“Honey, we’re almost out of creamer.”
“I’ll pick some up next time I go to the store.”
Most of us have never considered what it would be like to do without a local supermarket. Seriously, I’ve been thrilled with this set-up ever since I first discovered it in grade school. I wonder if my mom remembers that trip: I was so excited that Christmas ornament hooks were 10 cents a box that I came home with a dollar’s worth. (That was 40 years ago, and I don’t think we’ve ever needed ornament hooks to this day.)
Sometimes, though, I wish I lived in a small borough where you buy your meat at a butcher, your bread from the bakery, and your produce from a local stand. At these mega-markets, one is keenly aware of the appalling volume of processed foods on display—every snack, sweet, and soda imaginable—all packaged to grab your attention—and your money.
While one is shopping, I’ve heard it’s best to bypass the center of the store and stick to the perimeter: one food group in each corner, yeah. But it’s Thanksgiving, so for today’s trip I was assigned to get some contraband. So I ventured in…
I’ve been off and on out of control when it comes to junk food. So when I’m at the grocery store, surrounded by all that engineered gobbledygook, it’s a trap I must be aware of (and beware of)—like a reformed boozehound at Octoberfest, or a rehabbed drug addict at Woodstock.
It’s a battlefield. We need tactics, strategy, and resolve.
Refine your Reconnaissance and Observe your Objective.
Avoid an Ambush and Defend your Diet.
Exercise Economy and Overcome Obstacles.
Make Maneuvers and Surprise with Simplicity.
Regarding strategy, a French statesman said, “War is too important a business to be left to soldiers.” I agree: enlist the Lord who made your body. Pray.
Grocery stores are dangerous.
= – = – = – = – =Hey, Food Creeps, you can keep Your fats and carbs and all that garb. I won’t be trapped by your processed [ _ ]. For my thighs, no more fries. For my snack, it’s coffee black. It’s austere, but I’ll persevere, ‘Cause all that junk made me a chunk!