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Went to Whole Foods for the First Time

July 9th, 2016 at 09:11 pm

We had a Whole Foods store open in our town this summer. Overall, I have to say I wasn't terribly impressed with much, more of a so-so experience. We went there to get a protein powder for DD recommended by the weight loss doctor that doesn't have whey (since DD is allergic to milk) and doesn't have almond meal (since DD is allergic to almonds {but not other nuts, weird}) and doesn't have gluten (issues if she has too much of it, but not an allergy per se).

It also couldn't have any artificial sweeteners in it, because she gets hives and headaches and tunnel vision and stomach cramps and also went to the hospital once because she had trouble breathing after ingesting aspartame. We found a couple of different ones to try and they had small packets you could buy before you invested in the gallon size container.

The cheese selection was good. I actually found some sheep's cheese and more than one variety. Found several types of goat cheese, too, and 2 year old cheddar, extra sharp. And 2 year old goat's gouda not smoked. I hate it when they smoke gouda. I got a couple of cheeses I had never heard of to try, since they had small slivers of them that weren't too expensive. If I like them I will write down their names and get bigger wedges when I go back.

And they did have a great selection of rices, lentils, and beans, both organic and non for reasonable prices. In fact they have a red and white lima bean with Christmas in the title, where I might just get some and plant them next year (since all dried beans will grow if they are whole and not split). Why grow ordinary green limas when you can grow prettier ones? Since limas and Anasazi are the only types of beans I'll eat, I'm happy to see that had both.

Their organic meat and fish prices were more expensive than Trader Joe's, the Food Co-op, Fred Meyer, Safeway, or Haggen, except with chicken, which was comparable. What they did have, which the other stores do not, was no sugar bacon in pork, turkey, and buffalo. Actually they had a lot of cuts of buffalo. Most times when I see it elsewhere it is just ground buffalo, not steaks or roasts.

They did have a larger variety of seafood though than at other stores, some fish I have never even seen around here in a store before outside of direct off the boats down at the docks.

I spent $105, but it was mostly on cheese that should last a month, chicken thighs (we are out of our home grown and butchered chicken except for stir-fry meat, wings, backs, and necks), and the protein powder, plus a shaker drink container to mix it all up in. But a lot of cheeses.

With being on a higher protein/fat lower carb diet where they expect several meals and snacks a day, cheese and some cucumber slices fits the bill for me for those snacks. It's a little over the $100 a week I am trying to cut back to, but since I'm cutting back from around $200 a week, I think I did okay. Won't be going in this store often.

And speaking of the diet, the scale is moving again, after 3 weeks of dinking around. Not enough yet for me to feel comfortable starting another dietbet, though.

9 Responses to “Went to Whole Foods for the First Time”

  1. Butterscotch Says:

    After reading your mention of dieter in a previous post I signed up for one! I am really liking the app on my phone an seeing everyone's updates. It so motivating! You should wait to do another dietbet once you get your smartphone because having the app is great. I'm down 5lbs!

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    That's great, Butterscotch. Keep up the great work.

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    The protein powder I use is Alive Pea protein - I get it from Amazon. I'm not sure if it doesn't have any artificial sweeteners not - but definitely no whey or soy.

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    Laura--I'll look at that. She's allergic to soy, too. It's crazy.

  5. PatientSaver Says:

    I shop whole foods no more often than once a month at best, and it's mostly because they have a great fresh produce selection. They also have some preservative-free lemon juice in a bottle i like to use

  6. LuckyRobin Says:

    PS--The one where you live must be better than the one where I live. The produce section was pretty small (though it took up a lot of square footage the presentation areas were small with lots of floor space) and the selection was limited compared to every other grocery store in town except Trader Joe's, which is more limited. But we are a very granola town, so the organic offerings are huge, plus we are an agricultural county so they are local, too. I think I know what lemon juice you mean. Santa Cruz?

  7. PatientSaver Says:

    No, I think it's actually the 360 house brand. They also have organic dried apply rings sold in the bulk bins at what i think is a pretty good price, so i always grab a bag when i'm there.

    Yes, i think their fresh produce is the best of anywhere around here, with many more organic choices and more unusual varieties.

  8. LuckyRobin Says:

    PS--I think for a lot of people WF or TJ's are their only choices for organic anything. If you're not in or near a farming community, the choices always seem so limited. The difference between my home town and Tacoma is striking. Seattle has better choices, though.

  9. PatientSaver Says:

    well at least here in CT, you can also buy organic in a mom and pop health food store or at some farmers markets, and there's been a lot of publicity about Target greatly expanding their organic selections.Even mainstream supermarkets offer some organics.

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