Supermarket Smarts

By SeaBeagle Latest Reply 2014-05-26 09:14:23 -0500
Started 2014-05-18 11:37:14 -0500

Hi gang.. I went to a Supermarket Smarts and really learned bunches.. Probably a lot of you already know but Gabby asked me to update. First.. thought this was a diabetic one but it as a Heart Healthy one.. Okay.. so I stayed and signed up for the diabetic one in June. One of my friends has lost alot of weight and she uses the MyFitnesspal app. Says it helps.. I also think it helps.. it keeps track of everything I put in my moth and it even scans the label!! My doctor just told me to keep within 45-60 carbs per meal and then 20 per snack.That was it and told me it would be okay.. So, I asked the question? Carbs no more than 40 per meal for women and 45 for men for each meal and snack of 15 carbs. Sodium no more than 1500mg a day and if you have Hypertension.. less than that.. It was ironic cause we went to the salt isle and everyone picked up the salt they were using. I picked up with hesitation Mortons lite salt.. Well, other than no salt which I don't care for.. I did okay.. I never knew that sea salt had more sodium.. wow.. Okay.. I never read the labels until now. Onward to the cereals.. .thanks goodness I don't like them. The best ones she suggested were Cheerios, Wheaties,, Fiber On and Total. However, if you have high cholesterol.. make sure to include soluble fiber.. found in oat and barley cereals. To the can beans.. I don't eat.. but she stated if you wash them before cooking you would decrease the sodium significantly. Onward to mayo.. the one that was balance was Hellman's Light Mayo To butter we go.. I use Olivio now.. I had researched that prior and it was the top selection on her list with Smart Balance almost tied.. I love Olivio!! Finally found a bread I like for toast in the morning.. 100% whole wheat made by Nature Own.. other choices she stated Oatmeal, multigrain rye and pumpernickel .. This is just a highlight cause I could write more and more.. but I have the diabetic supermarket smarts on June 10 and will take good notes for you too!! I am always open to suggestions for new stuff.. Eating the same over and over can get bland.. but thank goodness it is summertime and fresh fruits and veggies are here!! Have a lovely Sunday!! Mary

16 replies

jigsaw 2014-05-21 18:21:37 -0500 Report

I think you're on to something very worthwhile!

SeaBeagle 2014-05-21 19:28:04 -0500 Report

It has helped me so much.. and you guys are the best.. Jigsaw.. Do you eat ice cream?? if so what is the best to eat.. I saw Breyers has "Smart Carb".. That will be on my list to ask.. and you know i am finally getting it.. I have always been so focused on calories.. but not really carbs.. huh.. big mistake. Loving the new lifestyle.. did I really say that..!!!!

GabbyPA 2014-05-19 21:41:32 -0500 Report

That is very cool. I would like to do that with a group, it would be very helpful. When I go alone, I just look at what I normally buy, going with other people may open me up to new food ideas. Very good.

Glucerna 2014-05-20 16:49:48 -0500 Report

You could ask the store manager at your favorite grocery store to work with a local registered dietitian to offer tours. Many RDs will jump at the chance to do this. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Glucerna 2014-05-18 18:37:47 -0500 Report

You learned a lot! The heart healthy info is excellent for people with diabetes and I'm sure the diabetes class next month will give you more information. I'm a big fan of label reading and it's great you're starting to utilize the info on food labels. Thanks for sharing. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-05-18 18:13:48 -0500 Report

This sounds like fun but your doctor should be the one to tell you how many carbs per meal to have. Each persons dietary needs are different. I also learned that the body needs iodine from a coworker who had heart problems and took herself completely off of salt. Her cardiologist told her how many grams of real salt to have per week and it was very low. He gave her literature on it and it was interesting.

We are getting a new supermarket in our community and we have requested these kinds of walks once a month. We also have a supermarket that is local that has an aisle and a half dedicated to diabetic and heart healthy foods. They put that in when they stopped the heart and diabetic health walks. This makes it easy because everything you need is in those aisles. They also have all of the heart and diabetic friendly dairy products. Since I rarely eat cereal, Corn Flakes and Rice Krispies are my special treats when I do decide I want some.

haoleboy 2014-05-18 23:01:27 -0500 Report

Sodium is a necessity.
Over hydration and 'cutting out salt' can be dangerous … and in extreme cases even fatal. One thing to be aware of is that as we pursue a low carb 'diet' we are probably eliminating processed foods,The largest source (up to 75%) of sodium in the 'typical' modern diet is from processed foods and food eaten outside of the home. If we are also cutting out adding salt to the foods we are eating then we can run a risk of developing some unintended health problems.
Avoiding excess salt is absolutely a good idea … just be aware that you can go to far …
“A kiss without a beard is like an egg without salt” Dutch Proverb


jayabee52 2014-05-19 00:56:21 -0500 Report

There are so many foods which naturally contain sodium of some kind that the chances of eliminating salt from our meals entirely is virtually nill.

I find it necessary to monitor my sodium intake due to my dialysis treatments so i have had to make an intensive study of sodium and other elecrolytes like potassium and phosphorus to stay as healthy under dialysis as I can be.

SeaBeagle 2014-05-18 21:59:39 -0500 Report

I really like the idea of an isle for heart healthy and diabetic. Hmm. Think I will speak with the store manager. Will let u know what happens. Thanks!!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-05-19 09:46:54 -0500 Report

Sea the manager is start but not the one who makes the decision to change a store not the place to start because the manager cannot change a store especially if it is part of a chain. You also have to contact an area manager and corporate headquarters.

The supermarket that is coming into our community is chain. In my city, we have a lot of powerful Community Associations and in so many cases, they can stop a business from coming into their community and they can fight to close a business. Even restaurants that want valet parking has to apply for a permit that can be stopped by a community association. This means the business owners come to community associations with presentations and then are notified if the community wants their business.

If the supermarket in your area doesn't have a dedicated aisle, the consumers may not have asked for one. You will have to have good information, data as to why you want it and get a community or enough people to back you. What you want isn't going to always be done because you asked for it. In order for us to get this new store to consider doing what we want, we have data proving why we need it. Good luck with your effort.

haoleboy 2014-05-18 12:19:21 -0500 Report

What are (is?) Supermarket Smarts?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-05-18 18:06:35 -0500 Report

They may be called Supermarket Tour/Walk with a dietitian depending on where you live and if the stores have that service. Some even have a pharmacy tour.

SeaBeagle 2014-05-18 13:49:50 -0500 Report

Our hospital has a class called Supermarket Smarts and the people who sign up for it meet at Giant in my hometown and the lady who leads it is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator with a masters …it is very helpful..