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post #21 of 63
yes...I was a cashier at the real canadian superstore (the biggest, most horrible BOX to buy grocery's in...just a warehouse. hardly any windows!) it drove me crazy. seriously. somedays i'd put through like, thousand dollar orders for one family...they had like 5 kids or something...and they were all overweight...every two weeks they'd come through with 900-1200 dollar orders. it was CRAZY. it would take me a half an hour to wade through their groceries at top speed. and the junk they bought...blech. now i know i'm not perfect. i buy coke and chips and perogies and whatever else. but not by the case load! i try to load up on HEALTHY food and the occasional snacks for my husband and i...but now that we are expecting, we're trying to be more health-conscious.
anyways. that's my two-cents.
now i'm hungry.
post #22 of 63

I guess lots of what I buy would be considered junky but at least it is natural...LOL

We have followed The Feingold program for almost 8 years now...The other night I popped into Food Lion for a few things...I got in line...As I was putting my items....Rudis organic bread,annnies mac and cheese,cheeses,pears,some meat,cereal and milk.....on the checkout I looked at the cart behind me....She had wonder bread,oreos,at least 10 liters of diet coke,little debbie cakes,trix and fruity pebbles and numerous other things that I haven't bought in years....I had to laugh and wonder do they really know what is in those foods?? food coloring,additives,arificial flavors and high fructose corn syrup....It can really mess a body up....

Years ago I ate out of a box or a tv dinner....LOL...Now I wouldn't touch them with a ten foot pole...Mylie xx
post #23 of 63
i am guilty too. i always look at what the people in front of me have in the cart at the till. and it's usually like everyone says, all this icky junk food. the thought of it - ugh! what amazes me too is the items they can stock in a store and they need to keep restocking them! i can't believe people buy the stuff they do. but i do try and remind myself not to judge because i am not perfect either, it's just kind of incredulous!
mandi
post #24 of 63
Sometimes when we go shopping I cringe because there are hardly any fruits and veggies in the cart.... because we buy them organically from a different source. I wonder if people look in our cart and go, tsk tsk. We don't buy much junk, but do get some 'healthy' convenience dinner-type stuff (like veggie lasagna and shishkabobs) and individual yogurts. We just look like huse carb and protein addicts!

Carolynn
post #25 of 63

I'm better now that dh has been "SUPERSIZED" ;)

I like to see what other's are buying, I'm good for asking "what's for dinner" since I'm not quite yet there with meal planning and that question just haunts me. I haven't seen a really unhealthy cart in a while.

My cart is pretty good. When I shop I keep one thing in mind, the less it's processed the healthier it is for us. Trader Joe's is great, cheaper than Safeway, but I end up at Safeway since it's around the block (lots of walking trips). Luckily, Safeway does have more organics than ever these days (veggies, free-range chicken/meats, canned goods, brown pasta & rice, milk, eggs). Dang hard to get out of there for under $80!

My dh was 100% on-board with me with healthier foods after watching "Supersize Me"! I ***highly*** encourage those with spouses/partners with less than healthy eating habits to watch this movie.

Leila, I must be near you..I've been to the milk pail
post #26 of 63
I was really amused one time when I heard two very overweight old ladies holding a cantaloupe and saying how they shouldn't buy it because "it has too much sugar."

Yeah, it's the CANTALOUPE that put on all those extra pounds and gave you diabetes.

I had a hard time not piping up and encouraging them to get the cantaloupe!


As far as grocery-cart snooping, I think people do that to me. I always buy a container of pomegranite juice during my period, and people always say, "What is that? Is that good?"

I also look in people's carts for ideas. One lady at the co-op was purchasing some Indian spices, and I asked her what she did with them.

