Dieter Food Club

When you are doing your best to lose weight there are entire aisles of the grocery store you have no business visiting.  In fact, you hardly ever go down any aisle in the middle of the store and tend to hug the outside walls hunting for exciting fruits and vegetables and maybe a new yogurt or fish.


Despite the many recipes as I create to keep the food boredom at bay and to have something new to post on this blog I still have a few standby foods that I eat often.  For instance, when I am home I eat the same breakfast everyday, High Protein Special K with berries or peaches and skim milk from our local dairy Maple View Farms.   The next most popular meal is Arugula salad with chicken, blue cheese and balsamic vinegar.


I am practically religious in my stocking of these food items in my kitchen.  The Special K is usually not a problem because it goes on sale every 12 weeks like clockwork and I buy 8-10 boxes every time it does.  All the other items are fresh foods which means I am doing a real balancing act to buy enough to have around and not too much that it goes bad before I can eat it.  I can’t exactly eat more just because it will spoil soon.


So this week arugula was on sale at my local grocer, which meant that it has been sold out all week.  I have visited the store everyday with no luck of finding any.  The produce manager and I are practically dating since I am there so much discussing the delivery schedule from Earthbound Farms.  Insider word is that the entire grocery chain is out of arugula and won’t be getting any before the sale is over.


At this point I don’t give a wink about the sale.  I am just in need of my staple item.  I think that dieters should be allowed to register 5 must-have foods with their store with the promise to always have them on hand if the dieter agrees to buy them every week.


The store can have a kind of secret backroom for these items, or a password the dieter would whisper over the deli counter.  Maybe dieters could have a signal like Paul Newman gave Robert Redford in The Sting.  One swipe on the side of your nose with your pointer finger means bring out my secret skim milk, even though you are sold out of it in the milk case.


It seems like the humane thing to offer.  Its not like I can say, “What no chicken, I guess I’ll have pasta instead.”


If you own a grocery store, especially if your name is Harris Teeter, be the first to start the Dieters Food Club and ensure the calorie deprived among us get what little we are shopping for.

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