Posts tagged grocery shopping
Overcoming Organic Overwhelm

Many years ago -- okay, not that many -- I took a class in economics where I learned the concept of "barriers to entry." I probably learned more than that in that class (surely, right?), but this concept has stuck with me over the years and pops up when I'm considering new ventures. For those not familiar with the term, barriers to entry are exactly what they sound like: obstacles that make it difficult to enter a given market. In economics, this usually refers to starting a business or project.

When it comes to adopting a healthy lifestyle, I've noticed that organic overwhelm -- that is, confusion about what, if anything, to buy organic, and "OMG look at those prices" -- is a huge barrier to entry into the market of good health. So today, to help you overcome this organic overwhelm and help you to make better decisions about what and when to buy organic, I've broken down some myths.

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Grocery Shop Like a Pro

I learned how to grocery shop sometime around age 22 or 23. By this time I'd probably been to dozens of grocery stores over the course of my life on over a thousand food-buying expeditions, tossing items in my cart willy nilly as they called out to me from the shelves. I'd come home with the staples -- ramen, Hamburger Helper and sweet tea, which I drank by the gallon -- and stock my kitchen cabinets weekly. (True story: I vididly remember being so broke in college that my roommate and I couldn't afford the ground beef for our beloved Hamburger Helper, so we decided to switch to Tuna Helper instead. Boom, problem solved. We were gonna have Helper by any means necessary!)

It wasn't until my father took me grocery shopping in my first post-college apartment that I ever gave any thought to the strategy of shopping. I was just dropping things in the cart, as I was wont to do, when he skeptically asked me, "but what are you going to make with that?" I looked back at him, perplexed, and repeated back dumbly, "make?"

"Candy, Candy Candy," he started off, exasperatedly, as he usually does before there is about to be a lecture. "You gotta have a plan." Seems silly in retrospect, but that really was a light bulb moment for me. He taught me quite a few grocery shopping tricks that day, and in the years since, I've taught him a few more. And now, Glow Getters, I'll share them with you.

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