Hey there, interesting title right? Curious as to what I am referring too? Don’t we all have MANY love/hate relationships? They can be so great but also not so great. I decided to tell y’all about this love/hate relationship today instead of the usual Friday favorites. Today I am talking about The Fresh Market. Yes, a grocery store. I have proclaimed how much I love it and their foods before. The sushi is my favorite grocery store sushi (maybe tied with Wegmans) but really I have just started to notice how not so great this store is FOR ME. Why? Because when I go by myself/spending my own money I don’t go there to buy fresh fruit/veggies/proteins… the reason I got is to buy CANDY and BAKED GOODS. Yes, only reason. Maybe occasionally at school I ended up with some kabocha or plantains because other stores didn’t have them at the time but usually it was bulk bin candy and trail mix. Yupp, I said it. I go to Fresh Market to only buy JUNK.
Now, I went last week to buy groceries but I was spending my moms money and was going specifically for a Thursday meal deal for $20 and then bought some other stuff on sale like yogurt and plantains. But never a full stock up trip because that store isn’t cheap. It would be treat to buy stuff there but during school I was going weekly to buy nothing I needed, nothing that nourished my body, or filled me up. It was after dinner snacks of candy. That is why it is a love/hate relationship. Yes, I love the store, I love candy/chocolate/trail mix – they really do have the best ones. But it is also a hate relationship because it is not cheap and it is not good for you. So what am I going to do about it? I am going to start limiting myself to only buying these treats when my mom wants to go for something there for dinner or a sale. Probably once a month. Also, limit myself to 1/2 bag of whatever I choose because buying a $12-15 bag that lasts 2-3 days is ridiculous. That is over a pound of junk in a very short amount of time. I should know this by now but once I start eating that addicting sugar stuff I can’t stop! I eat it until I have a stomach ache! … not good. So if I buy less I won’t over eat it as much and have less stomach aches and if I limit myself hopefully I will want to savor it more.
My family knows me as the sugar junkie and it is true! I have a terrible sweet tooth. I eat very healthy but also eat A LOT of chocolate. I was never a fan of other junk foods like chips, soda, fried foods… just chocolate. So that is my love/hate rant about The Fresh Market. It really does have the world’s BEST trail mix selection but just be aware that it may draw you in and get you buying $15 worth of trail mix every week or every other week and giving you a stomach ache because it is so good you can’t stop eating! Not something I can afford right now, at least not as often as I used to go! Treats are meant to be just that, a treat not a daily/weekly occurrence or a habit. I like my froyo and have managed to get those serving sizes more in control! So Fresh Market chocolate/trail mix/baked goods…this isn’t good buy just see you later and not as much. Note: I had a major realization of how much this stuff affects me is because i majorly cut back on sweets/sugar after finals and once I started consuming them again my stomach aches got REALLY bad and frequent and my UC started to come back. I see my doctor next week and will talk with her about this. I do not believe my digestion is ready for so much inflammatory/irritating foods and working on that is my number one concern right now. I graduated early so that I could have more time/cut out stress sooner and really work to fix all the damage my digestion has taken over the last two years. I hope everyone liked my honesty about my weakness and can relate in some ways. We are all human, no one is perfect and each have to have a fault or weakness, right? I love sweets, I have no mental/restrictive problems with wanting to cut out sugar or limit myself, I have just noticed a major trend and binging because its so good and damaging my digestion is not healthy. I think most people have that weakness item/food that takes away all self control and those trail mixes are definitely mine! Now that I have admitted it, it is time to take control of them! (and take control of my health because I felt so much better eating less sugar/processed junk) Anyone else love those bulk bins? //eat ALL the trail mix they buy in 1-2 sitting when intending it to last a week??