How do you "shop" at your market?

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HealthyBabs

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Posted: 13 Dec 2010, 20:29
OK, summer is over which means no more farmers markets until next year, at least in my neck of the woods. Unfortunately, that means back to the local mega mart for all food items.

So, I have for quite some time been a "shop the outer parimeter" gal where you generally find the produce, deli, dairy, proteins. I happened to take an unusual turn in the market today because I forgot my whole bean coffee....oh man, what a surprise...it happened to be the aisle where all the candy was located. I immediately got a heavy dose of sugar smell up my nose and just about ran out of the aisle. I never noticed that before....have you?

How do you smartly "shop" your market? Anything you avoid? Do you have a list and a plan?...or do you wander every aisle because MAYBE you need a box of brownie mix down that baking aisle just in case?

Are you experimenting with vegetables you have never eaten? Are you enjoying the shopping experience to search out good foods and learn how to prepare them as opposed to a chore that just had to be done to get food on the table?...or are you buying the same old canned and boxed crap food and just eating less of it?

Just curious............
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Hoser

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Posted: 13 Dec 2010, 21:06
I've stopped going to a traditional supermarket. I buy some of my produce in Chinatown, since it's a couple of blocks from me. Most of my groceries come from Berkeley Bowl, though-- think Whole Food on steroids. I go in with a couple of menus in my head and a complete list of things to buy, and if I add to it it's generally something like a melon, some corn, something like that... something that looks really good.

I've become essentially immune to candy and sweets at the supermarket, but if I were to find something irresistible then I'd just grab a small amount of it. My goal is to eat well, not to eat "perfectly" or to deprive myself.
k8yk

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Posted: 13 Dec 2010, 21:31
I usually don't have a clue what I'm going to buy when I walk in. Unless I'm making a specific recipe, I don't take a list. I shop once a week.

I shop pretty much exclusively at Sprouts, which is sort of like a Whole Foods but less over-priced. Even there, I try to buy as little packaged stuff as possible. I'll basically pick up a bunch of produce- whatever looks fresh and good. I buy more produce than anything. I buy things that will make up salads, stirfrys, sauces, whatever. I buy fruit for snacks. Then I make sure I always have a good stock of different types of grains. Sprouts also sells grains and dried beans and nuts by the pound. I buy a lot of that. Then I buy the things I eat for breakfast- yogurt or cottage cheese. I buy a few blocks of tofu.

I go to the "regular" store with my boyfriend, where he buys his meat. I am in no way tempted by anything in there. Occasionally I'll pick up something if I forgot it at sprouts. Then I read the label because I have this "if I don't know what an ingredient is, I'm not buying it" rule.

It's been almost a year since I started eating this way and it's one of the most rewarding things I've ever done. I'm busy as hell, but I found I could make the time to cook. I'll cook a lot of something on the weekend and eat it all week. I love cooking. Everything I cook is 100 times better than anything I could get take-out. I think of cooking as art, not science. I never measure anything (unless it's to figure out the calories) and sometimes I cook by color palette Smile

You really can't go wrong putting veggies and grains and beans together. I generally cook without a recipe.
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ferlengheti

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Posted: 13 Dec 2010, 21:42
There are staples I will always get; cottage cheese, bread, salad veges, any pulses I've run out of, and tinned tomatoes. Then I just basically go a bit bananas (heh!) in the fruit 'n' vege section, and get whatever looks really good and is seasonal. I tend not to buy meat unless it's on special and looks lean and fresh. I don't eat sugar at all, and I don't buy pasta/potatoes/rice unless I'm catering for other people. Cheese usually traps me, though. =)
I've never met a cheese I didn't like.
Hermiones...

