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.
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!