Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Whole Foods Family - A Top 5 List



My family is really into healthy eating.

And when I say "my family," I mean my husband.

And when I say "really into," I mean for the past week.

And when I say "healthy eating," I mean cutting back on the cookies.

Let me try that sentence again...

My husband has been trying to eat a little better for the last week, and I am continuing to eat my usual garbage.

However, I thought I would try to help him out a little, and decided to try shopping at Whole Foods.

I actually really like Whole Foods.

Mostly.

The paper products and toiletries weird me out a little bit. But otherwise...good stuff.

Anyway. I ended up at our local Whole Foods, with my toddler, at 4:30pm on a weekday. Just in time for the after work crowd of childless young professionals.

Now I certainly don't have anything against these folks. I used to be one. Perhaps I was even a little jealous of their unstained clothing and the way they could walk down the aisles calmly selecting their dinner ingredients.

But I felt a little out of place.

So I now present to you, the top 5 differences between me and the typical weekday evening Whole Foods shopper.


Most shoppers...


1.  ...are not holding the hand of a tiny person who is screaming "COTTAGE CHEESE!! COTTAGE CHEESE!!" at the top of her lungs.


2.  ...do not have someone in their ear reminding them that the meat they are buying at the butcher counter came from actual animals. "I saw pigs at the farm yesterday!"


3.  ...are not wondering whose bright idea it was to put glass bottles of salad dressing on the bottom shelf.



4.  ...do not need to pry a toddler off the floor of the frozen food aisle who has decided that she won't move unless you allow her to open and shut the freezer door 100 times.


5.  ...only need one plastic bag per produce item they are buying. No one will be jealous of their bags, nor will they be intentionally thrown on the floor. 



We may have received some odd looks from the other shoppers, but I have to give it to the employees. I'd never encountered a friendlier bunch of workers. My checkout guy told me to have an awesome rest of the day.


Thanks check out guy. I hope you had an awesome rest of the day too. I can only image it got better after we left your lovely store.

48 comments:

  1. I love this! Been there for all the toddler moments. Thanks for the memories and no it does not get any better as they get older. Except maybe we begin to embarrass them more than they do us.

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    1. Thanks! Everyone always says it gets easier, but I'm pretty sure that's not true! Maybe just different. Nice meeting you (briefly) on Wednesday!

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  2. Ha! I'm more like you then I'm like the "typical" Whole Foods shopper.

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  3. Lol! This is how I feel everytime I take my fiance's baby brother with us haha!

    AJ | TheAJMinute
    @TheAJMinute

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  4. I am all too familiar with grocery store toddler moments and mommy melthdowns. ALL too familiar. The last grocery store incident, though it wasn't at Whole Foods, almost got me arrested. I'm pretty sure that was how the day was going to end. Little Ol' Me in handcuffs and baby still crying. Yikes. Visiting from SITS.

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  5. I loved this post! I have three and have had days like this with all three of my dears. In fact I will say at least a good amount of my gray hair has come from food shopping with all of my loves at the same time, and I don't even do that very often. Even now that they are older I would rather stab myself in the eye! Lol! Great description. And, why do they put the bottles on the bottom of the shelves? So nice to find your fun site, I will be making this a regular stop now!

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    1. Thanks Kathy! I have enough trouble with one, I can't imagine how you do it with three!

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  6. See, the trick is to go at 8:30 am on a Saturday morning when all those childless people are sleeping in. I joked with another set of parents one time that it was "romper room at Whole Foods" at that time of day.

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    1. Romper Room at Whole Foods... I'd love to see that! I'll have to try Saturday morning next time! Though I would love to be sleeping in like all the childless people, sadly I will have been up for a couple of hours already, so why not go grocery shopping!

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    2. that is EXACTLY why I went that early. there's only so much in-home entertainment you can swing before "the public" wakes up and opens its doors. 8am grocery shopping has been a god-send. not crowded, you can get stuff you need to get anyway, and it's all a "FUN" experience for the little one. especially if you bring a snack cup and buy a box of cereal that you let them pick out and snack on.