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Posted: 13 Dec 2010, 22:58
Before I go to the store, I think through what I want to eat during the week. Because I bring my lunch to work at least 4 days per week, I have to think through what I can cook that will provide useful lunchtime leftovers. So by the time I get to the grocery, I have a pretty fair idea of what I'm going to buy. The biggest variable is what's on sale at the fish counter. Fish is expensive in the midwest, so whatever is on sale for 7.99 to 9.99 per pound is what I buy. Even though I shop at a ginormous Whole Foods, I don't let myself get sucked into buying things I shouldn't. But I have found that Whole Foods' huge hot bar can be a big help to staying on the diet wihout getting bored. I don't usually buy entrees, but I do buy a couple servings of things like roasted tomatoes, cauliflower w/roasted garlic, white beans w/escarole -- things that, as a single person, I wouldn't be likely to make for just myself, but that relieve boredom and boost nutrition. And sometimes looking at the food on the hot bar, I get ideas for things I could try on my own. I now regularly make barley sauteed with arugula and walnuts -- it's fantastic and perfectly OK on my diet. By the way -- all those people who tell you don't go grocery shopping if you're hungry? -- they're right! It's not so much that I buy bad stuff if I go hungry, but I taste all sorts of samples I wouldn't ordinarily touch. My routine now is that I stuff myself full of high protein breakfast -- egg whites and turkey sausage -- on Saturday mornings before I do my grocery shopping. If I want a treat, I can get a non-fat, no sugar hot cocoa at Whole Foods and add some Truvia to it, and I'm satisfied. And I try to stay out of Costco. If I have to go to Costco for toilet paper, I go midweek at dinner time after all the samples ladies have gone home or it's a disaster.
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Posted: 08 Jan 2011, 16:12
I try to have a basic list of things I need from the store before I go - usually things I've run out of or need for a recipe. I used to perimeter shop, but my usual store has renovated and made it a bit harder to find things. I buy freely of fruits and veggies and don't worry about following the list, if there is meat on sale I usually stockpile, then hit the dairy and bakery. I try to avoid the middle aisles unless I know what I need because I know I am a bit of impulse shopper when it comes to sweets - and since I'm just starting to think about what I'm eating I'm trying to avoid temptation. But my store has made it so I almost have to go up and down every aisle to find what I need to. But I might try a new farmer's market type store that is open all year round, and sells veggies, fruits and other healthier type food.
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Posted: 08 Jan 2011, 16:39
I shop "down the aisles" only with a list. Usually stocking up with things that are "good" and on sale, (soup, tuna, nuts, coffee, oatmeal, spices...toliet paper Razz) I then do my shopping on the "Outer ring." However that is also on this list "in a way" it will say how many meats fruits and vegs I need. I will then pick out what seems lovely. I then always double check my cart before checkout. I will admit I have left a few items on an endcap...but better leave the cookies there then in my cabinet!
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HealthyBabs

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Posted: 08 Jan 2011, 17:48
We all seem to have a method which is good, much better than just wandering around aimlessly filling the cart. I am going to start clipping coupons again and trying out some coupon sites such as couponmom.com-I like the idea of looking for, selecting and then printing the ones I want. I joined Groupon but I hate getting all the constant e-mails. Gotta un-join that!
Any coupon clippers out there?
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BE PATIENT WITH YOURSELF, LOVE YOURSELF AND EDUCATE YOURSELF EVERYDAY THROUGHOUT THIS JOURNEY YOU ARE ON!----Motto of HealthyBabs

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Ceebee

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Posted: 08 Jan 2011, 18:19
I make a meal plan for the week. Then I go through the pantry/fridge to see what I need, then I make my list. I shop up and down the isles that have my things in them. So I go up and down most isles but not any that dont have things I need in them.. and then I hit up the produce section and get whatever I want that looks good and is a reasonable price.

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Posted: 08 Jan 2011, 18:36
I like Ceebee, make up a plan but Its pretty rough. I usually eat the same thing for breakfast daily, I like routine now! But I sort of graze, I am a huge label reader now. I also scan things in and save them to compare with other brands. During the summer for produce I usually hit up farmers markets, produce junction is my friend too!


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Posted: 08 Jan 2011, 19:11
Regarding the smell of the Candy Isle (doing Atkins btw, no sugar): I 'love' the smell of candy and sugar as well. I will go through the mall just to stand in the doorway of Cinnibon with my arms spread wide, palms up (this sounds sarcastic but it really isn't) taking two or three deep breaths before walking away in bliss. ~tig

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rachelelisab...

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Posted: 08 Jan 2011, 19:18
When I go shopping, I go through the aisles that I need to go through, but there are some aisles I do avoid.

I don't go down the junk food aisle at all, I skip the bargain aisle where the crackers, cookies, and assorted goodies are, and I tend to shop in the inner perimeter, and I skip the cereal aisle.

Where I shop, all the junk tends to be on the outer perimeter, probably because all the bad stuff is set up so that it's in your face and eye catching, especially with children.
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ctlss

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Posted: 08 Jan 2011, 19:26
I have been shopping at the same store for the last 23 years, so I pretty much know where everything is (till they rearrange, lol)...I tend to go in with a list and just go get what is on it. Sometimes though, I just like to wander the aisles and look...and I love to go down the candy and coffee aisles, and smell the wonderful smells. Tig, I make pork rinds with butter, splenda, and cinnamon...satisfies that Cinnabon craving, and is great with a cup of coffee!
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BHA

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Posted: 08 Jan 2011, 20:46
Well since we grow our own beef, I don't have to buy hambuger,steak,
roast etc. Also we share a half pig. We have all but the ham part fixed
into the leanest sausage canned and frozen. We have a produce market
that we get most of our veggies at and then I shop the outer rim of the
grocery store for milk, bread, cheese. Wish I liked yogart, but I just
can't swallow it. yuck.

