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Monday, February 23, 2015

20 & grocery shopping





College years are meant to be ones filled with struggle. Money struggles, grades struggles, friends/family struggle, "What should I do with my life?" kind of struggle.

Grocery shopping is a weekly struggle. And it stands out among the rest.

Before I had a job that actually paid me decently, eating a meal meant having food that really should not be considered food. Freshmen year consisted of spoonfuls of peanut butter and jelly for dinner, and taking advantage of Del Taco's two for one taco nights.

I honestly don't remember what I ate half the time, but I do remember I had a lot of yellow rice, and attempted to cook chicken. Attempted being the key word, most nights were all about the yellow rice. The only vegetables I ate came from cans, or the carrot pieces in Cup O' Noodles soup (I'm serious).

This is totally okay to do when you are a freshmen in college because everyone is doing it, and everyone bonds over Ramen and overly salty foods.

But then this whole thing happened, a huge health movement among college students that had everyone doing the tree-pose or downward dog while eating kale and quinoa everything. And all of a sudden, every grocery store had a health section, organic markets are everywhere, and people are eating vegetables that look like over-grown weeds, and they are eating them raw, because if you are doing the whole "yoga girl loves kale" thing, you don't enjoy dressing.

So how did I adapt? I became the girl that loves kale and yoga, the girl that spends way too much money on food but loves having her organic chia seed granola and "green smoothies" (with enough spinach in them to please Popeye).

So now the grocery store struggles include me trying to justify spending $8 dollars on granola, (by the way, that can't be justified, it's crunchy cereal and berries.) Or me trying to figure out what a good eggplant looks like, and also how to hide my anxious expression as the check out girl rings up my food. Seriously, how is food so expensive? Followed by the question, why do I eat so much?

This morning I was at the grocery store, buying my weekly apples, spinach, mixed green salads, peppers, still making room for things like Annie's cookies, (the healthy version of chocolate chip), and I found myself feeling grateful that I can indulge in these things. That I am over the nights of microwavable pizzas, burritos, and yellow rice.

Being a successful grocery shopper is like a rite of passage into adulthood. There's issues like "Will I really finish this flax-almond-chia blend milk before it expires? How much Greek yogurt does a girl really need?" I stand up for myself when the discount price doesn't show up at check-out and I tell the clerk, "I swear, those apples were on sale." And when I am over being the girl that eats things rich in alkaline and low on the glycemic index, I stop by the Del Taco drive-thru.

Where the freshmen-girl comes back out to celebrate with 2 for 1 tacos, and what the heck, throw in your 50 cent nachos, I've got a big kid job now.

Happy Monday, lovelies.


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10 comments:

  1. Hee hee, I will probably always be that taco girl. :) It's great that you are a healthy shopper!

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    1. haha, I am a taco girl at heart! Thanks for reading, Robin!

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  2. I've been struggling a little with this new food movement. It's such a privilege to even be able to choose to eat organic or gluten-free or vegan, etc. Our food budget is pretty high since we don't eat out very often, but I still remember the early marriage years or ramen or mac & cheese from the box!

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    1. It's crazy- I feel so crazy blessed to be able to eat as well as I do. It is such a privilege. It's also amazing how much better we feel when we eat non-GMO and non-processed food!

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  3. LOLOLOL KATIE, YOU ARE SO FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Kevin, you are the funniest person I know, so thank you for the compliment!!! xoxox

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  4. I have been reading backwards in your blog- you are so inspiring. Self love, love for your mom and sister. You radiate joy :-)

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    1. oh, that makes my day. Thank you SO much. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, thank you for reading! xo

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  5. HAHAHAHA!!!! Hilarious!!!! I was so excited to read this from you, especially after reading the title.

    (PS- I was so broke in college, I once told my roommate I was going to give/sell my blood - thats how desperate I was. So she, knowing how much I hate needles, called my parents to tell on me. My dad called me, told me never to go to such extremes hahah and sent a check) ;)

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    1. hahahaha, oh my goodness, donating blood!? LOL, there is something so necessary and humbling about the tough times during college years. Also, go dad! I am happy you didn't have to donate blood! haha

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