Rollin’ along

We’ve been rolling merrily along in the grocery but could we have a healthier cart?

We all know good grocery shopping habits: shop with a list, don’t shop when hungry, stay on the perimeter and avoid the most crowded times at your store; but, did you know coupons and discount stores may be hazardous to your health?

Quick tips and thoughts for healthier grocery shopping.

  • coupons are almost always for inner aisle “junk” food. DON’T clip and you’ll save your health!
  • discount stores encourage bulk buying. Huge containers and bulk buying statistically result in YOU becoming bulky!
  • take the small cart. A big cart encourages extras which add up to extra on your waist.
  • glasses, please. That’s reading glasses – if you truly want to compare. Don’t rely on a front-of-package label to tell you the truth. Whatever you are interested in is ALWAYS in the fine print.
  • consider a delivery service. It will be less likely that your service will toss in those Flamin’ Hot Cheetos while in the check out lane.

Shop smart and with a plan to be well,

Marcia

PS Share your best healthy shopping tips with me at cmarciam@gmail.com.

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Decision Fatigue

Talking with a friend who is successfully losing weight and she asked about food variety. Changing up our food choices does increase the likelihood of obtaining all the necessary nutrients we need.

Interestingly, making too many food decisions eventually fatigues us and we begin to make less-than-healthy choices.

Here’s an example. You have good intentions when you enter the grocery store. You select some fabulous produce when you first walk in. It’s beautiful and enticing.

You came for a couple items but actually forgot your list (oops) and decide to head down a few aisles to see if you can recall what you need.

You pass by the bakery – NO to the cake. Next is the deli – NO to the potato salad, though it does look good. You remember you’re out of skim milk so you head to the back of the store via the cracker corridor. But you say NO! You even say NO to the ice cream (with your name on it) when you’re in the frozen section looking for some veggie blends.

Checking out you notice all the royals and see there was an Elvis sighting. Candy is at check out too – and the bars are SO small, they probably don’t count as a serving. You toss a couple onto the conveyor belt.

You were part of the resistance movement for the entire store. But, saying “NO” is tiring.

Shopping with kids? Fuhgeddaboudit. Parents typically last to the candied cereal aisle.

You need a meal plan, a shopping list and focus. More on grocery shopping in another Minute to help you be well.

Marcia

PS  How is she losing weight you ask? She records everything she eats (been recording for more than 100 days straight), eats more produce and is more active – what a plan, right?

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