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meyery2k

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meyery2k

This is merely a humorous look at health food stores.  I intend no disrespect to people that shop there, own them, manage them, work in them, or whatever.  There is a market for what they provide and they do an excellent job filling this market.

 

I have never fit into health food stores.  Even when I was a string bean thin teen.  I would go in one and just never felt like I quite fit in there.  Someone would ask me for help and I would get a "Stranger Danger!  You don't belong here!" vibe.

 

I was about 12 years old and spending a few days staying with my good friend Richard while my parents were on a vacation somewhere.  Richard had a trampoline, a pool table, swimming pool, and a jacuzzi so going to his house was the shiznit!

 

Today was going to be beach day.  Stacey, his older sister (about 18 to 20 as I recall), was going to take us to the beach.  We were not wanted but if Stacey wanted to use the car (they had a rad Baja bug) to go to the beach she had to take us.  Richard's Mom probably wanted a day without any of us underfoot.  We get ready and go to the beach.  Stacey did an excellent job making us aware we were not welcome.

 

We get to the beach, mess around as people do at the beach, and then it is lunch time.  Stacey gives Richard some money for us, tells us what she wants, and sends us off to Jack in the Box which is a regional fast food chain.

 

On the way to Jack in the Box, we would pass this health food shack.  It was a typical sketchy 80's type of place that looked like it was run by hippies (hippies are fine, I am just setting the scene).  They served "healthy" sandwiches, snacks, and smoothies.

 

We didn't want to walk all the way to Jack's so we had the idea to get lunch here.  We ordered things that looked good to us and we ordered facsimiles of what Stacey wanted.

 

We walk back and the look Stacey had on her face when expecting a burger, fries, and a shake was classic.  She read us the riot act!  The rest of the day, however, was great since she was so angry she didn't talk to us.  She couldn't rat us out to her Mom either because her Mom would have commended us for making a good choice for lunch being keen on that type of food as well.  What would have added insult to injury was that Stacey would be a pretty girl but she had a horrible case of acne as a teen and her Mom would always be after her about what she ate in front of everyone.

 

I went to the various stores and I really tried to have the right attitude.  I walked in and, once again, got the "I don't belong here" vibe.  I looked for low carb bread.  Pepperidge Farms makes one and I was even ready to pay 2x what bread should cost to try it.  I couldn't find it anywhere.  I also had bad luck finding low carb crackers or crisps.  Apparently the big things are Organic or Gluten-Free.  In many cases they had many of the items that I could find in the standard grocers.  I did get some flaxseed crackers flavored with dill and plan to pair those up with some anchovies (I live alone).

 

So I guess the health food store, except for the isolated item, is still not a place for me. ~ Mike

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adiantum

Oh Mike, I thought it was just me that felt uncomfortable in those store.

 

They greet me at the door  with a " Can I help You"  like bouncers at a nightclub about to tell me to " bugger off ", I dont belong here.

 

I always thought they identified having a chubby woman in their store was bad for business so  by getting rid of me out of the store ASAP was their means of security.

 

Have you noticed not one employee in these stores look healthy?

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meyery2k

Oh Mike, I thought it was just me that felt uncomfortable in those store.

 

They greet me at the door  with a " Can I help You"  like bouncers at a nightclub about to tell me to " bugger off ", I dont belong here.

 

I always thought they identified having a chubby woman in their store was bad for business so  by getting rid of me out of the store ASAP was their means of security.

 

Have you noticed not one employee in these stores look healthy?

I had a great big laugh.  Probably burned some glucose there!!! 

 

I really thought I might be in the minority on this thought.

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predb4

 

Have you noticed not one employee in these stores look healthy?

 

Vegans have a glow, an aura.  They look green.

I went to a naturopath doctor, expensive as can be that doctor, she introduced me to her husband (another yoga type naturopath), and her father (an ancient MD turned naturopath in his old age).  They all had that green aura.  It is from eating spirulina, I suspect.

 

My daughter-in-law is vegetarian, she went from green to yellow because she was eating too many carrots and the liver complained.  I recall going to visit her at her home, she does eat a lot of sweets washed down with kombucha.  The step son grilled some steaks for us and for himself, but the gas grill is banished to the shed where the washer and dryer dwell.

 

gluten-free does not appeal to me.  I did not eat gluten until I was in college, sorry wheat bread and cakes taste much better.

