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Thank you for all the “Ask Us Anything” suggestions on future topics that you want us to talk about!  We will be addressing some of the topics as a group and some separately after we sift through them.  This month, we chose the request on what a typical shopping trip looks like.

I took pictures on 2 different weeks.  There are just 2 of us in the household and we spend an average of $100 a week. We pretty much buy the same stuff each week – I guess like most people…

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John and I actually shop together on Sundays after we go out for breakfast (unless he is out of town).  The above is a little less than normal because this was the week John went to Vegas and I didn’t need to buy as much.  We always buy yogurt, I get the Fage and John gets the Cabot.  We are very brand specific on our yogurts LOL!

John eats a lot of protein bars, so those are on the list every week. I have them occasionally, but not as often as I used to.  There are some ‘trouble’ foods for me that we buy because John enjoys them and he puts those high up to keep them out of my mind.  Those would be the chocolate nuggets, cereal and pretzels (which are sometimes potato chips).

Canned staples that we buy frequently would be pumpkin, diced tomatoes, peanut/almond butter (not really canned, but similar), evaporated milk (for mac and cheese) and baked beans (for John – I don’t eat those… ick).

I drink almond milk in the mornings with my coffee to cut calories, but drink 1% with my lattes.

Not sure why in this photo I included Pixie’s canned food, since we obviously don’t eat it!

This trip was last week. A little larger and more typical.

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I eat a lot of fruit. John eats mostly apples and sometimes clementines or strawberries, but I eat usually at least 3 servings of fruit a day.  You can’t see the bag of frozen broccoli florets, but they are behind the 4# bag of Wymann’s blueberries.

Lots of protein choices today. Chicken for me.  John eats more fish/shrimp and less chicken.  As you can see, we do enjoy our dairy products.  Usually not fat free dairy. Sometimes I get 0% Fage, which is the only fat-free yogurt I like. Normally I get the 2%.

There are no oats or oat bran in either picture, but these are always in my cupboard. I just don’t need to buy them as often because of the large container.

Something that we do get every week is also a gallon of 1% milk, which for some reason did not make it into the pictures. I must have put it away since I see the refrigerator door open in this picture…oops.

 

So, pretty average. We don’t have any specialty grocery shops up here in Tiny Town like Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s.  I think our local stores (Hannaford) do a good job at stocking pretty much everything I care to get.

 

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Make sure you read more  at my fellow AIMers’ blogs for their thoughts on this topic!

Lynn @ Lynn’s Weigh

Debby @ Debby Weighs in

Shelley @ My Journey to Fit

Cammy @ The Tippy Toe Diet

AIM: Adventures in Maintenance is Lynn, Lori, Debby, Shelley, and Cammy, former weight-loss bloggers who now write about life in maintenance. We formed AIM to work together to turn up the volume on the issues facing people in weight maintenance. We publish a post on the same topic on the first Monday of each month. Let us know if there is a topic you would like us to address!

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16 comments to AIM: What’s In My Cart.

  • I see lots of things I buy too! happy I am glad that my hubby does not crave foods that are “trouble” for me.. his treat is ice cream which I can’t have nor really want so I luck out there.. happy

    I am thankful for all the health stores around here so I have lots of choices for my stuff.. happy

  • Linda E.

    Our grocery shopping is very similar to yours, as we buy the same week after week. I thought in the beginning that I would get tired of the same foods, but have since realized it makes staying on track so easy. I also, eat 3 servings of fruit a day, a big salad or veggie/bean soup for lunch and then veggies at dinner. So my foods consist of fruits, veggies, lean proteins. I prefer Fage 0% greek yogurt with some cinnamon and honey (every morning for breakfast). Try to stay away from much other dairy products because of cholesterol. The only vitamin that was low in my most recent blood work was D, so gotta still figure that one out.

    I have to say your web site and this AIM group in particular is such an inspiration for me in my journey to maintaining a happier, healthier lifestyle. Thank you all, doesn’t almost seem like enough. But just wanted to let you know it is all appreciated.

  • Like this post, I always love looking at what other people buy. Do that in the supermarket too if I’m waiting in line and I see other people do it too happy

    R. practically doesn’t eat fresh fruits unless I use it in a dessert or a meal. He doesn’t like it very much. As a compromise I buy bottles for Fruit2Day (by Hero) for him so he gets some vitamines from the fruits. It’s not perfect but better than nothing.

  • I’m lucky that most of the things my husband likes to have around for treats, I can take or leave. I do have my couple of things I like but I’ve found if I put them out of sight, I do a much better job controlling how much of it I eat. Actually as I think about it, we do a good job of coming up with dinner meals but for the most part, we eat very differently throughout the day – I never have to worry that he’ll eat my yogurt for example. We don’t have any of those stores around here either – I think the closest Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods are around an hour’s drive away. That’s too much trouble for me!

  • Dang, now I want blueberries!

  • I think Fage 0% is the only fat-free product I buy on any sort of regular basis, mostly because Kroger is more likely to have it on hand than the 2%. I like it and don’t really notice a difference in mouth feel or taste, but the 2% does seem to be a little more filling.

    I hear you on the vagaries of snackiness. Pretzels, which used to go stale before I’d eat them all, are now on my not-in-my-house-for-now list. I’ll try them again in the spring, when I’m not in the house with them quite so much. happy

  • Biz

    I always vow that we’ll eat more seafood instead of meat, but then I always chicken out – my husband LOVES salmon, but I don’t – I may need to try that again!

    Thanks for the look into your grocery cart!

  • I like the 2% Fage so much better, although I usually buy the 0% (cheaper at Costco.)

    There are actually a lot of similarities in the foods the five of us buy.

  • Kim

    Awesome post. I love checking out grocery carts, especially of people I have a lot in common.

  • Nice assortment! Thanks for supporting the farm family owners of Cabot by buying Cabot Greek-Style Yogurt for John! Have you tried our cheddars? Really yummy.

  • I always enjoy seeing what’s in someone else’s grocery cart!

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