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11/24/18 11:57 A

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Shopping 'the edges' makes going to the market quick and easy:) And I love watching all that produce I chose moving on the conveyor belt to the cash register...lol.

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11/24/18 11:40 A

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I made it through Thanksgiving Dinner WITHOUT going off the LOW carb diet I'm on. I had soup, turkey and vegetables. Even though all the food would have still kept it below the normal range, I avoided the rolls, dessert, side dishes, etc.



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It just dawned on me that avoiding the aisles wouldn't do much for me in the stores around here. They all have the bread and rolls along with the daughter of the devil himself, Little Debbie, and the bakery in the same aisle as dairy. Those are the ones I've had to gain control over. I've always been pretty good with small portions of chips or chocolate, but Little Debbie and Entenmann's I have to avoid altogether as there ain't no stoppin' with them. I got even with Debbie though, I started giving her my share. That'll teach her to make me fat!

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11/23/18 4:04 P

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That's a great attitude. I think I'll adopt it!



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11/23/18 1:15 P

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The middle aisles can be helpful for dried/canned beans, grains, and veggies. Popcorn kernels, vinegars, and fancy spice blends can bring some benefit too.

The program I do suggests that visiting the junky food in the grocery store can be beneficial because it gives you the chance to say "no", strongly and definitively, which can help you stay strong against that food. But, of course, that's if you can stand to say no in the first place.

Rule 1: Don't eat foods with ingredient lists containing numbers, colors, or the word "flavors".


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11/22/18 11:10 A

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I'm limited in my steps due to knee replacements, but manage through the aisles because there are no hills!



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I usually order online so I don't have to go down the candy and soda aisle

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11/14/18 12:34 P

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Costco does the longest walk here, but there's a large Harris Teeter and Several Walmarts, Targets, etc. within 5 minutes by car.



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Walk all aisles for steps and exercise


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11/10/18 7:54 P

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I go down most aisles but I avoid the chips and pop aisle! Most of the shopping is done on the outer aisles.



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We usually walk the entire store, but we're on VERY low carb diets, and haven't bought anything from those too tempting aisles.



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11/10/18 5:40 A

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Make a list and stick to it!



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11/5/18 9:56 A

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Definitely a good idea. I never go shopping without my husband, and he can walk forever. So it's our best exercise of the day when the pool is closed!



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The other grocery store I shop at, Harris Teeter. Puts the seasonal items (candy, desert mixes) next to the produce and meat. The bakery is in between.

Every grocery store I have ever shopped in put goodies and chips on the end caps. I have never been in a grocery store that *doesn't. As long as I have been grocery shopping.

So I just have to pack my perseverance



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I have two bad knees, so without shopping cart I cannot shop. I take advantage and shop all the aisles, not saying I will buy anything, but it is good exercise.


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11/4/18 10:59 A

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I agree My walking is limited by two artificial knees, but the supermarket basket helps me relieve the pain. But I only look when I really need something.



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I shop the perimeter mostly, and sometimes I'll be intrigued by some fresh produce or some fish I hadn't planned on, and that's fine.

My aisle shopping is: cat food (not remotely tempted), herbs, spices, oils and vinegars. And the disposable pan / paper towel / aluminum foil lane, which are not very edible...

I really don't have problems in grocery stores.


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Working on healthy: Nutritious, sustainable, day to day, low carb-ish living. AND getting out and about and exercising... Yep, better do that!



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i GO down the aisles for the exercise,I do not get tempted because I DON'T LOOK.


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10/25/18 4:15 A

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I don't know that I avoid them. Its just that most of what I buy is in the perimeter, therefore I save time by not going down the aisles. Veggies, fruits, meat, dairy, and frozen veggies/meats are all on perimeter at my local shops. I visit the spice aisle for oils and spices when necessary.