 

the other day, during the open house at the yoga center, there was nothing tasty to eat.

 

The day i seat on the iron throne, I will order that all the soy in the world be turned into soy sauce.

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adiantum

I dont usually watch reality type tv programs but the constant ads during the week  for Master Chef had me interested enough to watch it last night.

This program has 2 Chefs as hosts  the visit the homes of 6 couples. One couple   take turns each week to  cook a 3 course meal for all & are judged on the meal.

 

The only reason I was interested was because the ads featured a couple well into fitness , so I thought their interpretation of fine dining might be refreshing.

The meal was vegetarian .

I missed the entree but caught the disparaging judgement of  the dish lacking spices or flavour.

Mushroom lasagna  was the main meal which looked dreadful & apparently had no flavour also.

The dessert looked great . A carrot & pineapple cake with a ginger jelly topping &  piped cream.

This cake wasnt appreciated  as it had no sugar.

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These contestants were eliminated from the competition because of the lowest points received.

 

We do like our foods to be tasty as well as nutritious

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meyery2k

I would have to wonder who sponsors the program?  Look at ads for pizza, they concentrate on how great the crust is.  Subway extols the bread (which is garbage, walk into a REAL bakery then Subway).  Burger ads have the bun out front and center.  Carbs are presented as the essence of good health.  Carbs sell, veggies don't.

 

The judges may have been biased right from the start.

 

Lighting could have made the food appear unappealing.

 

Vegan, Atkins, and veggie nutjobs couldn't possibly win a contest!  How would they do it without carbs!  Ridiculous!

 

I think there is simply hidden culinary genius in some of the recipes on this forum.  Great food made without the benefit of the carbohydrate.

 

Perhaps we are wired to prefer carbs.  Quick energy vs. slow energy when resources were not so plentiful.  Sure, we could run on anything but carbohydrate would be the preferred source of energy if it was available (just random thinking).

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Bishop

Have you noticed not one employee in these stores look healthy?

 

=)

 

In the same, seemingly perplexing way I see a huge number of overweight folks at many marathon (all the way down through half, 10k, and 5k events) finish lines, I used to joke that the most sickly folks I see come from two sources - the hospital and the natural food store scene.  This is well before Whole Foods and similar super businesses became mainstream.

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predb4

 

Vegan, Atkins, and veggie nutjobs couldn't possibly win a contest!  How would they do it without carbs!  Ridiculous!

 

I think there is simply hidden culinary genius in some of the recipes on this forum.  Great food made without the benefit of the carbohydrate.

 

 

 

Atkins could have go.  

Vegans eat a lot of carbs actually, the lack of fat, and dairy makes their food awful.

Vegetarians eat TVP, that is terrible too.

 

As for culinary gems, all you have to do is trun to books from the 1950's to find higher fat foods.  And then turn to the French sauces which are lower in carb and high in fats, the asian sauces are loaded with carbs.

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Moonpie

If I were to eat lasagna, I'd prefer a mushroom one, over a meat one, but I'm odd like that, I even love alfalfa sprouts lol I like Health food stores, I appreciate being able to buy just one scoop of nuts or chia in the bulk bins, Sprouts recently opened up in my town, & I go once a month ;)

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adiantum

That mushroom lasagna looked strange as they'd pulverised the mushies to look like ground beef.

The worst was the comments saying they couldnt taste the mushroom yet that was the feature of the dish.

 

I wont buy from those self serve bins. After seeing a man reach into the bin holding the scoop with a hand that had scabs from his healing sun spots .

It made me wonder just what could fall into those bins.

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meyery2k

@ adiantum - Now there is another reason to not go.  That really set my OCD off! 

 

Also the flax seed crisps weren't quite a good fit for me.

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Moonpie

Yikes, that is something to think about, but the bins look very clean. I've been buying my herbs that way for years & haven't keeled over yet ;) I like ground mushrooms, years ago, I used to get a  mushroom sandwich at a little tea shop, that has since closed down or relocated. It was just some type of ground up mushrooms, but it definitely tasted of  mushroom, one of my favorite things to eat.

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Snow Goose

I was a representative years ago for the company that made the product that was in those bins (not the health stores - but grocery stores)...believe me I would not touch or in anyway eat that stuff.

