Top 5 tips for healthy grocery shopping

Top 5 tips for healthy grocery shopping

Choose fresh foods, use a list, and read food labels.

1. Buy food that ‘goes bad’.

Buy food that has an expiration date or ‘goes bad’ at some point in the near future. These items are generally healthier than others. The longer the shelf life of a product, the more chemicals and preservatives it probably contains.

The perimeter of the store generally contains fresher food with a shorter shelf life: fresh fruit and vegetables, lean meats, seafood, whole grain bread, and dairy products. More rules for choosing food.

2. Use a list

Plan your meals and snacks ahead of time and create a list of ingredients and products to purchase. Commit to buying only what is on your list.

3. Skip some aisles

Skip the grocery store aisles that don’t contain items on your shopping list.

The grocery store is full of items that can tempt you to stray from your list. Avoid certain aisles to avoid certain temptation.

4. Shop after you’ve eaten

Shop after you’ve eaten…even if it’s just a snack to tide you over until you get home.

If you shop on an empty stomach, anything and everything will look or sound good. It will be hard to make healthy decisions and stick to your grocery list.

5. Read food labels

Get into the habit of reading food labels:

A few more grocery store tips:

Walk an extra lap around the store, and take your shopping cart (or somebody else’s) back inside instead of leaving it in the parking lot. Every little bit of physical activity counts when it comes to losing weight.

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