About food shopping
Saturday, June 09, 2012
When I was in USA ...1992 I was stunned at the food store aisles - SOO much food. We did have the same food in Swedish sort but not ten brands of each! Today we do and that is one of the reason that we get more and more overweight, the more we are exposed to food, the more we tend to eat and buy.
Today we do have the same overwhelming food aisles in Sweden - yesterday my daughter and me went shopping and on our list was important cat food and paper wash cloths... when we had circled the store and gotten the yogurt and chicken and got close to the cashier - we realised that the cat food was wayyyy down at the other end of the store. I think it is about hundred meters. We walked back and picked it up - did not have any chart because we had not planned to shop that much so we carried our stuff. Then we started looking for the wash towels - I thought they would be by among soaps, shampoos, toilet paper and detergents that are close to the cashier ... nope I suddenly remember that it is usually by the baby stuff and ..where is the baby stuff? Next to the cat food! all the way back once more.
But this is not a blog about exercising in the food store although it can surely be done. More of the danger of passing through a modern food store... our path is encumbered with foods temptingly exposed for us to buy. Some are good healthy stuff, and some are crap.. on a friday there is also four or five counters with taste stuff, ladies standing there and trying to sell something. Yesterday it was frozen pizzas...both the salami and the spinach pizzas had mushrooms and daughter does not like mushrooms, otherwise I might have fallen for it because it seemed simple panic food when you don´t have time to cook... and I don´t even like frozen pizza, I like the unhealthy ones you buy at a pizza restaurant and we have one fifty meters from our house (our salvation is that they don´t accept credit card, to go there I have to plan and get cash when I am in the city and that I don+´t do...)
Where is this blog going...two conclusions - one: society is working against us - the stores are constructed to make us shop more of stuff we don´t really need. Sure it is my own responsibility what I put in my mouth but, as sw3eden laws only allows liqueur to be sold in special stores, I get help not to drink, it is sort of easy to stay away from those stores. I would be better of if I shop food at smaller stores where the offers aren´t so overwhelming.
Conclusion two: I was thinking of creating a "healthy path" through the store avoiding all the unnecessary stuff but realised that it can´t be done. I would need a blindfold to cross certain parts...
No, I need planning, go in the store with a complete list of what to buy and never leave that list however "good" or budgethealthy an offer seem. I can´t buy three of something just because it will same me some crowns, if I have not put it on my list. Not to make it entirely impossible I give myself the possibility that I can buy something not on my list - if I call an OA friend and tell them first....
We are up against some strong powers here, and they want us to shop. Willpower is not my weapon to fight these powers... accepting my needs and possibilities and using support is!