Yesterday my grocery list included chips, soda, ice cream and chocolate syrup. I shopped almost completely in the center of the store. Only three of the seventeen items were unprocessed. As I approached the checkout lane I became nervous. I was looking around shiftily. I broke a little sweat. I thought the other Kroger shoppers were judging me. I just knew they were!
Then I realized the only person judging the contents of my shopping cart was me.
Normally I shop on the perimeter of the store, sometimes venturing to the middle to visit the natural foods section. My husband and I have improved and refined our eating habits for the past three years. We eat mainly fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, light dairy and whole grains. So when I looked at the two types of soda I planned to purchase I felt kinda bad. I was feeling some grocery shame.
We have a friend visiting and the dudes wanted to have a junk food and movie fest. I took their requests and purchased all of the snacky goodness they wanted. I enjoyed my root beer float while watching Demetri Martin. Person. I know that I didn’t make the best choices last night. I also know that today is another day.
My ideal self knows when to have a little food fun with friends, and how to get back to healthy habits the next day. And while root beer floats taste amazing, they would lose their appeal if I had one everyday.