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I'm a food addict, and a big sugar addict. Hubby and I are trying to get back on track, AGAIN. SIGH! It's never not hard. Went to the store for milk, salad, and frozen fruit for smoothies. (Que slasher, Halloween music here.) Candy, candy, candy, candy, candy, cupcakes, cookies-at the end of EVERY aisle! In the beginning, in the middle, at the back of the store, and everything in between, even in the beauty/make-up department. As I type this, the computer screen around this "message box" is displaying 4 ads for Kroger, advertising KitKats, and Reese"s. Surrounded!! I did not get any, and worked hard not to fantasize about the taste. Yeah, yeah, I know-picked the worst time of year to get back on track.
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I make a list and that helps me. I have trigger foods. I stay away from Ice Cream and Chips and M & M'S. Actually right now I am on an antibiotic and all foods taste like sawdust. My neighbor brought me a donut, and not actually watching what I eat, just trying to find something I can eat, and I gagged on it. So donuts are a no no. I cannot drink hot coffee, but I tried iced coffee and that worked. I can drink only ice water and Zero Coke soda. But it has to be refrigerated or I cannot drink it.


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I down up/down every aisle, but then I am not easily tempted. I make a list and unless something I use regularly is on a really good special, if it isn't on my list, it doesn't make it to my trolley.

I enjoy looking at things, and also find it is a good way to get some extra mobilization in. I guess it comes down to how easily tempted you are.

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Another thought for food is this... Our local indoor mall is on its last leg and we need a bad weather walking spot, so off to the Giant Grocery, I went. It's about two miles per three trips up and down every aisle. I do two as fast as I can and one at perusing speed. I put that slow lap in the middle so I have the last lap to think about "do I really want or need" whatever I may have spotted. So, when I'm done with my walk I get a cart and pick up what's on my list and things I may have spotted.

I agree with making going anywhere in the store an end game goal since you can't avoid temptation all your life and this staying healthy thing lasts just that long. You have to keep doing either weight loss or weight maintenance for the duration and for me, they're the same anyway. I can't avoid looking at cookies forever and I get a kind of sick satisfaction from staring down Little Debbie, flip her the bird and turn and walk away. She's the daughter of Satan, you know.

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10/21/18 3:38 P

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When time allows, I don’t miss any aisles.

I’m curious, but not compulsive.

My typical shopping is monthly or less. I want to look the whole store over.

I had a great experience last week. Planned and executed camp meals for 30 people. $1.25 per person, per meal, was the end result. That was not from only the perimeter of the store. That was not all organic. That was not all non GMO. That was not keto. That was not vegetarian. That was not vegan. That was not Oreos.

It was fresh proteins and fresh/canned/dehy vegetables, quick cook grains, and fresh/dehy fruit.

Not a cookie one was served. Not a chip one was served. Others brought nuts, homemade muffins, and real juice.

I get the fear of temptation angle, I don’t get the grab a bag compulsion. Grow up, use your head.





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10/21/18 2:28 P

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I'd agree making a list is best!

"Still there's strength in the blindness you fear."


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I make a list and only buy what is on the list, I try not to get swayed by other aisles.
I bring a bag and only buy what will fit in the bag.


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If you know what you want and where it is in the supermarket then avoiding certain areas...like the junk isle should be easy.

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10/17/18 7:36 P

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i know the order of my store so i can make my list per row. i only go down the ones i plan to get something and i dont look around at items i dont need or want. i generally avoid the cookie aisle.

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Especially when they mark it with a pretty red special buy label. Announcing, this won't be here next week. @LUANN_IN_PA



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If I venture into the grocery aisles to get something, after getting the allowed food I I tell myself: " GET OUT OF THIS AISLE NOW !"

Like you, I want to eat healthy and avoid most processed food, but here is what I usually need in the middle aisles. There are plenty of reasons for me to shop there:
Cookie and Cracker Aisle: WASA Crispbread and Triscuit crackers (Whole grain)
Canned Veggies: Stewed/ diced Tomatoes and Tomato sauce. Garbanzo and Pinto Beans
Soup Aisle: Chicken Broth cartons (I do try to make my own when possible)
Canned Fish: Chopped Clams and Salmon packets
Water Aisle: Powdered sugar free lemonade sachets
Rice/Pasta: Whole grain Cous Cous
Fruit: Unsweetened Applesauce and Del Monte No Sugar Fruit cups

I do not pay extra for no or reduced salt products. Regular is fine with me.

It takes discipline to go shopping--especially down the frozen food aisles!

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try to go down only aisles that i need to.

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I agree....awesome

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I think that's awesome!

"Still there's strength in the blindness you fear."


