You are in control of what you purchase at the supermarket and realize, it’s these choices that are either enabling or disabling you from cooking and eating healthy at home!! It all begins with how you navigate through your grocery store!!
RULE #1: DO NOT GO TO THE SUPERMARKET HUNGRY! Enough Said!
RULE #2: PLAN AHEAD
Make your list ahead of time and try your best to organize it by department (Produce, Meats, Dairy, etc.). Go with the thought in mind that you have very specific items to grab and you need to get in and out. The more you keep your blinders on and stick to your list, the less likely you are to come home with unnecessary or unhealthy items! Wegmans has an excellent online tool that you can click your items and it organizes them by aisle so you can print it out and take with you! Plus, it helps you know how much you will be spending as all prices are calculated!!
RULE #3: SHOP THE PERIMETER
The middle of each supermarket is filled with all the boxed, bagged and canned processed foods and our goal is to stay away from those and move towards natural, whole foods!! Of course you will head to the center aisles for some of your staples but you want to stay focused and spend most of your time around the perimeter of the store.Since my transformation, I spend most of my time in the produce section. I typically try to buy whatever is in season as that’s how you will ensure you’re getting the highest nutritional value out of your fruits and veggies, however, anything fresh whether in season or not, is ideal! If you find that buying fresh is too expensive, the next best thing would be frozen fruits and veggies but just picked and quickly frozen–nothing with any additives! (I buy mostly frozen fruit for my smoothies and shakes!) You can also check out your local Farmer’s Markets or farms as sometimes buying produce there can be cheaper!
RULE #4: READ LABELS
Yesterdays post Step 2: Reading Labels:Knowledge is power, explains how to read labels. Please read that post first, it is filled with great info.
RULE #5: PSD (PERIMETER SHOPPING DAY)
Try your best to have a specific day that you go food shopping every week. Like everything else in life, a routine helps to keep you on track. Consuming fresh products such as produce will mean you need to be at the supermarket at least once a week and if you plan ahead, you will ensure that you don’t run out of the items needed to keep you organized and with fresh, healthy items in your home!