Grocery shopping must be done with intent. Prepare a list of healthy foods to purchase, don’t browse. Must junk food choices are impulse purchases.
Half of the battle against eating junk food is fought at the grocery store. If you don’t buy it, you don’t bring it home and it isn’t there to eat. It’s okay to have a few junk foods in your house—everyone needs a treat now and again—but only buy them in small quantities. Don’t keep too many high-calorie, low-nutrition snacks on hand. And don’t use your kids as an excuse to buy cookies and candy. In fact, if you have kids, all the more reason not to buy junk food—they need healthy choices for snacking, too!
Never grocery shop when you have an empty stomach. When you’re hungry you are more likely to buy foods that won’t support your fitness goals.
When grocery shopping, visit stores that have a wide range of choices of organically grown fruits and vegetables, grass-fed beef, fresh fish, and chicken that haven’t been treated with hormones. The labels on these foods will be marked to tell you if they are organic or not. Organic foods are not grown/raised/produced with chemicals, preservatives, or additives. Although it does cost a bit more to buy organic products, I can’t think of a better investment than your food. You are what you eat.
Your grocery list should include fruits, vegetables, leans meats, whole grains and oats, water, olive oil, and some healthy snacks.
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