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My goal is to avoid the grocery store entirely. I don't want industrial food, whether it be CAFO meat and dairy, or conventional produce, slowly I'm getting there. Even non-food items I mostly DIY them.

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Most grocery stores don't have things like toilet paper with food...things like that I didn't mean. Aldi..that's an amazing but terrible store 😬 I couldn't list all good foods within the aisles but I know they're there...making a list is probably helpful for a lot of people when staying on track. I'm trying to make the decision then and there of something I don't need..not give in while shopping. I'm trying to eat as little processed as possible.

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"I shop at Aldi and the cookies, cakes and chips are located in the perimeter."
So true!
Going up that first aisle is like enduring a junk food gauntlet!

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"Anyone else find it beneficial to avoid the aisles? "
Not really, as the aisles have frozen vegetables, and whole grains, and tea, and toilet paper, and etc.

And in Costco, you HAVE to work the whole store!


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The absolute WORST temptation for me is the cookie and chocolate candy aisle at Trader Joe's, which seems to sit just above the freezers in the center of each store. Every visit is like running a gauntlet. If I'm disciplined, I grab a handful of frozen meals, a few cans of coffee and leave. Otherwise I throw at least one tub of cookies, and a few packages of chocolate coated wonder that I know perfectly well I will regret into my basket.

That said, I try to always shop with a grocery list. Although I'm currently looking to lose weight and have to be hyper-vigilant about mean planning, the primary reason is to avoid wasting money on food that I don't need and will end up throwing away. As a single person, there's realistically only so much I can consume before it goes bad. Also, I live in Manhattan, so there isn't a lot of room to store extra food.


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I shop at Aldi and the cookies, cakes and chips are located in the perimeter.



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If I skip an aisle I always forget something.



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Thank you everyone for the items inside the aisles - I know they're there but the over processed junk overwhelms sometimes. Can't say I'm perfect with avoiding them if tempted.

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I'd say it's best to go in with a plan - list. Don't go hungry they say.

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All grocery stores are arranged differently, but there's usually some good stuff in those aisles! You don't have to avoid a certain food just because of where it is located in the store.

In the middle aisles I usually find dried beans, whole grains, canned or frozen vegetables, oatmeal, cold cereals, spices, etc.



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Yeah, I've read blog posts about avoiding the aisles. This article has an interesting graphic about the aisles: http://www.stayhealthy-stayhappy.com/2011/11/08/shopping-outside-the-aisles/

Myself, I have time to cook, which means I follow recipes. Meal planning keeps you from buying food you don't need, keeps you within budget, and keeps the veggies from rotting in the fridge! :D


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We venture into the aisles pretty regularly. Canned goods with no salt added are pretty acceptable these days and our local Giant runs regular sales sometimes as low as $0.33 a can. We prefer fresh or frozen, but at some point, ya just gotta' stop buying freezers and a power failure won't usually hurt canned goods if you can keep them from freezing. Also, various kinds of pasta and grains (can't live without barley, rice, and oats). There are many other things there that can be good, good for you, and cheap, but you have to read the labels. Bread is on the outer perimeter and needs scrutiny if you don't bake your own. We've settled on Schmidt's 647 or Aldi's exact clone of it for half price as being 'not too bad' either taste or nutrition wise. It all comes down to reading the labels and where you want to draw the line. We try to keep it as healthy as cheap will allow. There are good food and prices in the aisles, but there be beasties there as well. Be careful!

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Well, here are a lot of words describing my shopping pattern:

I enjoy doing my own baking, and love supporting my local farmers, so I purchase whole grains (various strains of wheat berries, barley, rye kernels, whole grain corn, whole oats, buckwheat groats, arrowroot powder, tapioca starch, etc.) either from the farmer's market or our community health food store (all sources listed even for the bulk bins --- and they are local whenever possible) and grind them as needed. I use random mixes for sourdough breads, wholegrain muffins (sweetened with veggies and fruits), and add them in to soups and stews and "grain salads".

