You’ve been there – intent on going into the grocery store to pick up a few health-conscious items only to get swayed by the music, the smells and the rows of rows of food (good and bad) on the shelves.
Before you know it you are leaving having overspent and with food products you know good and well you have no business with.
You are not alone, I’ve been there and it feels like a set up every time I go in there. From the people who offer you free “samples” of food to the cool packaging to make something unhealthy sound healthy it can get overwhelming.
If you aren’t careful you may also come out of there with more calories than when you went in from eating in there.
Here are some basic tips I try to follow (I have to admit I am not always successful) to avoid the bad stuff and come out with the good stuff for me and my family. So here goes.
They want you to buy more
Go in understanding they do things to make you buy more. It’s true.
From the lighting, to product placement, people offering you food samples, etc. It’s a grocery store and they typically make small margins so they have to get you in there spending spending spending.
Once you understand that you can equip yourself properly.
Don’t go in hungry
Eat and drink before you go shopping. Even if you plan to run in and out, don’t go in hungry or thirsty.
Once you do, and go past the bakery with their fresh baked bread or past the deli with cooked chicken wings, you will be done for.
If you are satiated then you can focus on getting what you came in there to get because your hunger trigger isn’t being pulled which can be extremely persuasive to not only get you to buy more than you intended but possibly get you to consume unhealthy yet fast and convenient food which takes you off of your healthy nutrition plan.
Make a list
Write up a grocery list. It helps to keep you on task and focused.
I write my list in the order of the aisles so I can pick up everything I need in one fell swoops vs. traversing back and forth the “bad” aisles looking for food items and then happening to walk down the cookie aisle or something like.
Be on a mission to get nutritious food for your family and you. A list ensures you are prepared.
And don’t be like me, make sure you check your pantry and fridge and double check that grocery list so you are not overbuying.
Read food labels
Read food labels. Don’t get trapped by words like healthy, organic, low fat or all-natural.
These words on labels are there to entice you into thinking you are purchasing something good for you when in fact it is disguised unhealthy food with fancy pretty labels. The most important label is the one on the back of the package.
It shows the ingredients and nutrition list which illustrates how much sugar, salt and transfat is contains in a single serving.
And while I’m on it, make sure you understand what a single serving is so you are not eating more calories than you think.
Forget the coupons
Coupons are trash. I know I know they help you save money but many times you have to overspend just to get something “FREE” or for a discounted price.
Yet you spent an arm and a leg just to get it. It doesn’t add up or makes sense.
So stick to your plan, only buy what you can consume and if it is fresh and healthy – you can’t buy too much because it won’t last too long.
And there you have it. Try these tips and I am certain it will help you avoid unhealthy choices while at the grocery store.
What tips do you use to make healthy choices at the grocery store.