Food Shopping Fun

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | nutrition

Aug 07

So, I’m home, munching on blueberries, enjoying the fact that I’m home “early” instead of running around doing random errands.

On Monday, I had quite the food shopping experience.  We were running VERY low on groceries so I took the opportunity to apply all of my knowledge about nutrition to buy some really healthy food!

My grocery store of choice is Shoprite.  I used to go to one in South Philly near my old work location, but since it’s so far from where I am now, I went to a closer spot.  Let me tell you…it is the most convoluted place I’ve ever been!  Poor design from the moment you come to the packed parking lot, and it just gets worse as NOTHING makes sense where it’s located.  And even better, everyone and their child was there…

Regardless of the craziness, I always get “in the zone” at the supermarket.  It is something I truly enjoy…always have and don’t know why!  For the most part I wanted to buy lean meats, healthy snacks, leafy veggies, fruits, yogurt and the like.  Whenever I shop, I ALWAYS make a list, using the weekly sales as a jumpoff point, then buying the staples that are never on sale (i.e. milk).  I’ve never been one to shop for food on impulse (though I can hardly resist Lay’s Garden Tomato and Basil chips….) so I wasn’t worried about cheating!

There are a few things I bought, which you can see below, that I’m really excited about.  I got a LOT of cheese:  Muenster, Sharp Cheddar, Gorgonzola, and my favorite…Goat Cheese!  I want to add the goat cheese crumbles into a nice salad along with the peppers, onions and spinach that I bought…with a LIGHT dressing of course.  I’m also excited about buying the healthy wheat bread that’s 45 calories a slice, finally trying out Greek yogurt, and buying real, non-instant oatmeal.  I tried it this morning with almond milk(!) but it was incredibly bland….so I’ll have to figure something out.

My groceries. I think I did a good job!

When I’m surrounded by healthy food, I do a good job of eating it.  But last night we went to dinner to celebrate my boyfriend passing his final CFA exam (woohoo!!).  So once again, I was surrounded by difficult choices.  I ended up getting the salmon “burger”, as it was called…and it was delicious!  But man do I miss eating fries on the side!So I think I got a pretty good haul, and it came to about $93.  We should be eating good for awhile…

While I’ve been on this diet, I do wonder if it’s working…I haven’t weighed myself yet and don’t plan to.  I want that “The Biggest Loser” moment when I step on the scale after 3 weeks and see what happens.  Maybe that’s foolish, but I don’t want to obsess about this any more than I already am.  I think I need to work on eating bigger breakfasts to avoid being so hungry in the morning.  I do cringe at the thought of Danielle reviewing my food journal and shaking her head at my no-nos….sigh!

I just have to tell myself, “No regrets!”