A grocery shopping addiction? Maybe.March 28, 2012
When we were kids, grocery shopping meant a weekly trip to Foodtown. Right? There weren’t really any other choices. And back then no one was talking about organic this or sustainable that. Hell, most people were really happy about the Steak Ums and Swanson frozen dinners that were in our shopping cart. New, easy, fast meals!
I tend to shop at a bunch of different places. For starters, I’m cheap. I have a mental catalog in my head of what I can get cheaper at Trader Joe’s vs. Whole Foods:
Another reason to shop around is, of course, quality. Because I much prefer local produce from my CSA share. And meat makes me suspicious, unless it comes from my local farm buying club. Seems like a lot of effort sometimes, but this is my job, people!
A typical week goes like this:
Monday – Whole Foods for main grocery items
Tuesday – Target because I happen to be there and they have organic milk, some good teas
Thursday – Farm share for meat, eggs, cheese and vegetables
Sunday – Trader Joe’s for a few odds and ends
It’s a bit much, maybe? Well, what can I say. Danny likes shopping. His first word is “Hi!” and he likes to charm the old ladies.
By the way, sometimes I go to a Giant or another conventional grocery store. Actually, I’m usually quite happy at what I can find. (But hate the bright lights. What is this, an emergency room?)
As I mentioned in the video above, I once had a client in Michigan. I helped her search the internet up and down for a listing of a farmer’s market, a CSA pickup, an organic produce stand – anything! She really only had her local grocery store within a drivable distance. They didn’t have kale. But they had cabbage! They didn’t have quinoa. But they had brown rice! Another time I was working with a client in Isreal. She didn’t have a ton of selection either. No kale, no collards, no spinach. But she could get beet greens, of all things! Isn’t that funny?
(And here I am, whining to my Whole Foods customer service desk that they need to stock teff flour and also can you please look into ORGANIC polenta please because, hello, GMOs.)
But here’s the thing. I’ve always designed my 21 Day Detox to be really simple – no crazy ingredients or specialty items. Wherever you live, wherever you shop, you can do this. Because real food is real food. You definitely don’t need teff flour – that just happens to be my personal current obsession. If you can find rice and vegetables and eggs and hummus, you’re going to be just fine. I’m even going to give you a shopping list to help you get all the basics.
So now I’m curious, where do you usually shop and how many times per week do you find yourself at the store?