Are Today’s Higher Prices Helping You Lose Weight?

by Andrea

Grocery Shopping, Today's Economy

Could there be a correlation between the current state of the economy and our waistlines?

Are high prices causing you to buy less?

They call times of financial recession lean times for a reason, you know.  People tend to eat less because of the high price of food.

I had this happen to me the other day…

I had dropped the kids off at their classes and was on my way to the church to freshen up the decorations for Easter.  I stopped at the local Quick Trip gas station since I had missed breakfast.  I wanted a hot chocolate and a donut.

fruit-face-photo-by-woodsy.jpgNow, I started the year off on a diet, as usual, but food prices have kept me from buying as nutritionally as I want to.  Therefore, I have been on a semi diet mostly induced by the high cost of food.

On this particular morning I was feeling generous with myself.  As I fixed my hot chocolate at the machine between the different machines of cappuccinos and coffee, I winced at the prices, and got the smallest cup.  Then I walked over to the donut case, which I noticed was strangely full for 9:15 in the morning.  You would think the quick-breakfast rush would have cleaned them out.

Then I looked at the price.  One donut was .89 cents.  There was no way I was going to pay that.

Still in a fit for something yummy to eat for breakfast, I walked over to the packaged breakfast treats.  Honey buns and cinnamon rolls were $1.35 each.  Therefore, I sunk even lower and looked at the Twinkies and other Hostess Delights. They were also $1.35.

Needless to say, I left the store with my hot chocolate in hand and nothing else.  It turns out that it was quite satisfying and I did not get hungry again until lunchtime. So I actually saved myself a bunch of calories, as well as the extra money the morning treat would have cost me!