Healthy Grocery Shopping Tips
Going grocery shopping can be both productive and overwhelming. We usually go in with good intentions to make healthy purchases, but more often than not we leave with a few items that aren’t exactly “on the program.”
Here are five easy-to-follow tips for improving your healthy grocery shopping skills, health and lifestyle!
ALWAYS go in with a list…and stick to it! Like anything else, when you’ve mapped out a game plan you lower the risk of deviating off course.
NEVER go in hungry. This is a recipe for disaster. Going in hungry ensures grabbing all kinds of things you don’t really need because when you’re hungry cravings can—and will take over.
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Shop the perimeter. Follow this rule of thumb from Food Rules by Michael Pollan, “…if it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t!” Ok, so we can’t always stick to this rule (and rules were made to be broken, right?!), but it is true that the essential foods that you want in your diet are located on the perimeter of the grocery store and, generally, bad, processed foods are in the aisles. For some of us, willpower is an issue, so don’t even put yourself in the position to be tempted, stay on the outside!
Read labels. We’re not talking about nutrition facts. It’s the ingredients we want to focus on here when healthy grocery shopping. Try to avoid products that contain hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup and trans fats and be aware of the sugar and sodium content. Food manufacturers often disguise unwanted ingredients like MSG, by listing things we’ve never heard of that contain them (for example, hydrolyzed protein and glutamate…right.) So, be smart: if you don’t recognize several ingredients, put it back on the shelf!
Stay in season. Try to stick to fruits and veggies that are in season. Out of season produce not only costs more, but also contains extra pesticides and preservatives since it need to be shipped from farther away.