Grocery shopping can be overwhelming and over complicated. Fear not though, because we are here to help! I am going to give you 5 easy tips you can try next time you shop that will actually make a difference in your health!
Don’t shop when you’re hungry. — This is my golden rule because when I’m hungry I will throw anything into the cart that looks good no matter what preparation I may have done. You end up with things that are unhealthy for you and are a waste of your money.
Make a list. — This list shouldn’t take you hours to make. Throughout the week write down things you need as you run out (I like to keep a notepad on the side of my fridge or in my planner). You can also write down meal ideas or save them on your phone to refer back to when making the list to ensure you’re purchasing the proper ingredients! Don’t forget that we have partnered with Gatheredtable to give you a free trial of their state of the art meal planning software that will actually print you a grocery list based on the meals you add to your list! It doesn’t get much easier than that!
Stay focused. — Keep your eye on the prize, and I don’t mean the one in the sugary cereal boxes! The purpose of grocery shopping should not only be to buy food but to buy nutrients, nourishment, and energy. Keep the following quote in your head while shopping or write it on the top of your list:
“Eat to Live, Don’t Live to Eat”
4. Don’t let the kids rule the list. — Yup, I said it! Your kids should not be the ones making the grocery list. You should be buying the foods that will nourish them to grow into strong healthy adults, not whatever their tiny hearts desire. Now don’t get me a wrong, a treat is well deserved sometimes and I’m all for having one here and there, but that doesn’t mean your child’s favorite candy should be on the list every time you head to the supermarket. They probably aren’t going to eat the apples for a snack if there are three different flavors of Oreos in the pantry!
5. Start making healthy swaps for everyday staples. — This means that instead of buying Wonderbread you purchase a whole grain bread like Eureka or Dave’s Killer Bread. Maybe instead of buying cow’s milk, you try some plant milk like almond, soy, or cashew! Read more about ditching dairy and why you might want to try it here! Try adding more plant based proteins into your diet like beans, lentils, tofu, seitan, jackfruit, and more! Click here to see a great recipe for BBQ Jackfruit Sandwiches!
My last piece of advice for the day is to stop spending money on sugar-sweetened beverages. This includes sodas, iced teas, juices, lemonade, etc. By cutting out these types of drinks and focusing more on drinking water you could save anywhere from 200 to 1,000 calories per day as well as saving you money on your grocery bill! I know what you’re thinking, “but I buy diet soda!”. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but recent studies have shown that artificial sweeteners have detrimental effects on health. This CNN article will take you through the evolution of artificial sweeteners and why they’re so dangerous.
If you are seriously looking to change the way you shop for your family, get educated, learn how to read food labels, and learn what companies are ethically sourced; you may be interested in a new service we are introducing here at Vitality!
Introducing Grocery Tours: 2 phase tours through the local supermarket where we will show you what to grab and what to leave at the supermarket! We know that with all of the marketing and false claims on labels it can be very frustrating and overwhelming to shop for your family, and that’s why we are here to help!