The Grocery

In class this semester, one of the groups “presented” on the psychology of the grocery store. I love that topic but this semester it gave me pause. Let’s chat.

The things we have long known:

  • bigger carts encourage you to buy more
  • warehouse clubs encourage more buying  (resulting in eating more and wasting more)
  • fruits/veggies/flowers are at the entrance so you feel the freshness, wholesomeness, healthiness of the store
  • candy at the check out aisle is there because you’re exhausted and you deserve a reward by that time
  • the scent wafting from the bakery increases your chance of buying a baked good

So, my thoughts turn to those using grocery shopping services and knowing that Nutrition Minute readers are health conscious:

  • are you buying more/less/same?
  • are you buying more/less/same amount of produce?
  • cooking more from scratch?
  • are you adding SOFAS? solid fats and added sugars like cookies/cakes/pop/snack foods/candy

Dollars spent (pre- and post-quarantine) in the grocery isn’t an accurate comparison since we’ve restricted eating out so much. Did your daily diet get healthier or not so much? Healthier on week one and less so by week 734?

Will share some food trends in another Minute but, in the meantime, would love to hear how and what you’re doing to be well,


PS Share your habits at cmarciam@gmail.com – I can shield your identity – except for outing my registered dietitian/nutritionist friend who said she’s been ADDING candy to her list!

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