TOP 3 QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE YOU GO TO THE GROCERY STORE
1: Did you bring a shopping list?
Plans only work if they are followed step by step. While many of us are on a diet plan, we forget to make a shopping plan. Going to the grocery store without a set list makes it easier for you to lose focus and buy junk food.
2: Are you hitting the store every day?
Many of us live hectic lives and it is easy for us to forget to plan out our meals and just run to the store every day after work to throw together a meal for dinner. The problem with doing this is you will spend a lot more time and money overall in the grocery store. Having a single shopping trip with a prioritized shopping list and meal plan is more efficient. Buy in bulk and know when sales are to save cash.
3: Are you going to the store hungry.
We are rushed so we often shop for food hungry… this can result in impulse buying of junk food. Never shop hungry.
TIPS FOR HEALTHY SHOPPING
1: In your face marketing
Even while in a healthy food section, you will find buzzwords and fancy packaging to entice you to buy products that are overpriced and less nutritious. Terms like “Organic”, “GMO Free”, and even “Protein” are thrown on items to get you to buy them. Even if a candy bar has “protein” on the label, it’s still a candy bar.
2: Shop like you should eat.
Many people try to “shop the perimeter” of the store to be healthy… the thing is, grocery stores know this and set up their marketing around it. You will find chips and soda in the fresh food section, cake and ice cream next to the eggs and cheese, and packaged cookies nearly everywhere in most stores. So what is a better strategy? Shop like you should eat.
Prioritize your shopping list… head straight to get your proteins (lean meats, poultry, eggs, etc…) followed by your fresh greens, colorful veggies, and fruits. Everything after those is excess.
3: Meet your Butcher
If you eat meat, meet your butcher. Most grocery stores with a meat market have staff that can guide you to choosing the best cuts, can tell you when they get fresh shipments, and tell you when the best sales are.
4: Fresh, Frozen, and Canned
Veggies come in many forms. While fresh is preferred for nutrition and texture, frozen veggies are flash-frozen and just as nutritious. Canned veggies generally have preservatives added and cost per unit is higher due to the canning process.
5: The inner shelves
Not everything on the inner shelves is bad for you… the key is having a set shopping list and not buying everything on a whim. Make a set meal plan and buy accordingly.