Show Me Your Groceries And I Will Tell You Who You Are

And it would probably be pretty accurate. I never get sick of peeking into other people’s shopping carts. Because the stuff I see never stops to amaze me. It’s actually pretty funny wearing a Personal Trainer uniform and go to the supermarket. Because people get this guilty look on their face and try to hide away the chocolates, chips and other obvious ‘not so healthy choices’ they may have in their cart.


I can tell (in 98% of the cases) what’s in a person’s  shopping cart just by looking at them. You know, the typically busy business mum, professionally dressed, maybe wearing glasses, looks a little tired, probably on the phone, dragging one or two kids behind her. She’ll have Low Fat Ready To Heat Meals, Up&Go breakfast, muesli bars, bags of salad and everything you need for ham and cheese sandwiches for the kids. Then you have the sporty looking dude, with a fake tan (or it could be solarium), spiky hair and sunnies. He’s got chicken breast, broccoli, sweet potato and basmati rice. And maybe a caffeinated energy drink (sugar free of course!) – and depending on the type, if you meet him on the weekend, it will be the total opposite, beer and chips. The slightly overweight, middle aged man, with frozen pizza and coke (that’s all, who needs more than one meal a day?). The severely overweight (maybe even obese) couple in their mid thirties, no kids, but lots of lollies, chocolate, ice cream, soda and chips. And cheese. And more cheese. And some frozen meals. Last, but not least (or maybe?) the skinny (too skinny?) young girl with some fat free yoghurt, a bunch of celery and a protein bar (this is for the whole week mind you).

Stereotypical you think? Yes, maybe, but also very spot on most of the time.

What you have in your shopping cart really says a lot about who you are and how you value your health (or sometimes how educated you are on the topic ‘healthy’ and what religion within different dietary advices you choose to believe in) and what matters to you in life. If everything you buy is processed, sugary and lacking nutrition, you are likely to look unhealthy and tired. If everything you buy is chicken breast, spinach and broccoli, you may have a slightly stressed relationship with food (but you may also just be a machine and only eat the same things every day or you might just be a bodybuilder). If you fill your cart up with fresh fruits, lots of vegetables, eggs, meat, fish, cream, yoghurt (full fat), coconut milk and a cheeky dark chocolate, you probably look great, with a healthy glow and strong, shiny hair. And you probably have a good relationship with food, and eat because it’s good for you, it tastes great and you’re not depriving yourself from a treat or from having dinner with friends.


Ready! Set! Go!

1003287_544276502300102_1510091384_n Next time you’re at the supermarket, have a look at people and have a sneak peek in their shopping cart. Does it match up? But most of all, have a look at yourself in the mirror and your own cart. Who are you? Who do you want to be? Maybe you need to start your change with your grocery shopping? Swap the frozen potato chips for some sweet potato you can make into chips yourself. Swap that processed ice cream for frozen strawberries (or any berries really) and some cream/coconut cream and make your own version.  Get out of the habit of drinking Coke, buy some soda water and add a bit of freshly squeezed lime instead. No excuses valid, sorry! It really is all the small things you do every day that makes the big difference in the end. Have a look at your groceries, what can you change today, for a better version and for a better you (yes, you can!).

Remember, all you need (almost) at the supermarket, is around the sides. You don’t have to go through all the isles. Fruit, veggies, bread, dairy products, meat, chicken, fish, eggs, frozen berries and so on and so forth. Happy grocery shopping for the weekend and happy Fabulous Friday 🙂

PS; watch out for anything on special – just because it’s cheap, doesn’t mean it’s good for you!

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35 Responses to Show Me Your Groceries And I Will Tell You Who You Are

  1. virginiafair says:

    I’ll have to check out the carts when I go shopping on Saturday! I’d better watch where I’m going though – don’t want to crash into anyone!

  2. You are exactly right, I do this all the time and the shopping cart makes the person. I have always wondered if I were to shop with individuals who are trying to lose weight if I would see a shopping cart full of fresh, healthy, delicious foods, or full of weight watchers easy meals and ‘low fat’ (full of sugar) everything. Sadly you can’t short cut good health.

  3. kymtje says:

    I love doing this too – though it makes me feel a bit judgmental :/

    Trick is to walk around the edges of the supermarket, or even better shop at a farmers market or Harris Farms. Only preprepared thing I will not give up is canned chickpeas and other beans – so convenient!

  4. reebelsays says:

    I ❤ your cheeky dark chocolate. Hahaha! Excellent post.

  5. We’re proud of ourselves. Went shopping today at our local orchard farm store and came home with freshly picked cherries, apricots, peaches and blueberries plus a nice bunch of locally grown green beans. Alas, the tomatoes aren’t quite ripe enough yet, but the local zucchini was. I’m going to grill some local salmon and have a pig-out with stir-fried green beans and zucchini and a big fruit salad, mixed with Greek yogurt. We can’t wait for supper!

    (As a little bit of cheating we also bought a freshly baked rhubarb/strawberry pie warm from the farm’s kitchen. Dessert may come well into the evening as we’ll be pretty full from supper; however, I’m sure we’ll manage to find some room later.)

    It looked like everyone else shopping there was buying healthy as there isn’t much else available at that store (excepting maybe the pie crust). We feel privileged to live in an orchard farm area – the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, Canada.

