I usually say that a journey to a successful weight loss program begins at the grocery store. Yes, you’ve read it right, at the grocery store! The way you grocery shop and the foods you buy directly influence your dietary habits. My experience as a nutritionist says that grocery stores can be a very scary place for people that are in a weight loss program. Thus, I’ve made a list of some easy tips that can really help you out!
-Make a shopping list that contains only necessary and healthy items. This will have you out of the grocery store at the speed of light! Lash yourself to the discipline of a well-planned shopping list and your chances to resist the seductive call of aisle upon aisle of candies, chocolates and junk foods are way bigger!
- You might have heard this one before, but it’s worth repeating. “Never go grocery shopping hungry.” If you are not hungry you will make healthier and smarter decisions.
- Choose prepared foods with short ingredients list. In most of the cases the shorter the ingredients list the healthier the food or beverage! Try to avoid foods that contain too many of those huge chemical names that you can’t even pronounce!
-Beware of the name of the first ingredient. In any list, the ingredients are listed in order of their proportion in the product. This means the first ingredient matter far more than anything else. Thus, foods that start out with corn syrup, sucrose, fats, and salt are not the healthiest choice!
- Your first and longer stop should be at the produce section (usually the largest section of most grocery stores). Choose a rainbow of colorful vegetables and fruits. Different vitamins and minerals have different colors that give us a clue as to what vitamins and nutrients are included. Go for a variety of kinds and colors of produce to give your body the mix of nutrients it needs.
- Get “real” foods, such as 100% fruit juice or 100% whole-grain items with as little processing as possible. Look for words like “sprouted” or “raw”. These words usually indicate high-quality natural foods.
- Pick foods that are rich in fiber! However, don’t be fooled by the word “wheat” when it comes to flour. All flour made from wheat can be called “wheat flour,” even after it has been processed, bleached and stripped of its nutrition. The key words that you are really looking for are “whole grain” and “whole wheat”.
Don’t’ forget that small attitudes can make a whole difference in the way you eat.Just give the first step to a healthier lifestyle! You’ll start feeling better and before long you’ll recognize and experience the benefits of eating well!!!
If you have some of your own personal tips, that have worked for you please feel free to share them with us!