This week I finally had the chance to do a decent grocery shop. And I went with my girl, Carly. We haven’t been shopping together in close to a year.
It seemed that I could never get the shopping quite right; Carly wanted “healthy” things. Well, so do I but our versions of “healthy” are two different ideas. I had to teach her about balance and budget. Since she was complaining so much I made her come with me.
So there we were with a borrowed van at the store and a good wad of cash. I needed prescriptions and headed to the pharmacy while sending her to the fruit and vegetable section. While my prescriptions were getting filled we met up again and started cruising up and down the aisles. I don’t usually cruise but I had a list too.
We agreed on some things that didn’t have much to do with food. The most challenging was a new razor. Ours was gross already so we agreed to buy a new one. I was checking out the ladies and Carly insisted we get a men’s razor style. I wasn’t too sure about that until she found a weird shaped one. She was reading the package and exclaimed “It has a battery!?” That perked my interest and it was only $7 on sale, half price. Carly said she didn’t think we should get it as we probably were too technically challenged to use it. It had an attached trimmer for heaven’s sake. That must explain the battery, right?
I ignored her and got the last 2. She has no faith.
Then it was groceries…she read every label on every box or container of food and exclaiming in a horrified voice every time; “OMG the sodium! …the saturated fat!…the CARBS!” and would quickly put the item back on the shelf. I would pick it back up again and show her what we had to do to make a balanced meal. She had to realize it was OKAY to have fat, sodium and carbs to a certain degree especially since my cart was full of fruit and veggies too. We picked up whole grains as alternatives to what we would normally buy. We also bought a little more organic fresh food as well. It was all starting to come together.
I must say, shopping with her took twice as long (at least) and three times the cost. I’m just lucky we had the money for this trip. I asked her if she saw how much it cost us and she said she did and was shocked at how much we have to pay to eat healthy. I warned her that, on our normally very limited budget, this shopping trip would rarely be like this.
I’ll let you in on a little secret though…I did manage to sneak in my Cheez Whiz. 🙂
Boy, I had my exercise this week too. I’ve been looking after my oldest granddaughter while my youngest granddaughter gets her eating habits in order. I swear I’ve never been so tired. It’s a really good tired though. I go to bed before 11:00 (!!!) and get up for 8:00 am. Amazing. And she has me running. Running after her, ahead of her, beside her and with her. In between we watch inane children shows that make me get ridiculous songs stuck in my head which have replaced the songs we played for my Dad while he was on his death-bed. I don’t know which is worse.
So a good week all around. Thank you to all who gave me their support the last couple of weeks. I really appreciate it as it had to one of the worse times in my life. I don’t feel as alone as I did. I feel better being busy and productive.
Until next time….