  6. Krissy says:

    Girl, I do that too! I’ve actually posted about it and had some leave a snarky remark saying.. I hope you don’t tell people what they can and cannot eat. No one likes a flood mother hen!

  7. krissdusel says:

    Ever since getting fit I am horrible about peaking in other people’s carts – processed, processed, processed – yep that sums it up for 95% of people. AND the sugar cereals!! Please moms, stop feeding that crap to your kids. How can that possibly be a healthy breakfast. Only time I let my kids eat it is for a rare DESSERT treat after dinner!!

  8. You’re absolutely spot on! Great observations 🙂

  9. Ice_Badger says:

    This (while it may be true) terrifies me! I am overweight, but not unfit. I got overweight by eating crap and not doing enough (this I have accepted and don’t try and blame anyone or anything else) however, I have changed, I eat fresh healthy food, and I exercise every day, actually every day at least half an hour normally more and sometimes I dance (as a performer) for hours and I have been doing this all year, even though I have just made even more changes to my diet and lifestyle. I do however walk around with a great deal of paranoia about being over weight and what people think about me and how they judge me. In a supermarket I am terrified to put chocolate biscuits in my trolley. I don’t eat them, my husband is diabetic (type 1 since he was 5) so we have to have emergency food just in case, but the world doesn’t know that. That is just an example, I walk in to an exercise class and get patronised by instructors who don’t know me and stared at when I walk into the free weights area of the gym. I try to tell myself that people are not concerned with what I do and that they are not judging me, now I am slightly more scared…
    I do tend to agree with you but it doesn’t do my paranoia levels any good… I cried for half a circuits class in Monday because we were in teams and I felt like the fat one who never gets picked…this was despite the instructor saying I was performing better than ever!
    Sorry I got off topic there, my paranoia is not your fault and you are right, especially about the processed stuff..

  10. topa says:

    This made me laugh! 🙂 But you forgot the eco-organic-cereal-vegan-sometimes-esoteric-shoppers. It is also fun to have a look into their shopping carts, even though I am almost there (since I love having dinner with friends or eating out or craving sugar a lot, I am only “almost”). 😉

    • LOL, true… They usually don’t go to the supermarket though, they go to the source (the farm), grow everything they need in the backyard or only shop at the health food shop 😉 I was “almost” there once too 😉

  11. Ice_Badger says:

    Hello, while I agree with this for the most part, it terrifies me. I am overweight (not in a denying everything but can’t get iPod the couch sort of way) but I am quite fit and getting fitter, I exercise every day (sometimes for hours as I am a dance performer) and I do eat fresh healthy non processed food as much as possible.however I live with huge paranoia that people are judging me because of my size (which is changing) if I need chocolate biscuits (which I sometimes do…I don’t eat them but my husband is type1 diabetic and needs emergency food) I worry that people judge my shopping, if I am achy from an exercise class I get looks and worry that people think my slight limp is because I am too heavy. I walk in to a new class and get given the baby weights and told to take it easy even though I am fitter than quite a lot of “normal sized” people and have been doing a lot of training for a while now. I cried through a circuits class (while still doing everything) because the tall lean people made me feel like I was holding up the team. I am aware that a lot of it is in my head, but reading things that back up my fears makes them slightly worse.
    However, I understand your point and I know you are right for the most part…and that none of my paranoia is your fault, I just thought I would share 🙂
    Now I am going to put on some bells, giant boots and a top hat and dance the weekend away 🙂

  12. Serish Rana says:

    hahaha I thought I was the only one who did this! I like to have a good old snoop while waiting in the queues at tills! I must admit I do look at my shopping sometimes and think it looks quite healthy today only one item of junk food and on other days the cashier must think I’m such a fatty! I suppose that’s why I try and use the self-service no-one to judge you except when you have that mini-heart attack and the cashier has to come over and sort out the till. They look at your shopping and have a not so innocent smile on their face especially when it comes to alcohol!

  13. lmarieallen says:

    Hi Ashild! Thanks for following Nowhere to Run. I love this post as I do the exact same thing! My favorite, though, is the shopper who pays for all the milk bread, cheese, etc with government food stamps and then pays with cash, separately, for the carton of cigarettes and the case of beer. Hey, without the cigs and beer, they might be able to afford the other stuff.

  14. This is so funny. I am definitely just like you in that sense. After having gone from 220lbs to 190 now, I’ve seen a drastic change in my groceries as well. I come across people who shop the way i used to and my first reaction is to want to say something but i hold my tongue in case of any backlash that may come my way. But yeah i came to realize that its not a strict set of food that helps me stay healthy but a variety where i’m not constantly dreading my meals but looking forward to them while knowing they’re keeping me healthy too. Great post

  15. kimberlyhonious says:

    This is pretty inspiring. When I look in my shopping cart, I see all the right things that I need: whole grains, fruits, veggies, yogurt, tofu or tempeh (I don’t eat meat), among other things. I know how to eat right, but I think that maybe I just want people to think that I’m the picture of health. I don’t eat everything I buy. Maybe the berries and yogurt, but I let other things go to waste. I am scared to eat.

    • That’s a little sad 😦 Food is such a big part of life, even if it’s bad food… I guess what you put in your mouth says more about you than what’s in your shopping cart.. xx

  16. It’s a new version of people watching 🙂 I bet you could tell me A LOT about myself by my groceries (and where I shop for them) 🙂

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