For using in the soup / stew / salad / cooked breakfast cereal sort of thing, I really enjoy having some pearled barley, steel-cut or whole oats, soft white wheat berries, buckwheat groats or kasha, oat bran, wheat germ, and teff (I love the flavour). I do a lot of rye breads, but don't really enjoy rye in other types of foods (wrong texture for me). I also keep around quinoa, wild rice, and brown rice --- along with flaxseed, psyllium husk (my preference for doing gluten-free breads, instead of using xanthan gum), and oat fibre (like the psyllium, handy when baking for those who do follow low carb).

While shopping the perimeter of our major grocery store for most items (just as you did), I do hit the aisles for:

- oils: extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, toasted sesame oil, walnut oil
- vinegars: white, rice vinegar, apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar
- dried spices and seasonings (including a few different versions of mustard) and salt
- dry milk powder (I use in a lot of baking)
- blackstrap molasses (I use in baking and sauces --- while it is sugar, it is also very high in iron, which I need. I purchase local maple syrup / birch syrup / honey at the market.)
- unsweetened applesauce and nothing added plain canned pumpkin
- general baking needs (baking powder, baking soda, cream of tartar, gelatin, dried nothing-added fruits such as raisins / apricots / dates / prunes / figs, raw shelled nuts such as almonds / hazelnuts / walnuts / sunflower seeds / cashews / etc., vanilla beans, parchment paper, aluminum foil)
- teas and tissanes (we buy our coffee beans elsewhere, along with locally made unsweetened dark chocolate)
- dried lentils (red and green), and occasionally split peas (sometimes from the bulk bins, but most often here they are cheaper bagged from a local grower who happens to supply our main grocery chain)
- canned no-sodium-added black beans, chickpeas, red kidney beans, tomato paste, tomato sauce (roma)
- canned salmon (I'm not a tuna fan)
- my favourite brands of Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce, black bean sauce, hoisin sauce, fish sauce, barbecue sauce, and plum sauce
- I always have some Better Than Bouillon on hand - in chicken and beef flavours, and will pick up cartons of no-sodium-added chicken or beef broth if there is a good sale
- dill pickles, pickled beets, pickled asparagus (the good sauerkraut is in the vegetable section)
- a couple of different kinds of commercial cereal (my husband enjoys Quaker's Harvest Crunch, and I keep around some Cheerios as an occasional snack)
- rice crackers (I haven't learned to make these better than the organic ones I can get here)
- salted and roasted almonds and mixed nuts
- a tub of ice-cream and a box of frozen Greek yogurt bars (we have no problem just having these as a properly portioned snack on occasion, so no issue with having them in the house)

I always do a check of the frozen section for sales on frozen vegetables and fruits - and keep a solid stock of these at home. It most often works out that sale-priced frozen veggies and berries are much cheaper than fresh (even at height of season), so those are what I will always use for soups / stews / casseroles / baked goods where texture and individual flavour aren't as important.

Realistically, most of the "aisle" stuff is something that will last a while, so isn't going to be on the list every week. I do, however, do a walk-through of the aisles to scan for unadvertised sales on my usual things (my stores are notorious for only listing some of their sales on the website - you have to check the shelves to catch them all), but am so focused on "my things" that I don't even notice any other products!

My rule is that I buy only what is on my list OR is a standard pantry item that is on sale. I don't enjoy shopping (except for the farmer's market), so find that strictly following the list and having a routine of how to check the aisles gets me out of there in the least amount of time, with the least amount of stress.

Hope this gives you some reminders of things to keep on your list, and an idea of what "aisle items" you might find worthwhile to check regularly. Once you get in the habit of focusing on the "needs", I'm sure you'll find that ignoring the "want - but definitely don't needs" gets easier and easier ;)

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Anyone else find it beneficial to avoid the aisles? Most of what I need (fruits, vegetables, dairy, and meats..sometimes nuts) are along the grocery store walls. That set up helps with the get in and get out for me. The pastries, ice cream, and juice always wants to tempt though lol It seems most of what is best to eat is not in the aisles...grains and nuts, well there's that. Plan of attack if I'm having to venture into those aisles emoticon

I didn't detour tonight and that's a step. Squash, zucchini, fresh green beans, strawberries, bananas, fresh salmon, crab cakes, stuffed clams, yogurt, and string cheese. Already have my almonds and tuna...grains are what I struggle with emoticon

What items on those aisles should I remember to get...don't want to leave any of the good stuff out. What grains would you recommend?

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