 

Everything is fine and dandy when taken care of properly @ rotation, maintaining a clean area and watchful eyes on idiot customers (but that part is impossible to police)

 

I have seen bugs, chewed up bubblegum, old product that should have been tossed and an assortment of other nasty things.

 

I had a call one day to go to a store with an issue. Got to the store and talked to the manager and he stated "a customer set off a Decon Roach Bomb near the Bins, what can you do to help or suggest"

 

I said all the product needs to be destroyed and the Bins properly cleaned....he told me NO....he was not going to toss $1000s of dollars worth of inventory into the dumpster.

 

You just never know.....

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meyery2k

I had a call one day to go to a store with an issue. Got to the store and talked to the manager and he stated "a customer set off a Decon Roach Bomb near the Bins, what can you do to help or suggest"

 

 

 

Better living through chemistry...

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Moonpie

If we scrutinized the way our all of our food was packaged or stored, we'd probably not want to eat any of it, the interiors of some food factories are disgusting.  And restaurants!!So I will continue to buy small amounts of food from the bulk bins, as it helps my very tight budget, till I see something that makes me feel otherwise. I don't have the financial luxury of buying large bags of many items. 

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meyery2k

I maintain telecom equipment in businesses for my living.  Whenever I get a call to a restaurant and have to go through the back, I always won't eat there for a while but eventually the memory would fade.

 

One time at a Pizza Hut in my younger, stupider days, my coworker and I were running cable and working in the restaurant during lunchtime.  The area in which we were working had "pop" ceiling that you would pop out and have access to run your wire.  The ceiling tiles collect an amazing pile of dirt, dust, and other things, as they can literally just sit there for years undisturbed.

 

As the server was walking underneath us with a pizza going out to a table, we popped a tile and saw a small amount of the dust fall into the food!  The server didn't do anything and we, to my shame now after seeing droppings and even the occasional live or dead mouse or rat over the years, said nothing.  Now of course, the experience in me would dictate that I look to see what is going on before popping the tile.  Sometimes it is better to have the "old guy" doing the job, lol...

 

Chain restaurants seem pretty good as far as general cleanliness.  Never saw a roach, rodent, or dropping, Never would say it doesn't happen, just that I never saw it.  The thing that would ALWAYS turn me off is the greasy feel of EVERYTHING in the kitchen including the floor.  It is clean but always has a little bit of a greasy feel.

 

But eventually, memory fades, I am hungry and want to go to <fill in the blank> and off I would go. ~ Mike

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Moonpie

You are right. Hubby had to do some repairs at a Best Foods mayo factory & he refused to eat mayo for about a year lol now he eats it again.

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Snow Goose

Some of Grocery stores that I visited on business called their "Rat traps" sanitation stations....

 

Always got a kick out of that for some reason.

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Java

i've not been in a health food store in years ~ for one, it's an hour away from me and two, i order my health products from vitacost online since it's cheaper and i don't have to travel

 

however, when i used to go there, i never felt like i fit in either

 

and bulk bins................i've purchased out of them before but always felt kinda gross doin so ~ never got ill from anything i bought out of them tho

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Stl-T2

One reason you see a lot of unhealthy looking people at health food stores is that it's sort of a last refuge for people who can't get what they need from either regular food stores or their doctors or both.  People with hearty constitutions often don't want to pay the extra money for high quality and/or specialty foods.  The smaller mom & pop type health food stores often draw from their customer base for their employees, too.  Who better to know in depth about some of their product areas than the people that use them?  

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meyery2k

I have had a few occasions to visit a Frito Lay factory and that was always interesting.  They, at the time I visited anyway, were very conscientious about food safety.  We had to wear eyewear, hair nets, beard and stache nets if you had one, and ear protection.  If you were not an employee you would be closely inspected for compliance before being allowed into any food area.  While in the food area, there was an escort.  Jewelry? Watches? Off they come.  The only exceptions allowed would be our tools and, even then, we would have to explain why each tool was needed and they had to be secured to you somehow (secured in a tool belt or in a tool bag).  Carrying tools in your pocket was not allowed.  Same for pens or other writing instruments.  Wear glasses for vision?  Strap needed.

 

In the employee area they had a "wall of shame" were customers had sent in things found in the food.  In spite of the care taken there was sometimes glass which just astounds me!  The most common problem, though, was that there would be this big hard clump of seasoning in the product..

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