Shopping for food can be a dangerous time for those that are watching their weight. Take these quick tips with you the next time you find yourself in the grocery store.
- Don't shop when you’re hungry! You'll buy too much junk food
- Make a list and stick to it. Group the items you need according to where they can be found in the supermarket.
- Try not to give in to temptation and avoid buying "trigger foods" that set off a binge!
- Never wear sweats or loose fitted clothing or anything else that makes you feel "frumpy".
- Do not buy unhealthy or fattening foods! If they are not in your home, you will not be tempted to eat them.
- The nutritional information should be based on standard (and realistic) serving sizes. After all, who can eat just 1/7th of a package of potato chips, even if they are low fat!
- Be realistic when purchasing your fruits and veggies--don't buy enough to feed a army if you are only in a household of 3.
- When buying the frozen meat look for the leanest cuts. For example when buying ground turkey, find the one that is 99.9 % lean.
- Avoid items with partially hydrogenated oil because that means “trans” fat and avoid items high in saturated fat.
- Avoid end of aisle displays that will tempt you to buy less nutritious items.
- Always look for the "candy free" check out isle (yes that does exist!)
- Buy frozen vegetables and zip-lock bags, microwave for 3-5 minutes with a drop of water and voila – steamed vegetables!
- When you get home, put the healthy food at eye level in the fridge and make the unhealthy food less accessible.
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