Grocery Store Accountability

Do you shop with a grocery list? If not, you really should.

Shopping with a list:
1. Helps with meal planning.
2. Saves you money.
3. Keeps you from impulsively buying based on craving.

Taking just a few minutes to plan your meals prior to going to the store will help make sure that you get all the ingredients you need and will help you avoid those things you don’t need. Just think about all the food we throw away each week because it has spoiled.

You will also find that by purchasing only what you need for the week will reduce the unnecessary snack foods we tend to purchase walking the aisles of the grocery.

You also should try to structure your list based on the items available at the perimeter of the store. The items that are most healthy for us involve fresh produce, meats and dairy. Frozen items such as fruits and vegetables are also good choices if fresh produce is not available.

Limit the number of your purchases in the center of the store – this is generally where the processed foods are shelved and where the greatest temptations for unhealthy choices appear. If it doesn’t come from the ground or have a mother you shouldn’t be eating it.

So the next time you need to hit the grocery store, take a few moments to make a quick list. Your waistline and pocketbook will reap the benefits!

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