I was running very late this morning and didn’t head out to the grocery store until 11:45. I ate celery and 1 ounce of cheese before leaving the house. I thought that would tide me over. By the time me and my cart hit the produce section, my tummy started to grumble.
I knew I was in trouble.
Armed with my trusty grocery list, I made a mental note not to buy anything not on the list. That lasted 30 seconds. In produce alone I picked up 5 extra items. Hey, at least it’s produce.
I stayed away from the bakery where samples were a plenty and everything looked delish! However, when I hit the meat department, my stomach started cursing me out…very loudly. How loud? Five different people mentioned it. I loaded up the cart. I surveyed the damage and spotted a few items not on my list that magically appeared in my cart. I promptly put 2 rotisserie chickens and the pot roast back.
It seemed as if anything that caught my eye, my tummy got louder. Of course, everything did catch my eye since I was hungry.
I decided to buy a pre-made salad. At least I could count on a level of healthiness. Bonus, the dressing is in its own container so I can use my own at home. So I picked up the salad and zipped through the rest of my list in 15 minutes.
When I got home, I put everything away and stared at my packaged $6.00 salad – a Chicken Caesar.
I tossed it in the fridge, chopped up a bit of lettuce and avocado and added the tomato, onion and cilantro mix I had left over from last night. A quick Mexican Avocado Salad with 3 ounces of left over steak.
I’m proud that I took control of my hunger and just plucked some left overs on a plate for lunch. Too bad it didn’t happen before I spent an extra $20 at the grocery store.
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