Shopping for groceries is hardly a straightforward chore any longer. Sometimes I can hardly believe that I spend almost two hours from start to finish (long queues at the check-out counter do not help).
Ever since my daughter started dieting, she has been very particular _ no, impossibly fussy _ about what she eats. She will read the label on every single can, carton, jar or bottle to see what the contents are made of , and how much sugar and fat content it contains.
And when you think of the variety of soy milk products and cereal bars on the shelves, the different kinds of bread and cheese and yoghurt, that's a lot of label reading. We have to check the amount of transfat, the number of calories, the amount of wheat flour, and the presence of gluten, before deciding anything. I used to go for the blue carton because it's prettier! And that's not all. Pet food is another area that gives me a huge headache. I can't just go and choose a bag of dog food _ I have to decide whether my dog is still a puppy or an adult, whether he's fat or skinny, whether his hair is short or long or wiry, whether he's small or big, and if he's small, then whether he's a Shi Tzu, a poodle or a terrier. I had no idea that poodles and terriers had to have a different menu. I wonder what they would say if they knew my toy poodle/terrier prefers cat food.
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