Since many of supermarket floor plans have Paleo-acceptable food around the outside ring of the store, anyone ever venture into the Frankenfood aisles? I used to be annoyed at attempts at advertising and marketing, especially in the cereal rows, now I'm just disgusted.
Shopping is a ton easier and less complex now ("Are the gummi chews in the candy aisle or the baking one?"). What say you?
No, I don't miss it.
When I was SAD, I lived in severe poverty as well as ignorance. Shopping consisted of whatever was cheapest, whether or not it was palatable. Were it high calorie and low-cost, albeit nutritionally void, it went into my cart. Everything else was supplemented by the food bank, mostly in the form of stale bread and tinned food alternatives.
Then I developed an eating disorder, so I was a neurotic, ignorant former-SAD eater who refused to eat. I walked around the grocery store, ogling high-fat, high-sugar pastries and forbade myself to eat any of it. Instead, I filled my cart up with sugar-free pudding snacks and packages of air.
Then I was an ignorant vegetarian with a history of an eating disorder, which meant there was nothing fun going into my cart -- just legumes, grains, fruit, and vegetables. Occasionally, I would get dark chocolate chips to sprinkle onto my oats, as a "treat". But it was carefully weighed and measured before eating, of course.
Then I was an ignorant vegetarian with a history of an eating disorder on an elimination diet, so it was just fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds -- and I was terrified of eggs (fat! cholesterol! the horror!). Half the time I dreaded my next meal, since I was so bloody tired of eating the same bland things over and over for fear my stomach would hurt again.
I was sick all the time with each those previous shopping carts. My lower abdomen was distended and swollen, my face was spotty, I was weak, gaunt, and terribly mentally ill. I was, in every single instance, always so hungry.
Now? I shop with a bounce in my step. I look forward to my next meal with excitement. I pick up packages of meat and think of ways I can integrate in into my meals. My food has flavor now, and I can trust my body -- finally! -- to not rebel on me when I eat. I love grocery shopping, and delight in my weekly outings to the store. I would never, in a million years, go back to the way I used to grocery shop.
So, nope. I don't miss it one iota. :)
Great question. It is a lot easier now. Also, when I go to Costco nowadays, I see how different our cart is than everyone else's.
Our cart: Meat, fish, veggies, fruit, cheese, nuts, and a few bottles of wine.
Everyone else's: Various faux-foods in boxes made up 98% of some mixture of corn, wheat, and soy.
Shopping is much more exciting now that I am "on the hunt" for real food. I feel like Neo in the matrix, looking past all the 1's and 0's trying to see reality behind the curtain of advertising, marketing, and BS "nutrition" information.
These days - the warm weather months - we only go into the aisles with the paper paper and cleaning products; everything else is either obtained directly from the farmer or at the farmer's market. We've joked that the employees at our local grocery store think we don't eat - only poop and clean.
Seriously, though, no. I don't miss those colorful boxes and packages full of poison, and I cringe at the sight of the other shopper's baskets, especially those with small children.
God no! I love that shopping is so easy. Quick circle around the outside of the store and I'm done. I do get most of my meat delivered from US Wellness Meats because their prices are the same as my Whole Foods for grass-fed and I'm lazy and would rather have stuff just delivered to me :)
I don't miss it as much as I thought I would. I sometimes look at a gluten-free item, but then realize it still has a lot of weird stuff on the ingredients list.
It's definitely easier knowing what I'm going to eat, and what it is, and why I want to eat it. Contrary to most people's thoughts on "how expensive paleo is", my food bill went down by about $100 a month. It's even lower now that I'm doing vlc.
I miss my coupon-ing. I LOVE coupons! It used to make grocery shopping into a fun game for me to see how cheap I could get something for by using store sales and coupons. I used to love watching the cashier take off all the coupons it was such a rush (I know I'm a big dork).
I rarely find coupons for paleo foods. Every once in a while there will be a paleo coupon but the coupons are usually for the processed crap.
I venture into the middle of the store all the time because I coupon... bordering on "extreme couponing" depending how many flyers I pick up that week - for myself and for charity. I use two different sets of coupons mind you, because no matter how much I would prefer it, I can't donate fresh meat to the food pantry. It's only non perishable foods. So even though I am paleo and have been for a while, you will still see me buying pasta, and cans of tuna in water/soy broth, etc all the time. I figure if I can get it for free (which I usually can), it's better than nothing for those who have nothing.
It is still possible to be Paleo and coupon, I do it all the time. I just coupon for both types of food.
I do miss the inner aisles! Mostly, because I love shopping and wandering up and down all the aisles was part of my ritual. Now, I really don't need those aisles so it is a waste of time and I hate wasting time.