I have noticed I've taken up a hobby while standing in line at the grocery store. I look at my groceries and evaluate them for paleo correctness, sometimes casting a critical eye on my penchant for ranch dressing but usually otherwise feeling smug. Then I observe what is on the menu for those around me and how that relates to their apparent level of health. How much processed food? How much carb? How much nutrient rich food? From what is on their cart, I find myself imagining what their typical diet probably looks like. One thing I have noticed is that those who are really heavy invariably have a ton of processed carb on the menu. Am I the only one or have other paleo eaters succumbed to this secret hobby as well?
I do a little bit of peeking at others' carts, but mostly I wonder about my own cart. In particular -- not joking -- I wonder if anyone else can tell that I'm eating paleo by looking at my cart, and if they're going to introduce themselves, or give me the secret handshake. I guess you have to think about something when you're in the grocery store.
I totally do that too. It's hard to avoid!
On a related note... Why don't you make your own "primal ranch dressing*?!"
Just take a cup of plain full fat yogurt and add:
Avoid all those yucky bad oils!
*Adapted from this recipe.
I do that too. But sometimes I look in my cart, and I think, I don't have meat or eggs in my cart because I have "farmer" sources. I wonder what people are thinking about my cart! Haha
And then there are days, that my daughter needs "snack" food for their school. There is a rule now that no homemade food is allowed. I guess someone screwed that up for the rest of us. Makes me mad. But I am kind of embarrassed that I have a bag of chips in my cart by my daughter's request. I know there are other choices, like packaged fruit and beef jerkey. So, in defense of "other people's cart," they may be buying for someone else.?? But, by the looks of them, it does give it away too, who it really is for. Just my 2 cents.
Ok, I thought this was solely my own secret obsession. I saw a father with his 4 kids all under the age of 6 at walmart (i hate that place and only go for undies/socks, paper products), their cart was full of boxed foods, not even canned veg, just boxed meals. This guy paid $150 on his EBT card and another $200 in cash for a load of crap. Im thinking that cart is only going to last 10 days at the most since the food there is not nearly as filling as real food. How in the world do people afford to eat this way? And those poor kids!
I also feel this way when im parked near a fast food joint. I was waiting for my husband to get off work and watched people going into McDonalds. Elderly folks, pregnant women, mothers with young children. What kind of nourishment do these people think they are getting? I know everyone isnt as aware as we are but for pete's sake, they have to know this food is not nourishing!
Yes I totally do this! It makes me so sad to see parents with overweight kids and a cart full of crap :( Sometimes I kill time waiting in line by playing "Find The Vegetable"- searching the carts in front of me for any produce among the boxes and cans ;)
I do this pretty much every time I am in the store. I like to pretend I am collecting data, although I know I am more observing from an incredibly subjective position. I've noticed a lot of the same things that you have. The thing that makes me the saddest is people in motorized carts filling the basket with not one single item I would consider real food. Sigh.
The other day I was waiting in line, scanning carts like always, and noticed a group of presumably vegan punk rock kids in their early twenties openly mocking the food choices of the people behind them in the express lane which made me feel like my covert peeking and post-shopping conversations with my boyfriend about it (he does the same thing) was way less questionable a practice. (btw--what superior products were the loud meanies buying that obviously everyone around them should have been buying for health, too, you ask? tons of candy, bread and canned organic vegan soup! i rolled my eyes at the eye-rollers for sure.)
I've had a few uplifting experiences, lately, though. I've started going to the store later than I used to and it seems to coincide with shift change at the nearby hospital because I keep ending up in line with lots of nurses in scrubs. Trim/fit nurses whose carts are loaded with red meat and full fat dairy and little processed carbs. It's nice to see.
I absolutely do this, BUT I know my cart is a mess. The rest of my family is not Paleo and most likely will not change. I just hope people see how fit I am and assume the crap food is for someone else.
My mother used to entertain us in the store by having us tell her something about the people waiting by what was in their cart.Were they single?Small household?Young kids?Still find myself doing that game to this day without realizing it.
I try not to judge other people by their carts.There is so much misinformation out there, and I think that a lot of people get frustrated,tired, and just give up.The majority of us had to go through the same process at some point.The only BIG peeve I have is food stamps paying for non nutritional foods like sugar water "juices", candy,cookies,soda ect.Welfare is about what you NEED, not treats.No excuse for not setting it up like WIC,where you can only buy certain items.Hell, they already block ready to eat hot foods and energy drinks.Why not the rest of the garbage?
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