Now that I'm feeling a bit better, I wanted to discuss a necessary evil in my life: grocery shopping.
Due to the fact that I'm usually home, grocery duty tends to come down to me. I'm also a bit more savvy about gluten free shopping than my boyfriend (I found out I had Celiac Disease almost 9 years ago), so I can zip through the store a bit quicker. Since I go grocery shopping at least once a week, I can conclusively state that shopping wears me out. I get home, throw the perishables in the fridge or freezer, then veg on the couch until I can function again. Pain and fatigue levels are way higher after a grocery run, and I haven't found a way to prevent that. But here are some things that help.
1. Write a digital grocery list then rearrange the list so that the items are approximately in the same order as you will encounter them walking around the store. Usually this means the produce should be first, then the deli items, then the baked goods, etc., but if your method is different feel free to change it up. This way you won't have to backtrack and you end up doing a lot less walking.
2. Instead of waiting at the deli counter, meat counter, etc. buy items that are already packaged. Then you won't have to stand in line and use up energy.
3. Go at times when other people are at work if you can. This allows you to avoid standing in line at the check out stand.
4. Go to a smaller grocery store, then make shorter targeted trips to larger stores to get specific products. Again, less walking.
5. Have the bagger separate perishable items from nonperishables. Then the perishable bags come inside and the nonperishables can wait in the car if you are tired. Depending on where you live, you may be able to leave everything in the car for an hour or so in the depths of winter. (Grocery stores are saving money by not hiring baggers. Don't feel bad about waiting for the cashier to bag if you don't feel up to helping. That's their job.)
6. Ask for and accept help to your car, especially if you have heavy bags, soda bottles, or cat litter.
7. I've never done this (partially because I'm short and have enough trouble reaching things on the shelves while standing, let alone sitting), but you absolutely can use one of those mobile grocery carts if you need to. You don't need to ask permission, and anyone who comments on it is just being ignorant.
8. If you really don't feel up to shopping, ask a friend or family member to help. Research grocery delivery services in the area and use them when you your friends aren't available.
So there you go. Any other good tips?
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