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Eating healthy begins with the food you eat and what better way to stay healthy than to plan your food shopping around the right foods. The average consumer spends over 1one hour at the supermarket and spends over $110 per week , mostly on unhealthy and overpriced food.
Why is it when we try eating healthy we just can’t find the time to make it all happen? Most consumers shop at more than one grocery store multiple times per week yet they complain there is nothing to eat. Are you one of these? Do you make it a habit to consume healthy foods everyday? How about shopping for healthy food?
Nutrition is the most important part of eating healthy and I am going to show you 5 secrets to make your food shopping healthier.
Eating Healthy Means Never Shopping Hungry
Before you can even decide on what you need to buy make sure that when you go out food shopping you are prepared. This means preparing yourself as well as a list. If you decide to shop on an empty stomach, you will be prone to impulse buying and that spells trouble. We call this shopping with your stomach not for it. This type of shopping leads to buying comfort foods laded with excess salt, sugar and preservatives. Before you shop, give yourself a healthy snack to give your body a boost of energy and your mind sharp. Eating healthy snacks will keep your hunger at bay long enough for you to focus on what’s important… buying healthy food for you and your family.
Eating Healthy Means Being Careful With Your Coupons
Coupons can be a boon to your wallet but they can also be very unhealthy for your body. A coupon is only as good as the food item you are buying. Just because you have a coupon doesn’t mean you should use it if it is for something unhealthy. Your eating healthy plan will fly right out the window if you buy unhealthy food no matter how much you save. Clip your coupons responsibly. Use only those coupons you normally use and avoid those you don’t. It’s as simple as that.
Eating Healthy Means Making A List and Sticking By It
When making a food shopping list, be very careful not to stray from it. This is the number one problem most shoppers have. They see a great sale or something catches their eye and all of the sudden their costs have ballooned and they wonder why they have spent so much and received so little in return. A good technique to use to save both money and time (consumers spend an extra $1.22 per minute after the first 22 minutes in a store) is to follow your list to the letter by understanding and knowing the full layout of the store. This is key to avoid spending extra money on junk and comfort food. Forget the loss leaders in the front of the store (they are there to lure you in) and concentrate on what you came to buy. This true of every supermarket you shop at. If you stick to your list at every store you will never overspend and you will buy everything that is on your list. That is the secret to saving money, time and aggravation at the supermarket!
Eating Healthy Means Shopping The Perimeter Of the Store
If you are serious about eating healthy then you must start shopping along the perimeter of the store. This is the place where the fresh produce (fruits and vegetables), dairy (eggs, cheese, milk and yogurt), meat, poultry and fish are located. These should make up the bulk of your store purchases. If you need to shop in the middle aisles (where the packaged, processed and junk food is located) opt in for canned beans, high fiber cereal with whole grains, tomato sauce minus the salt and sugar and whole wheat pasta. This might take getting used to but it’s imperative to learn where everything is in the store. if you don’t, you will fill your cart with food you don’t need or want and that’s not a good way to start eating healthy.
Eating Healthy Means Understanding Product Placement
grocery stores are smart, very smart. They have time-rested methods to suck out every last penny they can out of their shoppers and it’s up to you to avoid this. Grocery stores are not into healthy foods. They are into making money and it is in their best interests to place products where they believe have the best potential to make them money. As far as you’re concerned, if you want to make sure you are eating healthy, you need to know where to look to find the healthy foods. Normally, stores put the items that are best sellers and are product endorsements at eye level. This ensures that they will be noticed not only by you but by children riding in carts (stores count on parents capitulating to their children’s cries to buy) because they are easy to grab. The fact is, the healthier and cheaper foods are placed either at the bottom or at the top shelf.
Now that you know the 5 secrets to shopping healthier you will be able to start eating healthy and save a little time and money in the process.