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Shop Till You Eat

Thursday, November 18, 2010

I recently went to the mall with my mom and my two kids. Have I ever mentioned that I hate to shop? (Almost unnatural for a woman, I know.) What’s there not to like about crowded parking lots, congested walkways, long lines, fussy kids, and loud store music? Maybe I am not normal to avoid these things, but after spending the day at the mall I found that I really enjoyed myself. Surprisingly.

The kids had fun, which results in me having fun too. Among the talking dogs, Christmas decorations (yes, they’re up!), escalators, and carousel ride, my kids enjoyed themselves.

But they did get hungry. Have you ever tried to find nutritious food in a mall? We ended up at Jamba Juice and a pretzel shop. Not the best and not the worst, I suppose. The pretzel shop had no whole grain options, sadly. You would think nobody is interested in being healthy at a mall. Is that true? Do other people besides myself long to find nutritious food while they shop?

We’re nearing a very busy season for shopping. How many trips to the mall will we make over the next several weeks? Will we be able to avoid the fat, salt, and sugar of a food court menu?

The holidays present enough opportunities to over-indulge. We don’t need more opportunities for goodness’ sake! Next time I go the mall I think I’ll bring a granola bar and apples for my kids. Or maybe avoid the mall altogether! mydailyavocado.com
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    Here's another one that HATES to shop. and I HATE MALLS. I don't like the smells, the yucky air - the screaming children and the people walking 5 abreast and not letting people pass them. Oh how I hate it.

    Just had to throw that in there. I'm trying to catch up on some of the blogs I love to read and found yours.

    You day ended up quite allright, but I totally agree. Next time avoid the mall. Spend your time and money in some of the smaller quieter, more polite stores where they appreciate YOU and the fact that YOU are chosing THEM. emoticon
    3542 days ago
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    You made my day! I thought I was the only woman in the world who hated to shop . . . never have liked it and still don't at 64. Good idea on taking healthy snacks. A young mom friend of mine totes them along wherever she goes. Excellent blog for the season!
    3556 days ago
    You will make it. Bring your own snack will also save you money on top of being a great healthy choice.
    3556 days ago
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