How to Stay Healthy at the Grocery Store: The Right Choices

Keep a clear head and shop on track!

Keeping yourself focused at the grocery store when surrounded by both good and bad foods can be difficult, because maintaining a healthy diet is more of a psychological battle than a physical one!

With these tips Gymaholic shows you how to avoid your cravings, save money and make the grocery shopping less painful.

Eat Before You Go!

Never go to the grocery store hungry. Your body will be craving carbohydrates and you’ll be more than tempted to load up on simpler, sugary foods that will satisfy that need quickly. Beyond that, you’ll probably be tempted to buy more food than you need. The eyes are always bigger than the stomach!

You don’t need to eat a full meal, but the fuller you are going to the grocery store, the less appetizing that quick sugar spike is going to be. If you have low will power, go to the store after a larger meal. It will really help keep your head in the game and your choices on the right track!

Stick to the Edges!

The isles are usually where processed foods are kept, and around the edges of the grocery store are where you will find the fresh fruits, vegetables, bread and meats. The phrase “out of sight, out of mind” can really help when it comes to avoiding unnecessary foods. Obviously if you walk down the chip and pop isle without needing to, there’s a higher chance you’ll convince yourself that they belong in your cart. Stick to the perimeter and don’t stray from your grocery list!

Your Cart Reflects Your Plate

Always keep in mind that the food in your basket or in your cart and on your grocery list should reflect the food that you want on your plate. What you’re buying is what you’ll be eating, so you should have at least half your groceries fruits and vegetables and then about a quarter grain products and a quarter meat. Meats and breads often come in larger packages, but you get the idea.

Another thing that you may not think of is the amount of space in your cart. Could you get away with only filling up a basket? It may not seem like it, but filling up a basket instead of a cart is like filling up a small plate instead of a big plate. It looks like there’s more food on a small plate, because it takes up a lot of space. If you have the same amount of food on a larger plate, you’re tempted to add more to fill up the empty space.

Buy Less, More Often

In order to be healthier, you will have to buy fresher food that will unfortunately go bad much faster than processed foods. This means that you shouldn’t load up your grocery cart unless you plan to eat everything within a week to a week and a half!

Also make sure to always bring a grocery list! An easy way to stop yourself from buying too much is to plan a few meals ahead of time and use them to create that list. That way you know what you’re going to be eating during the week and you can buy accordingly.

When you don’t plan ahead you can end up buying something fresh, forget to use it and then have it rot in a drawer in your fridge. It can be a waste of money and food, so buy what you’re going to eat, because you can always go back to the store and buy more! It can be annoying to go back and forth from the store during the week, but once you get more settled into common healthy meals and you have a better sense of how much you eat over time, shopping will become easier.

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