In A Dream World

June 5, 2011

I’m feeling a bit like I’m sleep walking today. I am very much not myself – exhausted!! But I just got up from a 45 minute nap where I crashed hard, and hopefully tonight I will be able to rest for the week ahead.

In today’s dream world, I got $88 of food at Whole Foods for just $44. Although there wasn’t much left!

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When I arrived at 8:30, the line was at least 100 yards long on either side of the building. What a nightmare!

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Folks were exiting with huge carts of food – carrying away the food I came to get!! One person claimed to spent $3,000 after the 50% discount!!!!

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Luckily I had a companion – Allie had gotten there just a bit before me and we talked throughout the 1.5 hour wait to get inside.

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And we made friends!! Chaya and Jamie overheard us talking about blogs and admitted they said to themselves “I guess people really do read blogs!” Soon enough I was showing them my breakfast on my phone and taking their photo to be published this afternoon!

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FINALLY we neared the corner and were let inside.

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Most of the aisles were empty. There wasn’t a lick of produce left. But for some reason there was a TON of dairy and cheese!

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Good thing because those are my favorite foods :mrgreen:

I came home with a selection of yogurts. We think WF was turning off the refrigeration because they were nearly room temp in the case and then withstood an hour line at the register. Hoping they are still OK to eat! I think they will be since they are sterile in their sealed containers. And they never got warm.

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In a row of near-empty bulk bins, I found Honey Roasted Peanuts – ready for peanut butter making!

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They became a snack while waiting in line.

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That line? That took another HOUR to get through!! We were stuck in the world’s slowest line. Only one cashier who had to hand mark every single item with a black pen.

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And some people who were not in a hurry at all to slowly load their 10 bags of goods on the small express line space

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But we FINALLY made it out – after getting hot and cranky.

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I came home with some cereals (good for quick summer breakfasts and bringing to the bakery over yogurt), nuts, pretzels, Food Should Taste Good chips, graham crackers, spinach spaghetti, chocolate and said yogurt + 3 cheeses.

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Consider how few items were left (the cleaning section, for example, was completely wiped out when I got there) I think I faired pretty well!

When I got back home, I found Matt bouncing around and pleased that the 5 loads of laundry I had started were almost done. He even FOLDED my load!! What a dream.

Lunch was pending –

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I had a salad with spinach, leftover veggies, new Maytag bleu cheese [that is NOT as good as Bleu D’Auvergne], dates from a big platter of dates Tracy gave us as a gift

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[The dates!]

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On the side: burries

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Served up in some of my new yogurt. I stopped by Harris Teeter on my way home to get produce since WF was out. Blueberries + raspberries on sale!

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After lunch I made some lentil salad for the upcoming week and then crawled into bed for a 45 minute nap. I was out fast. No dreams there!! I woke up starving and made some Carrs whole wheat crackers with Naturally Nutty for a snack. LOVE these crackers so much!

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Dinner is up in the air. We might create an impromptu dinner from the fridge or go out. Matt has been out with Jason at Monticello while I rested! Sad I didn’t get to join them.

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1 Caroline @ Out of Liney June 5, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Congrats on the wildly successful opening! Great to see two of my favorite bloggers in one place.

I would wait in that line too! Wish that Whole Foods near me would have a similarly steep sale once in a blue moon. I continuously find out that the Whole Foods in other areas are much better than mine, but then again I guess the grass is always greener…

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2 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife June 5, 2011 at 4:17 pm

WHoa that line looks NUTS! Glad you got some great goods though. I would have headed to the cheese/yogurt aisle too ;)

And I love WF cereals, such a great selection! Sunday naps > other day naps, ha.

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3 Molly @ RDexposed June 5, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Wow, you definitely worked for that 50% off discount! I wonder how slow the other grocery stores in town were since everyone was at WF!

