One thing, I dislike more in this world – I would rather clean toilets….I hate shopping. Especially grocery shopping. One would think that since I am a Certified Sports Nutritionist, I would ENJOY selecting foods.
That couldn’t be farther from the truth. Weird, I know.
I do my monthly grocery shopping (with coupons in hand) – well… once a month. I do this, because I dislike the grocery store, so I don’t have to go back and forth all month. The one problem is my produce doesn’t last that long. So, I will venture out to go to the store for that.
Last night, I wandered into a Trader Joe’s to use the Restroom before going on a run with a friend.
I don’t shop at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods very often (I find the same quality, much more inexpensive at another store).
Yet, I noticed a few things when I walked in:
1. The atmosphere was friendlier, more relaxed. I saw LOTS of parents with kids – and guess what? They were not screaming, causing a scene – and nor was their parents behaving badly.
2. People were genuinely courteous to each other. I actually saw a few say “excuse me” and smile
3. Employees looked like they enjoyed their jobs – not some mindless cashier who cannot figure out the difference between a Golden Delicious Apple and a Pear (you’re have been there – you know what I am talking about)
This was the same observation I had when I went into a Whole Foods in Salt Lake City in July.
My mind started to wander and figure out WHY would one grocery store (that offers healthier options) have a better atmosphere vs. a traditional mega-store? Of course, my thoughts are just an opinion and non-scientific.
1. Less people. Sadly, that is true. It’s sad that Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods has to exist and those who choose to live an appropriate, healthy lifestyle cannot go into their local mega-store to find their food options.
2. Could it be that healthier people are just happier about life, in general?
I may have to rethink my shopping decisions and change our budget a bit. I can see going into Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods every once in a while, might help me break my once-a-month habit. I would rather have a good experience and attitude about shopping than dread it.
What are your thoughts? Why are Organic Food Stores so different than our traditional grocery store?
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Charlene L. Ragsdale - Las Vegas, NV
Certified Sports Nutritionist, Running Coach & Public Speaker
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