But overall, I share your frustration with people buying junk, especially for their kids!
post #27 of 63
I do the same thing too, usually at the checkout line. I know some of you here might think "oh my god" when you see my cart but seriously most of the moms I see at the store have their cart full of crap. The uncrustables sandwiches, Lunchables, cookies, etc. Junk all around. I do buy a couple of snacky things but our cart is mostly full of fresh fruit, cheese, soy milk, cereal, wheat bread, etc.
post #28 of 63
Thread Starter 
aha, I'm not the only one- dh thought that I was a loon. Boobear- Supersize Me really motivated my dh as well, that along with the birth of our son. He doesn't want to be a bad example, he also knows that we cannot have a bunch of junk in the house- I cannot resists, it's expensive, and he don't need it either. Now he buys some crap at work, but is doing amazingly well considering. It is sad that kids are growing up on this. I think about my nephew, oh it is so disturbing. MIL was happy he was eating pudding as it was healthy. He has horrible problems with constipation- 1 night after they were up all night giving him enemas and laxatives what does he get for supper mac n' cheese and they asked if he wanted a banana to go with it.... he is beinga good boy if he finishes his chicken nuggets and fries and they thought it was sooo cute when he started requesting Mickey D's(he's 3). Oops, I have gone off on a tangent. I just always think of my family and dh's when we see these people, they think this stuff is healthy.
post #29 of 63
I like to snoop in the checkout line so that I can start up conversations. Sometimes people are buying interesting stuff and we can talk about it. In some supermarkets, everything in the order in front of me is stuff we wouldn't eat--meat, or something like that. But often people ask me about some vegetable I have--why such a cute little pumpkin, or something. I like it.
post #30 of 63
I always snoop too, and it makes me proud that I'm making healthy choices for my family. I wasn't always the healthiest eater (and still am not perfect) but the crap some people buy is unreal.

When I was in sixth grade there was a boy in my class who was very very overweight. His mom was really obese as well. One time I saw them at the grocery store and their cart was full of cookies, soda, and every other crappy thing you can think of and absolutely nothing healthy. I remember feeling so sorry for the boy because his mom was letting him get all that stuff when he was already so fat. I don't know how this is possible, but I think some people just don't have a clue about nutrition.
post #31 of 63
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Originally Posted by MoMommy
I don't know how this is possible, but I think some people just don't have a clue about nutrition.
people are so influenced by there cravings, food addictions & effects of this food on their systems, (not to mention the non food junk out there people are consuming on a constant basis)...they cant see or think clearly I'm thankful every day I came out of my daze
post #32 of 63
I do all the time. It's shocking to me how much meat people buy. Yah, I'm a quesy vegetarian and really pride myself on keeping such a healthy family and cooking good food for them. It's just too much to see the big hunks of nasty-ass meat piled in peoples' carts with their little babes sitting pretty in the front. Its like a picture of an oxymoron or something. :
post #33 of 63
You know when we go home to the USA to visit my parents... everytime DH and I walk into a grocery there were are completely stupefied. Seriously. There is just SOOO MUCH. It's nuts. My husband loves to find "really neat stuff" and test it out... (I oblige b/c... we only go once or twice a year. If he wants to eat the purple ketchup with SPARKLES, it's his beer. : ).

We were shopping for baby odds and ends at Walmart and they had these Gerber little pasta foil packets for, I guess, older babies and they were stuffed with "meat" and we were wondering how it was possible to store them in the foil packets and still be edible (no refridgeration). I was a little quesy thinking about it and DH started to think, hmm this isn't very cool at all. (He typically thinks Americans are very interesting and cool with their food products... ) It was even more distressing to think people *actually* fed that to their BABIES.

Then there are places like Whole Foods that we LOVE, but they are pretty unnecessary here, b/c all major groceries here sell organic (called BIO) here. I've not made it to Trader Joes, but that's for next time.

I used to miss the grocery there, but since moving over here and meeting you ladies I've learned to love Swiss groceries. We can buy what we need, usually, even at the smallest market. I also like that we don't have to worry about hormones or antibiotics in the meat we occaisonally buy.

Not that people here are "better". You should see what some Swiss put in their baskets... :Puke They do tend to buy A LOT of fresh produce though to be fair.
post #34 of 63
post #35 of 63
I always look at other peoples carts! I play hte comparison game-is tehir stuff healthier than my stuff? We're still working hard to change our habits for the better so oddly, comparing myself to other shoppers is motivating. I always wonder if people think I'm awful though when, say, my husbands favorite diet soda goes on a great sale and I stock up like mad! He'll drink it eventually so why not get it while it's cheap? Or coffee. The other day our coffee brand was on sale for almost half the usual price. So I bought several huge containers, and all I could think was people would think I had a major problem!

