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Individuals that design grocery stores are highly skilled manipulators. Ever notice that the bakery is in the back of all grocery stores? The scent of the bakery draws you to the back of the store and away from your intended goal.
The dairy products are also in the back. Again, you have to trudge through the store to get to your dairy purchase and on the way you can easily be diverted. Remember, the perimeter of a grocery store usually contains all the basic necessities of your healthy diabetes diet.
It would be better for all of us if we never entered into the center core of the grocery store. It contains all the foods you never knew you could live without. Did you know you can buy a mix to make green bean casserole? It contains a can of green beans, a can of fried onion rings, a can of cream of mushroom soup (for real) and costs three times as much as buying the items separately. But you get the instructions so it's a wash, right?
Another thing to stay clear of in groceries stores is the dietetics section. The food tastes awful, is expensive, and often contains more carbohydrate/calories than the regular products, and the sorbitol products give you gas. In my opinion, there's no real necessity for a dietetics section in the grocery store.
I think we've all heard the old adage, don't go to the grocery store when you're hungry. This is still good advice. When I go to the store hungry, everything looks divine and my bill shows it.
I do feel as a consumer and person with diabetes that it's important to read labels and know what you're buying. The Nutrition Facts label contains a wealth of information and it's to everyone's benefit to know how to use it.
What are your pet peeves about the grocery store, and how do you manage your shopping trips?
Have a good week.
Sara J. Carlson, R.N., C.D.E.
Peggy Moreland, R.N., C.D.E.
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Thanks for very useful and practical tips. They are very informative and helpful. I always kook forward.
My pet peeves about the grocery store,especially one that advertises "Save Money,Live Better" is shelves that are not stocked,especially the sale items,and long lines or worse,only self checkout lanes open. What really made me swear never to shop there again was the self checkout lanes would not accept cash because the machines were broken! I manage (my diabetes,too) much better at the small,neighborhood grocer where they don't use all those tricks to get you to buy stuff you shouldn't!
Have any health experts actually been to the grocery store lately? The ones in the Kansas City area have fresh produce at one side end. Meat and fish displays, Processed meats and processed cheeses are along the back. If ate around the perimeter, I would be full of nitrates, msg and multiple other artificial ingredients and fake foods. Get real...please.
I keep reading how a daily dose of cinnamon might help type 2 diabetes. I have taken cinnamon, daily, for 3 years. I am still waiting to see a result.
Take and plan time to cook or at least prepare. Do not eat out of a box.
My pet peeve is the candy that is placed in the check-out aisles. My prediabetic pretty overweight hubby does most of the grocery shopping and finds getting by all that chocolate a problem. Sometimes he has the will power but many times he just picks one up and enjoys it - for only a short period before he regrets it. He would really like some help from the grocery store - don't tempt him so much.
What about the wonderful edible incredible egg? I read on a diabetes website that eggs are so packed with nutrition and so inexpensive that they are now considered to be one of the "wonder foods" for diabetics. They said don't worry about the usual cautions about consuming eggs -- as a diabetic, you should go ahead and enjoy them as part of your healthy diet. Can this be true? ? ? .....your professional opinions, please! Thanx!
Can anyone inform me of thoughts on margarin/salted or unsalted butter. I have read many articles but still need input.
We outsmart the grocery industry's staff psychologists when we "perimeter shop", as you recommend. I also shop "high/low". The perimeter is definitely the place for diabetics (and every other health-conscious person!) to shop. But when you enter the "dangerous aisles" and are bombarded with the high carb/high salt/high sugar/high calorie/high fat foods, shop "high/low". The healthier & less expensive items are placed on the highest and lowest shelves. Perimeter shop....shop fresh as much as you can, then shop frozen....then shop high/low. I also spend a lot less & eat better by avoiding all convenience foods. Why pay for all that fancy advertising and complicated packaging!
My pet peeve with grocery stores is the lack of low sodium foods. While going through the store all that can be seen, in every direction, is sodium enriched(?) junk. Even food that would normally be good for one has a ton of sodium. So, scratch that one. But, there is a way to combat that bug-a-bear. And, that is, sticking with fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, minimal meat, whole grains such as bulgur, whole wheat, brown rice and eating more fish and poultry. Grocery stores really could help by stocking more healthy food, but, they really do not seem to care that they are contributing to the demise of their patrons. Oh well, such is life in this world.
Pet peeve about grocery store other than trying to find the things you need is the crowds of parents with little kids. I love children and that is why I do not shop during lunch or dinner hours. I go later in the evening or early morning to be able to take my time to purchase the items that I need to help control my diabetes.
High protein, high fiber snacks are great for keeping blood sugar levels steady, and new research shows that pistachio nuts are a great match if you’re looking for healthy snacks, in recipes or out of the package. http://thegreennut.org/news/index.html
Celebrity chefs cooking heart healthy, low-fat, high protein recipes with pistachio nuts are really putting some interesting things together for people who want to eat well, and for people dealing with weight management, chronic disease prevention, and heart disease: http://thegreennut.org/recipes/index.html
This is an awesome pistachio and salmon lunch or dinner recipe from celebrity chef Jesse Brune. It’s yummy and heart healthy, with lots of protein, fiber, and good fats http://thegreennut.org/recipes/07-pistachio-dusted-roast-salmon.html
Hi Myriam, I discussed your question with one of my fellow dietitians. Colas and pepper type drinks do contain significant phosphorous which can be an issue if you have kidney damage from diabetes or high blood pressure.
My biggest peeve is the meat counter. They have changed the names and types of cuts in order to charge more for less! One example is the beef shank. This is meat on the bone and makes the best beef stock. The stores that I shop at are now calling it beef stew, they still include the bone, and charge 2.5 X more. This is only one example that peeves me. I have in most cases reverted to shopping at the old fashioned butcher store. They may charge more but you know what you are getting. The meat is better aged, too.
Yours is a great source of information; I heard that drinking diet sodas for a long time can affect the kidneys is this true?
Wonderful idea Margaret!
Buying groceries on line is even better. You save the environment because they deliver for several households at a time, you don't see the things you shouldn't buy, you bill is consequently lower, and you have a cupboard and refrigerator full of things you really need. invite the friends over for coffee instead of meeting them at the shops, and you have the whole experience without thedisadvantages.
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