Bethany483

Fresh Market vs. Whole Foods vs. Publix

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Tomorrow I start Round 1 - Day 1 of my Whole 30 program. I am already a healthy eater and am very active. I do high intensity workouts daily. So, I stopped by Fresh Market this afternoon looking for Whole30 approved deli turkey. I was surprised that the Fresh Market did not offer it. It blew my mind. This is a health food grocery store?? I then stopped by Whole Foods. Wow, in my opinion the two stores are night and day. I bought Tessamae's salad dressing (which Whole Foods had a much larger selection) and then found the exact deli turkey I was looking for. Ingredients: Turkey, water, sea salt. And the price was near Publix. For my vegetables, I plan on stopping by my local produce stand. Does Publix offer Whole30 approved deli meat? It sounds pretty exhausting to have to constantly go to three different locations for grocery shopping. 

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22 hours ago, Bethany483 said:

Tomorrow I start Round 1 - Day 1 of my Whole 30 program. I am already a healthy eater and am very active. I do high intensity workouts daily. So, I stopped by Fresh Market this afternoon looking for Whole30 approved deli turkey. I was surprised that the Fresh Market did not offer it. It blew my mind. This is a health food grocery store?? I then stopped by Whole Foods. Wow, in my opinion the two stores are night and day. I bought Tessamae's salad dressing (which Whole Foods had a much larger selection) and then found the exact deli turkey I was looking for. Ingredients: Turkey, water, sea salt. And the price was near Publix. For my vegetables, I plan on stopping by my local produce stand. Does Publix offer Whole30 approved deli meat? It sounds pretty exhausting to have to constantly go to three different locations for grocery shopping. 

Whole Foods >>> Fresh Market, in my opinion, as far as the selection of Whole30 compliant foods is concerned.  Compliant deli meat is almost impossible to find.  Ask your local deli counter (Publix?) if they have store made fresh roasted turkey breast or roast beef and check what they coat the outside of it with.  That's probably your best bet.  You can also just buy rotisserie chickens or turkey breasts and take the meat off of those.  I find that I like the rotisserie chicken or turkey meat better with Whole30 meals anyway.

Another option for deli meat is prosciutto.  It's almost always cured with only salt.  Pay for the high-end good stuff (prosciutto di parma) - it's expensive, but a half pound will last you awhile.  I like to pair it with some cantaloupe or honeydew melon along with my meals.  Prosciutto is also a nice alternative to bacon, if you want some meat with your eggs but don't want to go out of your way to find Whole30 approved bacon.  Applegate Farms makes a prepackaged prosciutto that's really good (and totally compliant, unlike most of their other meats), but it's pricey for the amount you get.

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1 hour ago, laurelerin22 said:

Whole Foods >>> Fresh Market, in my opinion, as far as the selection of Whole30 compliant foods is concerned.  Compliant deli meat is almost impossible to find.  Ask your local deli counter (Publix?) if they have store made fresh roasted turkey breast or roast beef and check what they coat the outside of it with.  That's probably your best bet.  You can also just buy rotisserie chickens or turkey breasts and take the meat off of those.  I find that I like the rotisserie chicken or turkey meat better with Whole30 meals anyway.

Another option for deli meat is prosciutto.  It's almost always cured with only salt.  Pay for the high-end good stuff (prosciutto di parma) - it's expensive, but a half pound will last you awhile.  I like to pair it with some cantaloupe or honeydew melon along with my meals.  Prosciutto is also a nice alternative to bacon, if you want some meat with your eggs but don't want to go out of your way to find Whole30 approved bacon.  Applegate Farms makes a prepackaged prosciutto that's really good (and totally compliant, unlike most of their other meats), but it's pricey for the amount you get.

Thank you! I appreciate the advice. Whole Foods does have compliant deli turkey, however I have yet to try it. Today I will for my pre-workout meal. I will definitely try the prosciutto. 

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I cannot remember the brand name. However, if you go to the deli counter, look at brands. The ingredients are shown on the package. There isn't a large selection. But, the ingredients will read as turkey, water, and sea salt. The flavor and taste is amazing.

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I have found that Fresh Market is a very deceiving place, they are more upscale grocery rather than healthy grocery. its been disappointing on multiple trips when driving by and I think..."oh, that might have..." oh well, they are very pretty and place nice music.

 

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Public carries Plainville Farms brand presliced lunch meat.  Its by the Applegate presliced lunch meat. Some of the organic  turkey and chicken are compliant, but make sure to check the labels. I don't currently have any to look at, but if I remember correctly it's only the organic that are compliant, and only some of them.  

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On 6/29/2017 at 9:55 AM, laurelerin22 said:

Whole Foods >>> Fresh Market, in my opinion, as far as the selection of Whole30 compliant foods is concerned.  Compliant deli meat is almost impossible to find.  Ask your local deli counter (Publix?) if they have store made fresh roasted turkey breast or roast beef and check what they coat the outside of it with.  That's probably your best bet.  You can also just buy rotisserie chickens or turkey breasts and take the meat off of those.  I find that I like the rotisserie chicken or turkey meat better with Whole30 meals anyway.

Another option for deli meat is prosciutto.  It's almost always cured with only salt.  Pay for the high-end good stuff (prosciutto di parma) - it's expensive, but a half pound will last you awhile.  I like to pair it with some cantaloupe or honeydew melon along with my meals.  Prosciutto is also a nice alternative to bacon, if you want some meat with your eggs but don't want to go out of your way to find Whole30 approved bacon.  Applegate Farms makes a prepackaged prosciutto that's really good (and totally compliant, unlike most of their other meats), but it's pricey for the amount you get.

Rotisserie chicken is usually not compliant as a heads up. Publix has some sugar in their marinade/rub. They have an ingredients list on their website. 

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