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4 The Teenage Taste June 5, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Ugh! I hate long lines, but I’d say that bargain is worth it! Yogurt and cheese are my favorite foods too! ;-)

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5 Dee June 5, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Holy cow! That WF line looked INSANE. Glad you were able to grab some stuff! :)

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6 Ann @ Day by Day June 5, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Such a fun post! I can’t believe the madness at Whole Foods. I’m afraid I’d get too competitive and feel like I needed to buy everything since it’s 50% off. I’d end up with a bunch of stuff I wouldn’t eat. The honey roasted peanuts were a nice find! I’d like to see the guy’s receipt who said he spent $3000. Is that really possible?!

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7 Amanda (Eating Up) June 5, 2011 at 4:43 pm

I guess people stocked up nonperishables? What an experience!

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8 Kat @ Cupcake Kat June 5, 2011 at 4:43 pm

That sale at Whole Foods looks amazing. Definately worth it

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9 Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet June 5, 2011 at 4:45 pm

What an insane experience… I totally approve of your haul, though. I think that’s exactly what I would have gone for.

I really need to get some Carr’s whole wheat. They sound perfect as my new obsession :)

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10 lynn @ the actor's diet June 5, 2011 at 4:53 pm

i cannot imagine the whole foods in LA doing a sale. it’s already crazy there!

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11 Meg June 5, 2011 at 4:55 pm

My experience with the WF move over here was the exact same way :P I couldn’t wait for your recap post of it, haha! Unlike anything you’ve ever experienced?! Love for Whole Foods (and $$ sales!!) is no joke!

Enjoy your evening and new goodies!

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12 Namaste Gurl June 5, 2011 at 4:58 pm

I’m so jealous of your Whole Food discount finds! Had no idea WHole Foods does moving sales– how fun :)

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13 Hannah June 5, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Wait–was WF going out of business? Or do they do a annual sale?

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14 KathEats June 5, 2011 at 5:46 pm

The store is moving this week

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15 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 5, 2011 at 5:03 pm

You guys were determined! I really don’t think I would’ve had the patience to deal with that kind of chaos. Glad you got some good deals :)

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16 olivewineandfood June 5, 2011 at 5:04 pm

so jealous of your 50% off, and sunday naps are the best!

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17 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food June 5, 2011 at 5:08 pm

oh my goodness I would definitely wait for hours to get 50% off at whole foods!

Sigh I don’t think that’s going to happen in my neighborhood :)

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18 Sarah@The Flying ONION June 5, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Oh my word. 50% discount? That’s unheard of! Glad to see you walked away with some major goodies. :D

Aren’t those Carr crackers just the greatest? I love them so much. It’s like a dessert and a cracker in one. :D

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19 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) June 5, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Haha you got GREAT photos despite the craziness this morning. We spent about the same amount of moolah. I’ve been pretty excited all day about my loot so I guess it was worth it!

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20 KathEats June 5, 2011 at 5:46 pm

I think it was!

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21 Jess June 5, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Discounted groceries make me happy. Looks like you guys made out like bandits : )

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22 Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out June 5, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Wowza! 50% off???!!! That is awesome.

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23 Holly @ The Runny Egg June 5, 2011 at 5:47 pm

You got some great stuff! I love that pic of the guy with gallons and gallons of milk. How hilarious.

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24 Hillary June 5, 2011 at 5:49 pm

I’ve been looking for chocolate Food Should Taste Good chips EVERYWHERE! I thought they were an urban legend! Can’t wait to hear how you like them.

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25 Lea @ Healthy Coconut June 5, 2011 at 6:05 pm

We’ve had a few Wholefood’s open in the are in the last year, so no moving out sales for us. A book store has gone out of business though (Border’s) and sold all their books at 75%. Now that’s a readers dream.

