Before I tell you about my grocery shopping story, let me provide you with a grocery store tip.
Tips on How to Beat the crowds:
Before going grocery store shopping, look up where you want to shop on Google Maps, and it will display a bar graph of the busiest times of day for that store. You can also look at other days of the week to see how traffic patterns change. Google gathers data from specific stores, so you can compare how busy the various Whole Foods or Stop & Shop grocery stores are in your area on any given day.
Let me tell you a story
When I was younger, there once was a time I could merely glance at a food product at a grocery store and estimate its calorie count.
But my sugar and fat calculator has been off, of late. I can certainly still tell you the safest, healthiest, and dare I say, the holiest items on a specific grocery aisle.
But since the COVID-19 outbreak, God doesn’t direct which aisle my grocery cart goes down, the devil does.
Did you ever find yourself in the snack section of the grocery aisle?
While the grocery store has far healthier options than the local neighborhood pizza shop, not all aisles are created equal. In fact, the layout is specifically designed to entice shoppers to succumb to their cravings with their wallets, which usually means putting the sugary, high-fat, high-calorie options in prominent places.
The way the supermarket, I shop at, is laid out these days, you can easily miss the healthy foods. Long aisles with mixed products doesn’t make it easier. The cereal aisle also is where green teas are stocked. The soda aisles is where water is stocked. Donuts are in the bakery but bread is not. You even have to go past the candy to get the vitamins, but they did move most of the candy to the checkout lanes. Not that this helps me much.
Let me tell you my biggest pet peeves on grocery stores – Calorie labels.
Let’s start off with one of my favorite snack items, Ruffles potato chips. Did you ever read the serving size/calorie content for one serving? I have, 6 potato chips, which is one serving. I can woof down a bag potato chips in one sitting. How many potato chips are there in a Ruffles bag potato chips? Hmm …that’s an idea for one of the next blog posts/
Let me introduce you to my friend and comedian Brian Regan. For those interested he will elaborate more on grocery store calorie servings and food labels;
File Under: God might be in my head, but the devil is in my waistline.