Usually I feel pretty good about it, with lots of fresh produce, yogurt, if I get snack food it's from the health section(ie natural chips), etc.. But why oh why, does this always happen to me? See I'm working hard to eat better. But sometimes, I pms and get these crazy cravings and give in to them. So it'll be the day after a big grocery trip where I bought all the good for me stuff. And I'm there with ds, loading up on various chips and dips, cookies, sugary drinks, you name the bad food it's in my cart. Hopefully you know the days I'm talking about. And I'm not buying our organic bread at hte same time because it's already at home, right? Those are the days I end up in line sandwiched between people who have nothing but organic in their cart, their groceries put me to shame even on a good day! And there I am with $25 worth of total junk, yeah just give me plastic bags and maybe some scratch tickets, lol, while they pay for their sprouts, open up their cloth shopping bags for the bagger, and try to smile at me.

Anyway....
I always look at other carts, I'm nosy.
post #36 of 63
Oh, I DEFINITELY peek, usually every chance I get! But here's the thing- I'm admittedly one of those shoppers with crap like tuna Helper and non-organic milk and all. (We're on WIC so we take what they offer.) HOWEVER, now that we're done paying off our car we've got a LOT of money freed-up for other things. We've been starting to buy more organic things, what we can afford at least, and a few things we're willing to pay the extra for (like organic meats since we rarely eat meat anyway). So, that said, I now find myself comparing my cart to other peolpes' in an effort to make it look like like theirs. But yes, I love snooping.
post #37 of 63
One of the high school students I taught worked at the grocery store I frequented a few years ago, he noted Mrs. L------ you sure do eat healthy! I guess he never had seen a cart with no meat and no boxes of junk (not that my basket is like that all the time).

I often wonder if others look in my cart. I'm sporting some extra weight and I wonder if people see me putting in the boxes of cakes for my dh, the huge bag of kid cereal, or some other "non-diet" food b/c they assume that I'm fat and need to not buy that stuff. I've been guilty of doing this myself.

I see the family or woman in front of me unloading her cart, cases of soda, donuts, bread, ice cream, juice, whole milk, eggs, bacon, sausage, and other foods I consider to be bad for you and I think to myself -- no wonder...

My MIL makes me mad -- no fruit or veggies -- none and she has colon health problems and now circulation problems at age 58! They eat macaroni and cheese from a box with hotdogs many nights of the week!

So, back to the question -- I'm guilty of making judgements of other based on what is in their shopping carts. :
post #38 of 63
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Originally Posted by etoilech
We were shopping for baby odds and ends at Walmart and they had these Gerber little pasta foil packets for, I guess, older babies and they were stuffed with "meat" and we were wondering how it was possible to store them in the foil packets and still be edible (no refridgeration). I was a little quesy thinking about it and DH started to think, hmm this isn't very cool at all. (He typically thinks Americans are very interesting and cool with their food products... ) It was even more distressing to think people *actually* fed that to their BABIES.
Full of preservatives to keep it from spoilage! YUCK!!! I don't know how anyone can feed that to an infant. It's b/c no one is thinking how bad that is on their little systems. Companies should not be allowed to sell such a product for children (especially).
post #39 of 63
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Originally Posted by captain optimism
I like to snoop in the checkout line so that I can start up conversations. Sometimes people are buying interesting stuff and we can talk about it.
I would never have thought of striking up a conversation in the checkout line. To me, that's one of those places where you just look forward and don't talk to anyone else. But I'm pretty introverted.

We often go to the grocery store for the stuff that isn't meat and dairy and produce, and I make bread, and get a lot at the bulk store too. So we're often just going in to stock up on something cheap from the flyer, or snacks, or to stock up for a scout trip. So I often feel the heat of nosy parkers checking out my cart -- real or imagined.

There was a guy behind us in line once who had three different items in his cart, but a bunch of each thing, all stuff I recognized from the flyer. We were there doing the same thing, but only with one of the same items.
post #40 of 63
Sometimes I check out what others are buying. Generally when I am standing in line but I have the opposite problem. I shop like everyones going to be checking my cart out! This keeps me from buying treats and extras and staying on the healthy path cause you never know who's peeking in your cart.
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