Patience and understanding are not two of my best virtues. I try, really I do, but when a simple visit to the grocery store sets me off, I wouldn’t say I’m succeeding too well.
Here’s the thing, since having a “food awakening” (and I was already pretty ‘awake’ compared to the average American) myself almost 2 years ago now, I have very little tolerance or understanding of those who obviously do nothing for their own health.
Scene: I’m pushing my cart through the soda/chip/pretzel aisle to grab some seltzer and I see a very overweight/obese mother and son. What are they standing in front of? Ruffles potato chips. A quick look into their cart reveals 5+ 2 liter bottles of soda and not a veggie in sight.
That’s just maddening to me. The voice inside my head wants to scream, “Stop! Put all that crap back, you are literally killing yourself and your son with that ‘food’”. Of course, I remain quiet and just keep pushing my cart to the checkout lane but I just cannot understand why people don’t take the initiative to help themselves and learn about good nutrition. I think it goes without saying that most parents out there want their child to be safe and healthy and yet they blindly throw processed crap into their carts week after week. I’d almost understand if there were no outward signs of how bad this stuff is for our bodies but when the excess weight is visibly obvious there has to be something inside your head acknowledging it.
I get that we live in a society that does little to help us be our healthiest. Just look at the signs in the window of the grocery store.
Every single item the store was advertising as a “WOW sale” is highly processed and full of high fructose corn syrup. Hawaiian punch, Kraft salad dressing, sugar laden yogurt, etc. Any veggies or fruits on sale? Of course not. But, that’s not an excuse in my opinion. Yes, it makes it harder because it’s not spelled out for us. In fact, I had to spend 5 minutes reading labels in the bread aisle before finding something decent enough to throw in my cart. That’s 5 minutes towards my health though, not 5 minutes wasted. I just cannot comprehend why people do not take the initiative to educate themselves about nutrition. It frustrates me, saddens me and boggles my mind all at the same time.
Obviously, most of you reading this are not the intended audience because I’d venture to say you probably already “get it”, but I just needed that little time to vent. All you RD’s out there, keep on doing great things to help people learn about nutrition. More power to you because, I could never do it. I’d get frustrated way too easily!
On a brighter note, I made these yesterday.
While waiting for this chica to show up.
Jess has been a friend since my sophomore year in college when she lived down the hall. We studied abroad in Spain together and then traveled back to Europe 3 years ago to reminisce. It’s been over a year since we last saw each other so it’s going to be a fun weekend!
So tell me, am I crazy for thinking that way in the grocery store? Yes Gina, you need some damn patience & understanding is a perfectly appropriate answer, it wouldn’t be the first time I’ve heard it.
Have you tried raw dough balls yet?