The grocery store. It’s your easiest access to food – not necessarily just the nutritious ones. If you’re following a strict diet, the grocery store can be a haven for temptations as healthy diet sabotages are lurking around the corner.
Leading a healthy lifestyle does not only mean learning to eat healthy – it also means learning to shop healthy as well. And that includes avoiding all possible temptations.
As a healthy shopper, it is very important to develop skills such as label reading. You should learn to read what is placed on nutritional labels in order to understand the percentage of the nutrition, minerals and vitamins that you are taking in.
Aside from that, nutritional labels also provide consumers with information as to calorie content, percentage and fat content as well as fiber content as well. As you roam around the grocery store, you can read among the labels in order to compare and choose the right foods for you.
Here are some other important tips that you can follow in order to make your grocery store trip an experience that’s healthy, easy and enjoyable as well. After all, you can’t really have a healthy pantry or refrigerator or a healthy dinner at that if you don’t stock your refrigerator with healthy foods. So let’s start with the tips.
Do your shopping on a full stomach. This is the number one rule when it comes to grocery shopping and is something that you should follow strictly. If this means that you should stop for a snack on the way to the grocery store – then do so. It is of complete importance to refrain entering the supermarket when you are hungry. Hungry shoppers are apt to make bad choices and are more tempted to buy unhealthy choices when they shop.
One good tip is to immediately hit the produce section of the grocery store. Then, fill up your cart or basket with nutritious and healthy vegetables as well. This way, you can stock your refrigerator with choices that are healthier. And you will have less room for unhealthy foods.
Aside from that, it is also important to create a detailed list of what to shop before doing the shopping. A detailed and well thought out grocery plan keeps you from spending more than you should, and keeps you from temptation as well. Take a look at your pantry and find out what you need to add. In fact, you can keep a notepad in your kitchen so you can easily jot down what you need when it runs out.
When you shop around, make it a point to really look at the products. You may not know it, but there are indeed plenty of low fat foods that can be used as alternative to those that you presently use. There are plenty of variety of the foods that you eat, from low fat milk, low fat dairy products, drinks, cakes and pies as well. These products contain the same delicious taste of products with 100% fat – but of course, without the fat as well.
When you shop for low fat products, however, do try to remember that you should also look out for sugar content as well. Sugar is not necessarily the enemy, but too much sugar is.
As long as you are careful with the sugar content, you can still eat sweets and low fat desserts as well. When you shop, do try to choose single portion sizes so you won’t be tempted to eat more than you should. This method still allows you to eat sweets but limits the disadvantages of eating so, which are high fats and calories.
Of course, one other smart strategy when it comes to choosing the right foods is to choose whole grain always. Make sure that you choose whole grain cereals or whole grain breads if possible, since whole grain has more fiber and more nutrients than its processed counterpart.
When you shop for cereals that are healthiest, try to understand the consumer psychology that food manufacturers and grocery stores follow. Those at high demand, especially sugar laden cereals which are less healthy, are usually placed on kid levels, and those that are healthier products – usually targeted for adults – are usually placed on the top shelves.
Choose those from the tops. Of course, not all grocery stores follow this rule, so don’t just choose from the top blindly. As always, make sure that you learn to read labels as well.