Eating healthy starts with the foods you choose to buy at the grocery store or supermarket. And with so many options available, it can be difficult to make nutritious choices. So, here are some tips that can help make your grocery food shopping experience better for your body’s health and fitness:
- Shop the store’s perimeter. The most nutritious foods (your fruits, veggies, and lean meats) are generally found in the outer aisles of the store so this is where you want to do the majority of your shopping.
- Bypass the boxed food and processed snack aisles. The fewer processed meals and snacks you have in your menu plan, the better it is for you. Therefore, you are better off avoiding these aisles completely and sticking with whole, natural foods instead.
- Read your food labels. Just because something sounds like it may be healthy for you, that isn’t always the case. The only way to know for sure is to read the ingredient list and make sure it contains everything you want and nothing that you don’t. For instance, a lot of canned foods are high in sodium and a number of condiments, like ketchup and BBQ sauce, contain a lot of sugar.
- Eat before you shop. One of the worst things you can do to sabotage your diet efforts is to grocery shop on an empty stomach as you are more likely to put unhealthy items in your cart out of hunger. Go right after eating a snack or meal and you will find it easier to make more nutritious choices.
- Know your triggers. If there is a certain not-so-healthy food that you cannot resist putting in your cart no matter how hard you try, then you will want to learn where it is in the store and go around it. The fewer triggers you have to fight off, the better your shopping trip will be.
What do you do when food shopping to help you pick healthier food items?