so "homey" until relatively recently, so for me this is all fairly new (since October). I baked some homemade sweets, but that was about it; now I'm in the kitchen a lot more. For you and for anyone else who's a pro at home cooking, grocery stores probably are more of an ordeal--for you it's familiar territory while for me it's still kind of exciting, maybe?

Congratulations on not giving in, though! That was the important part, and I'm impressed that you didn't succumb. :bravo:

(And apropos of nothing, can I just say I'm glad you're here and that I really enjoy reading your posts? :) )

carter
02-25-2011, 11:18 PM
I was thinking about this more after I posted - I do hear you about the baked goods, and I think perhaps they have just never been a great temptation for me because even when I was eating with abandon and getting fatter and fatter, I never bought many of them from the supermarket - so it's never been an area of the market I frequented.

I realize, on reflection, that there is one part of the supermarket I have to stolidly pretend is not there - the cheese cases. The high-end cheeses (especially at a place like Whole Foods) can seriously make me drool. I miss my Boucheron, La Tor, Manchego, Robbiolo ...! I have to put the blinders on when I go by them. I do still eat a fair amount of cheese, but it's mostly lower fat, higher-protein cheeses from the middle eastern grocery - I can't control myself with the expensive creamy cheese so I simply don't buy it any more. *snif*

DanteRomero
02-25-2011, 11:18 PM
I know what you mean. The bright side is that once you get over the top of the hill you stop craving them. Then it is easy to just walk past. :)

LastYearOver200
02-25-2011, 11:25 PM
The stores here have a habit of baking french bread between 4 & 6 so that the smell is all throughout the store. Note that this is the time most people are getting off work and running in to pick up a few items.

Evil, that's what it is, pure evil.

katy trail
02-25-2011, 11:55 PM
the hard part for me, has nothing to do with the food. lately, i've been going grocery shopping WITH my kids. it's usually not that big of a deal, but it's sometimes a big pain. if i am going to get something i shouldn't be eating, i try to get something i DON'T LIKE, then i'm not so tempted by it. or not at all. or, if it's something like pretzels or peanut butter for their lunch, then it's just off limits in my head.

generally, my problem isn't in the store. it's at home. i'm pretty much home all the time. i almost always only eat at home. it's the food i'm making myself for me or for the 'kids' that's my temptation.

ringmaster
02-26-2011, 06:32 AM
I feel ya.. sometimes the grocery stores I go into will have the soda and chips that are on sale (tortilla, Doritos) on display in the front right where you walk in... very tempting sometimes! So even if I don't go down that isle I see it. oh and sometimes I can smell when the fresh muffins and stuff are baking in the store, that can set the hunger off too even though those usually aren't my weaknesses.

rachinma
02-26-2011, 11:58 AM
Make a Master List. The things you get every single week. (I do this in Excel.) Then add a little section at the bottom where you can write in the things you need this week that are not on the Master List.

Anything not on the list doesn't get purchased.

rachinma
02-26-2011, 12:07 PM
I realize, on reflection, that there is one part of the supermarket I have to stolidly pretend is not there - the cheese cases. The high-end cheeses (especially at a place like Whole Foods) can seriously make me drool. I miss my Boucheron, La Tor, Manchego, Robbiolo ...! I have to put the blinders on when I go by them. I do still eat a fair amount of cheese, but it's mostly lower fat, higher-protein cheeses from the middle eastern grocery - I can't control myself with the expensive creamy cheese so I simply don't buy it any more. *snif*
Wow, I'm amazed by your resolve. I looooooove cheese, too. Especially hard cheeses like emmentaler. Oh my god.

My opinion is that good cheese is like good wine or scotch. I'd rather have 1/2 oz. of really great cheese over 1lb of low-fat yuckiness. One glass of 18yr single malt straight up over multiple glasses of cheap scotch that has to be mixed with water or served over ice. It's why I love having dinner parties or having friends over. I can have a tiny bit of what I love and there's none left in the fridge staring my in the face day after day. My guests eat/drink it up!

Most bread and baked goods in the grocery store are ****, so what's the point? I might as welll have a whole wheat english muffin and call it a day.

I just really love great food.

carter
02-26-2011, 12:26 PM
Wow, I'm amazed by your resolve. I looooooove cheese, too. Especially hard cheeses like emmentaler. Oh my god.

My opinion is that good cheese is like good wine or scotch. I'd rather have 1/2 oz. of really great cheese over 1lb of low-fat yuckiness. One glass of 18yr single malt straight up over multiple glasses of cheap scotch that has to be mixed with water or served over ice. It's why I love having dinner parties or having friends over. I can have a tiny bit of what I love and there's none left in the fridge staring my in the face day after day. My guests eat/drink it up!

Most bread and baked goods in the grocery store are ****, so what's the point? I might as welll have a whole wheat english muffin and call it a day.

I just really love great food.

Rach, I totally 100% completely agree with you; I love great food and I don't eat lo-cal imitations or substitutes for anything. I either have a little of the real thing or none at all. When it comes to high end cheese, I simply can't stop at 1/2 oz. of the really great cheese, so I can't have it in the house.

The "low-fat" cheese I eat is not not NOT a fake, processed cheese substitute. It is a traditional middle-eastern cheese that is naturally lower in fat because of the way it is made. It's called Nabulsi - it's a Lebanese brined fresh cheese, wonderfully tasty at 80 calories/ounce, and I highly recommend it to any cheese lover like me who has to banish most quality cheeses from her home. I get it at middle eastern specialty shops. If you can't find Nabulsi, then halloumi is not a terrible alternative; it's a little more calorie dense but not much. Akawi is another variant that is similar.

martinimouse
02-26-2011, 12:28 PM
Ack, I know what you mean! I make my husband do most of the grocery shopping. But I will be home alone for a month and fear it. I am planning on buying all the groceries I will nee in advance. If I am alone and I see white super frosted cupcakes, I will be fighting the binge monster!

Porthardygurl
02-26-2011, 01:05 PM
Maybe im just weird or maybe i know that everything i would want to cheat with will make me sick..im type 2 plus i have an intolerance to wheat and gluten..so if i eat pizza..mmm..yum...i get really sick..and if i eat sugar..well..my blood sugar skyrockets which is not good at all..so i guess that helps me to think about it twice..before getting it..because for me..it will end up be a "temporary feel good now, pay later" kind of deal.. But also, i guess i just dont find snack food appealing anymore..my only weakness is diet rite cola..but it has no sugar or fat or calories..so..its A. OK. and your right..dont go to the store hungry..you will buy everything in sight.

Laneyy
02-26-2011, 02:57 PM
what about joining a csa? (community supported ...um forgot) buying the food from the farmer, or going to a farmer's market in a few weeks they should be opening. they also do eggs, cheeses, even meat, depending on what farms are available near you. some will even mail meat, eggs, and other things. that would cut down on the grocery shopping, and you'll have fruit/veggies each week. fresh and often organic! i'm thinking about doing this too.

Agriculture, I think. Organic strawberries are SO much more delicious than their genetically altered gigantic relatives. Too bad it's winter still and they're out of season :(