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Make Your Grocery Shopping Healthier with These Tips

By Virginia Laird

When it is grocery shopping day at my house it tends to be chaotic. With no food in the house and children to feed, it can be much like wild animals scrounging for their prey until mom gets home with the groceries. It can become an "every man for himself” atmosphere. As I shop through the aisles, there are times I am inundated with phone calls and text messages of “are you done yet?" This then has me grabbing quick snacks as I pace the aisles, as I know I will be attacked when I get home. Before I can get the groceries put away, many of the snacks I purchased will be devoured. If your trips to the grocery store look anything like mine, you are ready to listen to any tips which can help keep you focused and buying healthier food.

  • Never shop hungry
  • Go with a list in hand
  • Shop the perimeter

Never Shop Hungry

Heading to the grocery store while hungry (or with starving children) will lead to purchasing items which are unnecessary. Health and wellness experts advise it is best to shop for groceries with a snack in your belly. Research suggests shopping while starving can increase the odds of giving in to your cravings. And, let’s be honest, most cravings are not at all healthy. Before you head out to get the grocery shopping done this week, consider munching on a snack prior to heading out the door.

Go with a List in Hand

If you have ever attempted to go grocery shopping without a list, you know this is a recipe for disaster. Not only will you spend more than you intended to, odds are you will likely forget a few items which may be necessary while loading up on items which sound good at the minute. Although making a list is time consuming and daunting, it is the best way to prepare for a trip to the grocery store.

Shop the Perimeter

Health and wellness experts advise shopping the perimeter of the store. This helps you to avoid the prepackaged treats. Keeping your cart around the outside provides you plenty of opportunity to stock up on produce, meats, and dairy. Having a diet with little prepackaged goods can help eliminate the consumption of chemicals which can be harmful. The next time you are at the store, give this a try.

The next time you head to the store, consider giving these tips a try. You may be surprised at how much you will save and how much healthier your choices may become.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Pearland, Tex.

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