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    3. Very smart! Except...do you think Whole Foods will mind if I wear my pajamas?

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    4. are you kidding? they are some of the nicest employees I have ever encountered.

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  7. I love Whole Foods! I have never encountered anything but nice people there. But I definitely remember the toddler moments and trying to shop later at night after my husband was home and kids were in bed.

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    1. It is a very nice place to shop! Much more calm than some of my other options.

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  8. Oh it's sooooo true. I tell my kids that Whole Foods doesn't like children so they had better behave! I have twins and the shopping carts are barely big enough for my re-useable bags let alone two kids! As a result, I hardly ever go (it's also about 35 miles from where I live) but it's a special treat when I do! Glad you can relate. Happy SITS day!

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    1. I can totally relate! Though I don't know how I would manage with two at once!

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  9. Lol! This was me some five years ago! Enjoy it, we can make this stage of life pretty much fun!
    Congrats on being feature at SITS!

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    1. It's always entertaining! Thanks for reading!

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  10. Visiting from your SITS feature! These are great - we don't have Whole Foods so the clientele of our grocery store isn't quite so fancy, but visiting with my kids (3 1/2 yo & 5 mos) in still an adventure! They pass out samples on Saturdays when we're usually at the store, so I use that to my full advantage -- SNACKS! I also am ruthless about helping myself to cheese samples at the deli counter.

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    1. Sample days are the best! Ladybug is all about the free cheese.

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  11. So funny Katie....I remember those days! Nice style of writing.
    Debbie

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  12. Great fun Katie. I love the opener and then how you reframed it. Very creative.

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  13. oh my gosh! I would never take my kids to whole foods, I barely take them to the regular grocery store! haha. But you gotta do what you gotta do. I am not a fan of the childless professionals that are so aggressive post work! Its a jungle in Whole Foods sometimes :) I feel your pain. Enjoy your SITS day!

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    1. Haha! Our regular grocery store is even more of a jungle! Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. You brought back memories. Pretty soon your little one could be one of the other little ones pushing one of the tiny shopping carts around. Enjoy your SITS day!

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  15. You brought back memories. Pretty soon your little one could be one of the other little ones pushing one of the tiny shopping carts around. Enjoy your SITS day!

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  16. The crazy thing is where I thought it would get easier shopping when my kids got older, it didn't. I'd much rather take my toddler than the preteens. At least he doesn't know where the candy is!

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    1. Good point! I'm sure the toddlers will learn that soon enough!

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  17. I have a couple years before I have to go shopping with a toddler, but grocery shipping with an infant in a car seat is a whole other challenge I hadn't anticipated! I'm still trying to figure that one out. I love Whole Foods, their produce section is awesome! Thankfully the one near me seems pretty kid-friendly, I've always seen a lot of little ones there.

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    1. That is a challenge! I ended up putting the seat right inside the cart, but then you have very little room for groceries. So nice you have a kid-friendly one nearby!

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  19. Ha! Happy SITS Day! I love this post. I thought it was going to give me a list of the top five things to buy there, but it was better than that! :-)

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    1. Haha, glad you enjoyed it anyway! Sorry, I have no useful tips to share!

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  20. Ahh, the meltdowns in public. LOVE THEM!! Hilarious stuff. Happy SITS Day.

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  21. Hi Katie, paying you a visit from The SITS Girls. That is a really, really "real" and fun post! Wish you success in your blogging.

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  22. Hi Katie, paying you a visit from The SITS Girls. That is a really, really "real" and fun post! Wish you success in your blogging.

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  23. Hi Katie! I'm here via the SITS girls. I love your honesty and humor! Ahhh, I miss those toddler days...just kidding, I really don't! Teenagers are MUCH more fun. Wait, what am I saying?!

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  24. Oh, I wish we had a Whole Foods within a 100 miles of us. I eat Clean, & that would make my life so much easier (& no toddlers to take with me, ��but happy Sits day, late.

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    1. That would be really convenient for you. Sorry there are none around. Maybe you should open one! Haha!

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