To make living a healthy life sustainable, we have to make healthy choices easy for ourselves and leave stress around diet behind. That being said, there’s nothing more frustrating and stressful than having health goals and being faced with a barrage of temptations. There are many situations and places where we will encounter temptations in regards to food. One such place is the grocery store.
Grocery stores are laid out in a way where processed foods and meals are within easy reach. You may wonder how you can make better food choices when you go grocery shopping to reach your goals and avoid caving into buying these kinds of foods.
Going to the grocery store with a game plan will lead you to success minus the stress. Keep reading to learn a few practical grocery shopping tips you can start using today.
Make a list
A grocery list will keep us focused on buying foods that we can actually use for the week ahead and keep us within our food budget. If you go in blind, you’ll more than likely come home with random food items you aren’t sure how to use, which will just lead to stress and food/money wasted.
Eat before you go
Going to the supermarket hungry can lead to poor food choices and have you grabbing items that aren’t on your list. Make sure you have a snack before you go or bring one with you to keep your stomach satisfied and your mind free to concentrate on the task at hand.
Shop the perimeter of the store
This is where you will find unprocessed, whole, nutrient dense foods. Consuming more of these of kinds of foods will help us reach the goal of a healthy, balanced life faster. There is nothing wrong with picking up a few extras from the grocery aisles but if it’s not in your food budget and you’re trying to avoid foods such as pop and chips, stick to the perimeter of the store.
There’s no doubt that a trip to the grocery store can be stressful. But if you shop with a plan you will start to consistently make better food choices that lead you to your goals.
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Caitlyn Harbottle is a Peace Region nutrition coach.