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GlennM

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Posted: 08 Jan 2011, 22:17
I buy whatever fruit is on sale, now it is the small tangerines and apples. Bananas are always low, but I didn't buy any this week. Then I get whole grain or wheat bread, natural peanut butter that has no sugar, occasional white bread, which I have to stop, I buy expensive soups on sale - this week I got ten cans. Crystal Light is super cheap at WalMart. I have a weakness for diet soda too unfortunately and popcorn. I buy chicken, meats that are on sale - in my town two stores compete along with the local WalMart that has only about six short aisles and I'm sure that will be expanded because so often the shelves are barren... I try to stay away from sugar. It is possible to eat well and so much stuff is on sale - just buy ahead what you like, I am lucky I just shop for myself and may do it once a month on-line and have them deliver next week...
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Sandy701

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Posted: 08 Jan 2011, 22:55
Hey Babs...yes, I'm another coupon clipper. I can't claim to get a whole cartful of groceries for $1, but I do manage to save a few bucks each week. My grocery store has been under renovation for the last year and a half which finally finished up right around Thanksgiving. Then, guess what? They're closing this Monday and Tuesday for a major store re-set! Just when everyone had FINALLY gotten used to where they moved things. Anyway, I also shop with a list and completely skip aisles where there's nothing I need. Fresh meats typically come from a smaller, independent store. Then, there are a few items that I will get at WalMart (Atkins bars, shakes, sugar free ketchup, and low carb pitas). And one or two items come from yet another chain, located in the neighboring town. Wish I could get everything in 1 place, but I do try to consolidate my trips with other errands.
HealthyBabs

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Posted: 09 Jan 2011, 07:28
@Glenn-Cooking for one is surely not easy, have you ever tried makiing some homemade soups? I am a HUGE soup fan, but the canned is probably one of the worst things you can buy when compared to making it fresh. It is so simple to put together a great pot of soup and oh so much better for you! Let me know if you want to give it a try, I have some yummy recipes to share if you are interested!
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BE PATIENT WITH YOURSELF, LOVE YOURSELF AND EDUCATE YOURSELF EVERYDAY THROUGHOUT THIS JOURNEY YOU ARE ON!----Motto of HealthyBabs

DO NOT ASK GOD TO HELP YOU WALK THRU YOUR JOURNEY IF YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO MOVE YOUR FEET - JEREMIAH

Here is my proof that I am getting it done one pound at a time, one step at a time!
GlennM

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Posted: 10 Jan 2011, 03:21
Hi Babs - I tend to buy Progresso soup when it is on sale. I imagine it is terrible with the salt, I don't have high blood pressure. I do buy the natural broth too, but it also has a lot of salt in it. Please let me know about good soup recipes, I tend to not like to cook, it is a hassle for one person when one lives with others cooking duties can sometimes be shared by every adult in the household.
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Posted: 10 Jan 2011, 07:32
I don't live in the best of neighborhoods and the local King Soopers (owned by Kroger) gets hate mail from me about once every couple of months. They stock the cheapest food they can sell on the shelves. Very little whole food or healthy food. A few days before Christmas, I went in to get some frozen peas for our dinner. I read through the ingredients on 5 bags before I found one that had no added salt - just frozen peas. They have very little fresh meat and most of it is packaged in a "brine solution" - everything from baby back ribs to chickens.

I do a lot of shopping at Costco. They've got a lot of great healthy varieties of food. For other food stuffs, I go to Sunflower Market mostly (similar to Sprouts or Whole Foods with good prices). I buy my green tea at Whole Foods because they sell Simply Tea by the liter and I can't find it anywhere else.

I also found a terrific butcher that has some real quality meat. It's a bit of a drive but occasionally, I'll stock the freezer. The problem is it's tough for me to cut a steak in half even though I know it's better for me.

For other stuff, I'll still shop at King Soopers if I have to but they don't get much of my business.

As for HOW I shop - I like variety. I grill most everything I eat at home (everything from meat to veggies). I read labels very closely.
HealthyBabs

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Posted: 10 Jan 2011, 17:00
@Glenn - Now, since you are Polish, I am sure you must have had Kapusta before, you know that yummy cabbage soup with pork spareribs in it? Well I have made a variation of that you may like. This makes about 10 servings, you can easily cut it in half. I made the prep on this as simple as possible for newbies to the kitchen or those who dislike cooking like yourself. When buying broth and canned tomatos I always buy low sodium, but if you don't have a salt issue, buy the regular. I have others, let me know what you like, ie: New England Seafood Chowder, Kale Soup, Chili, Beef Stew, Morrocan Stew. If I don't have a recipe handy I will put one together for you, just let me know what you like. ENJOY !!!! Do you have a crockpot? They are the best especially for folks that do not like to futz in the kitchen!

http://www.fatsecret.com/recipes/bab's-cabbage-soup/Default.aspx
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BE PATIENT WITH YOURSELF, LOVE YOURSELF AND EDUCATE YOURSELF EVERYDAY THROUGHOUT THIS JOURNEY YOU ARE ON!----Motto of HealthyBabs

DO NOT ASK GOD TO HELP YOU WALK THRU YOUR JOURNEY IF YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO MOVE YOUR FEET - JEREMIAH

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