Saturday, September 1, 2012

Michelle Obama and 'Supermarket Shopping 101'

Not even the President is listening, but her anti-obesity "Let's Move" campaign is now on video, staring First Lady Michelle Obama.
It's an online course: “Supermarket Shopping 101.”

The course, which is featured on the website, tells shoppers to “steer clear of the cookie, snack and soda aisle.”

For the really stupid, the "Supermarket Shopping 101" includes advice on the best time to shop and how to navigate a grocery store.

“You’ve got your list, you’ve got your cart--let’s get shopping!” we are told.
“Focus on the perimeter of the store first--that’s typically where you’ll find the produce, meat and dairy sections, which stock fresh, whole foods that should comprise the bulk of your shopping list.”

“Supermarket Shopping 101” tells shoppers to leave the junk food for last, in order to “train yourself” to eat the First Lady wants you to eat.

“Steer clear of the cookie, snack and soda aisle until after you’ve collected everything on your list--at that point, your cart should be full, which might make you feel less tempted to buy things you don’t need."

“By always heading to the essential areas of the store first, you’ll train yourself to form a shopping pattern that’s healthier – and, in time, will get you in and out of the store faster.”
(whatever that means)

Assuming everyone is really idiotic we are instructed “to avoid walking in circles around the supermarket, divide your ingredient list into categories such as ‘Produce,’ ‘Dairy & Eggs,’ ‘Meat,’ ‘Canned Goods,’ ‘Dry Goods’ and ‘Frozen Foods.’” 

“That way, you know where to go and what you need. (And hopefully steer clear of impulse buys!)."

Wednesday is the preferred shopping day, according to Let’s Move, which adds, “Whenever you decide to shop, just don’t do it on an empty stomach--hunger pangs will tempt you to stray from your shopping list.”

Further instructions include “making healthy choices,” such as: “plain popcorn, frozen edamame, nuts, dried fruit, low-fat yogurt, hummus and raw veggies or salsa and baked tortilla chips.”

Asked by Parade magazine, "What do you hope to accomplish in your second term?” First Lady Michelle Obama said she wants to "impact the nature of food in grocery stores" with the aim of cutting sugar, fat and salt.

First Lady Michelle Obama even found it necessary to give eating advice to Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas appearing on the Jay Leno Show.
We guess the question is, are you eating better now than you were four years ago?