Tell Me What is in your Shopping Cart and I will Tell You What is Wrong with You…
My favorite thing to do at the grocery store is people watch.
Oftentimes my blatant stares are grossly mis-interpreted when in fact I am simply mesmerized by someone’s cart full of only bacon, yellow cheese, mayo, beer and white bread. “Wow that looks like an eczema fest followed by a heart attack on a plate”, I will silently think to myself as I rudely size up the health status of a stranger.
After years of interviewing people about their diet I have learned that many common disease states accompany the same bad food choices. Classics like diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, and high blood sugar all have very consistent dietary patterns. When I see a healthy vibrant person in a sweatsuit with a cart full of fruits and veggies, I feel that much more motivated to shop the perimeter of the store and avoid all the processed foods that lie in the “Danger Zone” within. When you think about it the perimeter of the store has all the produce and other whole foods choices. Fill your cart with those choices first before venturing in to the “Danger Zone”.
Avoiding processed foods is not just a good choice for you, but for the environment as well because fruits and veggies don’t come with all the excess packaging. The more we can do to reduce excess waste in our consumption patterns the better it will be for the environment as well as our own health.
So speaking of health, what does your grocery cart say about you?
What do you think I would have to say about your health if I was standing behind you in the check out line?