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26 Clare @ Fitting It All In June 5, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Ooh a Whole Foods sale sounds amazing!
I was wondering if you would ever do a post on Forks Over Knives or The China Study. I’m really curious to hear your opinion on a vegan diet for health and disease prevention (as the book and movie promote), as I know you are an RD that continues to eat meat and dairy. I’d appreciate a response or post about it!
Thanks,
Clare

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27 KathEats June 5, 2011 at 7:30 pm

I have read/seen either of those – life has just been busy! I need to though, and when I do I’ll weigh in.

I haven’t read all the research, but I still think a little bit of animal product here and there is better than none at all – for its nutrient density. Of course I’d only be in favor of humanely raised, “old fashioned” pasture farming and not today’s format.

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28 Clare @ Fitting It All In June 5, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Thanks for the response, Kath! I love that you make humanely raised and local animal products a priority. I know you’re insanely busy right now with the bakery and all, but I’d still love to hear a full review! Congrats on a fantastic first few days, by the way!

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29 Baking 'n' Books June 5, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Be sure to read all the counter-studies against it and do some research.

Don’t take anything as the hard truth. People take things and “run with it”.

I like to follow the adage – “Listen to everyone/thing. Follow NO one/thing.”

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30 KathEats June 5, 2011 at 7:59 pm

B&B, do you have any links/citations for the counter studies? I’d like to see those too.

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31 Baking 'n' Books June 5, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Yes. Here are a few I’ve found and that have been given to me, not extensive though. Bottom line – there is a lot of extrapolation in the studies. An interesting read – but for anyone to take to heart is extreme – as is with ANY research/studies. EVERYthing changes – look at the trends in fat.

Yes, the whole concept of eating more plants and less meat is sensible and sound -of course. But to go to extremes is not necessary. I’m not saying to eat meat or whatever for every meal – I love vegetables/plants/seeds/nuts, etc. etc. – but I also enjoy meat and dairy and think a lot of people (especially in blog world) just go to far to the point of questionable disordered eating thinking/habits. Sorry if that offends anyone.

http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/cancer/the-china-study-vs-the-china-study/

This is from a blog post: http://rawfoodsos.com/2010/07/07/the-china-study-fact-or-fallac/

http://freetheanimal.com/2010/07/t-colin-campbells-the-china-study-finally-exhaustively-discredited.html

http://www.cholesterol-and-health.com/China-Study.html

I also came across a book called “The Vegetarian Myth” in the bookstore the other day but didn’t pick it up (trying to save), but may look into the Author and could be an interesting read anyhow.

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32 KathEats June 6, 2011 at 5:23 am

Thank you!

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33 Baking 'n' Books June 6, 2011 at 8:16 am

Send year’s supply of GH bread and Lynda’s Granola too….

KIDDING! Hah :)

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34 staceyhealthylife June 5, 2011 at 6:13 pm

What a great deal on everything, well worth the wait.

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35 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen June 5, 2011 at 6:25 pm

CRAZINESS – but well worth it! Especially with all the yogurt and cheese! Nom!

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36 Sarah June 5, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Holy Moly! I cannot believe how empty is was!! That is crazy. Looks like you still manged to get some great finds.

Oh and I cannot even begin to tell you how much I LOVE Carrs whole wheat crackers. I put cottage cheese on mine and eat them. They are so so so so so good!

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37 kaila @ healthy helper! June 5, 2011 at 6:30 pm

THAT IS SO CRAZY! OMG I wish I could have been there for that sale! I probably would have gotten up at like 3 am to get some good stuff! Looks like you were able to snag some goods finds though!

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38 Cait @ Beyond Bananas June 5, 2011 at 6:39 pm

That is amazing that Whole Foods was having such an incredible store. Though, I must admit, I am definitely NOT patient in grocery stores.. and while the deals may have been amazing, I am not sure I would have attended. I would have gotten to impatient and frustrated!

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39 Michelle June 5, 2011 at 6:44 pm

I LOVE Siggi’s yogurt!!! Grass fed cow’s milk yogurt is hard to find. :)

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40 Karen June 5, 2011 at 6:46 pm

I’m not sure I’d have the patience to wait in those lines, no matter how great the deal…props to you for your determination! I bet the new WF store will be quite the playground for your foodie self – exciting!

