What’s the biggest temptation-rich environment, which you encounter on a weekly basis, and the one that can really play havoc with your diet?
My guess would be the supermarket!
Think about it, more than 50,000 food items on sale, packaged attractively, and strategically placed on the shelves, so that we buy them without further thought.
Healthy Grocery Shopping
Do the contents of your shopping trolley match your healthy eating plan?
If not, here are a few tips…
1. Make a shopping list
Always bring a list and try to stick to it where possible.
It’s a great idea to start your list during the week, this way you can add to it as you go along each time something runs out.
This is also good practice for the rest of your family, as you will be less likely to miss something.
You may want to try planning a weekly menu, and then write your list based on what you’ll require for those meals.
Also, to save you time at the supermarket, write your list in order based on your normal route around the shop.
2. Don’t shop hungry
Never go grocery shopping when you’re hungry!
I’m sure you’ve done it before, and you’ll know how difficult it is to resist those foods that normally you’d neither want, or need.
I promise you will save both money and calories, by making sure you’ve had a meal, or snack, before browsing around the supermarket.
3. Cruise the perimeter
Try to stick to the outer aisles as much as possible, as this is where you will find fresh produce in its most natural and least-processed form.
Ever wondered why they are located here?
It’s because they require more frequent stocking, and therefore need to be situated as close to the outside stock rooms as possible.
It makes sense that these foods are healthier, than those situated in the middle aisles.
Obviously, it’s not possible to completely avoid the middle aisles, but limiting your shopping time spent here will make a difference.
4. Shop alone
If at all possible, leave your kids at home.
It’s estimated that people spend 10 to 40 percent more money when their kids are present, so leaving them at home will mean you’re less likely to buy junk foods, and overall you probably won’t buy as much.
5. Read food labels
Don’t forget to use the nutrition facts on the food label to help you decide which foods are best suited to your needs.
When is the best time to shop?
Try to do your main shopping soon after the major deliveries have taken place. For some stores, this will be soon after the weekend, such as on a Monday.
Otherwise you may find that the shelves are poorly stocked, and whatever is left, is not what you would ideally have chosen.