I hope this makes you laugh...or at least think. Please share your story so I don't feel like so alone....
Every sunday I would take a costco run. I'd spend mad cash. If I was trying to do Whole30 or not. Every week I keep eating and eating and eating until finally - I didn't have any pants that fit, and I couldn't climb a flight of stairs w/o getting winded despite the fact I was trying to do cross fit every other day. and I was loosely trying to follow a whole30 diet....One day - I tore up my membership card and turned my back on the death boxes that are costco and sams....
here is my story-
So I walk into costco and I see strawberries. Cheap I suppose. And I buy them. Because I Don't want them to go bad they not only crowd all the veggies off my plate, They take over every meal. Or they go bad. Wasted money. I break down and mix them with - well - with whipped cream. It all started w/ the berries though and the abundance of them
I see a big bag of dried figs. Seem cheap enough. One just won't do. The bag is so big. With lunch I have 6 and then later in the day - a big fist full more and I Just can't stop. I can't let them go to waste. The sugar treat needing monster just beat me and good.
A big package of luncheon meat - seems like a good choice. Maybe even some prosciutto for a recipe that only calls for a few slices. One slice leads to 10 and I can't make a fist for a week because of all the salt. It was such a good deal. Right.
A big bag of plantain chips. Chips. Enough said.
I have never ever over done it on a hard boiled egg binge. Nor have I ever say over indulged on say- cold steamed sweet potato.
I have never ever thought - if I sit her and eat this whole can of coconut milk - I am going to have to hide the evidence.
I haven't ever gone crazy mad eating cans of tuna until I make myself sick.
This is not to say I haven't thought of it...
The problem is -
I wasted a lot of time and money at bulk stores and I end up bringing WAY TOO MUCH FOOD into my house. More than I will ever need to get through a whole30 week even if every single person in my family was doing it too. That is by and buy design.
A big grab worthy bag of even compliant food at costco or sams is problematic for me because I don't have a self regulator that says stop. I imagine many of us are in that same boat.
I try my best to stay out of Costco or Sams. I don't even buy tires there. Or contacts.
Shopping for food is not longer entertainment for me, it is a chore to be taken very seriously. I read labels. I go in with a strict list. I only buy what I can use in a week. If that means I buy 2 figs in the buik section then I Do that. If I want luncheon meat - I go to the service deli counter and buy 4 slices that amount to maybe 2.00 instead of going to sams and buy a puppy sized package for 8.99. I shop at local market. I buy the specialty stuff online.
It has taken me a seriously long time to realize that food is not love. Food shopping is not a date night activity. Food is NOT entertainment - it is fuel. And this is sad because I am the a true emotional eater. A true stress eater. A true addict when it comes to food. One is too many and 100 is never enough.
So - I save money and avoid stores like Sams and Costco and walmart for that matter. Why? I swear they are out to take my money and kill me.
What is your costco/sam's story...