Sweet dreams, Kath.

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41 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) June 5, 2011 at 6:47 pm

That line looks like a nightmare, but that would totally be worth it!

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42 Lauren June 5, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Wow, that WF shopping extravaganza looked insane!!! Glad you made it out alive and with some good loot.

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43 Larbs June 5, 2011 at 7:05 pm

that date platter is my dream!!!

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44 Jenn June 5, 2011 at 7:12 pm

I went to Whole Foods this morning, too! Luckily we got there around 7:40 and were able to get in around 8:10 and out by 8:30! I noticed you got the Food Should Taste Good chips in chocolate. We got some today as well… they weren’t quite what we were expecting but they do the trick.

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45 r8chel June 5, 2011 at 7:55 pm

I’m not surprised that Whole Foods is moving. I visited that Whole Foods store once, and the shopping center it was in seemed a bit forlorn. Congrats on your good deals!

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46 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 5, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Wow, I can’t believe some people spent $3000 dollars there! As much as I love WF, I can’t possibly imagine needing that much food!

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47 Claire June 5, 2011 at 8:56 pm

I think it’s rude to post a picture of a child and then critique his behavior when he is clearly helping his parent (and after waiting in two very long lines himself). I hope you are never judged as harshly when and if you are blessed to have a child to help you with your shopping one day.

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48 Olena June 5, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Huh? Kath’s comment isn’t about this child in particular but about “some people” in the store. And by the way, not everybody’s on this planet is thrilled about having kids. Some want none at all.

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49 KathEats June 6, 2011 at 5:23 am

I’m not critiquing the child. I’m critiquing every single adult that was in line before me but one!

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50 Claire June 6, 2011 at 10:43 am

I guess it’s nice for all the Whole Food shoppers that there is someone there who always knows the correct way to do everything and can critique everyone else’s shopping method.

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51 Olena June 5, 2011 at 8:56 pm

PB Puffins ROCK. One of the best cereals out there. I’d eat them as “cookies” with my aft tea.

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52 JenATX June 6, 2011 at 1:42 pm

sounds like a good idea! I didnt like Puffins at first but now I really enjoy their subtle sweetness

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53 Katherina @ Zephyr Runs June 5, 2011 at 9:24 pm

I don’t know if I could handle the chaos… glad you walked out of there with some deals!! Also drooling at that date tray <3

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54 jenna June 5, 2011 at 10:00 pm

omg why was everything so cheap at WF?! thats amazzzing!

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55 Hannah June 5, 2011 at 11:20 pm

Oooh, so excited by the different date varieties! I’d love to try that :)

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56 Khushboo June 5, 2011 at 11:46 pm

Wow that line looks mental but I know I would have waited too- so worth it! You managed to get such yum things- am dying to try peanut butter puffins! Although maybe it’s better I don’t, that box wouldnt stand a chance around me :)

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57 Leslie June 6, 2011 at 7:29 am

I love the camera straps you and Allie are wearing. Where did you all get them?

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58 Rebecca June 6, 2011 at 8:15 am

You made out with a lot of great goodies from WFs. Those dates look amazing, where did you get them from?

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59 KathEats June 6, 2011 at 8:20 am

They were a gift and I think they came from California

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60 Heather June 6, 2011 at 11:19 am

Wow! I have never heard of a grocery store doing a 50% discount! Were they closing?

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61 Gina (Yogattude) June 6, 2011 at 4:23 pm

That shopping trip must have been INSANE! I don’t think I could do it!

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62 Alaina June 6, 2011 at 10:02 pm

FSTG makes chocolate?? I have to look for that!

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63 Lex June 7, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Where did you get that adorable camera strap?? Ahh I want one!

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64 KathEats June 7, 2011 at 5:54 pm

It’s Allie’s!

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