I thought I would start a new thread for people in the L.A. area who are using grocery delivery services to compare their experiences with Instacart versus Amazon Prime Now versus Mercato.
I had a good experience with Mercato earlier this week – ordered eggs and cheese from the Beverly Hills Cheese Store Sunday night, no problem getting a Monday delivery date and everything I ordered arrived earlier Monday than even anticipated - with nothing out of stock. By contrast, I have not even been able to get Amazon Prime Now delivery dates, although perhaps that will ease up in the near future.
Had an awful experience yesterday with Instacart – not really Instacart’s fault, but just the situation being what it is. The only thing I really wanted was Siggi’s yogurt (I’ll explain my obsession with Siggi’s below). Most of the places on Instacart didn’t show Siggi’s as available or they were limiting quantities to one yogurt (at which point, why bother). Sprouts through Instacart showed the 4% fat available (which is the kind I prefer because it has less sugar grams) and you could order 2 each of the 3 flavors available, meaning I could score 6 yogurts. So I placed an order. Of course, it turns out that actually no Siggi’s was available and the Instacart shopper started substituting other high sugar brands of yogurt and then I had to chat with him and reject all the substitutions. So even though I had only placed the order to get Siggi’s, but had added a few other things just to reach the minimum order, I ended up only with a carton of eggs and some kale. For a very high delivery fee and, of course, I tipped the guy generously because it wasn’t his fault and he was out working and exposing himself to the virus so deserved a high tip for his efforts. Essentially, however, I concluded that Instacart is a waste of time during this pandemic.
My obsession with Siggi’s. Learned about it recently from someone who did a medical weight loss program through a major university program. Apparently your yogurt should have about 12-15 grams of protein per serving (which I guess most Greek-style yogurt does because Greek is higher in protein) for about 100-140 calories a serving and should have less sugar and carb grams than protein (which is hard to find unless you buy plain yogurt and I like a tiny bit of sweetness). Anyway through that discussion, I became acquainted with Siggi’s (of which I had previously never heard) because Siggi’s is what all the people in this weight loss program are told to eat. I ending up falling in love with Siggi’s. It is ever so slightly sweetened and I don’t feel the need to add artificial sweeteners and I find it more palatable than completely plain yogurt.
I know some are struggling with their weight during this pandemic, but I have actually lost 3 of the 10 pounds I gained last fall and winter when I was both having too many fancy restaurant meals and stress eating at work by hitting Randy’s Donuts at the Century City mall in the late afternoon. It is easier for me to maintain my weight when I’m not tempted by delicious restaurant food and when I don’t have access to junk food. Holed up inside, if I’m stressed in the afternoon, I now don’t have access to junk food (just to a rapidly declining stash of Siggi’s).