Sometimes I feel self-righteous when food shopping, but mostly, when I stop to think about it, I just feel so damn fortunate. Fortunate to have learned the truth about food, nutrition, and health. Granted, I had to learn the hard way (after doing my damnedest to do things "the right way," with lots of running, low- and no-fat foods, lots of whole grains...), but holy moly, I'm glad I learned at all. And I'm glad I learned 8 years ago, instead of 20 years from now. So I guess I'd say I feel like a beast. But more than that, I feel like a true human being -- like Homo sapiens -- WISE man. When I think of what I put myself through for so many years trying to lose weight, I consider myself so freaking lucky that I found all this. ("This" being low carb, Paleo, and WAPF, because I sort of do a mish-mash of it all.)
And this applies not just to when I'm at the regular grocery store, but also the farmer's market and health food stores. Farmer's markets (at least here in the DC area) have the most wonderful fresh produce imaginable, but they're also a bit of a minefield with baked goods. I swear, one of the markets here has more cookies, croissants, and pastries than it does vegetables! (Now, I have to admit, I'll buy some now and then b/c I have no gluten issues, but you all know what I'm getting at. And I feel like at least it's "homemade," (maybe not in my home, but not in a huge factory either), local, and I can identify everything in it -- no weird additives and stabilizers, nothing to extend the shelf-life for 43 weeks.) But still, no shortage of flour and sugar at these markets!
I probably feel even more pity for folks I see loading up on "healthy food" at places like Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, or the local health food chain, because those stores have "health halos" on them -- people sort of assume anything they buy there is good for them, never mind that organic, gluten-free garbage is still garbage. I see all these young women (usually underweight, imho) shopping with their little children and loading up on organic cookies, organic gummy candy, vegan brownies/bars. I want to grab them and shake them and yell, "Just get a damn steak already!"