This Saturday I turned the corner of the organic grocery store past the plastic wrapped chicken wraps to find a delightful surprise. Free cookies! In a basket before me there were tiny little cookies the size of a quarter (or a bottle cap for you foreigners since I don’t know how to do currency conversions in respect to size). Next to them was a sampler tray of four different flavors of nut clusters. And down the next aisle were slices of bread and olive oil. And down the next aisle were samples of a protein bar. And around the other corner were some apple slices and caramel dip. Yes, I walked around the entire store searching for each free sample station, just like I was playing a video game and looking for all the secret item locations. Saturdays are evidently free sample days at my local, little, whole foods chain and I think that’s reason enough to start going there every weekend. Now I can have a little treat once a week without pigging out or paying for the pleasure!
Good taste experiences never last long enough for me. How long does it really take to eat an eclair? Even if you take small, slow bites it’s only going to last a couple minutes. If I’m eating something creamy and sweet and delicious I want to eat it for a long time. One of my biggest overeating problems has always been portion control. If I buy a gallon of ice cream and I know it’s in the freezer, I’m going to want to eat it all. Right now. I always try to buy treats in the smallest size possible because if I know there’s a gallon of ice cream in the freezer, I’m going to want to eat it. The very idea of buying an entire GALLON of ice cream is inconceivable to me now. I would never, ever, do that unless I was inviting a lot of people over who were not lactose intolerant. However, it’s hard to find someone willing to sell you just one chocolate-covered cherry or one tiny cookie, so I’ve basically had to give them up. The only other option would be to rent a safety deposit box near the grocery store so I could lock up the rest of the cupcakes before I ate them all in the car. I know you can buy 100 calories packs of some foods, but they always come in boxes of 5 or 6, which defeats the purpose since I just eat all 5 individually-wrapped packages.
Today, however, I was able to sample some delicious cinnamon cookies and cranberry-pineapple nut clusters without having to buy a huge bag of anything. I probably didn’t need to take an extra lap around the store to come back and eat a couple more, but I probably burned 5 calories walking the perimeter, right?
Saturdays have become my day for shopping and chopping. I go to the grocery story in the morning to get my food, since it’s usually less busier before noon. Then I bring everything home and prepare the vegetables for snacking during the week. I cut up cauliflower and broccoli into florets and roast them and this week I also threw in some radishes. It’s nice to just take an hour or two and get all that work out of the way at the same time. Plus I only have to preheat the oven once. It’s still kind of a pain though. No one told me weight loss was going to involve so much chopping. So I’m going to tell you now, buy a good chef’s knife! There will be lots of chopping! But you can always go for free samples afterwards.