Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Food stores!

Went to the local food store today and it's appalling what they are selling!!

In the past the meat counter was the entire back wall of the store....now it's less than 1/2 and that includes the "ready to cook" meats with marinades, sauces, etc.

The produce area wasn't too bad....but for people living alone it's not good. No longer can you buy a single zucchini, a single bunch of romaine....everything is either in "family packs" or cut up and ready to eat!

Full fat dairy is getting scarce too! I can still get my cream, but only in the small containers (lower fat cream is available in the quart containers). Yogurt? Well, if you don't want low fat or (heaven forbid) no fat, forget it!

Nuts!! I love them! but....in the small bags (for baking, etc) they had chopped walnuts, chopped pecans and that's it. In the big bags they had pecan halves ($8/bag!!!) and walnuts! That's it!!! Of course they have the honey roasted peanuts, etc....but plain nuts? That's it. No choice.

OK....I don't really go up the aisles, except for paper products, but they sure are packed!

Frozen fruit is another thing. I live alone so buying frozen fruits (no additives) is a great way to get fruit for me. So today I go looking for frozen fruit and find 3: peaches, strawberries and blueberries. No raspberries, no blackberries, no mixed fruit!

Then....at the front of the store, when I get to the register, there's a note posted proclaiming that they are increasing the size of some of their departments. They are now including Indian foods (good) and organic fruits and vegetables (good, but I didn't see any!)....and of course their cereal and snack areas!! Oh yea, just what we need! More snacks and cereals!


Dr. Art Ayers said...

I had exactly the same experience when I went into a Safeway after dropping my youngest off at college. I had a half hour to kill and started looking for something to eat. There was no full fat yogurt without 20-40 g of sugar. There was no buttermilk without carageenan (used to produce inflammatory bowel disease in mice for research.) It's easy to find all natural yogurt laced with fructose (used to produce type II diabetes in mice.) There was only a half isle of veggies and a full isle of cereal, chips and HFCS/water. And we ask why healthcare costs are rising?

Alcinda (Cindy) Moore said...

Dr A! I agree!! I follow a low carb, grain free diet and have never felt better. I'm switching stores....the ones near me are getting way too processed!! Meat and produce areas shrinking (I went with DD today to a store near her, same chain, and her's is the same!), and the cereals, snacks, etc are expanding!

I buy organic plain whole milk yogurt from Whole foods. Occasionally I can get it in the "regular" stores, but not often. It has no added sugars and tastes great! I mix in some berries and chopped walnuts...and it's fantastic and filling!

Maureen said...

Hi Cindy,
For low carb yogurt, try your local Krogers. They have a Kroger brand: CARBmaster which has only 3 net carbs per 8oz cup. And pretty good too.